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Crescendo Finance advises Intys in the acquisition of Univers Retail

Based in Brussels, Intys is one of the leading operational and digital transformation consulting firms in Belgium. It is a multi-specialist actor and has recognized expertise in the health, energy, industry and financial services sectors. Its 80 clients include large companies and leading institutions in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The firm has a revenue of €35 million in 2019 with 360 employees.

Based in the Paris and Lille regions, Univers Retail is an independent management and operational strategy consultancy specializing in the BtoB and BtoC distribution sector. It supports major retail companies from the definition of their strategy to its operational implementation. Univers Retail employs 60 people and has more than 9 million euros in 2019 in revenue.

This acquisition is perfectly in line with the strategy defined by Intys’ shareholders: to enable the group to take a new step in its development through external growth and become a leading European stakeholder. With Univers Retail, Intys strengthens its presence both in France and in the retail sector.

Philippe Metz, Managing Director and co-founder of Intys: “The combination of the know-how and skills of Univers Retail and Intys will provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Beyond the obvious synergies, it is Univers Retail’s management culture, which values entrepreneurship, excellence and responsibility, that has reinforced my conviction in this operation’s legitimacy”.

Cyril Besse, President of Univers Retail: “This merger with Intys represents a real opportunity for Univers Retail and is perfectly in line with our ambition to become one of the leaders in retail consulting. This operation will enable us to develop internationally quickly and to deploy our strategy. I am convinced the synergies that will be rapidly implemented will benefit our employees and our clients, and will create value for the group.”

Jess Wizman, Investment Director of Omnes: “This transaction illustrates the strategy of our mid cap fund Omnes Croissance 4 which aims at creating operational value through a selective build-up strategy. We are delighted to support Intys in its growth with this first strategic acquisition.”