Acquisition of Alesa by Group Réel from Rio Tinto Alcan

Business Services / Industrials
Deal type
Buy a business / Carve out
November 2015
Countries involved
France / Canada


Groupe Réel is a €400m French company specialised in high-end handling systems for the nuclear, aluminium, oil & gas, aeronautics, defence and hydro-energy industries


Groupe Réel acquired Alesa, a Rio Tinto Engineering company specialised in complex material handling systems for the aluminium industry


Lead team

  • Nicolas Balon

    Nicolas Balon

    Partner France
  • Guillaume ten Have

    Guillaume ten Have

    Partner France

What we did

  • Sourced the opportunity for Groupe Réel and managed to get Groupe Réel up to speed as the disposal had been initiated by Rio Tinto Alcan 2 months earlier
  • Actively supported Groupe Réel all along this fast-track acquisition process: from preliminary review of documentation made available and drafting the qualifying NBO to organising and monitoring an effective due diligence process, till binding offer and definitive agreements negotiations.
  • Also assisted Groupe Réel during the mandatory social communication phase
  • Advised Groupe Réel on raising debt to finance its growth strategy, including the Alesa acquisition: from marketing materials preparation to pro-active management of discussions with banks and comparison of preliminary offers and negotiation of definitive financing agreements