Press release - 8 September 2021

New transaction carried out by Largillière Finance: Sale of Crystal Group to Dimotrans

The investment bank Largillière Finance has orchestrated the strategic merger between the freight forwarder Crystal Group and the transport specialist Dimotrans Group, thus creating a leading French group in all areas of the international supply chain. 
Largillière Finance demonstrates once again its ability to lead complex operations as well as to create opportunities for companies that are close not only to their business sector but also to their DNA.

For Largillière Finance, the main challenge of this operation was to align the interests of Crystal Group's partners with those of Dimotrans Group in order to create a new dynamic and innovative consortium, while allowing the Ile-de-France-based ETI to remain true to its values: "its flexibility, its reactivity and its permanent quest for quality of customer service through a tailor-made approach".

With this operation, Crystal Group (QUALITAIR&SEA Int'l's parent company) is strengthening its traditional business lines (air/sea freight forwarding and customs), which it complements with road transport solutions, particularly in France and Europe, and contract logistics services. It will be able to offer additional and/or integrated services.

The strategic alliance operated by Largillière Finance allows the creation of an independent multimodal group offering an alternative to the large international transport and logistics groups.


About Crystal Group

Founded in 1986, Crystal Group is a French group specialized in freight forwarding and customs activities as well as in engineering and logistics consulting. With its various specialized subsidiaries, Crystal Group has become over the years one of the first totally independent forwarding agents in France and is positioned as one of the main players in this market.


List of Speakers

Crystal Group Joel Glusman, Eric Hennet, Robert Launay, Franck Daise, Olivier Layec, Tarek Zaki, Jean-Christophe Cuvelier, Mohamed Ould
Dimotrans Group Salvatore Alaimo
M&A Advice Target - Largillière Finance Tanguy Mantelin, Nicolas Ibanez, Robin Milome
Financial DD - BM&A Buyer  Alexis Thura, Guilhem de Montmarin, Aurélie Messian, Nicolas Plan
Corporate Lawyer Crystal Group - Audis-Juris Fabrice Moulinet, Michael Leclerc, Nicolas Pasinetti
Corporate Lawyer Dimotrans Group - Delsol Avocats Emmanuel Kaeppelin, Raphaël Ory


Nicolas Ibanez, Associate at Largillière Finance:

"We are proud to have taken part in the creation of a new major player in France in the transport and logistics sector. This transaction with Crystal Group strengthens our knowledge of the sector. It also validates our approach aimed at offering the best prospects to companies while preserving their uniqueness. We would like to thank all of Crystal Group's partners who have enabled us to carry out this operation under the best possible conditions."

With offices in Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent investment bank dedicated to assisting managers and shareholders of small and medium-sized companies with their capital transactions: company sales and acquisitions, financing (capital and/or debt), financial engineering (valuation, etc.) and financial strategy.

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