IMAP Germany advises Christian Bernard Group on the Sale of ORO VIVO to THOM Europe

The French jewellery company THOM Europe S.A.S acquired 100% of the shares of the German jewellery chain ORO VIVO AG, from Christian Bernard S.A.S. Following the recent acquisition of Italian jewellery company Stroili, Thom Europe expanded its international reach and presence in the European jewellery and watches market by acquiring ORO VIVO. The merger of the three jewellery chains provides a platform of affordable genuine jewellery and makes Thom Europe the leading European provider in this sector.

With the support of IMAP, ORO VIVO found a strategic investor in Thom Europe, enabling the company to join a powerful brand and to further grow under said brand. ”It’s a great opportunity for ORO VIVO to join the THOM Europe Group and participate in its European expansion.” saidGuillaume Teboul, CEO ORO VIVO AG. Its positive outlook and the gratification of the merger were described by Romain Penique, CEO of Thom Europe, as follows: “We are delighted to welcome Stroili and ORO VIVO into THOM Europe and become the European leader in the sector.”

ORO VIVO is the third largest German jewellery chain, headquartered in Hallbergmoos. With the slogan “affordable genuine jewellery for everyone” the retail company sells its own products as well as brand products, in 38 branches across Germany. Due to its broad product portfolio and a diverse selection of brand watches and jewellery, ORO VIVO was able to achieve an excellent market position, by strategically positioning themselves in the sector of affordable but high-quality jewellery. Product highlights include high-quality watches by their own brand “Borelli,” as well as their selection of wedding rings and gold jewellery. The company employs over 200 staff.

THOM Europe is a French jewellery retail company, specializing in jewellery products. With additional acquisitions in France, Italy and Germany, the company merged the three largest flagships for affordable genuine jewellery. In the future, Thom Europe will distribute their products nationwide under the brands “Histoire d’Or”, “Marc Orian” and “TrésOr”, as well as the recently acquired companies “Stroili ORO” and “ORO VIVO”. Thus the company elects itself as the market leader of European jewellery chains.

Christian Bernard is a French jewellery manufacturer, distributing its own genuine jewellery. These include the brands Morganne Bello, Guy Laroche and Phébus et Céranity. The company has sold 100% of its shares to THOM Europe.

During the sales process, IMAP approached only carefully selected and strategically suitable investors for ORO VIVO and therefore, ensured future growth and the continuation of the current management team. The transaction was successfully closed by IMAP within 7 months.

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