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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COMPANY SALES AND ACQUISITIONS

I - MISSION

Founded in 1985, CRA's main goal is to promote the transfer of small and middle size companies, and ensure their development through mergers or partnerships.
CRA facilitates contacts between company owners, company buyers and experts on regional, national and European levels.
Since its creation, CRA has over 3 000 successful business transactions to its credit and has acquired a solid reputation as a competent mediator in this field.

II - ACTIVITY

CRA helps :
- Small and middle size companies (SA and SARL only) seeking buyers or partners
- Company development through external growth
- Purchasers focussing on seeking small and middle size companies for a complete take-over of the business or for partnerships purposes

III - SERVICES

- Facilitating personal contacts among members : owners of business for sale, purchasers and experts
- Diffusing a monthly bulletin to each member, listing exclusively new acquisition offers
- Making available up to date information on all acquisitions via Internet. More details here.
- Taking part in monthly information and debating conferences in and around Paris
- Organising and leading working groups for purchasers, before and/or after company acquisition. For more details, click here.
- Initiating training courses for potential purchasers through "CRA FORMATION", with the assistance of specialised experts
- Providing assistance to business owners in drawing up their succession plans

IV - ASSETS

  • Confidentiality : all necessary precautions are taken to avoid identification of the business acquisitions. Before any information can be disclosed, contacts between the company purchaser and the company seller are screened via a strictly adhered-to procedure
  • Good Established Reputation - Efficiency and Competence : borne out by concrete results
  • Network : headquarters in Paris along with 70 regional delegations (*) covering the whole French territory, one office in Geneva and two correspondants in Belgium and Holland

CRA has a very close relationship with :

  • The national institutions ACFCI, MEDEF, CGPME, OSEO and their representatives involved in company sales and acquisitions
  • Experts specialised in various domains : financial, legal, fiscal, social, management and administrative
  • Large-scale corporations, groups and financial establishments, members of CRA.
  • Active support is provided from Alumni Associations of the major Management and Engineer schools and universities.

V - FUNCTIONING

CRA, a non profit association, (1901 law) proposes activities led by 220 former chief executive officers for the benefit of companies interested in their professional skills.
CRA is a trustworthy partner and assists members in all aspects relative to succession planning, company sales and acquisitions. However, CRA does not participate in its members' business negotiations and does not receive any fees upon the conclusion of business contracts . A personal meeting takes place before membership, and providing the CRA staff has a favourable opinion, an annual moderate subscription is paid for by the new member.

VI - STATISTICS

  • Memberships : more than 23 000 members since the beginning
  • Acquisitions : the CRA base contains on average 600 acquisitions each year. More details here.
  • Company buyers : approximately 1400 members
  • Accomplishments : more than 2 out of 3 business offers managed by the CRA holding leads to a signed contract
  • Working groups : every year, 400 members participate in 50 working groups, thus increasing their chances of success and minimising time spent on potential client searching
  • Training : 8 training courses, run over a period of 4 consecutive weeks, are organised each year in Paris, and 4 courses in Lyon. More details here

70 REGIONAL DELEGATIONS IN FRANCE - 1 DELEGATION IN GENEVA

Click here for the detailed locations

CRA Headquarters - 45, rue Vivienne - 75002 PARIS
Tel. : 01.40.26.74.16 - www.cra-asso.org - email : info chez cra-asso.org

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