Hoche Avocats advised Capza and Bpifrance in connection with their acquisition of a shareholding in Coutot-Roehrig Group, leader in estate genealogy
CAPZA acquires, alongside Bpifrance, a minority stake in the capital of the Coutot-Roehrig group, a leader in inheritance genealogy.
The purpose of this operation is to support the group’s growth, both organic and external, and to establish its leadership in the sector worldwide.
Founded in 1894, Coutot-Roehrig’s core activity consists in identifying heirs in the context of successions, a profession of “long-term” investigator (from a few months to a few years, in France and across the world).
In its more than 120 years of existence, the Coutot-Roehrig group has accumulated one of the largest private digital databases in the world. The 285 employees of the group (genealogists and lawyers) are able to leverage these vast resources with highly competitive reactivity and efficiency, standards for which the group is well-known.
With its global network of correspondents spanning 47 branches (including 12 abroad and one exclusive correspondent in Poland), the group is de facto the European leader in probate genealogy and generates over €50 million in sales.
CAPZA, which is leading this transaction, has chosen to support the group’s CEO, Guillaume Roehrig, who remains the majority shareholder, by investing in the company in capital and mezzanine to support its development strategy. With the entry of its new partners, the group will accelerate its growth by positioning itself as a vector of consolidation in France and abroad, and by diversifying its activities to the management of dormant assets in collaboration with banking and insurance institutions.