Largillière Finance advises the sale of the A l’Olivier group, a bicentennial brand in olive oils, flavored oils and high-end vinegars

The group A l’Olivier joins Darégal, the world leader in aromatic herbs – An operation led by Largillière Finance

The Blanvillain family, owner of the group A l’Olivier, has entrusted Largillière Finance with a mandate to sell their group. Previously, Largillière Finance conducted an evaluation of the group’s shares at the request of the Blanvillain family. The goal of the family was to find a solid buyer who could support the development of the group and share a family business culture. The mission was successfully accomplished by Largillière Finance.

With this acquisition, Darégal diversifies its offer with highly complementary products and exceeds the € 150 million turnover treshold. Benoît and Jérôme Blanvillain – leaders of the group A l’Olivier, join Darégal.

Benoît & Jérôme Blanvillain, leaders of the group A l’Olivier: « Our integration with the DARÉGAL family represents a real added value for our customers and our employees. Largillière Finance has been a trusted partner throughout the operation. The team has set up a successful sales process that allowed the meeting of these two beautiful companies. Their involvement and their expertise in the food industry have been more than profitable to spend serenely each stage of the operation. »

Nicolas Ibanez, Partner at Largillière Finance: « We are very proud to have accompanied the Blanvillain family in the sale of their group. The combination of these two companies with family capital will preserve the culture, values and passion that have animated the group A l’Olivier and his teams. This rapprochement will also give him consistent means to sustain his beautiful development. »

About groupe A l’Olivier (www.alolivier.com)

For nearly two centuries, the A l’Olivier group has been selecting and offering olive oil crus of excellence offering impeccable organoleptic quality. It has grown all over the world and today has 4 sites in France and 5 prestigious boutiques. The group has also specialized in the flavoring of olive oils by developing a line that today represents a key reference in the flavored oils market. With its mill in Poitou and that of Sainte-Anne in Grasse, it also has a recognized expertise in the manufacture of nut’s, seeds’, olive’s virgin oils.

About Darégal (www.daregal.fr)

Founded in 1887, the Darégal group is based in Milly-la-Forêt in the Parisian region where its head office and production site dedicated to the cultivation, processing and marketing of aromatic herbs are located. Its historical agricultural know-how and its state-of-the-art tool have brought the group its world-renowned reputation. With a strong international presence, it now has 4 production sites in Europe and the United States. As a benchmark player in its market, the group devotes a large part of its turnover to research and innovation.

About Largillière Finance (www.largilliere-finance.com)

Based in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent consulting company specializing in assisting executives and shareholders of ETI and SMEs in their corporate finance transactions: corporate disposals and acquisitions, financing (capital and / or debt), financial engineering (valuation …) and financial strategy.

Since 2005, the firm has conducted numerous mergers and acquisitions and also offers strategic coaching services to groups and executives.

Stakeholders List:

Buyer: Darégal – Famille Darbonne
Sell Side: Groupe A l’Olivier – Famille Blanvillain
Sell Side Advisor: Largillière Finance – Nicolas Ibanez, Shamir Razavhoussen, Florian Leginy
Sell Side Corporate Lawyer: Jeausserand Audouard – Arnaud Levasseur, Marion Salus
Buyer Advisor: Linkers – Philippe Delecourt
Buy Side Corporate Lawyer: Canis Le Vaillant – Anne-Gaëlle Le Vaillant, Xavier Canis
Audit: Mazars
Funding: Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas et LCL