Legrand (company)

The Legrand SA is a publicly traded French company with headquarters in Limoges. The company is active in electrical engineering and is a world leader in low voltage products for the construction and networks.


The company's history dates back to 1860.

In 2001, Legrand was taken over by the competitors Schneider Electric in a public takeover; but the European competition authorities said ultimately the acquisition and Schneider had Legrand to the private equity investors Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR ) and Wendel Investissement resell. After the stock market re-introduction in April 2006, KKR and Wendel even hold each 31 percent of the shares (as of May 2009).