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Starting in 1987, he managed the regional newspaper, Provençal in Marseille for Groupe Hachette. He later returned to the Inspection des Finances from 1992 to 1993 before joining the Banque Pallas-Stern as Head of Investment Banking. In 1995 he joined Canal+ as Finance Director. Laurent then became Director of International Operations and also managed the football team Paris Saint Germain from 1999 to 2003.
Since joining Brunswick, Laurent has advised several companies on structuring transactions, in particular APRR and the Olympique Lyonnais IPOs, Sanofi-Synthélabo on the acquisition of Aventis, Starwood on the acquisition of Groupe Taittinger, CGG on Veritas, Saint-Gobain for BPB, Suez on its merger with GDF and Rodia on its acquisition by Solvay. He also advised PSA Peugeot Citroen, Goodyear or Texas Instruments in restructuring, HSBC, Bayer and UBS on crisis.
Thierry d'Argent is Société Générale Group’s Global Co-Head of Coverage and Investment Banking. He is a member of Société Générale’s Group Management Committee and of the Executive Committee of Société Générale Global Banking and Investors Solutions. Previously he was Global Head of Investment Banking.
His transaction experience includes advising in over 130 closed transactions representing more than €530b, for some of the largest corporations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States.
Prior to joining Société Générale in early 2009, Mr d’Argent was a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan, in charge of their Investment Banking practice in France; he was a member of J.P. Morgan’s European Advisory leadership core team and of the Firm’s management committee in France. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1998; between 2001 and 2008, Thierry d’Argent headed J.P. Morgan’s French Mergers & Acquisition franchise.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he worked at Barings, latterly as Director, in Paris. He started his career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in London and was deputy Cabinet Director in the Brussels Federal Government between 1991 and 1992.
Jacques Buhart is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and focuses his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and EU/French competition investigations and litigation out of Brussels and Paris. Jacques has also developed substantial knowledge of various industries, including nuclear, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, paper and energy. He is head of the Firm's Paris and Brussels offices.
Charles Diehl has over 25 years private equity experience in France. He is a founding partner of Activa Capital, an independent private equity firm dedicated to French mid-market MBOs with over €500 million under management.
Prior to co-founding Activa Capital, Charles had co-founded Barclays Private Equity France and was previously a Partner of one of France's first private equity funds, Pallas Venture. He is a graduate of the University of Geneva, holds an MBA from the Wharton School and has taught PE courses to MBA students at INSEAD.
The recent Activa Capital investments where Charles has been active include Materne-Mont Blanc, ProNatura, BFI-Optilas, Malherbe, Françoise Saget-Linvosges, Delpharm, Sport 2000, Ergalis, Findis, Primavista, Armatis and Gaz Européen.
Partner at Apax Partners since 2000, Monique Cohen is in charge of Services investments and also head of the Business Development activity.
Monique started her career at Paribas, where she was, after a few years, in charge of Equity Capital Market and then Senior Banker. At BNP Paribas, she was Global Head of Equity.
She is an Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Safran and BNP Paribas and an Independent Member of the Supervisory Boards of JCDecaux and Hermès. She was a board member of the AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financiers), France’s financial regulatory authority from 2011 to 2014.
He is a member of the Investment team and has been involved in numerous transactions including CIS, ONDULINE, STACI, TRESCAL, GRAS SAVOYE and SAVERGLASS.
From 1991 to 1998 he was Senior Vice-President at Suez, in charge of all investments in Industry, including the private equity activities and the chairmanship of Astorg Cie d'Investissement, a then wholly-owned Suez investment arm.
Before that, he spent 6 years at Sanofi, as Head of the Agro-Vet division and member of the Executive Committee.
Xavier started his professional life in 1976 at the French Treasury, in the Ministy of Finance, where he held several senior positions including the financing and monitoring of state-owned industrial companies. In 1981 and 1982 he was Financial Counsellor to the French Embassy in Brazil.
Xavier is a member of the Board of Ingenico, the payment systems company.
Alain Bokobza is currently Head of Global Asset Allocation and a member of the SG Global Research Executive Committee. Alain joined SG in 1992 as Equity Strategist and was appointed Head of Cross Asset Strategy in 2005. Prior to joining SG, Alain spent eight years at Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management as Manager of European Equities and Global Commodity Funds. Alain and his team were ranked #1 in Cross Asset Research (Economics and Strategy category) in the Thomson Extel Surveys, each year from 2008 to 2016.