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Activity :
Tech & Digital

Customer :
The Artist Academy

Acquirer :
Financement arranged by bpifrance

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Advice :
Paul Bougnoux, Shamir Razavhoussen

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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Fundraising - 2020

Fundraising by The Artist Academy

The company The Artist Academy steps up its development with a renowned private investor (confidential) as a new shareholder and bpifrance funding

Founded in March 2018 by Evelyne Platnic-Cohen, Sophie de Parseval and Marjorie Le Blanc, The Artist Academy is a platform offering interactive and exclusive digital masterclasses by renowned talents and brands such as Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Chantal Thomass, Studios Harcourt or Richard Orlinski. The platform aims to widen access to the knowledge of leading talents and create the biggest digital library by offering masterclasses in writing, performing arts, music, sport, cookery, entrepreneurship... In less than two years, The Artist Academy has developed nine masterclasses which are available in France and overseas. The platform has significant online and media visibility.

The Artist Academy is active in two areas - digital learning and entertainment - which are both fast-growing markets. It aims to create more than fifty masterclasses and a community of over 100,000 subscribers within five years. It is currently producing a masterclass with a singing sensation (multiple diamond-certified records, 9 million YouTube subscribers).

After an initial funding round of €900k in April 2018, The Artist Academy raised €1.1 million from a major celebrity in music and cinema, as well as bpifrance. In addition to funding, this investor will allow The Artist Academy to recruit more talent for its masterclasses.

About The Artist Academy (www.the-artist-academy.fr)

Founded in March 2018, The Artist Academy is a platform offering interactive and exclusive digital masterclasses by artists and talented individuals. It is a pioneer in the French-speaking community. The platform aims to widen access to talent and create the biggest digital library. The Artist Academy offers high-quality products to guarantee a positive customer experience: teaching, producing masterclasses, interactions between subscribers, meeting talents... Since it was founded, The Artist Academy has produced nine masterclasses which are available in France and overseas.

Stakeholders list:

Target : The Artist Academy  Evelyne Platnic-Cohen, Sophie de Parseval, Marjorie Leblanc
Investor :  Private holding (confidential)
Funding : bpifrance Florent Genoux, Manon Marioli
Company M&A Advice : Largillière Finance Paul Bougnoux, Shamir Razavhoussen
Target corporate counsel :  Aurélie Ghazal

Evelyne Platnic Cohen, President of The Artist Academy :

“Thanks to this funding round, we will be able to step up our development by producing new masterclasses and gaining new subscribers. We are proud to welcome this new investor as a shareholder of The Artist Academy and to receive the support of bpifrance. Many thanks to the committed and responsive Largillière Finance team for ensuring this important stage for our company was a success. We are planning new rounds to support the fast-paced development of our business”

Shamir Razavhoussen, Largillière Finance Director.

«We are delighted to have supported The Artist Academy with this fundraising. The Artist Academy is a great platform which has brought together renowned talents and a fast-growing community of subscribers. We are confident that this new investment will allow The Artist Academy to continue its development and rapidly attract new talents for its masterclasses. »

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 Silver Award 2021 “High-Tech & Healthcare” category “Distribution, Consumer Goods, Personal Services” category “Advisory firm: Positive growth” category

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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