Senior Team

 André Cohen, Founder, Head of Global M&A

 
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  • 30 years + of first rank international M&A lead advisory and Corporate Finance experience, including 20 in US, UK, and French investment banks, out of Paris and London 

  • Around 50 successful transactions and 300+ assignments in career, including the sale of Yves Saint Laurent group to Elf-Sanofi or Guinness Plc‘s (Diageo plc) circa €2 bn investments in French world luxury consumer goods leader LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

  • Core expertise in Insurance and financial services

  • Repeat clients in Insurance World top 10

  • Developed during focused and consistent career multiple sales, acquisitions, strategic alliances, capital raising, corporate finance, pre-IPO advisory, and financial reinsurance origination, in a variety of different sectors, as well as Placement Agent advisory services to insurance, pension funds, banks, other institutional and family offices

  • Consulted by local financial markets authorities on international matters and standards

 

​​​  Andre was Awarded Medal of the City of Paris, France, and was             in LinkedIn™ top 10% most viewed profiles in Israel in 2012

  • Advised during his career CEOs, MDs, CFOs and shareholders / business owners clients, on more than 300  lead advisory assignments, typically multinational blue chips, institutions and family owners of middle-sized corporates, across a large span of sectors such as Insurance, Banking, Consumer Goods, Tech & Internet, Hospitality/Real Estate, or Retail and Manufacturing

  • Advises mostly European cross-border transactions, American, UK, European, and Middle East clients, with deal sizes typically ranging from 5 million to 2 billion Euros, with a dominance in Insurance and Banks sectors

 

  • Previous career in Banque Indosuez (now Credit Agricole bank group), US investment bankWasserstein& Perella, BZW (ex Barclays Bank), Ernst&Young Corporate Finance and InterContinental Hotels Group (Bass Plc group)

 

  • Co-founder Cohen Brothers Financial Services in 2006

 

  • Graduated French top tier Business School ESCP (1986 class), French Attorney at Law (Paris Courts –‘Avocat à la Cour’), ‘DECS’ (French academical degree required for Chartered Public Accountants) and Legal English Certificate (‘CAJ’ at Paris University XII)

 

  • Speaks fluent French, English and has working ability in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian & Hebrew.

 Robert Cohen, Partner Advisor, UK & France

 
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  • 30 years experience with institutional investors, private banks and corporates in the EMEA region, 20 years experience in British and German investment banks, creation of 4 businesses

 

  • Graduate from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in 1982, all the diploma required to be appointed Chartered Certified

 

  • Accountant in France, including the Diplôme d’Etudes Comptables Supérieures (DECS), the Superior Legal & Tax Certificate and the Accounting Review Certificate

  • Co-founder and CEO of Cohen Brothers, from 2007 to now

 

  • DWS Investments France & Deutsche Asset Management France CEO, from 2003 to 2006

  •  Executive Board Member of Association Française de Gestion, the French asset management professional association, from 2003 to 2006

  • Director of Schroder Investment Management International (London), in charge of France & Belgium, including the set-up and development of a succesful fund distribution business in France, from 2000 to 2003​
     

  • Director & Executive Board Member of J. Henry Schroder & Co. Ltd (London), in charge of exotic structured clients for French-speaking institutional investors in Europe, from 1997 à 2000​
     

  • Director of Schroder France in charge of exotic structured investments. Robert created and developed this activity from 1992 to 1997​
     

  • Senior Vice President at Natixis France (ex-Caisse Centrale des Banques Populaires), in charge of IPOs and new equity, debt-equity, bond and structured bond issues and privatizations : arranger, underwriting, hedging and placement, from 1987 to 1992​
     

  • Deputy CFO at Barclays Bank France division of specialized credit, from 1985 to 1987, Senior Auditor , Ernst & Young, from 1982 to 1985.

Alex Novotny, Partner Advisor, Spain & Portugal

 
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  • Over 20 years experience in Financial Markets 

 

  • Alex is a specialist of Advisory to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking corporates and investors in Iberia and Latin America 

  • Managing Director at TrueAlpha Capital Management (2013-2015), a Global Currency Hedge Fund 

 

  • Executive Director at BBVA (2010-2013). Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Pension Funds. BBVA is a top Spanish bank and one of the largest banks in the world with over $500 billion in AuM. Initially joined to help set-up BBVA's FIG group

  • Founding member of Capital Management Group (2001-2005), an M&A advisory and private equity company in the European market 

  • Executive Director at Banco Santander (1996-2000), the largest European bank by market capitalization with over € 1.2 billion of AuM. Responsible for setting up a Client Solutions Group within the advisory platform of Santander Investment 

 

  • Director at Lehman Brothers International (1993-1995) in London. Responsible for the Southern European institutional and corporate sales team 

 

  • Responsible for Northern European coverage of Central Banks, Agencies and Supranational accounts at Bankers Trust International (1990-1992)

 

  • Graduate from the Australian Graduate School of Management,1988-1989 (MBA) and the University of New South Wales (B.Eng. Honours) between 1982-1985. Completely bilingual in English and Spanish

Raoul de Vaucelles, Partner Advisor, French-Speaking Countries 

 
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  • 20 years top-notch experience in M&A and private equity on the French market 

 

  • Rare expertise with family offices, trained at most prominent one and investment banks 

 

  • Specialist of Private Equity groups and their specific M&A rationale. He acted as advisor to several of them on the sourcing, structuring, acquisition process and sell-side process of deals. Advised on a number of sectors both BtoB and BtoC.

  • Paris Orléans (listed holding company for the Rothschild family) from 1994 to 2010, member of the Investment Committee. 

  • Financial Analyst at French independent broker Leven SA), in charge of the communication & financial services sectors from 1993 to 1994

  • Financial Analyst at Détroyat Associés (famous independent equity research company), in charge of the food retail and specialist distribution sectors in 1992

 

  • Financial Analyst at Dumenil Leblé, a famous boutique French investment bank, in charge of food retail and automotive sectors from 1990 to 1991

 

 

  • University of Panthéon, Graduate from Sorbonne : Maitrise in Economics (1987) - DESS in English Applied Economics (1988)

 

  • Financial analysis training center – SFAF Paris – in 1990 and 1996

François Faure, Senior Adviser

 
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  • François Faure is the initiator of the NewCode project. NewCode proposes a new framework for the interaction of human and financial capital within the enterprise system. François is the CEO of NewCode Conseil SAS and of NewCode Advisers Limited. He also co-chairs Académie NewCode, a think tank dedicated to the project.

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  • Prior to this François Faure was an investment banker, advising French and international clients for over 25 years on M&A and financing and restructuring transactions. He held prominent positions in a number of reputable firms such as AlixPartners, Houlihan Lokey, Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, Wasserstein Perella, Indosuez and Crédit National.  

 

  • François is  recognised for its strategic, structuring and negotiation skills, and also for its ability to turnaround and grow businesses, and motivate teams.

 

  • François started its career with the French department of Industry, where he worked matters and programmes relating to industrial policy and international cooperation.  He holds a degree of Ecole Polytechnique and of Ecole des Ponts et Chaussés (civil engineering).

Guy Danon, Senior Adviser

 
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  • Guy DANON is a senior executive in tech and internet with a career in both Fortune 500 multinationals and start-ups, global consulting and governmental agencies.

 

  • Guy has extensive expertise in growing international technology companies into new markets (from ideation to execution and sales) by leveraging the combined entrepreneurial and corporate management experiences he gained in various technological fields. Guy’s is experienced in developing and growing markets directly, with and through partners, by driving Digital Transformation programs while deploying innovative business concepts. 

 

  • Guy will be particularly assisting Cohen & Co. in all its insurtech and digital transformation assignments, thanks to his senior relationships gained in the tech world and beyond within EMEA, the US, and Israel.

  • ​​Until very recently, Guy has assumed the role CEO of an international MarTech SaaS company named Social Internet Ltd., active in over 10 countries. Having served Financial institutions across 3 continents with software and services that connect them with brand influencers. 

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  • ​​In the course of 11 years, Guy worked for SAP Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters (out of the Paris offices) in various customer & partner managerial roles.

 

  • Graduated from the prestigious H.E.C. International MBA program (class of 2005). Prior to his MBA, Guy completed his undergraduate degree of Business Administration & Communication Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Israel).

 

  • Worked in PWC’s Financial Advisory Services as an advisory for start-ups and young technology companies.