Thursday, February 16, 2012
> Who invests in French companies?
Corporate information and business intelligence specialist Bureau van Dijk (bvdinfo, ZEPHYR) recently carried out some research for le Journal du Net on investments in and takeovers of French companies by foreign investors in 2011. The results indicate that the largest number of buyers by far came from the United States, way ahead of the United Kingdom and Germany. In most cases, buyers were banks or service-sector companies which most often invested in the service sector or machine and equipment manufacturing. The most popular region for foreign investors was Ile-de-France (Paris region) where most transactions involved acquisitions of the target company. Private equity firms generally targeted younger companies, while development capital firms were more interested in mature companies seeking to take their business to the next level.