Founder and Managing Partner
Before founding Priscus Participations et Priscus Finance, Philippe has occupied various top management positions within the insurance groups AGF and Allianz in France and in Asia. He has been afterwards on of the managers of the French investment bank Arjil & Associés. During his career of over 30 years in the financial sector he has managed over 100 m&a transactions in c. 20 countries. Philippe is graduated from HEC (79) and Paris IX Dauphine.
Michel Gonnet started his career in 1981 in the Ministry of Finance. He held various positions from1981 to 1998, including at the foreign economic relations direction as commercial counselor in South Korea, head of office, deputy director and director. Michel Gonnet was “Director of Public Accounting” from 1995 to 1998. He has been technical advisor of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Edmond Alphandéry and of the Minister of Budget, Nicolas Sarkozy, in charge of the general organization of the Ministry from 1993 to 1995, then “chargé de mission” for the Minister of Economy and Finance, Alain Madelin, in charge of the state administrative reform and the modernization of the ministry (1995). He joined the Caisse des Dépôts in 1998 as General Secretary before becoming its Deputy General Director in charge of the general interest missions (territorial development, SME, social housing, digital equipment, legal professions, …) and after that he became President and CEO of C3D, which was in charge of the non financial subsidiaries of the “Caisse des Dépôts” (transports, tourism, engineering, real estate). Michel joined the Group Caisse d’Epargne in 2004 as CEO of Crédit Foncier de France. He held various positions in the Group: Director of the regional development banking at the Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne (SME, local authorities, social economy) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Financière Océor in charge of the international operations. Since January 2010, Michel Gonnet established its own company, and realized by number of advisory missions, including several in Africa - for instance: Establishment of the Caisse des Dépôts of Tunisia; Commercial agreement between the French “Banque Postale” and AttijariWafabank concerning the Moroccan residents in France etc. He is now part of Priscus’ team, as a partner of Priscus Finance.
XAVIER DE MEAUX
Xavier started his career in 1987 in Arjil Bank (Lagardère group) in Paris. In 1990 he established the subsidiary of the bank in Spain, focused on mergers and acquisitions in the region. In 2004 he joined a wholesale insurance broker in order to establish a subsidiary in Spain. In 2012 Xavier was part of an MBO over a large French insurance broker: Eurodommages. Xavier has advised major international M&A transactions for clients such as: Danone, parmalat, Médéric, Campofrio, Ferrovial etc. Xavier holds an IMBA from ISG Paris and has been lecturer at Instituto de Empresa (IE), Madrid.
More than 30 years carrier in the financial sector, mainly in Société Générale Group, where he has been head of the Group’s strategy, CEO of SG Asset Management, CEO of Crédit du Nord. He has been as well COO of Dexia Credit Local. Since 2013, strategic advisor and investor in several successful French startups, mainly FinTechs . Alain is a founder and Chairman of France FinTech (the association of the fintech companies in France)
Bruno has over 25 years of experience in investment banking. He started his career as in KPMG, in the audit department, specialized in banks and insurance. He has been afterwards occupied various positions in leading investment banks in France and the United Kingdom (Salomon Brothers, BNP Paribas and Bucephale Finance) mainly in the FIG sector. He has been involved in major operations in the financial sector such as the friendly merger between Groupe Caisse d’Epargne et Groupe Banque Populaire in France. Bruno gratuated from the Institut d’Etudes Polidiques, Paris and holds a bachelor degree in law.
Graduated from Kedge Business School, he spent his entire career in mergers & acquisitions advisory sucessively at Banexi, Natixis and CIC in Paris, New York and Milan. Jean-Luc has advised industrial sales and acquisitions, LBOs / MBOs in various sectors such as media, healthcare, distribution and direct marketing. In 2010 Jean-Luc established Viducia, its own advisory firm specialised in advisory of managers, and in 2016 he joined Priscus.
Ivan has been financial analyst focusing on financial institutions in Arjil et Associés Banque. Later, he joined the strategy department of Groupe Bel, and then Rothschild & Cie’s Emerging markets M&A team in Paris. From 2007 to 2013 he was partner in the company representing Rothschild & Cie in Bulgaria. He has participated to number of M&A transactions in France, Eastern Europe and North Africa. Ivan is graduated in finance and in law, from the University of Paris (Sorbonne and Assas) and in International Economic Relations from the University for National and World Economy, Sofia.
Olivier began his career in 1997 in private equity with PAI Partners, based in Hong Kong. He then joined CDC Ixis Asset Management (now Natixis Investment Managers) as VP Corporate Development based in Paris and later on the Credit agricole group as VP Corporate Development within its International Affiliates Division and then in the Group Finance In-House M&A division. In 2006, Olivier became Head of Corporate Development of Banque Populaire Group (now BPCE). Prior to Priscus Finance, Olivier served in the In-house M&A team of the BPCE Group and was notably in charge of divestments of non-core companies exposed to the real estate sector. Olivier has over 18 years combined experience in principal investing experience and participated or managed over 40 major transactions in asset management, banking, insurance and real-estate. Olivier graduated from EM Lyon and holds a degree in Business Management - Diplom-Kaufmann from the Technical University Berlin.
PATRICK MAMOU MANI
Previously to joining Priscus Finance, Patrick has occupied various management positions within AGF, Sofinco and Suez particularly In the field of corporate development. Philippe is graduated from HEC (79) and Paris IX Dauphine.