CMS Belgium assisted alongside BNP Paribas Fortis the shareholders of Groupe François. Strelia assisted Alcopa.
Groupe François sold the majority of their shares to Alcopa, the holding company of the Moorkens family. Groupe François is a major player in the packaging and wood sector, with an Ebitda of more than EUR 15 million and about 300 employees.
Groupe François has naturally evolved (on 3 bio-sites in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) towards a model that is significantly propelled by the integration of its companies and activities which are linked to the packaging sector (palette production centre, collection and repairing of palettes, logistics, sawing, and fabrication of blocks, etc), the energy sector (fabrication of combustible wooden pellets from sawing by-products, cogeneration and trigeneration, recycling of end-of-life wood, green electricity, thermal and solar energy production, etc.) or the consumer sector (Horse Cover bed for horses).
The CMS team assisting the shareholders of Groupe François comprised Arnaud Van Oekel (Picture), David Prync and Alinna Hu.
The Strelia team consisted of Olivier Clevenbergh, Thomas Pouppez and Samantha Kabeya as well as Etienne de Crépy and Jean-Luc Dascotte.
Involved fees earner: Alinna Hu – CMS DeBacker; David Prync – CMS DeBacker; Arnaud van Oekel – CMS DeBacker; Olivier Clevenbergh – Strelia; Jean-Luc Dascotte – Strelia; Etienne de Crépy – Strelia; Samantha Mbuyi Kabeya – Strelia; Thomas Pouppez – Strelia;