Atos, the crazy bet from the founder of OnePoint
The announcement of the takeover bid of part of the Atos Group, number two in France for digital services, by the small ESN Onepoint came as a surprise. For almost two years, the tech giants from Orange to Thales have been buzzing around the ailing French group, which with 4.2 billion euros is finally positioning itself as a lightweight in the industry. The board of directors very quickly rejected the offer received last Tuesday. But the mass is far from said.
On paper, the operation looks like a very ambitious bet by David Layani, the founder of OnePoint, at best, a joke at worst. With a turnover of 11 billion euros, Atos is 30 times larger than its attacker. It’s very international when OnePoint is hexagonal. And David Layani, a 43-year-old autodidact who embarked on the entrepreneurial adventure only 20 years ago, is still little known in this world of technology. “Everyone thinks he’s a joke, thatfurnishings is against it, but it keeps moving forward,” observes a good connoisseur of the ecosystem.
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