Alvarez & Marsal expands French mergers & acquisitions arm

06 August 2019 4 min. read

Global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has bolstered its growing Transaction Advisory Group in Paris with six new experts.

Alvarez & Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group supports clients with merger & acquisition and transaction support services. The group’s consultants bring financial advisory, accounting and tax expertise to deal tables, and work for corporate acquirers, hedge funds and private equity players across the transaction lifecycle.

The US-headquartered consultancy, founded in 1983, has been supporting French clients with deals for years, and in May last year, the Transaction Advisory Group leveraged its local momentum to launch an on the ground operation in Paris. Four senior experts from a Big Four firm were tapped to establish and lead the operation. On the back of a growing domestic track record and client base, Alvarez & Marsal has in recent months expanded the team with a raft of new dealmakers. 

Romain Torres joined Alvarez & Marsal as a senior associate in April this year, joining from PwC, where he worked in the firm’s Transaction Services wing. The French national spent four years at the Big Four firm, gaining merger & acquisition experience in both buy-side as well as sell-side environments. Torres among others worked on the sale of dental clinic Adent to Nordic Capital and the acquisition of Swiss caterer Novae Restauration by Sodexo.Alvarez & Marsal expands French mergers & acquisitions armThibault de la Taille joined in June from KPMG, where he worked for around two years. During the spell, he was involved with 15 buy-side and 4 sell-side deals, providing financial due diligence and valuation services. Transactions De la Taille worked on include the acquisitions of DL Santé by Dedalus and instruments business Henri Selmer by financial sponsor Argos Soditic, and the deal between Thermocompact and Edify.

In De la Taille's footsteps, Bilal Baou also joined Alvarez & Marsal from KPMG, which he served for nearly three years across two spells. Latterly, he was an Analyst in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services arm, based in Paris. Earlier in his career, the Grenoble Ecole de Management graduate also worked for energy giant Engie and Hay Group, a HR consulting firm that has since been acquired by human capital specialist Korn Ferry.

Having joined in June, Simane Idbalkassm is an associate at the global consulting firm. She previously worked nearly two years for KPMG, and one year for MBO Partenaires, a French-origin private equity company. 

Following brief periods of experience gained at private equity group Apax Partners and counterparts Duff & Phelps and Deloitte, Amina Boudjatit joined Alvarez & Marsal last month. Also appointed an analyst, the youngest of the quintet, Clément Allouard joined Alvarez & Marsal straight form university. During his master studies (major in corporate finance), Allouard completed internships at accounting firm AHA Expertises & Conseils, hotel & hospitality business Perseus, and M&A firm Eight Advisory. At A&M, he works as an analyst. 

Jonathan Gibbons, managing director of Alvarez & Marsal’s French Transaction Advisory Group, said he is delighted with the new hires, adding that the firm is eyeing further recruits – “top talent across all levels” – amid strong dealmaking fundamentals.

Globally, A&M's Transaction Advisory Group has over 400 professionals in 20-plus offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.