Bertrand de Saint Remy
Chairman and CEO

Bertrand de Saint Remy

Founder of L'Epervier corporate finance advisors, Bertrand de Saint Remy, after his studies at IEP Paris, has spent his whole career in worldwide investment banking in New York (for 5 years), London (for 9 years) and Paris.

After 11 years spent with Barclays Bank International, Bertrand was successively Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company (from 1982 to 1992), CEO of UBS France and Vice Chairman of UBS Ltd (from 1992 to 1997), Head of Investment Banking at Crédit Agricole Indosuez (from 1997 to 2000) and Vice Chairman of Hawkpoint Partners from 2000 to 2005.

Alongside his management responsibilities, Bertrand de Saint Remy has personnally managed numerous transactions:

Acquisition of NTS for Michelin / Demerger of chemical and healthcare businesses of Rhône Poulenc / IPO of Rhodia / Acquisition of Krug by LVMH / Defense of Rallye - Casino / Disposal of Château Cheval Blanc to Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault / Disposal of Européenne des encres / Acquisition of Animal Nutrition Aventis business unit by CVC / Disposal of Groupe de Divonne to Groupe Partouche / Disposal of Compagnie de Fougerolles to La Martiniquaise / Defense of Zodiac Aerospace against Safran.


Jean Colsy

Jean Colsy

Jean joined l’Epervier in january 2009.

He graduated from Audencia Management School and holds a 3 years degree of economics from the Sorbonne University.

Olivier Mattéoli
Deputy General Manager

Olivier MattéoliCo-founder of L'Epervier corporate finance advisors, Olivier set up his own corporate finance advisory firm in 2003, after spending 4 years in the M&A Department of Lazard in Paris. Olivier began his career at Sofaris.

Olivier was involved in numerous assignments on behalf of BioMérieux, DSM, L'Air Liquide, Plastic Omnium, PPM Ventures, Sanofi-Synthélabo, Skyepharma, Virbac, Vivarte...

Most significant assignments: re-organization of the pharmaceutical group Fournier / Purchase of pharmaceutical activities of BASF by ABBOTT / friendly takeover of FSA by Dexia / sale of la Compagnie de Fougerolles to La Martiniquaise / Sale of Didot-Bottin to Perella Weinberg PartnersSale of LBA to Le Figaro / Sale of Gifa to Groupe Gruau/ recapitalisation of Groupe Manurhin.

Olivier holds a Management degree from HEC business school.
Chantal Didelot

Chantal DidelotChantal began her career in the industrial sector (Rhône Poulenc as an auditor and in the M&A department with a particular focus on Germany). She joined  JPMorgan where she realised several cross border transactions for large Corporates before specialising on Mid Cap transactions at Coopers & Lybrand Corporate Finance and Société Générale Développement. In 2007 she set up her own advisory firm, Lucilius Développement. 


Chantal joined L'Epervier corporate finance advisors as Partner in March 2010, in charge of Pharma/Cosmetics.


She led several transactions in  various sectors :


sale of Orkem to Elf Aquitaine and Total / acquisition of CGM by CMA / acquisition of DHJ by Chargeurs / sale of Tecsi to SAIC / take-over bid Micropole Univers-Cross Systems / sale of GTI to SUNGARD / acquisitions for SLIGOS in Germany / advisor to Frydmann (textile), Le Lous (Health / OTC), Lavorel (Health services) families / various MBI (Etiam) and LBO transactions (Ardial, Apilog Automation….) 


Chantal graduated from HEC, holds a Master Degree in Law and a Phd in Applied Economics.

Martine Depas

Martine Depas

After a double career, as a commercial and as an investment banker, both in French and American banks - Banque La Hénin, Chase, Banque Vernes, Bank of America, BAII - Martine left Banque de Vizille in1993 to set up her own advisory firm, Inkermann Finance & Conseil.


Martine Depas joined L'Epervier corporate finance advisors in July 2007. She is a specialist in Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment, private placements and more generally in advising companies shareholders and managers in their development. She has excellent knowledge of the training and education business, where she has successfully conducted several transactions.

She has conducted numerous missions, including:
Purchase of shares in : Balmain, Gymnase Club, Interflora. Advisor to Balenciaga in selling part of its equity to Nisho Iwaï, to Sokratès Group in various transactions, of Laboratory CS Dermatologie, of Demos Group in opening its equity to financial investors and in all its external growth (and among others Hemsley Fraser). Sell-side advisor of the shareholders of Uniform'PN, Unilangues, Piers. Advisor of Studialis in acquiring several specialised schools (Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français, CIFAP, IESA, GGI, Cours Florent). Advisor to Montefiore Investment in its investment in Group Demos. Advisor of the shareholders of Distree Events in their selling to Infopro Digital.


Martine graduated from IEP Paris and holds a master of Law from the Paris University.

Lilyane Dufroid-Reynaud

Lilyane Dufroid-Reynaud

Lilyane pursued her career as sell-side analyst specialized on Retail and Consumer Goods at Société Générale and Exane BNP in Paris and London, before co-heading the Retail sector of Rothschild in Paris for 8 years.

Lilyane set up her own advisory firmeand joined L'Epervier corporate finance advisors in September 2009.

During her career, she has successfully participated to various transactions for corporate as well as for private equity houses, among which:


Sale of the Carrefour Hypermarkets in Portugal to Sonae / Sale of Prodirest to Rewe / Sale of SPAR/Intermarché to Edeka / Disposals of various asset belonging to private equity funds : Vivarte, Nocibe, Camaïeu, Gardiner… / Various transactions in the DIY sector (Brico, Weldom, Castorama, Fairness Opinion) / Acquisition of BUT and Limoni / Acquisition by Intermarché of stores from Carrefour and Eroski / asset swap Groupement des Mousquetaires Intermarché - Carrefour

Lilyane holds a Master degree in Banking and Finance.


Cyril Pineau-Valencienne
Russia & Eastern Europe

Cyril Pineau-Valencienne

Cyril Pineau-Valencienne is an expert of Russia and Eastern Europe. He speaks fluently Russian and is a lecturer at Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.


Cyril has built a strong experience in European finance. He started his career with DANONE and PARIBAS, prior to joining PECHINEY in 1975 as CFO of one major division of the French aluminium company (now Rio Tinto). In 1984, he was appointed CFO of the FRENCH ENERGY EFFICIENCY OFFICE. In 1988 he joined Group CREDIT AGRICOLE, initially to set up its M&A boutique in the United Kingdom and then as Chief Representative of CREDIT AGRICOLE INDOSUEZ in Russia.


Cyril set up his consulting practice under CPV CONSEIL in 2005.


Cyril is a member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Programme of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva.


Cyril Pineau-Valencienne graduated from the University of Michigan in Economics (Ann Arbor, USA) as a Fulbright scholar, and from Paris University (Political Science and Law).


Bernard Chaix
Automotive industry

Bernard Chaix

Bernard Chaix pursued his whole career in the Automotive Industry.

Advisor since 2006, Bernard Chaix was from 2004 to 2005 Managing Director of the Renault PSA division of Johnson Controls Automotive and CEO of Siemens VDO Automotive SAS from 1998 to 2003 after 20 years spent with PSA.


Bernard Chaix graduated from Supélec and ENSPM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs).

Alain Poinssot
Logistics & Transports

Alain Poinssot

Alain Poinssot pursued most of his career in the transport and logistics industry.


He started as a civil servant, Mining engineer. In 1987, he joined the French railway company SNCF, successively as Managing Director Freight, Managing Director for Long-distance Rail Transport and deputy COO of group SNCF. From 1997 to 2000, he was President of GEODIS Group.


In 2002 Alain Poinssot settled his own consulting company, AXEP CONSULTING, that provides advisory services in management, strategy and finance to transport and logistics companies.


Alain Poinssot is a Director of Groupe MALHERBE, of SOCIÉTÉ CHÉRIFIENNE DES ENGRAIS ET PRODUITS CHIMIQUES, and a Director of Groupe GEOPOST. Formerly, he was a Director of GLS FRANCE and CHRISTIAN SALVESEN (until the cession to  NORBERT DENTRESSANGLE).


Alain Poinssot is Ancien Elève of Ecole Polytechnique, Ingénieur au corps des mines.





Arnaud Dreuillet

Arnaud DreuilletArnaud joined L'Epervier in 2008 after working for Deloitte Finance (2007-2008) and BNP Paribas (2006).

Arnaud graduated from ESC Rouen and IEP Paris.

References :
Sale of ISS Energie to Idex
Sale of Groupe Saur to CDC, Séché Environnement and Axa IM
Acquisition of the Biscuits division of Lu by Kraft Foods
• Sale of 35% of Sogessur to Société Général for Aviva
Gaspard Biberson

Gaspard BibersonGaspard started his career at L'Epervier in 2006.

Gaspard holds a Master in Banking and Finance from Paris II Panthéon Assas.

References :
Sale of Maisoning (Lyonnaise des Eaux) to Alma Partners.
Luc Springinsfeld

Luc SpringinsfeldAfter working for Société Générale in London and for Dexia in New York in structured finance, Luc joined L'Epervier in may 2007.

He graduated from the London School of Economics, EDHEC and IEP Lyon.

Relevant transactions
Sale of 51% Portzamparc Société de Bourse to B*Capital
Fund raising for La Banque Audiovisuelle and sale to Le Figaro
Véronique Sauterey
Personal Assistant to General Manager

Véronique Sauterey
Yves Bénard
Wines & spirits

Yves BénardYves Bénard pursued his whole career in the Wine & Spirits Industry.


Yves Bénard was General Secretary (1972-79) and Chairman of the Executive Board(1979-93) of Moët et Chandon,  Administrateur (1978-94) then Chairman of the Executive Board (1985-94) of Champagne Ruinart.


In 1994, Yves Bénard becomes CEO LVMH champagne activities.


In 1994, he also becomes Chairman of l'Union des Maisons de Champagne and co-Chairman of Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne.


Since 2007, Yves Bénard is President of INAO and since 2009 President of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

Pierre-Yves Lestringant

Pierre-Yves Lestringant

Pierre-Yves has built his expertise both in the industry and in banks. As a Senior Banker at Crédit Lyonnais and Natixis and as M&A-Manager at Crédit Agricole Indosuez, he led several transactions in corporate finance. He also led transactions in the Aerospace and Defence industry, in Europe and the US, as Head of M&A at EADS.


Among Pierre-Yves' most significant assignments: 


acquisition of Barfield Instruments by Aérospatiale / acquisition of a stake in Space System Loral by EADS-France / acquisition of the Canadian subsidiary of Cellpack by EADS-France / sale of NIDA composites of EADS-France to Alcore / acquisition of Bull International by Stéria / equity restructuring and sale of Protéus Airlines to Regional Air / structured equity swap on 10% of Rhodia / debt restructuring of Rhodia / equity restructuring of Louis Dreyfus / externalisation of Casino commercial real estate / IPOs of Gemplus, BioMérieux and Neuf Cegetel / Bond issues of Casino, Rallye, EADS, Bolloré, Club Méditerranée, Accor, Cap Gemini, Pernod Ricard, Havas / private placements for Rallye, Bolloré, Essilor / Advisory for Nexter



Pierre-Yves Graduated from IEP Paris and holds a Master Degree in Business Law.


Jérôme Gallot

Jérôme Gallot

Jérôme Gallot performed most of his brilliant career as a civil servant in the French Administration before joining Veolia Transdev as CEO.


Initially magistrate at the Revenue Court, he then held high positions within various administrations and ministries: ministry of Budget, ministry of Industry and Telecom, ministry of Foreign Trade, ministry of Economy and Finance, ministry of Finance and Foreign Trade.


In 2003, he joined group Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. In 2011, he was promoted CEO of Veolia Transdev, a 50% subsidiary company of CDC. He held this position until December 2012, when he was appointed special advisor to the new CEO.


Jérôme holds a Master of Law and graduated from IEP Paris and Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

Tony Bourne
United Kingdom

Tony Bourne

Through career steps with MERRILL LYNCH (1983-1986), PARIBAS (1986-1999, member of the executive committee, member of the Worldwide Investment Banking Committee) and HAWKPOINT (1999-2004, Partner, member of the Operating Committee)), Tony has demonstrated the high level proven skills in investment banking of a seasoned banker.


From 2005 to 2013, he has been CEO, THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, and from 2006 on, Adjunct Professor at the Tanaka Business School d’Imperial College.


Tony graduated from King’s College, University of London with a B.A. in Philosophy with Honours.


Didier Kessler

Didier Kessler

 As an international management consultant, Didier Kessler has built a long experience in advisory for the international investment banking industry.


Didier started his career as a consultant with THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP in Boston. In 1976 he joined group CREUSOT-LOIRE as a Director, Strategic Development, for the Specialty Steel Division. From 1979 to 1982, Didier was a Division Manager with CEP-COMMUNICATION, a BtoB publishing group in France. He then specialized in executive search consulting and became senior partner with CARRE, ORBAN & PARTNERS, with special responsibilities for Switzerland.


In 1993 Didier Kessler set up in Geneva his own consulting firm, KESSLER & ASSOCIATES, of which he is still managing partner.


Didier graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a MBA, holds an L.LM in international law and arbitration from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is “Ancien Eleve” of the Ecole Normale Superieure, “agrégé d’histoire” and a former Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York.

Jean-François di Meglio
Jean-François di Meglio

Jean-François di Meglio

Jean-François is an expert of the Far-East and in particular of China. He graduated from the Beijing University and is fully conversant in Mandarin Chinese.


Jean-François carried his whole career with PARIBAS, then BNP PARIBAS, and most of it in China and in the Far East.

From 1987 to 1992, Jean-François was the treasury manager of the PARIBAS Branch in Toronto, Canada. In 1993, he moved to Taïpeh, Taïwan as Head of the PARIBAS Branch there. From 1997 to 2003, he was in charge of the marketing of BNP PARIBAS in East Asia, and moved to Beijing in 2004 as the head of the BNP PARIBAS structured finance in China until 2009. He then took over the responsibility of business development in East Asia.


Jean-François is the president and co-founder of CENTREASIA, a Paris based think tank dedicated to East Asian affairs.


Jean-François is « Ancien Elève » of Ecole Normale Superieure and « agrégé de lettres ».

Dominique Amory

Dominique Amory

Dominique Amory is an expert of the pharmaceutical industry where he has built most of his carreer. From 1993 to 2011, Dominique held various positions within Eli Lilly & Co.: significantly, managing director of the Portuguese affiliate (1993-1997), executive director, corporate affairs and pricing in Europe (2003-2004), president, Eli Lilly France (2004 to 2011).

In 2011 he founded his own consulting firm, Health Alternative Strategy.


Previously, Dominique served with the French civil administration in the diplomatic career, the French Prime Minister’s cabinet and the Overseas’ Territories administration prior to acting as a project manager within the 1988 French Olympic Team.


Dominique graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, 1979, from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1983 and from the Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1991.

Eric Denaiffe

Eric Denaiffe

Eric Denaiffe is an entrepreneur, manager and specialist of the communication industry.


Eric started his career in the car industry with the FORD Group, in the leasing and then in the commercial departments. Later he became instructor in the FORD MARKETING INSTITUTE, regional director and ultimately sales manager of FORD CREDIT SA.

In 1992 he joined SPIR COMMUNICATION, the classified ad specialist, and was promoted COO. In 1998 Eric became CEO of ORC-PUBLIPRINT, that he bought out from GROUPE HERSANT in 2006. Eric has been chairman and CEO of ORC since. ORC is French N°1 independent agency in corporate and HR communication.


Eric graduated from Ecole Commerciale de la Chambre de Commerce de Paris, France.


Marie-José Forissier
Marie-José Forissier

Marie-José Forissier

Marie José Forissier has dedicated most of her career to the media industry, first with PUBLICIS CONSEIL in 1972, then with MCCANN ERICKSON in 1973, and from 1976 to 2000, with LINTAS WORLDWIDE as Head, International Operations (Europe, Asia, Latin America) under the name INITIATIVE MEDIA INTERNATIONAL.


In 2002, following the merger with WESTERN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA Marie José was appointed Chairman, d’INITIATIVE MEDIA INTERNATIONAL.


In 2007, Marie José took over COFREMCA SOCIOVISION, a well known French company dedicated to marketing analyses and consumer surveys.


A graduate from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Marie José also holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Paris.

Général Vincent Lanata
Aerospace & Defence

Général Vincent Lanata

General Lanata has completed a full Air Force officer’s career prior to positioning himself as a senior advisor to the French Aerospace & Defence industry after 1998.


Successively Pilote, Lieutenant, Captain, flight squadron major, Commandant, Member of the Paris Air Security Board, he was promoted Chief of Staff, French Air Force Defence and then Deputy Chief of Staff, French Air Force. In 1991, he was made Chief of Staff, French Air Force.


Special advisor to the aerospace industry leader EADS from 1994 to 1995, General Lanata was then appointed special project manager to Transport Minister Bernard Pons from 1995 to 1997.  


General Lanata graduated from the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence, France, with a Master’s degree in engineering.

Henri de Maublanc

Henri de Maublanc

Henri de Maublanc is a business founder and developer, specializing in new technologies.


He started his career with EXXON- ESSO FRANCE. In 1981, he became CEO of the French campaign for the AMERICA’s CUP. From 1984 to 1985 he was Development Manager of the French magazine Le NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR.


In 1985 he founded CLARISSE, an on-line service business. He then co-founded AQUARELLE, the European leader for the on-line sale of fresh flowers.

Henri also is a member of the CANAL+ advisory committee on technology, a member of the CRÉDIT AGRICOLE PRIVATE EQUITY Strategic Committee, a director of PROSODIE, the French software company.


Henri graduated as a civil engineer from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and is “ Ancien Elève” of Ecole Polytechnique.


Dominique Montier
FIG - Asset Management

Dominique Montier

Dominique Montier has pursued most of his career in the investment banking field, and has acquired over 30 years of experience in dealing with international equities, international fixed income securities and in the derivatives market.


He started his career in London with a Parisian stock broker and then joined successively PAINE WEBBER and LEHMAN BROTHERS, both in London and Paris.


In 1996 Dominique founded his own asset management company MONTIER PARTNERS and in 2010, he sold MONTIER PARTNERS to the South-African group STENHAM. Still based in London, he is CEO of hte newco.


Dominique is a graduate of EDC in Paris in financial management 

Alain Py

Alain Py

Alain Py is a commercial banker who spent his whole career in the group Société Générale. After 8 years at the General Inspection, Alain became deputy manager of Groupe du Havre (1979-1983), he moved then to Cameroon as deputy general manager of the local subsidiary (1983-1987) and then to Luxembourg as MD of Sogenal (1988-1990).


In 1990, back to Paris, Alain Py was promoted to Deputy Manager of group's Human Ressources and later the bank's Head of Ressources and Human Relations, member of the Executive Board.


In 2002, he became CEO of Crédit du Nord. He retired in early 2011.


Alain Py graduated from IEP Strasbourg and holds a Master of Law.


Patrick Valroff

Patrick Valroff

At the beginning of his career, Patrick Valroff served with the French civil administration: Magistrate at the Revenue Court, Director in the Ministry of the Economy, CFO of DATAR (Town and Country Planning), technical advisor at the Prime Minister's Office, director at the City of Paris.


In 1991, Patrick lef the civil administration and joined Crédit Agricole, initially as COO - then CEO - of Sofinco (consumer finance). In 2003 he became Member of the Executive Committee and COO of the Specialised Financial Services unit. In 2008, he was named COO of Calyon.


Patrick Valroff holds a Master of Law and graduated from IEP Paris and Ecole Nationale d'Administration.


Olivier Le Grelle

Olivier Le Grelle

Olivier started his career in the packaging industry in which he held various management positions, notably in the Packaging division of Saint Gobain.


In 2006, attracted by the entrepreneurship adventure, Olivier bought out of receivership a company active in the manufacturing and printing of labels. Two additional acquisitions followed in the field of perfumery-cosmetics, one in components and the other in automatic shaping.


Having himself bought, run and sold companies, Olivier is an expert in M&A techniques and possesses all required skills to understand, advise and accompany businesses and managers in their M&A transactions, especially of small and medium sizes.


Olivier has built a specific expertise in the industrial sector and particularly in the packaging for the luxury market (perfumery-cosmetics, wines & spirits, pharmaceuticals).


Olivier graduated from Institut Supérieur de Gestion. He joined L’Epervier corporate finance advisors in November 2013.

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