Following an auction process led by DDA & Company, Apax partners will hold a majority stake in Graitec, alongside Francis Guillemard, founder and the management team (Manuel Liédot – CEO, Isabelle Bouyenval – CFO, Ionel Dragu – CTO, and Steve Houlder – COO) who significantly reinvests in the transaction. After backing the company for the last 5 years, financial sponsor Isatis Capital exits its investment.
Graitec markets innovative solutions dedicated to the AEC industry through a portfolio of innovative software products developed in-house or by its partner Autodesk, world leader in BIM solutions (Building Information Modeling).
Graitec’s offering covers the entire BIM value chain, including Design, Simulation, Fabrication and Data management.
Employing c. 550 staffs and operating a network of 45 offices in 13 countries, Graitec distributes its solutions to nearly 15,000 clients representing over 135,000 active users.
Francis Guillemard, Founder and Chairman of the Graitec Group, said: “Thanks to Apax as a new investor, Graitec aims to become a BIM leader by expanding its existing software portfolio and developing the distribution of innovative BIM solutions. This be achieved, among others, by an ambitious acquisition strategy for which we have strong support from our new sponsor.”
Alexandre Odin, Partner at DDA & Company comments: “Following 10 years of collaboration and completing 12 external growth projects, we are very proud to have advised Graitec’s shareholders in this major milestone. The backing of Apax, a leading financial partner, will enable Graitec to continue the consolidation of the highly promising BIM sector and to strengthen its position as a leading international AEC player.
The DDA & Company team, comprised of Alexandre Odin, Thomas Glasgow, and Clément Darcourt, advised Graitec on the transaction.
It is the 6th software deal advised by DDA in 2019 following the sale of ID Systèmes to Messchaert Capital Partners, the sale of Telecom Services to Groupe Hoppen, and the acquisition of Syfadis by Groupe Orians.