Carso recomposes its capital. The group announces a majority stake in the ArchiMed fund alongside Capza, Siparex and the founders. Eric Sarfati, from SGS, succeeds Bruno Schnepp as Chief Executive Officer.
As a specialist in analytical control services in the fields of health, water, the environment, agri-food and pharmaceuticals, Carso has announced a recomposition of its capital around the transatlantic fund specializing in health ArchiMed, which becomes the majority. French venture capital firms Capza and Siparex complete the round alongside the group's management and founders. Carso was previously owned by EMZ Partners, Raise, Siparex, Unigrains and Étoile Capital.
This shareholder restructuring was motivated by Bruno Schnepp's desire to step down from the group's operational management. However, it retains a minority stake in Carso and will retain a privileged position on the Board of Directors. Éric Sarfati, former President of SGS France, a world leader in inspection, control, analysis and certification, succeeds Bruno Schnepp as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
"The arrival of new shareholders will allow us to develop Carso in new territories and strengthen its position in its historical markets such as the environment, agri-food and pharmaceuticals. It's a great challenge that we will take up together, with all the teams! "says Éric Sarfati, Carso's new Chief Executive Officer.
Over the next five years, Carso and ArchiMed, together with financial partners Capza and Siparex, plan to double the group's current annual turnover to more than €200 million.
"As a leader in environmental analytical services in France, the most developed market in Europe, Carso is ideally placed to consolidate its sector," said Antoine Faguer, Partner at ArchiMed.
This is not the first investment in Carso for Antoine Faguer and Managing Partners Vincent Guillaumot and Denis Ribon. All three formed the core of the global healthcare team of private equity firm 3i, which held a minority stake in Carso between 2005 and 2011. Working closely with Bruno Schnepp and his managers, they had contributed to six acquisitions for Carso.
Photo: Éric Sarfati, President and CEO.
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