Orange enters into exclusive talks with Argos Wityu to acquire Lexsi

Orange enters into exclusive talks with Argos Wityu to acquire Lexsi

Orange enters into exclusive talks with Argos Wityu to acquire Lexsi, a European leader in Security Threat Intelligence Servicesgreen_squares


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Paris, 11 March 2016

Established in 1999 and based in France, Lexsi provides high-end auditing, consulting, incident response and training services in the field of IT security to more than 400 active customers. The group employs more than 170 experts and runs the largest independent Computer Emergency Response Team in Europe.

The acquisition would represent a new milestone in the development of Orange Cyberdefense, the IT security services subsidiary of Orange Business Services, bringing additional expertise and capabilities to its portfolio and strengthening its position as the IT security services leader in France and a leading player in Europe.

The transaction is subject to the necessary information-consultation meetings with employee representative organizations and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016.

About Argos Wityu

Argos Wityu is an independent European private equity group with offices in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Brussels and Frankfurt. Argos Wityu funds invest in management buy-outs, buy-ins, spin-offs, of small and medium sized companies, focusing on transformation and growth in the acquired companies, ahead of financial leverage. Argos Wityu is a member of InvestEurope (formerly EVCA) as well as national associations in France (AFIC), Italy (AIFI), Switzerland (SECA) and Belgium (BVA). Argos Wityu France is regulated by the AMF and is AIFMD compliant.

A propos d’Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December2015, including 97,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 201 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Contacts:

Louis Godron / lgodron@argos.wityu.fund / +33 (0)1 53 67 20 50

Sonia Popoff / spopoff@argos.wityu.fund / +33 (0)1 53 67 20 50

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