The partners of Transactions & Compagnie have devoted most of their careers to advising managers and entrepreneurial families, assisting them on transactions concerning their professional assets.
The partners of Transactions & Compagnie have devoted most of their careers to advising managers and entrepreneurial families, assisting them on transactions concerning their professional assets.
After a 25-year career within leading financial institutions – Paribas, JP Morgan and Edmond de Rothschild as President of the Corporate Finance division – François created Transactions & Compagnie in 2016. Its mission: to support the executives of family and independent companies in their professional and personal projects by creating links between mergers and acquisitions advisory services and wealth planning practices.
With over eighty transactions executed on behalf of independent companies, including some of France’s most important family transactions, François enjoys most of all creating long-term trust relationships with entrepreneurs to help them anticipate and make the right choices in their pivotal decisions.
Intuitive and experienced, this man of letters defines his know-how as an “ability to capture the subtle and complex equation for an entrepreneur, at the cross-roads of the professional, the personal and the protector of the family.”
Frédéric is a Managing Partner at Transactions & Cie. He began his career in 1999, at Donaldson, Lukfin & Jenrette (DLJ), within the M&A team in Paris where he carried out M&A sell-side transactions in the Transportation, Internet, and Telecom sectors. In 2000, he joined the TMT team of Credit Suisse First Boston in London before joining the Corporate Development team at Virgin Media in 2003. In 2005, Frédéric founded Acetis Finance to serve shareholders and managers of small and mid-cap companies in their M&A assignments and initiated capital raising for these clients in sectors such as e-commerce, telecom, consulting, or in the early childhood education segment. Since 2005, he has completed more than forty transactions on behalf of his clients.
Christian Menard has over twenty years of experience as an investment banker and has originated and executed numerous transactions on behalf of family-controlled businesses and investment funds. A specialist in private equity transactions, Christian spent more than fifteen years at Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance, where he was a member of the Executive Board, before taking over as Managing Director of Canaccord Genuity in Paris in 2017. In 2021, he decided to join Transactions & Compagnie as a Managing Partner to renew his ties with entrepreneurial finance issues. His objective: to make this M&A boutique the leader in private company transactions in France.
In his 30-year career, Christophe de Backer built a wealth of experience as a banker and as as CEO of renowned financial institutions.
Former head of HSBC France and former CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, Christophe was most recently a member of the executive committee and a director of HSBC Global Asset Management in London. Charismatic and knowledgeable, during his career he has acquired the skills to develop and maintain the trust of his clients and his teams. In 2021, he decided to use his expertise in an entrepreneurial venture on behalf of his clients, joining Transactions & Compagnie as Non-Executive Chairman to enable this structure to take a new key step in its development, strengthening its corporate finance advisory offer and the value it provides to its clients.
Julien is Managing Partner at Transactions & Cie. He started his career in M&A in 1998 at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) which was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2001. During his time at DLJ, he carried out mergers and acquisitions operations for several large cap clients such as France Telecom, LVMH, Alcatel-Lucent, Gecina, Areva and the IPO of Snecma (Safran). In 2007, Julien joined Citigroup as a Vice President within the Investment Banking team and then as a Director within the Global Banking team in 2009 where he worked on M&A and financing transactions on behalf of clients such as Areva, GDF-Suez, L’Oréal and Casino. In 2010, he was appointed “Coverage Officer” for Citigroup clients in France within the retail and consumer goods sectors. He joined Acetis Finance in 2012 as a Partner with nearly 15 years of experience in investment banking.
Geoffrey Kidd is a Managing Partner and Financial Director at Transactions & Compagnie since its inception.
Prior to joining Transactions et Compagnie, Geoffrey had a twenty-five-year career in Corporate Finance in London and in Paris. He worked for Credit Lyonnais Securities, Clinvest, BNP Paribas and Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance, where he advised on a variety of transactions for international groups and state-owned companies as well as family-owned and entrepreneurial companies.
Sébastien Chabre had led a varied career. Starting as a lawyer in Real Estate litigation and in M&A, he then decided to devote himself to financial advisory, particularly in Private Equity transactions.
Driven by a strong taste for entrepreneurship and advisory services, he co-founded Opticroissance in Lyon in 2000, a company dedicated to fundraising and M&A operations. Upon the Edmond de Rothschild Group’s acquisition of the firm in 2006, he became an M&A Director and then Executive Director at the Lyon office.
In 2018, he decided to join the founding team of Transactions & Compagnie as a Partner, returning to an environment of entrepreneurship and close client relationships.
Bertrand Sasson joined Transactions & Compagnie in January 2019 as Managing Partner of its Real Estate practice with overall responsibility for Real Estate advisory activities.
Blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for businesses built around human relationships, Bertrand founded and ran his own real estate consultancy, BST, for over twenty years before joining Transactions & Compagnie. He conducted more than fifty transactions with institutional and private investors, covering a wide range of asset types and risk profiles. Bertrand’s career prior to this was at the Xerox Group, an early experience that was pivotal in the development of his commercial acumen and his ability to bring transactions to a successful conclusion.
Diane’s career path is made up with a wide range of experiences built around Corporate Finance and Business Development.
For ten years, Diane supported the growth ambitions of the LVMH Group with L Capital, its investment fund, executing mergers and acquisitions deals, and then as a consultant in strategy and financial performance.
Her years spent as Director of innovation in a century-old family group, along with the start-ups she created or supported, have also served to refine her rare, comprehensive skillset focused on strategy and value creation.
In 2016, convinced that the link between strategy and finance represents the key to value creation, she joined the founding team of Transactions & Compagnie to support her clients in their external growth ambitions and in the preparation of their capital transactions.
Since 2020, Diane is also Managing Director of Transactions & Compagnie’s parent company, with the mission of growing the Group and developing its offering, notably with its Private Equity arm, Retriever.
After starting his career in leading advisory firms, first as an auditor at Arthur Andersen and then as a Restructuring professional at Deloitte, Thierry-Yves Philippe built a broad experience during thirty years as a Private Equity investment professional taking majority control positions in small and mid-cap companies in the financial and industrial sectors. CEO for nearly three years of the car manufacturer PGO Automobiles, Thierry-Yves made the choice at the end of 2021 to join Transactions et Compagnie as a Partner to bring his experiences as a well-rounded entrepreneur. Thierry-Yves oversees the opening of the New York office and the development of the operational interface with the French team based in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon. Its objective: to support the development and growth of the leader in M&A transactions for family-owned businesses.
Paul O’Mahony built his career around openness and versatility. For more than 25 years, he has conducted M&A and debt advisory mandates for corporates and investment funds on both sides of the English Channel.
He started his career as an auditor at KPMG, before joining the M&A team at Close Brothers in London as a Director. In 2003, he decided to specialise in the debt market with CIC, GE Capital and then KPMG, helping to establish their Leveraged Finance department. Paul was a Senior Advisor at the Edmond de Rothschild Group from 2015 until 2017, before joining the founding team of Transactions & Compagnie as a Partner.
His rich, diverse, and internationally-oriented background is a key asset in the development of Transactions & Compagnie’s activities.
Olivier Vizerie has been an entrepreneur, financier and specialist in the sales and acquisitions of wine estates and vineyards for nearly thirty years. His passion for cultural heritage and oenology led him to launch his own company, Millésime Transaction, in 1995 to offer owners or future buyers of vineyards the support that these very special properties require. He has over 70 transactions under his belt, mainly in the Bordeaux vineyards, covering a wide range of clients.
Building long-term relationships of trust with his clients is a principle dear to Olivier’s heart. It is a principle he continues to put into practice within the M&A practice of Transactions & Compagnie.
Isabelle is a Partner at Transactions & Cie. In her nearly 20-year career within the Group BPCE, Isabelle developed a unique know-how in supporting and scaling a business. She first advised small and mid-size companies located in her region in project financing, then led Commercial and Corporate Finance teams until 2015 before joining the Executive Committee of BPACA, to oversee several strategic and organizational projects. In 2020, she created her own M&A consulting firm in Bordeaux to serve her clients with a more tailored offer. Isabelle is based in the Bordeaux office at 12 cours Xavier Arnozan where she joins Olivier Vizerie, Founding Partner of the Bordeaux office at Transactions & Compagnie.
With thirty years’ experience across major banking groups (Paribas, HSBC, The CFI Group) and in industry (Rhodia), Yann joined Transactions & Compagnie in 2021 as a Partner. As an investment banker, he developed a comprehensive understanding of clients’ situations, and an ability to quickly grasp and anticipate their needs.
His career has also led him to develop a great deal of expertise in the field of cross-border industrial transactions – a key asset in the international development of Transactions & Compagnie.
Yann is also an impressive athlete, and specialist in the 400 metres dash. A multiple French champion, he has retained from this experience a strong taste for challenge, boldness, and commitment – values which form the DNA of Transactions & Compagnie.
Matthieu is a Partner at Transactions & Cie. He began his career in 2005 at Crédit Agricole in Corporate Finance before joining Euroland Finance in 2006 where he mostly worked on IPO transactions within the Corporate Finance team. In 2010, Matthieu joined Global Equities Corporate Finance as Director where he originated and executed fundraising and M&A transactions for growth companies. Matthieu participated in forty transactions in sectors such as Technology (Ubeeqo, Anatole, Predictys, Serma Technologies, Ad Valem Technologies), Distribution (Monceau Fleurs, Innelec Multimedia), BtoB Services (Sinteo, Sogemed, TSF Group) or Computer engineering and services companies (Ausy, Micropole-Univers, Prodware). He became a Partner at Acetis Finance in 2015.
Thomas is an Executive Director at Transactions & Cie. Thomas built a rich experience in Corporate Finance as a banker but also as a corporate development executive. Previously, Thomas worked for DDA & Company for 5 years, executing m&a transactions with a focus on the software and healthcare industries. Prior to DDA & Company, Thomas was a corporate & business development executive for Infosys in Paris and Signature Flatbreads in London. He started his career at Seton Consulting working on operational due diligence projects on behalf of clients based in emerging markets.
Thomas is an engineer by training (Arts and Meters & Georgia Institute of Technology) and holds an MBA from the IESE Business School in Spain.
Krystel is a Vice President in the M&A team at Transactions & Cie. Prior to joining T&Cie in 2022, she worked at Alvarez and Marsal on a variety of projects in Paris and London, including transaction services and financial restructuring.
Krystel started her career in the big four firms in Dubai where she worked on transaction services and post-merger integration projects for multinational and governmental companies. She has gained international exposure having lived in 4 different countries, working on both international large-cap and mid-cap transactions across several industries. Krystel is a qualified CPA and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Durham University in the UK. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic and speaks conversational German. Outside of work, Krystel enjoys playing the piano, reading, traveling and playing golf.
Sixtine has a decidedly internationally outlook, graduating from Neoma Business School with a Master’s degree in International Financial Analysis and a joint Bachelor’s degree in International Business, obtained jointly with Nagoya University in Japan. Her years of study also gave her the opportunity to discover London and Casablanca, two extremely dynamic and stimulating cities for those interested in M&A and Entrepreneurship. This openness towards foreign countries, combined with her great curiosity and excellent listening skills, have contributed to her rapid rise within Transactions & Compagnie, which she joined in 2017.
Hubert holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from EM Lyon Business School, a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from the Paris School of Business, and a joint Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Dublin Business School. Strongly interested by the SME and mid-market environment, Hubert joined Transactions et Compagnie in 2017 following a year in Auditing and Transaction Services. Since then, he acquired an extensive knowledge of divestment and LBO processes.
Benoît is a Vice President at Transactions & Cie. He previously worked in Transaction Services within the generalist team at KPMG that he joined in 2016. During these years, Benoît was involved in about thirty mid and large cap transactions for corporate and private equity clients. Benoît also had prior experiences in M&A within the large cap team at Lazard. Benoît graduated from Grenoble Management School with a Master’s in Management and holds an Advanced Master’s in Finance from ESCP Business School.
Bastien is a Vice-President at Transactions & Cie. He was most recently Vice-President within the Corporate Finance team at Sodica, which he joined in 2014. During these years, Bastien executed more than fifteen small and midcaps m&a transactions across sectors.
Bastien received a Master of Science in Corporate Finance from Audencia Business School.
Marylène is a Senior Associate at Transactions & Cie. Marylène decided to start her career in M&A at Vulcain with prior experiences at Financière de Courcelles and Goetzpartners confirming her strong interest in this field.
Marylene received a Master’s in financial engineering from EM Lyon Business School.
Adrien holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from EM Lyon Business School and a Master’s degree in Audit and Accounting from the Paris School of Business. During his academic background, he explored various ways of working in the M&A field and has developed a particular attraction for M&A transactions involving individuals rather than corporate entities. This interest led him to join Transactions et Compagnie in 2017. Since then, he advised family entrepreneurs on a range of corporate finance transactions to develop and protect their professional assets.
Olivia is an Associate at Transactions & Cie. She made the choice at an early stage of her career to gain experiences in merger and acquisitions at Bank Degroof Petercam and at goetzpartners, confirming her interest in this field. Olivia chose Rothschild & Cie to start her career in 2016 before joining Acetis Finance to carry out her work in an entrepreneurial environment advising clients, shareholders, and managers of independent companies. Olivia holds a Master’s in Finance from University of Paris Dauphine.
Estelle holds a double Master’s degree in Management and Finance from ESSEC Business School and from the University of Mannheim. She is a mountain enthusiast in all seasons – both winter sports and hiking – and strongly attached to the values of daring and responsibility these activities require. These are the same values she found at Transactions and Company during an M&A internship in 2017. It was unsurprising that Estelle chose to return as an Analyst in 2020 following the completion of her studies abroad.
Simon is an Analyst at Transactions & Cie. He previously worked in Mergers and Acquisitions at Acetis Finance, after an experience in Private Equity & Private Debt within the Investment team at Naxitis. He gained his first experiences in audit at PwC Luxembourg and in financial controller at PSA. Simon received a Master’s in management from Kedge Business School.
Vincent graduated from EM Lyon Business Scholl with a Master’s in Management. Having decided early on to pursue a career in finance, he pursued several internships within some of the best financial institutions in Private Equity and Financial Advisory before choosing Transactions & Compagnie. Bright and self-assured, Vincent works as an Analyst within the execution team.
Alizé graduated from EM Lyon Business School with a Master’s in Management. She also obtained an accounting and management diploma from Notre Dame de Grandchamp. Right from the start of her academic studies, Alizé decided to pursue a career in finance, driven by the intellectual challenge and conscientiousness that this field requires. In 2020, she joined Transactions & Compagnie as an Analyst.
Hugo is an M&A Analyst at Transactions & Cie. Hugo chose Transactions & Cie to start his career in mergers and acquisitions after several experiences in Real Estate Investment and in Private Equity.
Hugo holds a Master’s in Management from EDHEC Business School.
Jocelyn is an M&A Analyst at Transactions & Cie. Jocelyn chose to start his career at Transactions & Cie after several experiences in Audit, in M&A and in Private Equity. Jocelyn graduated from IESEG School of Management.
Martine Le Gal is the Office Manager and has been Assistant to the President Francois Paillier since 2017. A solid experience of fifteen years assisting business leaders in demanding environments coupled with a strong academic background in foreign languages and law enables Martine to manage the organization efficiently and always with a touch of humor and modern elegance.
Marnie is an executive assistant at Transactions & Cie. She has more than 7 years of experience including 5 years in the financial sector on administrative management projects. Marnie received training in Foreign Languages at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco).