Founded in 1981 and based in Tours, France, ACD Groupe is a major publisher of specialised software for chartered accountants and their clients. Led by Eric Choteau-Laurent, who has been at the helm of the company for the last 20 years, this transaction reorganises the company’s shareholder base around a team of operational managers, welcoming Crédit Mutuel Equity aboard with an investment of €3.3 million. Its goal is to look towards the future and support the rapid growth of ACD, which generates €30 million in revenue. ACD Groupe plans to strengthen its geographic coverage of France and is ready to seize opportunities for external growth.

ACD Groupe has 40 years of experience under its belt in the publishing of specialised software offering chartered accountants a comprehensive solution. In today’s economy, that strong position acts as a shield against the many start-ups attempting to disrupt the market. With a portfolio of 3,200 business clients using its software, ACD is able to prove the credibility and reputation of its comprehensive ERP solution, which responds to every need of chartered accountants, including tools that help firms assist their clients and work collaboratively with them. The software publisher currently holds a 30% share of the French market and has 250 employees across seven sites: Tours, Aix-en-Provence, Rennes, Lyon, Montpellier, Lorient, and Pointe-à-Pit.

Additionally, ACD Groupe is one of the founding members of “Le Village Connecté” economic interest grouping (EIG), the first organisation of its kind dedicated to the digital transition of the statutory auditing profession. Through this EIG, ACD Groupe and its partners (RCA, COAXIS, WAIBI, and Classe 7) offer a broad spectrum of tools to meet the needs of chartered accountants and their clients. Thanks to this collaboration, ACD Groupe is able to focus on its core business.

“To continue growing, we needed to find a financial partner capable of supporting us in the long term without a planned exit date; we also needed a partner that would be able to challenge us and help us restructure the company. That partnering role—providing networking, expertise, and feedback on the company’s progress—is crucial. It strengthens the image and all-important confidence that ACD Groupe builds with its clients, its employees, and its ecosystem. We are no longer on our own to manage the rapid growth of our organisation and, particularly, to seize growth opportunities that come our way,” explains Eric Choteau-Laurent, Chairman of ACD Groupe.

“We based our opinion of the quality of the solution developed on ACD Groupe’s double-digit growth, its strong penetration among the top 10 accounting firms, and its innovations currently in development. What’s more, Eric Choteau-Laurent has a strong reputation in the accounting profession. He works closely with one of his partners, Laurent Vuillet, forming a high-level duo with complementary skills that won us over. This is also an opportunity for Crédit Mutuel Equity to invest in a software publisher offering a complete ERP solution for accounting professionals in a market undergoing rapid consolidation,” says Thierry Aubert, Director of Equity Investments at Crédit Mutuel Equity.

  • Crédit Mutuel Equity :

    Thierry Aubert
    Director of Equity Investments

    Laure Marchais
    Transaction Advisor

Investment advisors

Legal consulting: Cornet Vincent Segurel (Olivier Greffard)

Due diligence (legal, tax, HR): Cornet Vincent Segurel (Olivier Greffard, Nicolas Palos, Laurence tardivel)

ACD Groupe

Eric Choteau-Laurent, Chairman

Company advisors

Legal consulting: Groupe Monassier Val de Loire (Michaël DADOIT)


CIC Ouest - Indre et Loire Entreprises (Jean-François Norguet, Florence Moreau)

CIC Banque Privée (Jean-Marc Lemouchi, Anne Martelly, Cécile Munoz)

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