Transatlantic venture to provide access to Silicon Valley M&A market
June 20, 2014, PALO ALTO, CA and PARIS, FRANCE — Woodside Capital Partners International LLC, a global, independent investment bank, and Aelios Finance, largest (in number of deals) independent investment bank in France, announce WCPAelios, a new joint venture to provide M&A and private placement advisory services to French technology companies.
WCPAelios will connect French growth-stage technology companies with financial and strategic buyers from the global technology industry. WCPAelios will also provide corporate finance advisory services to French multinational companies that may wish to divest a part of their business to a technology buyer.
“WCPAelios will build a stronger link between French tech companies and established corporate leaders in Silicon Valley,” said Rudy Burger, managing partner of Woodside Capital Partners. “WCPAelios brings the expertise in negotiating cross-border transactions and a larger pool of potential buyers to emerging technology companies in France and connects global corporate development managers with acquisition possibilities which they weren’t aware of.”
“For most technology companies in Western Europe, the ultimate acquirer is located in the US, and in most cases in the Silicon Valley, home of so many world leaders. In very large corporations, access to the right people is critical, and very difficult from France. With this transatlantic venture, we will be able to offer growth stage technology companies in France access to potential strategic and financial buyers in Silicon Valley as well as other parts of the world, Japan notably, and leverage the technology expertise and financial advisory services of WCPAelios,” said Thibaut de Monclin, managing partner of Aelios Finance. “French companies now have entry to the centers of technology, whether they are considering an acquisition or to divest a unit of their business.”
WCPAelios is a joint venture formed between Woodside Capital Partners in Palo Alto, California and Aelios Finance in Paris, France. WCPAelios connects French growth stage technology companies with financial and strategic buyers from the global technology industry. Through its parent companies, WCPAelios is a member of M&A International which is composed of 46 member firms throughout the world. The member firms have the experience, industry knowledge and deep access to the corporate segment within their markets. Through M&A International, WCPAelios can provide its clients with international coverage and access to global strategic players.
About Woodside Capital Partners
Woodside Capital Partners is a global, independent investment bank that delivers world-class strategic and financial advice to emerging growth companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. With a strong track record in M&A, strategic partnerships and private placements, Woodside Capital Partners has been providing worldwide investment banking services since 2001 with leading domain experience in software, Internet services, electronic communications and materials, and healthcare. The team of Woodside Capital Partners has completed transactions totaling more than $10 billion. Woodside Capital Partners is the Silicon Valley headquarters of M&A International, the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions alliance. Securities offered through Woodside Capital Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, please visit www.woodsidecap.com.
About Aelios Finance
Aelios Finance is a leading Corporate Finance Advisory firm dedicated to fast growing mid-size companies. With more than 200 transactions completed since its inception in 2004, Aelios Finance provides advisory services in a large variety of transaction models: financing, capital raising (funds and/or debt), M&A, partial divestment, LBO, handover, Owner-Buy-Out. Aelios Finance is the only French member of M&A International, the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions alliance. Technology related deals account for more than 50% of all its business. For more information, please visit www.aeliosfinance.com.
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