Quilvest Private Equity Acquires GEDH

Quilvest Private Equity, the private equity arm of the Quilvest group, announced its acquisition of a majority stake in GEDH from Platina Equity Solutions, together with CEO Amin Khiari. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. GEDH is a French network of higher education schools dedicated to communication, arts management and journalism which operates three well-known brands across six campuses located in France (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille), New York and Shanghai. Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Paris, GEDH has over 3,000 students and an alumni base of over 20,000.  In recent years, the business has undertaken an ambitious reorganisation and revitalisation plan and is now wellpositioned to pursue its growth strategy focused on expanding both in France and into international markets, organically and through acquisitions. Quilvest will continue the development of GEDH in France and will use its global network to support the company’s expansion abroad. Under the new ownership, GEDH will also continue to look to diversify its educational offering, while maintaining its strong culture of education delivered through a combination of theory and practice, by professors with a deep grounding in professional industries.

Advisers involved:

Quilvest Private Equity

M&A: Eurvad Finance (Charles Guigan, Yassine Jnan)

Lawyers:
Corporate: Mayer Brown (Olivier Aubouin, Martin Duvernoy, Renan Lombard-Platet)

Financing: Mayer Brown (Patrick Teboul, Constance Bouchet)

Tax: Mayer Brown (Elodie Deschamps)

Financing: Finavik (Vincent Rivaillon)

Legal, tax and social DD: Delsol Avocats (Henri-Louis Delsol, Mathieu Le Tacon, Delphine Bretagnolle, Benoît Boussier)

Financial DD: ACA Nexia (Fabrice Huglin, Johann Genestier)

Strategic DD: Indéfi (Julien Berger, Mehdi Belefqih)

Management

Lawyer: Gomel Avocats (Arnaud Gomel)

Tax: Ayache Salama (Bruno Erard)

Sellers

M&A: Transaction R (Pierpaolo Carpinelli, Pierre Sader, Augustin Delouvrier et Romain Golven)

Lawyers: Agylis (Baptiste Bellone, Chloé Journel)

Financial VDD: Odéris (Thomas Claverie, Thibault Charron)

Strategic VDD: PMSI (Rémi de Guilhermier)

Unitranche Lenders

Lawyers: Allen & Overy (Jean-Christophe David, Thomas Roy) 

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