UX-Republic joins Smile, the leading group recognized for its unique expertise in open source technologies, and also known through its brands Neopixl, the mobile applications specialist, and SensioLabs, creator of the world-famous Symfony framework. UX-Republic will continue to operate under its own brand and will benefit from Smile's capabilities to strengthen its customer offering – particularly on the technological side - and roll out its expertise in France and Europe. The acquisition benefits from the active support of the two companies' management teams and Smile's shareholders: Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout1 investments, and Eurazeo PME. Smile and UX-Republic are bringing together their expertise and combining their know-how in terms of technologies and uses to continue to innovate and best meet the needs of their clients. The project also plans to conquer new markets based on UX-Republic's expertise, drawing on Smile's French and international presence. UX-Republic will be an integral part of Smile Group, the European leader in open digital and open source (consulting, innovation, integration, infrastructure).
Present in 7 countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine and Morocco) with more than 1 700 employees, Smile contributes each year to hundreds of strategic digital projects for major French and European accounts based on the most innovative solutions and concepts. Founded in 2013, UX-Republic is the French expert in the creation of user-centric digital experiences, recognized by the largest groups. UX-Republic advises and supports its clients from the analysis of their situation to the prototyping and testing of functional and creative concepts. The integration of UX-Republic is part of Smile's Open Arrow strategic plan, which aims to develop the Group's consulting offer. Launched in 2019, Smile's consulting division offers French and European clients customized solutions to support their digital transformation. In addition, UX-Republic will benefit from Smile's continuous international development, where the group intends to pursue expansion with the support of its shareholders.
Marc Palazon, CEO of Smile Group, said: "The arrival of UX-Republic within the Smile family represents a real opportunity to mutually reinforce our expertise and our offerings in terms of consulting, uses and technologies. Thanks to the skills of this gem, an expert in the field of UX and UI, Smile is adding another string to its bow by becoming a major player in digital experience creation. We look forward to working with the entire UX-Republic team.”
Sébastien Berten and Yann Cadoret, co-founders and CEOs of UX-Republic, added: "Thanks to its complementarity with our expertise, its footprint in France and internationally, and its development dynamics, Smile Group is the perfect partner for UX-Republic. Throughout our discussions, Smile's teams have demonstrated their understanding of our activities, our strengths, and our potential.
This partnership opens a new chapter that promises to be exciting for both our clients and our teams.” Stanislas de Tinguy, Partner of Keensight Capital, concluded: "We are proud to support Smile in this new stage of its development as part of the Open Arrow strategic plan. This new build-up contributes to strengthening Smile's position as the European leader in digital and open source, with very high value-added solutions.” 1 Growth Buyout: investment in profitable, private companies experiencing strong growth, in minority or majority positions, with or without leverage, using a flexible approach tailored to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, in order to finance organic growth projects, acquisition strategies or provide historic shareholders with liquidity.
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