Crédit Agricole confirmed in its Group Project its ambition to be the main partner for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-sized companies (MSCs), and reorganised its M&A activity to improve the coverage of all its clients, from SMEs to large companies.
SODICA Corporate Finance, which specialises in M&A advisory services and financial and stock market engineering for SMEs and MSCs, changed its name to Crédit Agricole Midcap Advisors. Now part of the Group’s MSC division within Crédit Agricole CIB, Crédit Agricole Midcap Advisors has a coordinated commercial approach – in particular with the Regional Banks, LCL and the Group’s other subsidiaries – in order to improve its support for the managers and shareholders of SMEs and MSCs. It will also take advantage of Crédit Agricole CIB’s regional coverage in France, international network and sector expertise.
Deutsche Glasfaser Group (DGF) secured a €5.75 Bn loan to fund its fibre rollout plans. It is the largest Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) financing in Germany to date and the 2nd largest in Europe. Deutsche Glasfaser Group is Germany’s main independent fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) operator. It focuses on poorly served rural and suburban areas, with a network covering 1.1 million FTTH homes. The new funding will support DGF’s project to connect approximately 4 million homes with FTTH by the end of 2025.
The syndication was carried out with several banks and institutional investors. This transaction is the largest digital infrastructure financing in Germany and the second largest in Europe. It is therefore a major achievement and acknowledgement for Crédit Agricole CIB’s technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) advisory and debt finance franchise.
To help its clients secure their banking transactions in international markets, Crédit Agricole CIB formed a partnership with the fintech Trustpair, which specialises in supplier and client risk management, the fight against transfer fraud and process digitisation.
This partnership is in line with Crédit Agricole CIB’s strategy of continuously developing its Cash Management offering and will allow the Bank’s clients to benefit from a complete range of services aimed at strengthening the security of their transactions; in addition to all the security, control and traceability tools already offered.