Charterhouse, now primarily an Anglo French firm, has been investing in Continental Europe for over 30 years. During that time we have invested in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.
In July 2011 we completed the €340m acquisition of Webhelp a leading provider of Customer Relationship Management services in France. Other European investments that we have invested in during the past few years have been the €450m acquisition of Fives, an engineering company, the €2.4bn acquisition of ista, a global sub-metering business with revenues of €600m, the €2.5bn acquisition of Elior, a leading European catering company with revenues of €3.4bn, the €960m acquisition of Bureau van Dijk, an electronic publisher of company financial and ownership data, and the €3.3bn acquisition of Vivarte, a French retailing group, with leading market shares in footwear and clothing, and revenues of €2.6bn.
Over the years, Charterhouse has acquired a great deal of experience in acquiring major divisions of listed multinational groups and in dealing with the often complex separation issues and transitional services arrangements that may arise in these carve-out transactions.
Wherever the transaction our approach remains the same - we commit experienced team members to lead and progress the transaction and critically to remain with the company throughout our ownership.