Creation of Butler industries in Paris.
First turnaround operation: takeover of the advertising group employing more than 3,000 people in eight countries. The group will be transferred to the world leader Omnicom four years later.
First investment in real estate: 32.000m² bought from AXA.
Butler Industries had remained a shareholder of the IT firm for eighteen years. Over that period, the number of employees increased from 600 to 4,500. In 2013, the firm merged with the group Econocom, of which Butler Industries is the second largest shareholder.
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First investments in start-up firms.
Takeover of the French national maritime transport company (Société nationale Corse Méditerranée).
Takeover of the Parisian football club, along with Colony Capital and Morgan Stanley.
First investments in European credit. The fund WBO, dedicated to the European credit will be launch one year later. In total, twelve investments have been made throughout Europe among which 20:20, Feu Vert, Selecta, Hilding Anders…
Support in the creation of Corum Conviction (of which Butler Industries owns 30% and is the main institutional shareholder). Corum started from scratch but manages today more than €700 million of real-estate assets.
First direct investment in Latin America. Since then, the size of the firm has doubled.
The most significant takeover of a bankrupt company in France in the last ten years. In three years, the number of employees increased from 4,000 to 5,400 and the turnover from €250M to €350M before being sold to Ingram Micro.
First investments in the security sector.
Launching of the investment platform in China.
Takeover of Isodev, a leader in alternative finance for SMEs in France.
Takeover of the French independent leader in the integration of IT and digital solutions for companies.