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Our transactions

Activity :
Business services, Industry

Customer :
Crystal Group

Acquirer :
Dimotrans Group

Advice :
Tanguy Mantelin, Nicolas Ibanez, Robin Milome

About Largillière Finance

With offices in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent investment bank dedicated to assisting managers and shareholders of small and medium-sized companies with their capital transactions: company sales and acquisitions, financing (capital and/or debt), financial engineering (valuation, etc.) and financial strategy.

Sales - 2021

CRYSTAL GROUP SOLD TO DIMOTRANS

The investment bank Largillière Finance has advised the freight forwarder Crystal Group on the strategic merger with the transport specialist Dimotrans Group, thus creating a leading French group in all areas of the international supply chain.

Largillière Finance demonstrates once again its ability to lead complex operations as well as to create opportunities for companies that are close not only to their business sector but also to their DNA.

For Largillière Finance, the main challenge of this operation was to align the interests of Crystal Group's partners with those of Dimotrans Group in order to create a new dynamic and innovative consortium, while allowing the Ile-de-France-based ETI to remain true to its values: "its flexibility, its reactivity and its permanent quest for quality of customer service through a tailor-made approach".

With this operation, Crystal Group (QUALITAIR&SEA Int'l's parent company) strengthens its traditional business (air/sea freight forwarding and customs), what is complementary with its road transport solutions, especialy in France and Europe, and contract logistics services. The company will be able to offer additional and/or integrated services.

The strategic alliance operated by Largillière Finance allows the creation of an independent multimodal group offering an alternative to the large international transport and logistics groups.

 

About Crystal Group 

Created in 1986, Crystal Group is a French group specialized in freight forwarding and customs activities as well as in engineering and logistics consulting. With its various specialized subsidiaries, Crystal Group has become over the years one of the first totally independent forwarding agents in France and the company is positioned as one of the main players in this market.

Nicolas Ibanez, Partner at Largillière Finance:

“We are proud to be part of the creation of a new major player in France in the transport and logistics sector. This transaction with Crystal Group strengthens our knowledge of the sector. It also validates our approach: Offering the best prospects to companies while preserving their uniqueness. We would like to thank all of Crystal Group’s partners who have enabled us to carry out this operation under the best possible conditions.”

With more than 20 employees, a strong international presence and nearly 30 operations in 2020, Largillière Finance is ranked as the leading small cap investment bank in France:

2021 – Fusions & Acquisitions – Opérations Small Cap – Banque d’affaires – France 2021 – Capital investissement – Opérations LBO Small Cap – Banque d’affaires – France Investment Banking: Growth Dynamics: Silver Trophy 2022 M&A Advisory: Retail & Consumer Goods, FIG, TMT, Industry: 2021 Silver Trophy.

About Largillière Finance

With offices in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent investment bank dedicated to assisting managers and shareholders of small and medium-sized companies with their capital transactions: company sales and acquisitions, financing (capital and/or debt), financial engineering (valuation, etc.) and financial strategy.

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