Equistone Partners Europe’s Acquisition of Vertbaudet

Dentons Paris advised Alpha Private Equity on the sale of the Vertbaudet.

Equistone Partners Europe, one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity firms, has acquired a majority stake in Vertbaudet, Europe’s leading e-commerce platform dedicated to childhood.

Following this transaction, Equistone now holds a majority stake in Vertbaudet, alongside the executive team. Through a robust omnichannel model – which has demonstrated resilience throughout the Covid-19 crisis – the Group expects to achieve a turnover of € 330 million in 2021. 

Equistone intends to support the Group in expanding its growth strategy and achieving its ambition as a leading European platform for baby and children’s clothing, toys and other essentials.

Alpha Private Equity is an independent pan-European private equity firm with offices in France, Italy, Benelux and Germany. Alpha invests in buyouts throughout continental Europe.

Equistone Partners Europe, an investment fund, is one of the most active private equity firms in Europe in the mid-market segment. It is active in private equity, particularly in non-listed companies.

Vertbaudet is a digital brand dedicated to the children’s world to Equistone Partners Europe.

The Dentons’ multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary team was led by Guillaume Kessler (Picture), M&A/Private Equity partner in the Paris Office and comprised Caroline Pucel, Emeline Beria-Mapote, Alice Sevestre, associates and Coralie Léger, (M&A/Private Equity); Katell Déniel-Allioux, Partner and Nathaly Blin, of Counsel (Employment and Labor); Maxime Simonnet, Partner and Charlotte Rossi, associate (Real Estate); Emmanuelle van den Broucke, Partner and Margaux Serra, associate (Competition and Antitrust); Sophie Mandel and Chen Gu, associates (Intellectual Property/IT). The Corporate team in the Barcelone Office included Juan Ignacio Alonso Dregi, Partner and Natalia Ontiveros, Counsel and Lorenzo Soto, associate.

Involved fees earner: Emeline Beria-Mapote – Dentons; Nathaly Blin – Dentons; Katell Deniel-Allioux – Dentons; Juan Dregi – Dentons; Chen Gu – Dentons; Guillaume Kessler – Dentons; Coralie Leger – Dentons; Sophie Mandel – Dentons; Natalia Ontiveros – Dentons; Caroline Pucel – Dentons; Charlotte Rossi – Dentons; Margaux Serra – Dentons; Alice Sevestre – Dentons; Maxime Simonnet – Dentons; Lorenzo Soto – Dentons; Emmanuelle van den Broucke – Dentons;

Law Firms: Dentons;

Clients: Alpha Private Equity;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler