A&M Capital Europe (“AMCE”), a London based middle-market private equity firm, has acquired Bollé Brands from Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista”) by way of a corporate carveout.
Founded in France in 1888, Bollé Brands is a global platform of leading eyewear, head protection and outdoor sports brands and consists of two divisions, Industrial Safety and Consumer Brands. Industrial Safety is a premium supplier of high-performance protective eyewear to industrial end markets, and Consumer Brands is a branded supplier of sunglasses, ski goggles and ski & bicycle helmets under the Bollé, Cébé, Serengeti and H2Optix brands.
AMCE will install a new management team headed by Peter Smith as President & CEO of Bollé Brands; Peter joins Bollé Brands as a highly experienced leader in global branded sports. Under AMCE ownership, Peter and his team will build new channels and develop new and innovative products across all Bollé Consumer brands, and through significant investment in Industrial Safety, Bollé will capitalise on the growing premium protective eyewear market.
About A&M Capital Europe
A&M Capital Europe, with total capital commitments of over €570 million, is AMC’s European middle-market investment strategy. AMCE leverages a highly experienced team of professionals, together with A&M Consulting’s 18 European offices to bring pan-European operating capabilities and industry relationships to bear in the sourcing, due diligence and post-acquisition monitoring and performance improvement of investment opportunities. AMCE’s professionals have a strong and referenceable track record of serving as trusted partners to founders and management teams, providing the capital and strategic assistance required to take businesses to the next level of success.
About Alvarez & Marsal Capital
Alvarez & Marsal Capital (“AMC”) is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $3 billion in total capital commitments across three investment strategies. The firm is led by a highly experienced investment team, which is augmented by its strategic association with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”), one of the largest operationally focused advisory firms in the world. AMC uniquely combines a focus on middle-market private equity investing, with the deep operational expertise, industry knowledge and global corporate relationships of A&M, making it a uniquely attractive partner to management teams and business owners.