HEC Private Equity Alumni Networking Event News Article

April 12, 2009

Happy to announce that the upcoming issue of Hommes et Commerce will feature an article concerning the 1st HEC Private Equity Alumni Networking Event that took place on March 23rd. Thanks go out to Patrick Lissague, Managing Director of UFG Private Equity and President of the BACI Group within HEC’s Alumni Association; to Christophe Raynaud, Fund Manager at ISAI who documented the event, to Dan Sipple-Asher, who took over the Presidency of the HEC Private Equity Club from me and who made sure the student involvement was strong; to UFG Private Equity for their financial support of the event; and to all the alumni who came and made the evening such a success.  Thanks again!


HEC Alum to Take Reins at Wendel Investissement

March 25, 2009

Frédéric Lemoine (HEC.1986), non-executive chairman of French nuclear group Areva and a senior adviser at McKinsey, was appointed on Wednesday night by the board of Wendel Investissement to replace Jean-Bernard Lafonta as CEO, putting an end to more than a year of family in-fighting over leadership and investment strategy. Much of the controversy stemmed from the questionable decision to take a 21.5% stake in staid French manufacturer Saint-Gobain. Best of luck Frédéric!

1st Annual HEC Private Equity Alumni Networking Event

March 22, 2009

Just a quick reminder to all the HEC alumni working in Private Equity, that tomorrow, Monday March 23rd, is the First HEC Private Equity Alumni Networking Event. It kicks off at 18h30.  I look forward to seeing many of you there!

HEC Alums Girszyn and Savinelli Leave 3i

January 26, 2009

HEC alumni Jérôme Girszyn and Laurent Savinelli, two partners in 3i’s Paris office, have left the firm.  Savinelli has managed the Growth Capital and SMBO team in France since 2002. He started his career as a financial analyst at stockbroker Oddo-Pinatton in 1989 before joining 3i in 1994. Girszyn joined 3i’s Paris office in 1998 from Arthur Andersen Corporate Recovery. He was appointed head of the portfolio team in 2000 and partner in 2003.

In somewhat related news, the head of 3i, Philip Yea, hinted at the possibility of raising a growth capital fun, along with repeating the mantra that cash is king.

HEC Private Equity Alumni Group on LinkedIn

January 15, 2009

Here’s a little public service announcement for all the HEC alumni working in private equity: We now have a LinkedIn group!

The group is open to all alumni of the various HEC programs (MBA, EMBA, Trium, Grande Ecole, Specialized Masters, etc.) working across the spectrum of Private Equity, from Angel and Seed Investors, to Venture Capital, Growth Capital, Mezzanine, Buyouts, Secondaries, Distress, and also including those in the PE periphery such as advisory services, consulting, private placements, etc. so long as the focus is on private equity.  So, if you’re an HEC alum and you’re connected to private equity, then you belong in the group!

This is part of an initiative to strengthen and improve our alumni network.  

Please take a few minutes of your time to sign up.  I’d appreciate it!

Delphine Inesta Joins Crédit Agricole Private Equity (CAPE)

December 17, 2008

Alumni News: HEC Alumna Delphine Inesta (H.2003) has just joined Crédit Agricole Private Equity (CAPE)’s special situation department as investment manager where she will focus on distressed companies. Congrats!

Duke Street Names Garbois Operating Partner

November 29, 2008

In alumni news, Duke Street has just named Jean Garbois (H.63) as a new operating partner in France. Garbois joins from Banque OBC, a private bank belonging to ABN AMRO, where he was vice-president and director general.