Butler Capital Partners and Autodistribution: Putting Private Equity to Work in France

Case Solution

Walter Kuemmerle, William J. Coughlin
Harvard Business School ()

It describes a proposed purchase transaction from Autodistribution, an enterprising company that is the leading auto parts distributor in France. The deal was made possible by a failed takeover battle from Autodistribution’s parent company. Private equity investor Butler Capital Partners has to make an investment decision within three weeks. Other private equity firms are vying with Butler for the deal. Butler must assess the potential for improvement and expansion of margins in France and other European countries. Also, since the deal price is fixed, Butler must focus on finding a mutually beneficial structure to secure the deal.

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