Trail, the European private equity investment firm, today announces the signature of an exclusivity agreement to acquire Electropoli, a leading provider of surface treatment services in Europe, notably for the automotive industry.
Trail would complete its investment alongside the management team of Electropoli led by Jean-Paul Bos, CEO, and together with China Synergy Fund, the investment platform set-up by CICC, China’s preeminent investment bank and private equity manager.
Headquartered in France, Electropoli has successfully developed into a pan-European company, benefitting from a strong technological and industrial process know-how. The company operates seven manufacturing sites in France, the Czech Republic and Poland as well as one R&D center based in France. Electropoli serves the premium car industry as well as the aerospace & defense and energy industries with a comprehensive range of metal treatment products and services.
This proposed acquisition is subject to prior information and consultation with the bodies representing Electropoli’s employees.
Mr. Xavier Marin, Managing Partner of Trail, said: “Together with our strategic partners of China Synergy Fund, we form an investment platform with strong local footprints and experience in Europe and China. We are in a position to transform small and mid-size European companies into global champions benefitting from a market presence in China, the major growth contributor to the world economy”.
Mr. Ding Wei, CEO of CICC Capital, co-manager of China Synergy Fund, said: “As a partner of Trail, we will allow successful European companies to grow into China with the benefit of CICC’s vast investment banking resources and strong experience as a leading private equity manager”.
Trail is an independent European private equity investment firm, set-up in 2007 with over €750 million cumulated capital managed to date and investments made in 12 companies. In 2016, Trail formed a strategic partnership with Silk Road Fund and CICC to set-up a unique Euro-China investment platform. Trail’s team helps high performing small and mid-size European companies scale up in size, scope and geographical boundaries with a specific focus on China. Trail is committed to long-term, responsible and value-creating investment. Trail has three offices in Paris, Luxembourg and Beijing.
About China Synergy Fund
China Synergy Fund is an investment platform set-up by CICC Capital, the private equity arm of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC), China’s preeminent investment bank. This platform is set up with a USD/RMB dual-currency structure to give it flexibility to target investment opportunities both in China and overseas that will benefit from the key trends in the Chinese economy, underpinned by the sponsors’ strong cross-border investment and business development capabilities.