McDermott Will & Emery has advised Ardian, a leading global private equity firm, on the signing of a memorandum of understanding to acquire an equity stake in SERMA Group, a leading independent European provider of consulting and services in electronic technologies, embedded systems and information systems.
Ardian’s Expansion team first acquired a stake in SERMA Group in 2015 and participated in the company’s growth, notably through new acquisitions and the creation of the “SERMA Safety & Security” branch.
This new transaction with Ardian’s Expansion team, SERMA Group’s management and employees, who remain the majority shareholders, heralds heavy investment once again in the company’s capital.
Chequers Capital and Bpifrance also remain minority shareholders, alongside Ardian, the reference financial shareholder.
The objective of Ardian’s Expansion team is to support SERMA Group in a new stage of its development, as the company is solidly positioned in niche applications (high value-added electronic components and systems) in a number of high growth sectors and has full control over the value chain (design, test, production, maintenance and training).
The McDermott team that advised Ardian comprised :
- Grégoire Andrieux, Fabrice Piollet, partners, and Boris Wolkoff, associate, on corporate aspects;
- Antoine Vergnat, Côme de Saint-Vincent, counsel, and Fanny Le Pogam, associate, on the tax aspects;
- Frédéric Pradelles, partner, and Mary Hecht, associate, on the antitrust aspects;
- Pierre-Arnoux Mayoly, partner, Antoine Venier and Clarisse De Roux, associate, on the financing aspects.
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