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Matthieu Pigasse

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Nationality  French
Role  Banker
Parents  Jean-Daniel Pigasse
Name  Mathieu Pigasse
Spouse  Alix Etournaud (m. 2010)
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Born  25 May 1968 (age 47) (1968-05-25) Clichy, France
Occupation  Investment banker, investor
Relatives  Jean-Paul Pigasse (uncle)
Siblings  Virginie Pigasse, Nicolas Pigasse
Alma mater  Sciences Po, Ecole nationale d\'administration

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Matthieu Pigasse (born 1968) is a French investment banker, media proprietor and investor. He currently serves as Lazard’s Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Sovereign Advisory, as well as CEO of Lazard France.


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Early life

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Matthieu Pigasse was born on May 25, 1968 in Clichy near Paris. He grew up in Normandy, rural France. His father, Jean-Daniel Pigasse, was a journalist for La Manche libre. His uncle, Jean-Paul Pigasse, is a media proprietor.

He graduated from the Sciences Po and the École nationale d'administration.

Career as a financial advisor

Matthieu Pigasse started his career in 1994 at the French Treasury, in charge of the debt and cash management of the French State. He became advisor in charge of financial and industrial affairs for the Ministry of the Economy, Finances and Industry under Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn from 1998 to 1999. He then served as chief of staff to Finance Minister Laurent Fabius from 2000 to 2002.

He became a Managing Director at Lazard, an investment bank, in 2002. He was appointed Global head of Sovereign Advisory in 2003, working on some of the most important sovereign debt restructurings in the last decade: Iraq, Ecuador, Argentina, Cyprus and Greece. He is also one of the most active bankers in Europe in mergers & acquisitions, advising on deals such as "the $40bn merger of Suez and Gaz de France (to become GDF Suez)or the L’Oréal buy-back of Nestlé shares." Additionally, he advised Caisse d'Epargne to acquire a stake in Lazard.

He was appointed CEO of Lazard France in 2009, the Vice Chairman of Lazard Europe in 2011 and Global head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Lazard in April 2015.

Wall Street Journal analyst Max Colchester describes him as the self-marketed rock star of finance, and by Dow Jones’s Giles Turner as one of the more colorful bankers around.

He is a board member of BSkyB, Groupe Lucien Barrière and Derichebourg.

Media Business

Since 2010, he is also the co-owner, alongside Xavier Niel and Pierre Bergé, of Le Monde, a left-wing daily newspaper in France, as well as the weekly magazine L’Obs since 2014.

Through his personal holding company LNEI, he acquired the music magazine Les Inrockuptibles in 2009 and Radio Nova in 2015. He is also a shareholder in the French version of the Huffington Post, Melty Group and Vice France.

In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of one of the largest rock festivals in Europe, les Eurockéennes de Belfort. In 2016, he raised €250 million, together with Xavier Niel and Pierre-Antoine Capton, to found Mediawan, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), with the ambition to become one of the largest media content and entertainment platforms in Europe.


A long-time Socialist Party, he distanced himself from François Hollande’s policies in 2014 through his third book L’Eloge de l’Anormalité in which he criticizes the inability of the elites globally to address the crisis and the systematic use of austerity measures.

In May 2011, he organized a free concert in honor of the 30th anniversary of the election of President François Mitterrand.

Personal life

He is married to Alix Etournaud, a journalist. They have children. He does not own a house or a car.

He is a player of video games such as Mario Party, Mario Kart and Assassin’s Creed. He listens to punk rock.


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