Transeo is an international non-profit association bringing together experts in transfers and acquisitions of small and medium-sized businesses from Europe & beyond.
Transeo was founded in December 2010, on the initiative of the Wallonia Government, by 3 international partners:
Transeo focuses on transfers and acquisitions of small and medium-sized businesses…
Transeo connects 3 types of experts:
Transeo encourages transfers and acquisitions of SMEs in Europe and beyond.
Transeo is an international non-profit association. Our mission is to encourage and promote transfers and acquisitions of small businesses in Europe & beyond. We focus our efforts on 3 kinds of changes of ownership:
Striving for the continuity and growth of businesses in Europe and beyond…
As the only European association representing the business transfer industry, Transeo aims at supporting transfers and acquisitions of SMEs in Europe and beyond, acting as the European reference organisation in the field.
Transeo aims at making every company “everlasting” by raising awareness, developing knowledge and creating matchmaking opportunities between “sellers” and “buyers”, which will contribute to the continuity and future growth of these companies.
Transeo also creates opportunities for every one of its Members, across the globe, offering high-quality services, exclusive knowledge as well as friendly and business-oriented networking.
1st European Business Transfer Conference
Organised on the initiative of the Wallonia Government, this conference was a great success with 200 participants from 18 countries. It also confirmed the interest in setting up a European association to champion the interests of the business transfer industry.
Creation of Transeo AISBL
Constitutive General Assembly organised in Brussels and gathering together more than 100 attendees from all over Europe. Transeo became the 1st European Association for SME Transfer (international non-profit association).
1st Transeo Working Group
The community of Transeo Members was growing and Members started working on mapping business transfer ecosystems, barriers and deal-breakers across Europe. The results of this working group were presented to Members at the European Parliament in Brussels on the occasion of a Transeo Members event hosting 50+ attendees.
Transeo Conference #2
2nd “Transeo Conference” organised in Spa, Belgium. This event was, again, a great success with 180+ participants and 40 speakers, from 18 countries. “Transeo Conference” became the reference event in Europe for transfers & acquisitions of small businesses.
EU Commission Expert Group on Business Transfer
Transeo was invited by the European Commission to take part in its Business Transfer Expert Group, with several meetings during the year, an ideal opportunity for having the voice of our Members heard. Taking part in this Expert Group was an outstanding achievement and a recognition of our expertise.
2013 General Assembly Event
Event organised for Transeo Members in Paris on the occasion of the 2013 General Assembly of Transeo, with inspiring speakers: Timothy Bovard (INSEAD), Didier Guennoc (IPEV, International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation), Alain Renck & Michèle Papalia (Oseo) and Yves Jouot (French Ministry for Economy).
European SME Transfer Summit
3rd “Transeo Conference”, becoming the European SME Transfer Summit. The event took place in Brussels, in the headquarters of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises, and welcomed 170 attendees, and 30 speakers from 18 countries.
EU Commission Business Transfer Conference
Transeo was asked to co-organise the EU Commission European Business Transfer Conference in Brussels: a great opportunity to reinforce the collaboration with the European Commission and highlight the expertise of Transeo Members, invited as guest speakers.
2015 General Assembly Event
Transeo invited its Members to the city hosting the Transeo headquarters, Liège, in Wallonia, Belgium for a 2-day event for the 2015 General Assembly of the association. Several workshops, exclusive training on negotiation and a gala dinner were on the programme.
4th European SME Transfer Summit – Closing Event EU4BT
For the 1st time in Germany, the Transeo Summit hosted 170 attendees & 21 guest speakers from 11 countries. This Summit was also an excellent occasion for officially closing the “EU4BT” project run by Transeo on behalf of the European Commission, with an official ceremony where 19 marketplaces from across Europe signed the EU4BT Code of Conduct. By doing so, they committed to applying EU quality standards in their respective marketplaces.
Transeo, co-organiser & guest speaker of the 1st Malta Business Transfer Conference
Transeo was asked to co-organise this 1st international conference on business transfer, in collaboration with the Ministry for Economy of Malta and the European Commission. Transeo was invited as a guest speaker, along with 8 of its Members, to share their expertise in the field of business transfer. On this occasion, Commissioner Bienkowska & DG GROW Director Kristin Schreiber supported Transeo’s position on developing national action plans for business transfer across European Member States.
5th Transeo European SME Transfer Summit
With 200 registered participants and 50 speakers from 16 EU & non-EU countries, this 5th Transeo Summit was a success, thanks to effective collaboration with our hosts, the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy & the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. The Summit was also helpful in raising awareness among entrepreneurs, professionals and policymakers in Luxembourg about the importance of business transfer.
Launch of the Transeo Deal Club & 1st International Romanian Business Transfer Conference
Transeo launched its “Transeo Deal Club”, where its Members from across Europe, all active in dealmaking, enjoyed exclusive access to more than 15 sell-side and buy-side opportunity profiles. This kick-off event was the starting point of the Transeo Deal Club, a trusted community of M&A advisors specialised in transfers and acquisitions of SMEs. In the wake of this 1st Deal Club meeting, the 1st International Romanian Business Transfer Conference was also organised in Bucharest, to raise awareness about business transfer & strengthen the expertise of business transfer professionals in Romania.
Transeo 10-year anniversary
In 2020, Transeo is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the many great achievements it has enjoyed over the years, including an ever-growing international community of Members. Ten years on, Transeo has also been given a revamped look, with a new visual identity, logo, baseline… Ready for the 10 years ahead!
Transeo aims at promoting “business transfer” as a way to save jobs and to contribute to a circular lifecycle of companies and ensure the continuity of their resources and activity (staff, machines, clients …) and, therefore, making every company transferred “everlasting”.
Guaranteeing the continuity of SMEs once their owner gets old, retires or dies, is of crucial importance. Entrepreneurs, including family business owners, have many different options to secure the continuity of their company by transferring it within the family or outside.
Buying a business is also entrepreneurship. Acquiring an existing company offers great prospects for innovation and growth, and represents a profitable and less risky alternative to creating a business from scratch. Taking over an existing business is a fantastic way to become an entrepreneur, either as successor taking over the family business or as individual entrepreneur taking over an existing company. The skills needed, the path to follow and the financial investment are not the same as for starting up a business from scratch, but acquiring an existing company is entrepreneurship too!
For existing companies, acquiring another business is a way to grow, either by diversifying clients or activities, acquiring quality staff or production systems, or integrating upstream or downstream activities to improve services offer. Transeo supports external growth – also called growth through acquisition – with the Transeo Deal Club.
After more than 20 years of work on business transfer at European level and 10 years of existence of Transeo representing the industry, business transfer remains a challenge…
The good news is that solutions exist! Transeo was founded as an international non-profit association, in 2010, to facilitate the exchange of good practices in the field at European level.
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In a nutshell, “business transfer” refers to the change of ownership and management of a company to ensure its continuity once the owner retires. There are many different ways a business can be transferred: within the family to one or several successor(s), inside the company to the management for instance, to the workers also under the form of a cooperative, or outside the company to an entrepreneur or to another company.