Specialists dedicated to M&A transactions for Small and Mid-Caps

ONEtoONE Corporate Finance France is part of one of the leading international M&A Advisory Firms with a presence in 16 countries. Our commitment is to find the best value counterpart with a global reach. For this reason, we endeavor to have a highly professional international team of specialists on the buy side and sell side M&A with experience on more than a thousand transactions.

We advise you with the purchase, sale, transfer of your company as well as any build-up / external growth operation or fundraising and more generally any strategic operation necessary for the development of your activities. We assure you to quickly find the best counterpart through more than a thousand advised transactions, covering most business segments and industries. In addition, we have developed the technology capable to effectively follow up in real time the progress of your Operation.

Our Office

Paris office


128, Rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008, Paris

Economic Outlook

France’s economy is the fifth largest in the world and represents around one-fifth of the Euro area GDP. Its economy is mature and diverse with a moderate and stable annual GDP growth of 1.6% expected in 2019.1 Services are the backbone of the country’s economy representing around 70% of GDP. France’s other forefront sectors include automotive, aerospace, railway, cosmetics and luxury goods. Besides, tourism has historically been a prominent and lucrative sector in the country. France’s primary exports include machinery and transportation equipment, aerospace equipment and plastics, while the imports consist of machinery, automobiles and crude oil.

Market Access

Outbound merger and acquisition activity by French firms is estimated to have reached $40.8 billion in 2017, compared to less than $5 billion over the same period in 2016. The number of deals, however, contracted between 2016-2017, signaling the outbound deal making grew in value, not volume. The primary targeted sectors for these outbound deals were consumer products and services companies making up 65% of the total, followed by industrials with 16.4%.2 According to the forecast by Global Transactions Forecast study in collaboration with Oxford Economics, France will experience a 40% increase in M&A activity during the period of 2018-2020, totalling $56.5 billion.3

Sources: 1. (2019) France Economy – GDP, Inflation, CPI and Interest Rate. 2. (2019) French outbound M&A driven to a decade high by big deals. 3. Baker McKenzie. (2019). M&A operations should increase by 40% in France in 2018, according to Baker McKenzie

Main Services

Sell Side M&A

  • Core market research
  • Deal marketing
  • Buyer identification and contact
  • Due diligence support
  • Valuation
  • Transaction negotiation
  • Financing/ capital raising

Buy Side M&A

  • Core market research
  • Target identification
  • Target contact
  • Due diligence support
  • Valuation
  • Transaction negotiation
  • Financing/ capital raising

Fund Raising

  • Relationships throughout the lender and investor community
  • Regular dialogues with a large variety of financing sources
  • Story-oriented transactions
  • Competitive process
  • Listing sponsors in Europe and Asia

Strategic Advice

  • Valuations in connection with:
    • Mergers
    • Acquisitions
    • Private placement
    • Private/ Public partnership
  • Third-party fairness opinions
    • Independent
    • Unbiased opinions

Other Services

strategic alliancesWeb

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures


Corporate Refinancing


Business Plan Development




Fairness Opinions


Merger Planning and Execution


Capital Restructuring


Debt Restructuring

Our Team

Here is our team of seasoned M&A specialists in our France office:

Selected M&A transactions by ONEtoONE France

Advice on buying

ONEtoONE Corporate Finance has advised our client, Groupe EDH, on the acquisition of Creanavarra. Groupe EDH is a French higher education group and has been a leader in the fields of communication, artistic and cultural management, film, 3D film animation, journalism, graphic design, digital arts, advertising creation, architecture, fashion and web development for over 62 years. The Groupe EDH schools provide undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to 15.000 students within 40 campuses in 5 different countries. Creanavarra is a leading higher education institution specialized in graphic design, fashion design and interior design. It has a strong brand recognition, a high-value pedagogical offer and a high employment rate. The acquisition of Creanavarra is perfect match for Groupe EDH as they share the same focus on creativity and design. Groupe EDH´s acquisition will ensure a bright future for Creanavarra and will allow the company to reach its next phase of development.

Advice on buying

ONEtoONE is pleased to announce that our client OMNES Education has acquired CEI Escuela de Diseño y Marketing! OMNES Education is the French leader in higher education with 12 schools and more than 35,000 students. CEI is a Spanish school with more than 30 years of history, and more than 15,000 students trained, with a focus on design and digital marketing with campuses in Madrid, Seville, and Valencia. OMNES Education strengthens its position in Spain and continues to expand internationally with the incorporation of CEI, the 13th school to join the Group.

Advice on buying

NOVAIR NOXERIOR GAS SYSTEMS has successfully acquired Air Compressor manufacturer, America Energy Inc - Member of Novair Group. America Energy is a US-based manufacturer of Air Compressors and Medical Gas Systems, offering a wide range of Medical Air plants, Vacuum Plants, and Oxygen Generators. From its manufacturing facility of Pembroke Pines, Florida, AMERICA ENERGY supplies equipment and services in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbeans. As part of NOVAIR, AMERICA ENERGY is gaining access to a wide range of high-end solutions complementing its existing range. More synergies are also to be expected through NOVAIR services and engineering competencies now recognized worldwide. Already counting installations in over 150 countries, NOVAIR strengthens its global presence even further through this acquisition. The firm is taking a new step forward to consolidate its position as a worldwide leading manufacturer of on-site gas production systems.

Advice on buying

The French manufacturer Novair Group, which specializes in medical gas systems, has successfully acquired Oxygen Generating Systems Intl. a leading US-based manufacturer of oxygen generators. Currently, OGSI has oxygen plants in over 110 countries worldwide, serving many diverse markets.

Advice on sale

The family business Charles Bourdeau, located in the outskirts of Nantes, has more than a century of experience in selling natural casings and seasonings used to make sausages. With this acquisition, the Aymard group, based in Montauban and specialized in the production of casings, spices and marinades for the manufacture of raw, cooked and dry meats, is strengthening its positions on the French market as a key player in this sector. The transaction price remains confidential.

Advice on sale

The Chilenian group, MOK, specialized in the sectors of insurance, tourism and finance, has acquired the total shares of the French group April in Colombia, in an operation managed by ONEtoONE Corporate Finance, in the side of the seller. April Colombia core business is the travel insurance sector, but due to a restructuring in the business line of the group, it has decided to sell the total shares of the group in Colombia. Through this operation, group MOK consolidates their presence in the Colombian market after 20 years of experience in Chile and Peru.

Private Placement

With ONEtoONE Corporate Finance support, ACTIV'INSIDE, a French company specialized in the development and sales of Active Neutraceutical Ingredients has welcomed AQUITI Gestion and Bpifrance as new shareholders in order to finance its organic and external growth. ONEtoONE Corporate Finance has advised ACTIV’INSIDE shareholders and managers for the last two years in the definition of their strategy, their business plan and their funding options. Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we are happy to support entrepreneurs in all steps of their financial strategy.

Advice on buying

The French group, AD Education, acquired the Spanish educational centre CES (Escuela Superior de imagen, sonido y tecnología) in an operation advised by ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. Thanks to this acquisition, AD Education becomes one of the major European players in the creative arts and strengthens its presence in Spain following the acquisition in 2019 of CEV (Centro de Estudios del Video SA).

Advice on buying

We are pleased to announce that our client, AD Education, has acquired Animum. AD Education is an international network dedicated to the training of professionals in the fields of design, communication, audiovisual, etc. in several countries in Europe and around the world. Animum is a school dedicated to offering specialised master’s degrees in the area of Digital Drawing, Concept Art and 3D Animation, among others. The main objective of AD education is to create stronger links between its 19 schools and to prepare its more than 29,000 students, spread over 68 campuses, to become active & and “creative thinkers”; who can imagine, innovate and succeed in the world of tomorrow.

Advice on buying

The French group, AD Education, closes the year 2020 with the acquisition of the official center of higher education, Barreira Arte + Diseño, a pioneer school in the formation of artistic education. AD Education has acquired a majority of the Spanish center, and the Barreira family remains a minority shareholder. For this third acquisition in Spain, the French group has once again counted on the advice of ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. ADE is already one of the main European actors in the creative arts education. It reinforces its presence in Spain after the acquisition in 2019 of CEV (Centro de Estudios del Video SA) and in August 2020 of the Spanish high school, CES.

Advice on buying

The French group, AD Education, has recently acquired the Spanish study centre CEV (Centro de Estudios del Video SA) in an operation advised by ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. Thanks to this acquisition, ADE has become one of the main European players in the education of creative arts. The integration of the Spanish school, CEV, is a further step for AD Education in its commitment to expansion throughout Europe, while developing academic synergies between the two groups of schools for the benefit of their students.

Advice on buying

Descours & Cabaud, specializing in the industry equipement distribution and construction has acquired SELA, a Galician company specializing in job security integral solutions

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