EIM, the international leader of executive interim management services, has closed the acquisition of Paris-based Colibee. Founded in 2008 by Olivier Fernandes, Colibee is a leading freelance consulting player leveraging a network of over 1,000 independent consultants and interim managers with expertise in management and technology. Colibee provides qualified consultants specialized in Information Technologies and Management consulting services to large French and European groups. It generated c.€20m sales in 2023 and employs more than 20 people.
The acquisition of Colibee further strengthens EIM’s leadership position, gaining a strategic edge by developing a new expertise in Information Technologies and Management consultancy to better support current and future needs of its clients, while reinforcing its interim management services.
Olivier Fernandes, founder of Colibee: “It is with great enthusiasm that we are joining our complementary competencies to better serve a wider range of clients in terms of size and sector, unleashing a strong cross-selling potential in France and across Europe.”
Michele Bruno, President of EIM group: “We warmly welcome Colibee as it becomes a part of our group. This strategic acquisition positions us to expand our service offerings, incorporating on-demand consulting in Management and Information Technology. Our objective is to enhance our ability to support clients in their transformative journeys by delivering flexible and highly professional solutions.”
Thierry Tomasov, Managing Director of EIM France: “We have identified Information Technologies competencies as key strategic success factor in the continuing digitalization of companies which we expect will receive a further boost from the explosive growth of artificial intelligence and data challenges. To get a headstart in this area, we have decided to add these cutting-edge expertise and up-to-date capabilities to our offer of premium interim management services through the acquisition of a major French player in this area.”
The transaction has been fully supported by EIM’s financial sponsor idiCo.
Dr. Isa Schulz, Director of the EIM Board and Director at idiCo: “We are very glad to support EIM’s ambitious external growth strategy by sharing our expertise. After (i) entering a new geography via the acquisition of Gronova and (ii) the consolidation of the German market thanks to the integration of Management Angels last year, this transaction shows the 3rd pillar of EIM’s buy & build plan: Adding capabilities in strategic adjacent areas such as Management and Information Technologies consulting.”