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Press release
Paris, 25 September 2014
Development capital transaction - Audiovisual production
CM-CIC Capital Finance buys into AKCB
AKCB is a group of audiovisual production companies, of which is Kabo. AKCB was founded in 2002 by
Alain Kappauf and Christian Baumard, and has developed an original concept of short comedy
programmes offering both high production values and a way for broadcasters to reduce their
programming costs. This "pick-and-mix" concept has led to the successful "Scène de Ménage" and
"En famille" series on M6 (third French TV channel in audience rating) which, after several seasons,
boast large, stable audience ratings.
AKCB also gives its talents extended artistic opportunities by producing TV dramas (52 and 90
minutes), films and live shows.
AKCB now wants to build on its successful TV productions by continuing its development
internationally. Capitalising on its pick-and-mix formats, AKCB wants to become a leading
international producer of TV drama, able to finance and secure international distribution for future
CM-CIC Capital Finance decided to support AKCB with its ambitious development plan as a minority
"The support of a renowned private equity company as a minority investor confirms the strategic and
financial appeal of our growth model, and the financing we have received will enable us to implement
our development plan with confidence," said Alain Kappauf and Christian Baumard, AKCB's managers.
"The professionalism of AKCB's management teams, together with the originality of the pick-and-mix
concept, convinced us that the group has a sound growth model and made us want to support its
major international plans," said Cyril Serratrice, Senior principal at CM-CIC Capital Finance.
For more information, visit Tel. +33 (0)1 58 69 29 00
About CM-CIC Capital Finance:
Venture capital, growth capital, buyout capital, merger and acquisition advisory. CM-CIC Capital
Finance meets the needs of businesses in all areas of equity financing. Together with its professional
approach, its resolutely human approach and its close ties with business leaders, its success is based
on the long-term support it provides to investee companies. CM-CIC Capital Finance has €2.5 billion
of capital under management and has invested almost €2.1 billion in 550 different companies.
Find out more at:
CM-CIC Capital Finance
Cyril Serratrice
Senior Principal
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 66 71 49
[email protected]
Christian Baumard
Alain Kappauf
Baptiste Martin Wurmser
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 66 74 92
[email protected]
Financial auditor: Deloitte Finance Transactions
Services (Philippe Serzec, Emmanuel Conjard, Lisa
Legal advisors: Duteil Avocats (Guillaume Jarry),
Fromons Briens (Cédric Guillon), CMS Francis
Lefebvre (Gilles Coumert), Lamy et Associés
(Karine Etienne)
Financial advisors: Ricol Lasteyrie Corporate Finance
(Etienne de Lasteyrie)
Legal advisors: Gaftarnik, Le Douarin & Associés (Mickael

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