Cedric is one of France’s Internet pioneers. In 2000, he created www.caradisiac.com, the first French automotive website that merged with the Centrale des Particuliers in 2007 to form Car & Boat Media. He also chaired Canalblog, the leading independent website for French blogs with over a million blogs.
A former student of the ENA, he began his career at the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance where he successively managed controls on foreign investments in France and financial sanctions against Iraq and Libya, before joining the service responsible for privatisations. He was also Financial Attaché at the French embassy in London before joining Louis Schweitzer as Director of Financial Relations at Renault and member of the financial committee at the Renault-Nissan group where he worked from 1998 to 2000.
Philippe Leoni was, from 1995 to 2008, the Chairman and CEO of Spir, a listed company member of SBF120, with over 4000 employees and operations in 7 European countries. Philippe transformed this company with €150m in turnover on his arrival into a large media business, the leader in its sector with €650m, through both organic growth and acquisitions. Philippe notably started or developed:
LeBonCoin.fr that became the undisputed leader of small ads on internet in France
Adrexo that became a leader in the distribution of advertising leaflets
Logic Immo that became a leader in real estate ads
20 Minutes that became the leading French daily by audience
Car & Boat Media that became the leading website for automotive ads along with Lacentrale.fr and Caradisiac.com.
Philippe Leoni has managed several profitable investments, in particularly difficult and competitive environments, on the basis of bets which were complex both strategically and operationally but which proved successful thanks to his personal involvement and the selection of performing and reliable management teams.
Alain Madelin, a lawyer by training, held several prestigious governmental positions notably ministerial functions: Minister of Economy and Finance (1995), Minister for Enterprise and Economic Development, SMEs, Commerce and Crafts (1993), Minister of Industry, Energy, Post and Telecommunications and Tourism (1986).
During these functions, he conducted reforms in several industry, services and finance sectors (energy, aviation and aerospace, telecoms, automotive, etc.) and thus acquired a deep sector knowledge. He also created the « auto-entrepreneur » status and the only true French pension fund for the benefit of individual entrepreneurs (The Madelin law).
The ministerial cabinets working under him were active nurseries, and his former associates can now be found in positions of high-level responsibility in a large number of major French companies.
The detailed sector knowledge he has accumulated, his understanding of the entrepreneurs’ life and the special ties he has with many entrepreneurs and businesses are essential assets for Latour Capital.
Maxime joined Latour Capital at inception in March 2011.
He started his professional career in 2000 in the Media and Telecommunications Department of Ernst & Young. In 2004, he joined Wagram Corporate Finance, an independent M&A boutique where he stayed four years, accompanying large industrial French groups as well as investments funds in a large number of M&A operations. In 2008, Maxime joined Vauban Partenaires, a smidcap private equity fund focused on growth capital and transmission/ restructuring, where he was involved in eight transactions in various sectors.
Maxime graduated in business from Université Paris Dauphine and holds a Master Degree from IEP Paris (SciencesPo).
Didier joined Latour Capital in 2017.
He moved to the Schindler group in 1995 where he became CEO of the French subsidiary. In 1999 he joined Ineo, a subsidiary of Suez, as CEO. Between 2002 and 2009, he joined Air Liquide where he successively became CEO of Air Liquide Welding, then CEO of the Gas and Service Activity in France, then Vice-President of South Europe for Air Liquide. From 2009 to 2014, Didier returned to Groupe Schindler as a member of the Executive Board of Directors, also responsible for the EMEA region and for the European Supply Chain. Didier was Senior Advisor to Astorg Partners in 2015 and 2016.
Didier graduated from Ecole Centrale Lille and holds a Post-graduate degree in International Finance at Paris Dauphine University.
Franck joined Latour Capital in 2016 and is based in Lyon.
He started his career in 1996 at Ernst&Young. In 2000, he joined the stock exchange transactions at CM-CIC before participating in the creation and subsequent development of two investment holdings. During more than fifteen years of experience in the investment industry, Franck accompanied the transmission and the development of many key companies in their sector particularly in the context of build-ups. Chartered Accountant, Franck graduated from IAE in Montpellier and from the “Institut de Droit des Affaires” in Aix en Provence.
Gaspard joined Latour Capital at inception in March 2011.
He has been deeply involved in all the transactions completed by Latour Capital and has grown quickly in autonomy and awareness. Gaspard is more particularly involved in the monitoring of the YellowKorner and Syclef investments.
Gaspard graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lille and from IEP Paris (SciencesPo). He holds a Master Degree fom Ecole Polytechnique in Economics and Public Policy.
Pierre-Olivier joined Latour Capital in 2016.
He started his professional career in 2010 at Accuracy, an independent financial advisory firm, where, for five years, he has accompanied large corporates as well as investment funds in their acquisition and divestment operations.
Pierre-Olivier graduated from Ecole Centrale.
Camille joined Latour Capital in 2016.
He started his professional career in 2014 in the Transaction Services & Corporate Recovery Department of Eight Advisory where he was involved in a number of financial due diligence and restructuring missions for both corporates and investment funds, in various sectors. He had previously had two experiences in M&A, first at KPMG Corporate Finance, then at Oddo Corporate Finance.
Camille graduated from EMLyon.
Véronique joined Latour Capital in 2015.
She started her professional career in 2001 in the Corporate and Investment Banking team of HSBC France. In 2007, she joined Quartilium, the fund of funds activity of Groupama Private Equity, in charge of investor communication and legal and tax monitoring of the funds. In 2010, she joined Perceva as CFO, in charge of the management company and funds’ administration.
Véronique graduated from Université Paris Dauphine and holds a Master in Finance and Cash Management from ESCP-EAP.