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Arval signs agreement to acquire GE Capital Fleet Services in Europe

The agreement covers more than 160,000 vehicles in 12 European countries, of which France, Germany and the UK represent over 75%; the vehicle assets amount to €2.4bn as of Q1 2015.

The acquisition would give Arval a leading position in Europe and around 900,000 vehicles worldwide.

This deal is part of a global transaction by which Element Financial Corporation, Arval’s partner in North-America, has agreed to buy GE Capital Fleet Services’ businesses in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Through these deals, Arval and Element Financial significantly strengthen the Element-Arval Global Alliance’s reach to become a global leader with more than 3 million vehicles in some 40 countries.

Thierry Laborde, deputy chief operating officer of BNP Paribas and head of domestic markets, stated: “For BNP Paribas Group, this acquisition will enhance the presence of our fleet management business on the European markets. This transaction further illustrates the Group’s active strategy to strengthen the leadership of its specialized activities in Europe.”

Philippe Bismut, CEO of Arval, said: “Arval will become the leader in full service leasing in Europe and I am sure that our clients will highly benefit from our geographical coverage, expertise and scale. We are also enthusiastic about this new cooperation with Element Financial and we are deeply convinced that this will bring value to both partners.”

The transaction is scheduled to complete in Q4 2015, subject to the execution of the final documentation after work council consultations, and to necessary regulatory approvals. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.