The Global Mid-Market Specialist
Alantra, a global investment banking and asset management company focused on the mid-market segment, has advised the Cremonese family in the sale of a 40% stake in Manifattura Valcismon, a leading manufacturer of high-performance clothing for cycling and winter sport athletes under the iconic brands Castelli and Sportful to Equinox Investments, an Italian private equity investor with an investment strategy tailored at the Italian mid-market.
Founded in 1876, Manifattura Valcismon has expanded its global footprint serving today more than 70 countries around the world. The Group is recognized internationally for the outstanding quality and unparalleled technical performance of its products, as evidenced by the international sport professionals’ loyalty to the Group’s brands. Castelli jackets and jerseys were used by all major cycling heroes of the past like Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi (five-time winner of Giro d’Italia and two-time winner of Tour de France) and by todays world’s top professional cyclists like Chris Froome, Peter Sagan and the full Sky team.
This deal is the second transaction with a highly visible professional cycling company in Italy in the last 24 months. Prior to this transaction, Alantra advised US private equity firm L Catterton on the acquisition of Italian Pinarello, a leading brand of premium road bicycles, accessories and apparel (click here to learn more about that transaction).
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