PARIS, France, Jan 4, 2020 – Apax Partners announces the acquisition of GRAITEC, publisher and distributor in Europe and America, of BIM (Building Information Modelling) software for design, calculation, simulation, manufacturing and collaborative management.
Francis Guillemard (Graitec) and Gilles Rigal (Apax)
Apax Partners has signed an acquisition protocol for a majority stake in GRAITEC alongside its founder Francis Guillemard and the management team who are significantly reinvesting in the transaction.
GRAITEC offers software solutions that meet the digitalization needs of the architecture, engineering and construction industries through a portfolio of innovative products, both developed internally and by its historical partner Autodesk, the world leader in BIM solutions.
The company enjoys Autodesk Platinum reseller status across Europe and Gold in the United States, Canada and Russia. With nearly 550 employees and a network of 48 offices in 13 countries, GRAITEC distributes its solutions to 15,000 customers, representing nearly 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 leader in BIM by expanding its existing software portfolio and developing the distribution of innovative BIM solutions. This will include an ambitious acquisition strategy for which we have strong support from our new partner.”
Gilles Rigal and Thomas de Villeneuve, Partners at Apax Partners, said: “Under the leadership of its founder Francis Guillemard, Manuel Liedot – CEO – and his management team, GRAITEC has grown very rapidly over the past few years. TODAY, GRAITEC is a reputable company with a large international presence, with high growth potential, market leader. We are pleased to support Francis Guillemard and his teams in their very active development ambitions, notably through the acceleration of its international expansion and the consolidation of other players in the market for software solutions for digitalization of construction.”
Bertrand Limoges, Associate Director at Isatis Capital, welcomes this transaction and is very pleased with Isatis Capital’s contribution to the development of GRAITEC Group over the past five years, by supporting its executives in their transformation from value-up SMEs to added to international ETI.
About Apax Partners
Apax Partners is one of Europe’s leading private equity firms. With more than 45 years of experience, Apax Partners supports companies over time to become leaders in their sector. The funds managed and advised by Apax Partners amount to more than 3.3 billion euros. These funds invest in fast-growing SMEs and ETIs in four specialization sectors: TMT, Consumer, Health and Services.
Apax Partners, based in Paris (www.apax.fr), and Apax Partners, based in London (www.apax.com), have a common history but are two independent companies. For more information, visit www.apax.fr or follow @ApaxPartners_Fr
Founded in 1986, an international group, GRAITEC’s mission is to support the digital transformation of its customers by offering software solutions, consulting and training in the field of BIM.
GRAITEC is a high value-added BIM solutions company for design, computing, simulation, manufacturing and collaborative management, and an Autodesk Platinum partner in Europe and GOLD in North America and Russia.
Present in 48 agencies in 13 countries around the world, with more than 550 employees, including more than 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is focused on innovation whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.graitec.com.
About ISATIS Capital
ISATIS Capital is an independent management company that invests in profitable, growing SMEs and supports them sustainably.
The ISATIS Capital team, with 18 years of experience, now manages more than 400 million euros through Professional Investment Capital Funds dedicated to institutional clients, FIP and FCPI distributed in private banks and with wealth management advisors, as well as through the perpetual CPF Isatis Capital Life and Retirement for life insurance contracts and retirement products. For more information, visit www.isatis-capital.fr