Messier Maris & Associés
Investment Banking

Messier Maris & Associés is an investment banking firm providing tailored strategic advisory services in M&A, corporate restructuring, privatizations, and PE transactions.

Located in Paris, New-York and London, Messier Maris & Associés was set up by Jean-Marie Messier and Erik Maris at the end of 2010. Our firm has since expanded and counts five Partners as of today.

Jean-Marie Messier, former CEO of Vivendi Universal and ex-Lazard Frères General Partner, created Messier Partners in 2003.

Erik Maris, the former co-head and General Partner of Lazard Frères joined the team in 2010 to form the newly branded “Messier Maris & Associés”.

François Roussely and Fady Lahame, respectively previously Vice-Chairman Europe and Co-Head of IB France and Belux at Credit Suisse, just joined the firm.

Jean-François Cizain joined in September 2015 as Head of Restructuring and Debt Advisory. He was previously in charge of the restructuring practice and infrastructure finance advisory at Lazard Frères. In September 2013, he founded Special Debt Situations Limited, an advisory boutique focusing on restructuring and capital structure advisory.

A team of c.50 international professionals spread across Paris, New York, and London, Messier Maris & Associés has grown into one of the most dynamic M&A Advisory houses among established investment banks. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, its high-caliber team builds on the experience and international relationships of its partners to advise and execute transactions.

In February 2015, Messier Maris & Associés signed a joint-venture agreement with Millstein & Co., a financial advisory firm comprising of c.40 professionals in New York and Washington DC. Founded by Jim Millstein, the former Chief Restructuring Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Millstein & Co. provides independent advisory to private corporations, institutional investors and governmental clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and other special situations.

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We offer thoughtful and tailored Corporate Finance advisory services to our clients through a relationship-based rather than a transactional vantage point

We apply a lifecycle-based approach where we provide advice spanning: Venture and Growth-stage Capital raisings for promising disruptive start-ups, recapitalisations and buy-outs involving Private Equity for more mature companies, and Strategic Advisory services in the context of sell-side and buy-side mergers and acquisitions (M&A), secondary transactions and initial public offerings (IPO)

The aim is to build long-term and trusted relationships with entrepreneurs and to advise them at each stage of their development, through to sale or public quotation and beyond