Operations by La Tour International

May 2021 : Support for Serena Capital in the seed financing of Acheel.

Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand and Mathilde Celestin (La Tour International) advised Serena Capital in the seed financing of Acheel.
Created in 2019, Acheel develops an online insurance solution and has just obtained the ACPR Agreement.

 

May 2021 : Support for Truffle Capital and Fortino Capital in the Series A financing of Zaion.

Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand and Mathilde Celestin (La Tour International) advised Truffle Capital and Fortino Capital in the Series A financing of Zaion.
Zaion is specialized in the design and development of intelligent virtual assistants for customer relations (Callbots, Voicebots, Chatbots, Messagingbots).

 

March 2021

The legal and tax teams of La Tour International assisted the Founders of Aera Group in the acquisition of 35% of the capital of Aera Group by ARISE Infrastructure Services (ARISE IS), based on a valuation of €28.5 million.

Aera Group is an independent trading company dedicated to environmental certificates in Africa.

ARISE IS, a joint venture between the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and Olam International Ltd, develops large-scale infrastructure projects in Africa.

Company: Aera Group (Fabrice le Saché, Aurélie Lepage et Alexandre Dunod)

Sellers counsels: La Tour International (Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand, Alexandre Marion)

Sellers tax counsels: La Tour International (Nicolas Cys, Benoît Philippart)

Purchaser: ARISE Infrastructure Services (Gagan Gupta)

Purchaser counsel: Linklaters (Bertrand Andriani, Mehdi Boumedine, Gaëtan Le Page)

 

February 2021

La Tour International assisted Acusurgical (Christoph Spuhler) in its first round of financing; the pool of investors gathered around Mérieux Equity Partners and Supernova Invest raised nearly €5.75m.

Founded in the spring of 2020, Acusurgical is developing an ocular microsurgery robot to make retinal operations safer and more accessible. Supported by SATT AxLR within the framework of a maturation programme, Acusurgical is the 2020 winner of the i-Lab innovation competition.

Target counsel: Paul-Albert Legrand

Investors counsel: Fairlight (François Pujol)

Investors: Merieux Equity Partners (Valérie Calenda), Supernova Invest (Célia Hart), Irdi Soridec Gestion (Geneviève Blanc), Sofimac (Jean-Philippe Zoghbi)

 

February 2021

La Tour International assisted Smile & Pay (Nicolas de Labarre) in its new €5 million financing round with its historical investor, Truffle Capital, and a new partner, Evolem; several business angels also joined the operation.

Smile & Pay offers retailers simple and secure credit card payment solutions (fixed or mobile payment terminals, distant payment, mobile application).

Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand, Mathilde Celestin

Investors: Truffle Capital (Bernard-Louis Roques), Evolem (Thomas Rival)

 

February 2021

La Tour International assisted Truffle Capital and Sopra Steria in their acquisition of a stake in PARTICEEP (Steve Fogue, Adrien Crovetto).

Founded in 2014, Particeep’s purpose is to support banks, insurance companies and management companies in the digitalisation of their distribution channels. It offers banks solutions enabling them to market all their products and services on any web or mobile platform.

The two partners have invested €2 million to take a minority stake in Particeep.

Purchasers: Truffle Capital (Bernard-Louis Roques), Groupe Sopra Steria (Guillaume Blot)

Purchaser Counsels:  Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand

Counsel M&A: GIMAR & CO (Adrien Choquet)

Legal counsel of PARTICEEP: Lerins & BCW (Marc Gervais)

 

January 2021

La Tour International has assisted ISI-COM in its merger with INTERACTIV GROUP.

ISI-COM SAS is a software editor for omnichannel and collaborative contact centres founded in Tours in 1994 by Philippe Lafitte (CEO) and Christian Girard-Valteau (CTO).

First in the field of computer telephony integration (CTI), the company has quickly developed by offering a natively multi-channel solution (Voice, Mail, Web) and is now considered as the reference in contact centre management software.

The buyer, INTERACTIV GROUP, is a leading European operator in digital interaction management services.

La Tour International assisted ISI-COM with the legal aspects of the transaction

In Extenso assisted ISI-COM on the M&A aspects.

ISI-COM counsels: Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand

 

October 2020: support for a construction group in Lyon in the acquisition of the company Pétavit

La Tour International assisted its client, a construction and public works specialist in the Rhône Alpes region, in the acquisition of Pétavit, a company specialized in pipeline work. The firm also advised the managers prior to the creation of the acquisition holding company and the setting up of a shareholders’ agreement.

Purchaser counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 

September 2020: support for Waterland Private Equity in its set up in France

La Tour International assisted the Dutch fund Waterland, with €6Bn under management, to plant its flag in the French mid cap market. The Paris office is its most recent setting up in Europe after the UK, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark and the Benelux countries.

 

July 2020: support for Truffle Capital and Seeder in WeGroup’s first financing round

La Tour International assisted Truffle Capital and Seeder in their entry into the capital of WeGroup, a Belgium-based company.

WeGroup offers a SaaS-based insurance solution for end-to-end customer care, cross-selling of products and claims management.

Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand

 

July 2020: support for Tencent on setting up in France

Tencent, the Chinese digital leader, is setting up in France for its cloud activity. It is the third of the BATX (Chinese competitors of GAFAM) to open a subsidiary in France after Alibaba and Xiaomi.

 

April 2020: support for the Truffle funds on Extens’ acquisition of a stake in Horizontal Software

Horizontal Software is an editor of human resources management software, traded on Alternext.

The health and medical-social service segment represents 41% of Horizontal Software’s turnover, and the company’s services include employee recruitment and management along with team planning, ahead of local authorities.

Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Paul-Albert Legrand

 

April 2020: support for Serena Capital and Xange on their entry into the capital of Sarus Technologies

La Tour International advised Serena Capital and Xange on the fundraising of Sarus Technologies. The young start-up is developing a solution allowing to work on confidential data for analysis purposes without having direct access to it, and has finalised a first round of financing of €2 million.

 

January 2020: support for Elsan in the acquisition of a third clinic in Morocco

La Tour International is once again advising Elsan on the acquisition of a third clinic in Morocco. Elsan is the second largest private hospital operator in France with 120 facilities and two million patients each year. With this new acquisition, Elsan is carrying on its development commitment in this country.

Purchaser counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 

December 2019: support for Truffle Capital in connection with the sale of its majority stake in Kang

La Tour International is proud to have supported Truffle Capital, a venture capital fund specialized in FinTech and BioMedTech, in connection with the sale of its majority stake in Kang to the German group Adviqo. Kang is a collaborative platform that brings together individuals and independent professionals who share their expertise in various areas such as legal advice, web marketing, astrology or translation. The platform, which has more than 500,000 users and 3,000 professionals, generates nearly €17 million in revenue.

Sellers counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 

July 2019: support to financial investors (including TRUFFLE CAPITAL and a regional institutional fund) in their participation in the fundraising for a total amount of €1 million of the so-called “FinTech” company SMARTPUSH offering a banking, transactional and financial data aggregation and analysis solution integrated into a recommendation engine, with the aim of monetizing the data.
Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Virginie Couvrat, Mathilde Celestin

 

July 2019: support for the three founding partners of a group specialized in climate engineering, in connection with its sale for an amount of €9 million to an electrical engineering group whose capital is mainly held by investment funds. The operation allowed two of the three founders to reinvest in the buyer’s capital.
Sellers counsels: Stéphane Azria, Virginie Couvrat, Mathilde Celestin
Purchaser counsels: Guillaume Giuliani, Marie-Victoire James, Eléonore Coquerel

 

July 2019: support for TRUFFLE CAPITAL in its €1 million investment in the so-called “FinTech” company SHAREGROOP that developed and operating a software for grouped online payments to e-commerce websites.
Sellers counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe, Mathilde Celestin

 

April 2019: support to financial investors (including TRUFFLE CAPITAL) in their participation in the fundraising for a total amount of more than 2 million euros of the so-called “FinTech” company MONISNAP that has developed an innovative 100% digital service for instant money transfer abroad, from web and smartphone platforms.
Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Virginie Couvrat, Mathilde Celestin

 

March 2019: support for TRUFFLE CAPITAL as part of its participation in the fundraising for a total amount of €1.5 million from the so-called “Fintech” company IP TECHNOLOGIES that has developed and operating a tool based on Artificial Intelligence to simplify the daily lives of company managers and their accountants.
Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Virginie Couvrat, Mathilde Celestin

 

February 2019: support for TRUFFLE CAPITAL in its €1.35 million investment in a so-called “FinTech” company specialized in bringing companies and financiers together for the purpose of granting cash loans.
Investors counsels: Stéphane Azria, Virginie Couvrat, Mathilde Celestin

 

January 2019: support for one of the largest group of private clinics and hospitals in France, in the context of the acquisition of a clinic in Morocco for nearly €4 million.
Purchaser cousels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 

December 2018: support for an American group headquartered in France, specialized in the field of risk management, in the context of its debt restructuring for about 100 million euros.
Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 

October 2018: support for SANERGRID, a company specialised in the engineering and marketing of products for the electrical energy sector, in the context of the acquisition of a company marketing fire-resistant tanks.
Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Somya Habibi

 

October 2018: support for ARTEUM, a company specialised in the distribution and publishing of cultural and tourist products, in connection with the acquisition of the Paris Opera bookstore.
Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Somya Habibi

 

September 2018: Support for the founder of an insurance brokerage company in the sale of 100% of its shares for nearly €4.4 million.
Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

 


July 2018: assistance of an US investor in the acquisition of a company specialized in the analysis of semiconductor, metallic or insulating material samples for industry and research.
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

March 2018: assistance of TRUFFLE CAPITAL as part of its investment in a company specialized in the field of nanotechnologies for the printed electronics sector (implementation of BSA with ratchet clause, issuance of BSPCE, negotiation and drafting of the shareholder’s agreement)
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

January 2018: assistance of TRUFFLE CAPITAL fund as part of its investments, via its FPCI BioMedTech, the largest European funds dedicated to medtech, in companies whose activity is the development of minimally invasive interventional medicine, particularly in the treatment of cardiovascular pathologies and in the field of dermatology.
We assist our client in securing his majority stake (drafting shareholder’s agreements, setting up preference shares, issuing securities), and helping him to manage his relations with developed technology rights holders.
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

On a recurring basis: assistance of Arts et Biens fund as part of the external growth policy of the companies Le Camion qui Fume and Bocamexa and the opening of outlets in Paris.
• Legal Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Somya Habibi

On a recurring basis: assistance of the brand LUSH, specialized in cosmetics and perfumery products, in the management of commercial leases for its shops located in city centers and in shopping centers, both with private individuals and institutional lessors (sale/acquisition of leasehold rights, drafting and negotiation of commercial leases).
July 2018: assistance of the US investment fund GACP in the framework of its establishment in France for the acquisition of the Girondins de Bordeaux football club.
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe


September 2017: assistance of a group, world leader in point-of-sale advertising and layout of outlets, in the acquisition of Mr Cartonnage Numérique group, specialized in digital creation, production of models, prototypes, pre-series and small series of cases and cardboard boxes.

July 2017 Côme – 123 IM Investment: in July 2017, 123 IM decided to invest EUR 2 million in the Côme group, specialized in salad bar fast-foods.
• Due diligence Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe for legal issues, and Benoît Philippart, Ndeye Bar for tax issues
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Chausson Finance (Bastien Laterza)

July 2017: assistance of the companies JIFFY-ONLINE and KAPLAN in the context of their sale to the WARNING group. JIFFY-ONLINE is specialized in the delivery, installation and maintenance of printing and scanning solutions. KAPLAN is specialized in the refrigerated transport.
• Transferors Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Michelle Fine)

July 2017: assistance of NRJ group (NRJ Transport & Logistics, EXPRESSERVICE, CLERK), specialized in transport and logistics, in the context of its sale to the WARNING group.
• Transferors Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Michelle Fine)

June 2017: assistance of the TRANSPALUX group in the acquisition of the companies CININTER and CICAR, specialized in the rental of lighting and control equipment, generators and technical vehicles for the film, audiovisual and photography industries.
• Due diligence Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe for legal issues, and Benoît Philippart, Ndeye Bar for tax issues
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Sidney Serval)

June 2017: assistance of Groupe Réguillon in its equity development operations with its historical investor, BTP Capital Investissement fund.
• Target Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

May 2017: assistance of the B LIVE group in the acquisition of MELPOMEN, a subsidiary of the English group SSE AUDIO GROUP, the largest UK supplier of audio services in support of the performing arts sector. MELPOMEN offers rental, sale, installation and maintenance services in the areas of sound, lighting and video.
• Due diligence Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe for legal issues, and Benoît Philippart, Ndeye Bar for tax issues
• Legal Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Sidney Serval)

March – May 2017: assistance of the fund TRUFFLE CAPITAL in the framework of its investments in MYOPOWERS, a company specialized in the development of artificial muscles for the treatment of severe incontinence.
• Investor Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

November 2016 – March 2017: assistance of pharmaceutical groups and Spanish, Swedish, Swiss venture capital funds as part of a EUR 37,5 million investment in a French company specialized in liver gene therapy, ranked among the top 5 of investments in France in 2017 according to the 2017 EY Venture Capital barometer.

January 2017: assistance of the French company Hôpital Privé Nord Parisien in the acquisition of a group of companies whose business is to operate medical imaging technical platforms.
• Due Diligence Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe for the legal issues, and Benoit Philippart, Ndeye Bar for the tax issues.
• Acquisition Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

November 2016: Groupe B LIVE pursues its development with the acquisition of Groupe Transpalux, specialized in cinema, which in particular owns the movie studios located in Bry-sur-Marne
Due Diligence Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe for the legal issues, and Benoit Philippart, Nicolas Cys, Ndeye Bar for the tax issues.
• Acquisition Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Sidney Serval)

May 2016: Groupe B LIVE – Acquisition of Emitting Art Light company
Groupe B LIVE was created in 2014 and is specialized in the technical services of sound, light, video and in the audio-visual, events and live entertainment sectors. In high growth since its creation, the Group has continued to diversify through the successive acquisitions, between 2014 and 2015, of the companies On Off, Phase 4, Régie Lumière, Prévues, Silence.
This external growth policy enabled the Group to develop a real synergy between its various subsidiaries and to offer a full range of services to its customers, with a large stock of filming equipment (cameras, loudspeakers, lighting, accessories) at their disposal.
• Acquisition Counsels: Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe
• Financial Counsel: Linkers (Philippe Delecourt, Sidney Serval)

April and June 2016: Groupe Réguillon – Acquisition of the companies Entreprise Genevray and MTP
Groupe Réguillon was created in 2011 following the acquisition of the two companies Guillaud TP and SJTP. In 2015, the Group opened its capital to BTP Capital Investment, an investment funds specialized in the building sector, in order to strengthen its development capacities.
Since then, the Group has continued to grow and has diversified its expertise, especially in earthmoving and green space development. Groupe Réguillon is now a recognized player in its intervention sector in the Lyon area.
Since its beginning, La Tour International has assisted the Réguillon Group and has advised it on its external growth transactions and its current legal needs.
• Due Diligence & Acquisition Counsels : Stéphane Azria, Anne-Claire Lapointe

March 2016: assistance of an international group in the creation of a joint venture in Mexico.

March 2016: assistance of a group, world leader in point-of-sale advertising and layout of outlets in the luxury and cosmetic sectors, in the acquisition of a leading group in the layout of luxury and prestige outlets with subsidiaries in Portugal and Asia.

January 2016: assistance of the French historical group CAREL, footwear specialist, in the acquisition of the competing brand ACCESSOIRE DIFFUSION, including two shops and fifteen corners in department stores.