Our team

SOCIETEX gathers a multi-disciplinary team comprising 5 partners and 20 consultants. Through the entrepreneurship culture we share with businesses and our sectoral experts, we strive to ensure the success of your projects.

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  • Thomas BEAURAIN

    CEO

    Construction / Agrifood / Transport

    Thomas BEAURAIN

    CEO

    Construction / Agrifood / Transport

    Thomas holds a Master’s degree in financial engineering and business finances obtained from Paris-Dauphine. He started his career as an auditor at KPMG, and worked in particular for international key accounts in the agrifood sector.

    He joined SOCIETEX in 2005 as assessor, and worked in particular on operations with the Ministry for Finance and the AMF (the French financial market authority).

    He took over a 50-people strong agrifood company in 2008 which he developed for 5 years (including the construction of a new plant), and which he then transferred to a French family-run group.

    Thomas re-joined SOCIETEX in September 2014, and now provides both his technical valuation skills as well as his personal experience to better advise his clients as regards transfer & acquisition operations.

    Thomas Beaurain was appointed Chairman of SOCIETEX in April 2019.

  • Jean-Jacques VAURY

    Vice CEO

    Agrifood / 4.0 Industry / TMT / Finance / Hotel & Catering

    Jean-Jacques VAURY

    Vice CEO

    Agrifood / 4.0 Industry / TMT / Finance / Hotel & Catering

    Jean-Jacques holds an Expert-accountant diploma and a Master’s in Economic Sciences, major in Money & Finance. He started his career at Crédit Agricole where he worked in management control, investment banking and financial operations.

    In 1994, he integrated the Private Equity division of Crédit Agricole Group and became General Manager of IDIA and Deputy General Manager of Union d’Etudes et d’Investissements, where he invested in many SMEs and mid-caps along with his teams.

    He left Crédit Agricole Group in 2005 to create an independent management company, managing private equity funds dedicated to investments in small and mid-cap businesses. He resigned from his position as managing partner in 2017 and sold all his shares after contributing to the company’s development, which now manages over €500 million.

    Jean-Jacques joined SOCIETEX in 2018 and provides his knowledge of investment funds and the world of SMEs and mid-caps, both as regards development and transfer of ownership.

  • Bernard MAUSSION

    Senior Partner

    Agrifood / Health & Cosmetics

    Bernard MAUSSION

    Senior Partner

    Agrifood / Health & Cosmetics

    Bernard trained at HEC (1974) and started his career first in the sales sector at Xerox then in the financial sector within Suez group.

    He acquired and managed SMEs in the nautical and IT consultancy sectors from insurance companies for over 10 years.

    Bernard integrated SOCIETEX in early 2006 and provides his experience in creating and taking over businesses as well as in managing High Tech and finance Group subsidiaries.

    He has many operations to his credit in the fields of cosmetics, IT, services, medical and agrifood, both in France and abroad, such as the transfer of ALKOS Group to KDC or the acquisition of Transit Group by LDC.

    He has helped a certain number of business owner-managers over time, whom he advised in the context of multiple investment and transfer operations.

    Former Chairman of SOCIETEX, Bernard works as a Senior Partner on complex missions.

  • Pascal RIVIERE

    Senior Partner

    Technologies / Health

    Pascal RIVIERE

    Senior Partner

    Technologies / Health

    An engineer with a diploma from Ecole Centrale Lille and Master of Business Administration HEC (ISA), Pascal has held Management Control, Financial Management and General Management responsibilities in various European and American companies operating in the High-Tech, Media and Communications sectors (Digital Equipment Corp, Hewlett-Packard Corp, Softbank, Ziff-Davis Publishing Corp, Adlink Internet Media AG, United-Internet AG, Ateme).

    Pascal joined SOCIETEX in 2006 as TMT specialist (Technologies, Media and Telecom).

  • Krzysztof GIECOLD

    Partner

    Industry / B2B Services / Retail

    Krzysztof GIECOLD

    Partner

    Industry / B2B Services / Retail

    Krzysztof graduated from the Solvay Business School in Brussels, where he obtained an MBA in 1981. He has held various managerial positions within large international groups, including the position of Acquisitions Director for Brambles Industries, a group listed on the Sydney stock market.

    Krzysztof joined SOCIETEX in 2001 and provides his expertise in the areas of retail, specialised distribution, medical devices and B2B services, and works in particular on cross-border operations, due to his fluency in English, German, Dutch, Italian, Czech and Polish.

  • Hélène MONTAGNON

    Office Manager

    Hélène MONTAGNON

    Office Manager

    Hélène holds a Tourism Management and Marketing Degree from Institut d’Aquitaine. She started her career as Event Manager within the CWT Meetings & Events agency and managed the organisation of conventions, mainly for pharmaceutical laboratories.

    In 2010, she took part in creating the on-site CWT M&E event management team at Microsoft. This external team is in charge of organising 5,000 operations per year (meetings and events) on the Group Campus in Issy Les Moulineaux. She became its Deputy Manager in 2012 and took over the technical supervision of the team.

    Hélène joined SOCIETEX in January 2019 as Office Manager, and now brings her organisational, administrative and digital skills to the team.

  • Nathalie PEYREFITTE

    Administrative & Financial Director

    Nathalie PEYREFITTE

    Administrative & Financial Director

    Nathalie holds a DESS FINANCE diploma from the IAE of Paris and a Management Master’s from Dauphine. She integrated an audit firm for 5 years, in which she developed her rigour, her ability to analyse and synthesise, and her organisational skills.

    Her next experiences as Management Controller and AFD in different sized companies with various activities – and in particular at Intersport International – enabled her to reinforce her leadership and management skills.

    In 2007, strong with her 15 years’ experience within various Companies, she set out – a pioneer at the time, as a Part Time AFD to support many SMEs. Her first client was SOCIETEX, which she has helped since June 2007!

    She was able to develop Financial Director skills as well as skills in administrative, legal, human resources, business and start-up management.
    Her versatility and the diversity of her experiences enable her to adapt and work on many operational missions, and above all, to quickly and efficiently understand the challenges faced by business managers who need support, whatever the size of the company.

  • Thierry DEPOUX

    Managing Partner

    Industry / TMT

    Thierry DEPOUX

    Managing Partner

    Industry / TMT

    A CentraleSupelec engineer, Thierry has worked for most of his career in industry, as a manager, both in large groups (Valeo, Faurecia) and in SMEs: Farman (robotised installations) and HMY (leader of retail space furniture and layouts).

    Over the past few years, he has worked as an industrial coach for start-ups and SMEs. In the past, he has also been a marketing and product development consultant.

    During his career, he has steered several business transfer, acquisition and merger operations.

    Thierry joined SOCIETEX in April 2020, and provides both his extensive knowledge of the industrial sector, his strategic experience in M&A and his networks in South America and Asia.

  • Valéry GIARD

    Managing Partner

    ESN / Software / SaaS / Cyber Security / Digital / B2B Services / Fintech

    Valéry GIARD

    Managing Partner

    ESN / Software / SaaS / Cyber Security / Digital / B2B Services / Fintech

    Valéry holds a diploma from ESSEC and has over 20 years’ experience in Finance and business creation.

    In 2014, he was one of the first French entrepreneurs to create a FinTech dedicated to crowdlending. Very quickly, the platform financed over 100 SMEs based throughout France, and was later on sold to a strategic player.

    Valéry started his career at Citigroup in New York and London, as M&A investment banker for listed companies. He also advised international private equity funds during their LBO operations.

    He was also an equity trader investor at Société Générale in Paris, during 6 years. He was in charge of fundamental long-short strategies, merger arbitrage and IPOs.

    Valéry regularly intervenes in ESSEC’s Executive programme.

    Valéry joined SOCIETEX in January 2021, where he provides his expertise in the TMT and Financial Services sectors.

  • Lionel Marron

    Managing partner

    TMT / Industry / BtoB Services

    Lionel Marron

    Managing partner

    TMT / Industry / BtoB Services

    Graduate of ESCP and Telecom Bretagne, Lionel has more than 12 years of professional experience in Finance.

    He started his career as an M&A analyst at Lazard Bank in Paris for 3 years, before joining DC Advisory, then Bucéphale Finance and finally Goetzpartners.

    During his career, he has managed several transactions involving sales, acquisitions and mergers of companies, both listed and unlisted, of different sizes.

    In 2019, he created a company with two activities:

    • Professional training in the field of equity finance and in particular M&A (financial modelling and process management)
    • And business consulting in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, search for financing and financial management assistance for very small companies

    Lionel is a regular lecturer in the Investment Banking speciality at ESCP Business School to train students on M&A.

    He joined SOCIETEX in January 2022 where he brings both his technical skills and his strategic experience in mergers and acquisitions and in assisting company managers.

  • Yoann SUZANNE

    Mission Manager

    BtoB Services / Hotel & Catering / Retail

    Yoann SUZANNE

    Mission Manager

    BtoB Services / Hotel & Catering / Retail

    Yoann holds a Master’s in Corporate Finance from the Université de Bourgogne and a Master’s in Management and Sales Engineering from the ICD Business School. He undertook his whole university curriculum as a sandwich course at Banque Populaire and Société Générale.

    In 2015, he integrated the Banque Palatine as Junior Corporate Project Manager, where he actively took part in financing SMEs and mid-caps.

    In 2017, Yoann joined Bpifrance, where he was in charge of development in the banking field of a client portfolio made up of SMEs and mid-caps.

    In March 2021, Yoann came to reinforce Societex’s teams and advises business managers in their external growth projects. His areas of expertise include BtoB services, hotel & catering and distribution.

    As part of the economic recovery plan, Yoann is one of the Societex reference persons in charge of advising SME managers on participative loans and stimulus bonds. His banking background, his knowledge of Bpifrance and his close relations with SME managers reinforce Societex’s expertise.

  • Elie ACHDDOU

    Associate

    Elie ACHDDOU

    Associate

    Elie holds a Master’s in Corporate Finance from SKEMA Business School and started his career at Société Générale Private Banking as Product Advisor, then joined D&A as M&A Analyst.

    Elie integrated SOCIETEX in 2018, where he now helps several partners in performing M&A consultancy and valuation missions.

  • Clément MATELOT

    Associate

    Clément MATELOT

    Associate

    Clément holds an engineering diploma from the INSA of Rennes and a Master’s in Corporate Finance from Audencia Business School. He started his career in the construction sector as a works engineer at Vinci Construction and Eiffage Construction.

    Clément joined SOCIETEX in 2018, where he now helps several partners in performing M&A consultancy and valuation missions.

  • Marie GOUIX

    Analyst

    Marie GOUIX

    Analyst

    Graduated from NEOMA Business School (MSc Finance Advisory), Marie joined International Advisory teams of BNP Paribas Real Estate as analyst in commercial real estate.

    Marie integrated SOCIETEX in 2021, where she now helps several partners in performing M&A consultancy and valuation missions.

  • Ali DRISSI

    ANALYST

    Ali DRISSI

    ANALYST

    Ali holds a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Corporate Finance from IESEG. He completed several internships in M&A (Interactis), financing (Orange) and transaction services (PwC) before joining Societex.

    Ali joined Societex in 2021 where he currently assists several partners and managers in M&A advisory and valuation assignments.

Senior Advisors / Experts

  • François GERMAIN

    Partner and Senior Advisor

    Industry / Construction

    François GERMAIN

    Partner and Senior Advisor

    Industry / Construction

    François graduated from HEC and started his career at the Institut du Développement Industriel, one of the capital investment pioneers, but quickly oriented himself towards M&A by joining a consultancy group. He became a partner when the latter was converted into a subsidiary, under the name of Finance Partenaires, and took the majority share in the early 90s.

    After developing a cooperation agreement with CEPME (which has now become OSEO), Finance Partenaires regained its independence in 1999 to join with SOCIETEX, of which François became a partner, providing his expertise in the industry sector.

  • Pierre-Yves LE DAËRON

    Senior Advisor

    TMT / Services

    Pierre-Yves LE DAËRON

    Senior Advisor

    TMT / Services

    A former student of École Polytechnique, Pierre-Yves started his career as researcher at the CEA (the French atomic energy and alternative energy commission), then as strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group.

    He then worked as Marketing & Strategy Director and General Manager, both in European and American Groups, leaders in industry and distribution. In this capacity, he took part in many transfer and acquisition operations.

    He now assists business managers in implementing their transformation projects.

    Pierre-Yves joined SOCIETEX in 2014 as Senior Advisor. Hiss areas of expertise cover in particular value creation, innovation and performance and implementation issues.

  • Pierre VAUTERIN

    Senior Advisor

    Aeronautics / Transport

    Pierre VAUTERIN

    Senior Advisor

    Aeronautics / Transport

    Pierre graduated from HEC Paris in 1973 and from the Executive Program of Stanford Business School in 1987. He has performed responsibilities as International Sales Director (and was in particular Sales Director for Turbomeca) for over 10 years, before taking on general management responsibilities from 1988 until 2018, mainly in the automotive and aeronautics industries.

    More specifically, he was Chairman of the fasteners manufacturer Simmonds-Mecaero, General Manager for Gevelot Extrusion, Chairman of IN-LHC (Intertechnique Group), General Manager of ECE (Zodiac Group), and Chairman of Triumph Controls (Triumph Group).

    He is also a former auditor of IHEDN, administrator of the GIM (Groupement des Industries Mécaniques of Île de France), the MEDEF for East Paris, and of the HANVOL association, as well as a member of the Strategic Orientation Committee of LNE (Laboratoire National d’Essais).

    He joined the Business Mediation unit within the Direction Générale des Entreprises (DGE – French directorate general for enterprise) of the Ministry for Economy, as Deputy National Mediator.

    Pierre joined SOCIETEX in 2019 as Senior Advisor, where he provides his knowledge of the aeronautics and automotive industries, as well as international deployment issues.

  • Robert ZADORA

    Senior Advisor

    Energy / Industry

    Robert ZADORA

    Senior Advisor

    Energy / Industry

    Robert graduated from Arts et Métiers and has worked all his career in the energy sector. First at EDF, in engineering, structuring offers for export, construction, nuclear unit start-up and their transfer to the operator, both in France (Dampierre en Burly) then abroad (Koeberg in South Africa, Daya Bay in Mainland China).

    From 1991 to 1999, he worked at EDF GDF Services, as Director of the Ariège Departmental Agency, then in Lyon, he was responsible for management control and steering performance for the South East region.

    From 1999 to 2014, he worked with GDF and GDFSUEZ, where he conducted several missions as General Manager and member of the Board within foreign subsidiaries based in Hungary (Egaz and Degaz), Slovakia & Czech Republic (SPP) and Poland (GSEP), where he led major restructuring operations and projects and strongly improved performance.

    Since 2014, at Engie, he takes part in evaluating projects proposed by the Business Units and validated by the Group parent company (some 150 operations amounting to over €10M per year).

    Robert joined SOCIETEX in 2019 as Senior Advisor and provides his expertise in the industry and energy sectors.

  • Christophe YSEWYN

    Senior Advisor

    Cybersecurity & Defence / Industry

    Christophe YSEWYN

    Senior Advisor

    Cybersecurity & Defence / Industry

    Christophe graduated from the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint Cyr and the Ecole de Guerre, and spent his career within the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the highest institutions.

    He has held several positions within the army :

    • Manager of different 100 personnel strong operational units: conducting populations protection operations in Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Guadeloupe and Central Africa…
    • Analyst within an office in charge of organising the Land Forces as regards human resources and equipment.
    • Operations Director in Djibouti: headed a management team in charge of preparing and managing the operational engagement of an 800 personnel strong unit in a desert environment.
    • Crisis Cell Team Leader: at the Planning and Operations Centre (CPCO), he managed a team of analysts in charge of monitoring, anticipating, updating and assessing situations on the African continent, in the context of international crises.
    • Operating Director for an operational unit within the Ministry for Armed Forces: directed an operational unit comprising 700 personnel members.
    • Strategic and Innovation Director: he manages a team in charge of providing their security expertise to the highest political and military authorities.

    Christophe joined SOCIETEX in 2019 as Senior Advisor, where he provided his expertise in the area of cybersecurity, defence and industry.

  • Philippe LAROCHE

    Senior Advisor

    Industry / Innovation

    Philippe LAROCHE

    Senior Advisor

    Industry / Innovation

    Philippe has a Higher Education Diploma specialising in Finance and Econometrics from Université Paris Dauphine and a SciencesPo/IFA certificate as Independent Business Director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of finance, capital markets and consultancy.

    After starting his career at DAFSA, then at BFT and CONCEPT, Philippe specialised in financial risk management at Chase Manhattan from 1991 to 1996. At HSBC, he developed a very successful experience in the area of bond finance.

    Since 2016, Philippe has developed a portfolio of start-ups focussing on innovation and environmental impacts. In 2017, he created Finance & Innovations Durables and advises start-ups, SMEs, family-run Groups and mid-caps. In 2020, he joined Arts & Métiers Accélération as a member of the Board of Directors.

    As a Senior Advisor, he provides SOCIETEX with his expertise in finance, strategy and governance.

  • Olivier PATOUILLET

    Senior Advisor

    Retail

    Olivier PATOUILLET

    Senior Advisor

    Retail

    Olivier graduated from Université Paris IX-Dauphine, with a DEA in Organisations IT, and a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Sciences and Techniques. He started his career in 1985 as external auditor for Deloitte.

    In 1991, he joined Yves Rocher Group as advisor to the Chairman, then transferred to Milan in 1995, as General Manager for Yves Rocher Italia. Along with his team, he established a durable model for profitable growth. Olivier returned to France in 2000, as Group Strategy Director, with the operational responsibility of the Asia division and led major growth projects.

    In 2007, Olivier joined Louis Delhaize Group (main brands: Cora, Match, Truffaut, Animalis, etc.) as Business Development Director. He identified, assessed and proposed to shareholders opportunities for external growth, new activities, partnerships and launching operations in new countries. He encouraged and advised the brands in their innovative projects.

    Olivier joined SOCIETEX in late 2020 as Senior Advisor, where he provides his knowledge of the retail sector.

  • Hoang LE HUY

    Expert

    TMT / Finance

    Hoang LE HUY

    Expert

    TMT / Finance

    Hoang obtained an engineering diploma from ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers), and accomplished his military service as a VSNE (Volontaire Service National Entreprise) in the Comoros during 16 months.

    When he came back to Paris, he joined the internal audit department at JP Morgan bank, then was transferred to London in 1994.

    After 1 year at JP Morgan London, he established the market risk management team at The Royal Bank of Scotland.

    In 1997, he joined Banque Paribas as Risk Management Manager for activities such as Fx, currency options, etc.

    In 2001, he became Manager at Commerzbank in charge of proprietary trading activity risks in London.

    In late 2003, he became an investor for the fund of funds New Finance Capital, first in London, then in New York, where he was in charge of selecting hedge funds and measuring financial security performance.

    Following the purchase of NFC by Schroders, he ensured the transition from 2012 to 2015, especially on the Ucits platform (GAIA) and the alternative strategies implemented by Schroders.

    Back in Paris in 2016, he became “business angel” within several networks (ENSAE BAE, and AMBA), and in particular Arts et Métiers Business Angels (AMBA), where he became manager of the IDF division (over 100 member-investors)

    Hoang joined SOCIETEX in 2019 as Technology & Innovation Expert.

  • Franck MAISONNEUVE

    Expert

    Hospitality

    Franck MAISONNEUVE

    Expert

    Hospitality

    Franck graduated from a hotel school and obtained the Franco-American IMHI MBA in hotel management (ESSEC-Cornell University). He started his professional career in operational positions within the hotel sector, both in France and abroad, then worked in purchasing, management control and financial affairs positions within catering and hotel groups.

    Franck worked for Sodexo from 1995 to 1997, successively on operating sites, then fulfilled central logistics and supply chain positions. In 1997, he joined the Quick fast-food group, as management controller on the French market, then as financial controller for Benelux, new markets and the Group financial affairs. From 2001 to 2008, he worked for Société du Louvre-Groupe Taittinger as Financial Affairs Manager, where he worked in particular on the sale of the Group in 2005. In late 2008, he joined Red 2 Green, a consultancy firm specialising in advising businesses undergoing change. In 2010, he created his own consultancy firm for investors and managers in the hospitality sector.

    He provides SOCIETEX with his expertise in the hotel & catering sector.

  • Claudine LEPRINCE

    SENIOR ADVISOR

    Health / Digital transformation

    Claudine LEPRINCE

    SENIOR ADVISOR

    Health / Digital transformation

    Claudine graduated from ESSEC Business School (International General Management) and has held various management positions in companies of various sizes (20 years with European Fortune Global 500 and the last 10 years in American and European startups), for global development via organic or inorganic growth, fundraising, etc.

    With rich experiences in multiple activity sectors on four continents (digital transformation, telecommunications, medtech, biotech, energy transition and mobility, etc.), in supporting companies and entrepreneurs in France and abroad, designing and deploying growth strategies (notably, director in an American growth equity firm for fundraising on all continents until introduction of a subsidiary on the Nasdaq Global Market), Claudine also makes use of her multilingual and public relations skills (former journalist).

    Her personal commitments include a mandate by decree from the Prime Minister, as a French Foreign Trade Advisor, for concrete support for the internationalization of French companies, the attractiveness of France and advice to public authorities.

    Claudine joined SOCIETEX in 2021 as Senior Advisor and provides her expertise in the fields of health and digital transformation, and global growth strategies.

  • Mathias BOURGOIS

    SENIOR ADVISOR

    Industry

    Mathias BOURGOIS

    SENIOR ADVISOR

    Industry

    Mathias BOURGOIS has more than 30 years of experience in the consulting sector and in the management of SMEs

    After starting his professional career in consulting at Ernst & Young, he joined large groups as a management controller, and then, in 1993, began an entrepreneurial career, with the creation of a first company that he sold before taking over an industrial company that he developed for 22 years. In 2020, he joined the company SOCO&FI to assist company directors with their development, growth, recovery and transfer issues. He is very involved in the support of young managers and offers his skills to institutional networks in the region.

    Mathias BOURGOIS has a Master’s degree in Management Sciences (finance and management control option).

  • Pascal LEMARCHAND

    Senior Advisor

    Community services / Construction

    Pascal LEMARCHAND

    Senior Advisor

    Community services / Construction

    Graduate of ESSCA, Pascal’s first experience as a company manager was to help develop factoring on the French market in the 1990s, first at Facto-France and then as Client Director at SLIFAC, a subsidiary of Crédit Lyonnais, which in 2000 became EUROFACTOR, the European leader. He was responsible for the design of several types of factoring contracts that are still in force today.

    In 2005, he took advantage of his dual experience as an entrepreneur and banker to buy, with two investment funds, a company specialising in building and urban cleaning. Five years later, on the strength of a significantly increased turnover – and profitability – this company was sold to a European Facility Management Major.  He will remain there until June 2018 as CEO, then as Development Director of a branch grouping together seven other subsidiaries specialising in Urban Cleaning.

    In 2022, after training as an APIA director, Pascal joined SOCIETEX and brought his experience in the development and financing of SMEs, particularly in the world of community services, construction, shipbuilding, nautical construction and the trade of public works and agricultural equipment.

     

  • Claude-Yves ROBIN

    Senior Advisor

    Communication, media, advertising

    Claude-Yves ROBIN

    Senior Advisor

    Communication, media, advertising

    A graduate of the Lyon Management School (EM Lyon) in 1986 with a Master degree in Innovation Management, Claude-Yves has managed companies of various sizes for 25 years.

    Over the last 32 years he has created, managed and provided consultancy to private and state-owned companies based in France, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

    He has run media activities for Caisse des Dépôts, CANAL+, Lagardère and France Télévisions (France 5 and France 2) but also given Radio France expert advice on its diversification strategy by creating Studio Radio France.

    Moreover, he has been the CEO of an SME specialized in consultancy services to investors and states for eight years.

    Claude-Yves joined Societex in April 2022 as Senior Advisor specialized in service companies operating in the fields of communication, media, advertising, as well as in cultural and creative industries.