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I am co-CEO of DC Advisory France. I also lead the Industrials practice and work primarily within the Industrials and Business Services sectors.
Since joining DC Advisory I have advised numerous corporates such as Air Liquide, GDF-Suez, Johnson Controls, Rio Tinto and Veolia, as well as a number of private equity clients.
I started my career in corporate finance in 1990 with Arthur Andersen. I moved into investment banking in 1997 with Lehman Brothers and Rothschild & Cie before joining DC.
Eleven years of my career have been spent abroad in the USA and Europe. This makes the cross-border elements of DC’s work pertinent for me as I can continue to draw upon the overseas relationships I have spent many years building.
As co-head of the French business, one of my main aims is to ensure that my team works closely with Daiwa and our network partners in order to provide all possible solutions, and the optimal advice, to our clients. Our global presence combined with the dedication I see in many of my colleagues is unique for an advisory firm focusing on mid-cap M&A. It’s the reason I joined, and why I have enjoyed every moment since I started at DC.
I am co-CEO of DC Advisory France. I also head the TMT team and coordinate the practice at a European level.
I have over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, both in London and Paris. I started my career at Indosuez before working at UBS from 1995 to 1998. I then spent 14 years with Goldman Sachs before joining DC Advisory. During my career I have advised a large number of clients on acquisitions, disposals, capital increases, debt raising and financial restructurings – a total of over 70 completed deals.
I find the dual role of origination and management very fulfilling. Through hiring and developing our younger staff, I have a direct impact on our transaction processes and the quality of our execution; while my work in the TMT sector requires that I keep up to speed with advancements in new technologies and business models. Both of those things present a fascinating challenge.
Having worked in investment banking for close to twenty years, I understand very well how unique DC’s offering is in the European mid-market. The combination of the pure advisory model and mid-market focus with global capabilities is a real point of difference for our firm.
The flexibility and entrepreneurship we enjoy as a workforce is also something that I have only experienced at DC.
In addition to my management role as CEO of DC Germany and Poland where I cover the DACH region, I continue to lead on transactions, such as First State’s acquisition of the HeHe ferry route from Stena and Scandlines; the sale of Polo Motorrad to Equistone; and Sysmex’s acquisitions of Inostics and Partec. At DC my focus areas are Industrials incl. Infrastructure & Energy as well as PE Coverage.
I joined DC from Commerzbank, where I was Head of M&A for Germany. I had previously spent 16 years at Dresdner Kleinwort based in both London and Frankfurt where I was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Advisory.
I have worked at DC longer than at any of my previous employers. They were all great companies – Arthur Andersen, Barings and Bear Stearns – and I learnt a great deal at all of them, but ultimately none of them were quite right for me.
DC just works for me and, I am pleased to say, for many of my colleagues. I get a buzz out of my sector, my colleagues and from the culture. A culture that is committed to integrity and fairness and to the provision of the right advice to our clients.
I joined DC Advisory as a Director in 2007 to open and build the Lyon office. I was promoted to Executive Director in 2010, and am now a Managing Director.
I enjoyed the challenge of opening a new office in a new region and the sense of pride it gave me in the team’s success thereafter. I particularly like the degree of autonomy at DC and the international, collaborative nature of our work.
In my time here I have advised on numerous French and international transactions in Healthcare, Business Services, Consumer Goods, Retail, Leisure and Industrials. My clients have included private equity firms, family owned businesses and larger corporates (Domidep, Almaviva, Babymoov, Menix Group, Altergis).
Prior to DC I worked in the M&A team at Rothschild & Cie for seven years.
I joined DC’s Debt Advisory team in June 2013. Since then I have worked on a variety of transactions, including the refinancing of GRW, the sale of Polo Motorrad and the recapitalisation of Kufner.
Previously, I headed a team in Commerzbank’s Leveraged Finance division and prior to that I worked in Dresdner Kleinwort’s LBO and Infrastructure Finance team, responsible for structuring, executing and syndicating complex LBO transactions and advising clients on strategic financing decisions. I started my career in the Leverage and Project Finance team of WestLB AG in 2001.
I chose to move to DC because it offers a strong global network of M&A and Debt Advisory professionals and has a leading track record advising on German mid-cap transactions. In my time here I have also come to appreciate how DC’s unrivalled Asian footprint (which is becoming increasingly important in the German market) adds significant value.
I lead the firm’s Retail sector franchise in the UK. I came to DC because I was impressed by the firm’s entrepreneurial culture, its partnership approach and commitment to providing independent advice.
I joined the firm in 2017 after 21 years in corporate finance and investment banking with Charterhouse Bank and HSBC. I have worked on several high profile M&A and equity raising transactions over the past few years including; the sale of Tesco’s Korean business to MBK for $6BN, the contested public bid for Home Retail Group plc by Steinhoff, the sale of House of Fraser, the merger of Cineworld plc with Cinema City N.V., and the IPOs of Jimmy Choo, Game Digital, OVS Spa, Moncler and Grandvision.
The retail industry is in the midst of rapid structural change caused by the growth of e-commerce and the emergence of exciting new brands and business models. This makes it a fascinating sector to be involved in.
I started my career in corporate finance some twenty years ago and have worked in debt and restructuring for the majority of that time. I now lead DC’s Debt and Restructuring practice for the DACH region.
I can honestly say that of all the transactions on which I have advised during the last two decades, no two have been the same. This is in part due to the rate at which the debt markets are evolving, but also because as a debt adviser I work across the sectors – often alongside the M&A teams. Most importantly, however, it is down to our independence; being conflict-free means we can offer a far greater optionality to clients than many of our peers.
Prior to DC I was head of debt and restructuring for DACH at Canaccord Genuity. I had previously led the debt team at Jefferies and worked in fixed income at Goldman Sachs.
I lead the Retail & Consumer sector team in DC France and have advised on numerous domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the space.
I came to DC because I felt we shared a similar approach to business: a belief in building long-term relationships with clients and an acute sense of integrity and pride in doing the job well.
In the last five years I have advised on the sale of ParexGroup to CVC, the acquisition of Monoprix by Casino, the sale of Alain Afflelou to Lion Capital, the acquisition of Hamleys by Ludendo, the acquisition of GPA by Casino and the acquisition of Guyenne & Gascogne by Carrefour.
Prior to joining DC Advisory, I was a Managing Director at Rothschild & Cie Paris in M&A, debt and restructuring.
I moved to DC Advisory in 2014 because of the company’s great reputation and because there was an opportunity to develop an independent Infrastructure advisory platform.
I had previously worked at JPMorgan, where I headed the Infrastructure Finance platform. Before that I was a senior member of the Infrastructure Finance team at Dresdner Kleinwort and a lead analyst at Moody’s, in Utilities & Energy.
In my career I have worked on deals across the broader infrastructure sector – from utilities, toll roads, airports to ports and rail, as well as the more hybrid sectors like motorway services, towers, meter reading and waste. Since joining DC, one of the highlights has been advising EISER on the refinancing of ESP Utilities Group; it was a complex deal with many moving parts but we managed to bring it to a great conclusion.
I joined DC Advisory in 2002 and have advised numerous corporates such as Vinci, Elior, Suez or TDF, private equity funds like PAI, KKR, Edmond de Rothschild or Carlyle but also families and entrepreneurs with a primary focus on the Business services sector. I am also in charge of private equity coverage for our French office.
I spent 2011 to 2013 in the M&A department at Daiwa in Hong Kong, which was an incredibly valuable experience. I continue to work closely with our Daiwa colleagues and make use of our international platform as it can offer real benefits for our clients.
After nearly 15 years I continue to highly value the entrepreneurial spirit and client focus approach of our company free of any conflict of interest.
As a Managing Director on the Debt Advisory Group, I have advised a broad range of European private equity and corporate clients concerning capital structure and balance sheet events – recent clients I have worked with include PrimaCom, Scandlines, Scandza, Cath Kidston and Zenith.
There are no ‘standard’ processes for my team. The range of sectors we work across, the constant evolution of the debt markets and the ever-increasing optionality we can offer to clients mean that every transaction we work on is different. The ability to offer every possible solution is part of the reason I think our independence is so valuable.
I came to DC with 16 years’ experience in the leveraged finance market. I joined from Mizuho Bank, where I was Head of Capital Markets in Europe for the Leveraged Finance division. Previously I worked in the leveraged capital markets team at RBS for nine years and in the acquisition finance team at Lloyds for four years.
I joined DC Advisory as a Director in 2004 and am now Managing Director of the Business Services team in France.
My clients in the sector range from international corporates to Private Equity and family-owned businesses. I advised on the sale of Carso to BPI and Euromezzanine; the acquisition of LT Aqua+ by Groupe Hammel; the sale of Ergalis to LFPI; and the sale of Focal & Naim to Naxicap, amongst others.
I like that at DC we focus on advising on mid-market transactions and we do it extremely well. I also value the entrepreneurial spirit the company has cultivated and the fact we work in small, sector-specific teams where you can make a real impact.
I head up DC Advisory’s European Infrastructure Team and advise on both debt and M&A transactions in the sector.
I joined DC in 2012 to set up the Infrastructure advisory platform and have advised some of the most well-known investors in the sector, including First State on the acquisitions of Digita and the HeHe ferry route; iCON Infrastructure Partners on the acquisitions of Firmus Gas and Fortum Norway; and Antin on the acquisition of Westerleigh. In a debt advisory capacity I have also advised 3i on the refinancing of Scandlines and Eiser on the refinancing of ESP Pipelines.
Having founded the Infrastructure platform and built it into a successful team of over 10 bankers, I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved over the last 3 years. A large number of our transactions are cross-border and we often work alongside colleagues from our international offices. We have dedicated specialists working across the infrastructure subsectors, from Utilities, Renewables, Power, Transportation and Social Infrastructure, amongst others.
The fact that we are able to provide independent advice on both the M&A and debt aspects of a transaction, often in tandem, is a key differentiating factor for our clients. They know that our only concern is securing them the best possible outcome on the best possible terms.
I came to DC Advisory in 2013, attracted by the company’s global platform, its independence and its strong presence in Asia which I see as a clear benefit when advising our internationally active clients.
I have worked in M&A since 2002 and, in the time since, I have advised on a number of cross-border transactions with a particular focus on the Industrials sector.
Prior to DC I was at Commerzbank where I spent two and a half years originating and executing M&A primarily in the Industrials sector. I started my career in the M&A department at Deutsche Bank and thereafter worked at ABN AMRO/RBS. I am an attorney at law.
I co-lead the Financial Sponsors Group in London. My team provides a focal point for DC’s interaction with the private equity community: we help PE clients find deals that fit their investment strategy and realise value from their portfolios. I am also responsible for origination across the sectors and am involved in execution on some TMT and Business Services deals.
When I came to DC it was the international platform and the company’s long track record of leading mid-market deals that appealed to me. Having worked here some time now I am equally impressed by the high-quality individuals I work with every day. It’s also rare to find such a fun and entrepreneurial culture in a corporate environment.
Before moving to DC I spent six years at 3i as an investor focused on growth capital and buyout deals in Europe. Prior to that I was with PwC for nine years.
I joined DC Advisory in January 2016 as Executive Director in the Debt Advisory Group for France and the UK.
I started my career at Société Générale, before joining RBS where I was responsible for financing for a number of large corporate and public sector clients for almost nine years. I also took part in the negotiations of major financial restructurings, notably in the LBO market.
I joined DC because the firm has two distinguishing features: a very robust mid-market M&A deal flow in France, and a market leading debt advisory platform in London, where most of the alternative liquidity comes from. I also felt an immediate affinity with the people I met at the firm.
I am an Executive Director in the TMT team and have been covering the media and technology sector since joining DC in 2007. During that time I have worked on a number of high-profile transactions in the sector, such as the sales of CloserStill Media to Inflexion and Gorkana to Cision, in addition to over 20 other transactions in this sector.
Our international capabilities are fundamental to the advice my team provides as media and technology companies are rarely bound by geographic barriers. The speed with which a new idea can be transformed into a global media property, or technology, also makes the sector a hugely exciting one to work in; new subsectors are being created at a phenomenal pace and old ones are being reinvented entirely. It’s fascinating to be a part of this change and a great industry to be involved with.
I have been an Executive Director in DC Advisory’s European Debt Advisory Group since December 2014. I was part of the transaction team that worked on Electra’s acquisition of TGI Friday’s and more recently advised on the €365m cross-border refinancing of PrimaCom.
I joined DC Advisory because of its reputation in the market and have quickly come to appreciate its collegiate approach. I came with more than 10 years’ experience in leverage finance from BNP Paribas and RBS, where I worked in origination and execution, portfolio management, CLO portfolio management and restructuring.
I began my career at PwC where I qualified as a chartered accountant, having graduated with a degree in law from the University of Edinburgh.
I joined DC Advisory as an Associate in 2010 and am now an Executive Director in the Industrials team.
I have advised both corporates and private equity firms across a number of Industrials subsectors, including capital goods, automotive, marine, aerospace and metals – with a particular focus on building efficiency and construction products.
In recent years I have advised on the sale of Anesco to CBPE Capital, Swegon’s acquisition of P. Lemmens and the sale of a stake in Punch Powertrain to New Horizon Capital, the Chinese PE fund.
The most interesting thing about what I do is the international nature of the Industrials sector. It allows our team to bring DC’s global reach and relationships to the fore.
I joined DC Advisory’s Business Services team in 2006. In that time I have developed a specialism in professional and tech-enabled service companies. Recent examples of these include the sale of Cambridge Education Group from Palamon Capital Partners and Zenith Vehicle Leasing from Morgan Stanley Private Equity.
I am a strong believer in the opportunities the UK service sector holds. The UK has led the outsourcing movement and export of services for decades and being at the forefront of this is hugely exciting.
Prior to working at DC Advisory, I trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in their Private Equity Group, where I also won the John Beere prize for my professional stage exams.
I joined DC in 2008 as a founding member of the Manchester team. Having helped open the office, I feel a great sense of ownership and care deeply about the transactions we work on. The challenge of growing the business through the downturn was highly motivating and, I am pleased to say, a great success.
During my time at DC I have advised on M&A transactions across various sectors, including the sales of Zenith (vehicle leasing) and Britton Group (packaging) and the acquisition of AFI Uplift (rental). Prior to DC I spent four years at Zeus Capital, where I advised mostly on public transactions including IPOs, fundraisings and PTPs.
The regional markets are much more relationship driven and, while email has its uses, building relationships isn’t one of them. I always prefer to pick up the phone to clients where possible.
In my role as a Executive Director I am responsible for leading execution teams on live mandates. I have worked with numerous well known French Industrials clients, including Air Liquide, Schneider Electric and Vinci. Transactions on which I advised include the sale of WFS to LBO France, the sale of RG Safety to Abénex and the sale of Carso to Euromezzanine and BPI.
I enjoy the client exposure you get at DC from the outset. The close interaction with key decision makers, the range of situations and diverse sectors you encounter and the fact we remain with the same team on each transaction from start to finish. It all means you learn very quickly.
I joined DC in 2004 from Lazard, having previously graduated from University Paris IX-Dauphine with a Masters in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering.
I am a director in the healthcare team, which I joined in October 2014. During my time at DC Advisory, I’ve worked on both domestic and cross-border deals, including advising Baywater Healthcare Ireland on behalf of Duke Street Capital on its sale to Air Liquide and advising Citation on behalf of ECI Partners on its sale to HgCapital.
Whilst each transaction presents new and complex challenges, helping clients achieve a successful outcome is very satisfying. The opportunity to work with dynamic businesses and highly capable colleagues always keeps this role interesting and enjoyable.
Before joining DC Advisory, I worked for KPMG Corporate Finance in London and earlier in my career I qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
As a Director in the Leisure, Retail & Consumer (LRC) team I focus on originating and executing M&A transactions for domestic and cross border deals in the sector.
I have worked on a number of interesting deals since joining DC Advisory in 2014, including the sale of Lunch Garden to Bregal Freshstream, ICG’s acquisition of Park Holidays and Nagatanien’s acquisition of Chaucer Food.
The opportunity to work with talented and driven colleagues, DC’s entrepreneurial culture and its international platform were the main reasons for me to choose DC Advisory.
Before joining DC I worked in the M&A team at Commerzbank in Frankfurt and London, prior to this I was at Lincoln International in Frankfurt and Madrid, primarily focused on cross border M&A transactions in the LRC space.
I joined DC Advisory in July 2013. I am a Director and my role involves advising corporates, private equity funds and infrastructure clients on the execution of M&A transactions across a variety of sectors, including Energy, Infrastructure and Industrials.
In recent years I have worked on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture between Ferrostaal and Haldor Topsoe, First State’s acquisition of the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry route from Scandlines and Stena and the sell-sides of Doll Fahrzeugbau to Capital Management Partners and GHH Radsatz to Bonatrans. I enjoy the varied nature of transactions I can be involved in.
I was attracted to DC because it has global capabilities paired with the backing of a large Japanese financial corporation, while at the same time maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit and day-to-day independence of a boutique.
Before joining DC, I worked in M&A at Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank. I studied International Business at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) and also completed an MBA with distinction at Warwick Business School (United Kingdom).
As a Director in the Financial Sponsors Group I work with a wide range of European, US and Asian-based private equity funds and family offices, helping clients to source and execute deals as well as advising them at various stages of their existing investments. I joined DC in 2012 from Credit Suisse.
One of the reasons I enjoy working with private equity is because it’s fundamentally a relationship-based industry, where trust is built up over years between the adviser and client or the private equity house and a management team. Mix that dynamic with the critical thinking and in-depth analysis that accompanies every deal, and it’s a very rewarding sector in which to work.
Recent clients I’ve advised include Cinven on the acquisition of Northgate, Synova on the sale of Kinapse to HgCapital, Bridgepoint on their acquisition of Moneycorp for £212m and Duke Street on their sale of Oasis to Bridgepoint for £185m.
I joined DC Frankfurt on secondment from Daiwa in April 2016 as part of the Japan-Asia team, which is involved in originating and executing Europe-Asia transactions across various sectors. Before joining DC I worked in the strategic advisory department at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo. I played a key role in executing M&A transactions including both domestic and cross-border deals. I also collaborated with the DC team and provided M&A advice to Japanese clients; mainly within the Industrial Products and Services sector.
Having covered Industrials in the strategic advisory department at Daiwa, I am looking forward to building on my knowledge and experience of the Industrials sector within a European context as well as contributing towards increasing Daiwa’s international presence in Europe’s M&A market.
We employ over 200 staff across six European offices in France (Paris and Lyon), Germany (Frankfurt), Poland (Warsaw) and the UK (London and Manchester).
Our parent company is Daiwa Capital Markets, the international investment banking division of Daiwa Securities Group, listed in Japan with a market capitalisation of c. €12bn. It is thanks to Daiwa’s presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region that we have local market knowledge and strong relationships with businesses across the Asian continent. Our sister company, Sagent Advisors, in which Daiwa is also a shareholder, provides the same coverage and access across the United States.
We are present in Spain and the Nordic region through our partners Danske Bank Corporate Finance and Montalbán Atlas Capital, both of whom we have worked with for more than fifteen years.
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