Grégoire Sentilhes was Chief Executive Officer of Screaming Media, a company that provides syndicated value-added content. The company was introduced on the NASDAQ market in 2000 and recently merged with CBS Market Watch. Prior to this, he was based in New York as marketing Vice President for the world in the e-commerce division of the German group Bertelsmann. Before that, he was co-founder and CEO of the online division of the Lagardère group in Paris from 1993 to 1996. He is a successful investor in unlisted businesses in France, Spain, the US, and China: four of his fifteen investments have been listed on the stock market. A former student at ISG Business School, he studied at Université Paris-Dauphine. He was a member of the France III sailing team, the French challenger for the America’s Cup. He is a member of the steering committee of the government-backed initiative France Investissement, and co-founder and Chairman of the nonprofit organization Les Journées de l'Entrepreneur. In 2010, he became Chairman of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES).
Jean-David Haas was previously a high-yield credit analyst at Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC), and an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York. He was also financial controller at Netvalue, a company specialized in audience measurement on the Internet (now a member of the VNU - Nielsen NetRatings group), where he negotiated two financing rounds of $1 million and $13 million prior to floating the company on the Paris Nouveau Marché (funds raised: $50 million). Jean-David Haas is a former student of EMLYON Business School. He co-founded NextStage AM in 2002 with Grégoire Sentilhes.
Vincent Bazi is Managing Partner, Director for listed securities management at the investment company NextStage AM. He has over 20 years of experience in European equities (in particular mid-cap stocks) gained as a financial analyst (Cheuvreux and JP Morgan), then as head of French equities research (ING Baring and Schroders), and finally as head of European equities sales to institutional clients (Oddo, then Dexia).
Vincent Bazi is a Certified International Wealth Manager of SFAF, the French Society of Financial Analysts. He has been a member of SFAF since 1992, and is chairman of its international development commission and a professor in its teaching center. He is also Chairman of the World Pensions Council, director of the Association of International Wealth Managers, and a member of the Financial Skills Certification Board of the French financial regulator (Autorité des Marchés Financiers). He is a graduate of Sciences Po and Columbia Business School, a former student at ESSEC Business School (in the Institut de la Transmission d’Entreprise), and holds a French DEA degree in Management Sciences from the Université de Paris.
Nicolas de Saint Etienne was previously Investment Director at Exitis within Crédit Agricole Private Equity. Before that, he worked in the legal and tax department of Crédit Agricole Private Equity, where he was active in the securitization of investments and divestments in the various private equity segments. Prior to that, he developed his entrepreneurial skills within NetValue, the European leader in audience measurement on the Internet, as head of legal affairs and human resources. He was involved in numerous projects, from the preparation of the firm's stock market flotation in 1999 to the trade sale to Nielsen NetRatings (The Nielsen Company) in 2002. He holds a master's degree in Business Law.
Aloys de Fontaines joined NextStage AM in June 2008. He has since supported 15 companies in the portfolio, backing their development projects, in particular through the realization of more than 20 acquisitions. Aloys is a member of the supervisory board of Vulcain Group, HTI group and of Lease Protect.
Aloys previously worked at JP Morgan in Paris in Mergers & Acquisitions in the segment focusing on small-cap and family-owned companies, and at Oddo Securities as a financial analyst for mid-caps. Aloys is a graduate of the EMLYON business school.
Michaël Strauss-Kahn joined NextStage AM in May 2009. He has since been in charge of 14 companies in the portfolio, including companies carrying operations abroad and international expansion strategies such as the Trace group, Kxen, Gruau and Lonsdale. He has worked closely alongside entrepreneurs and within the governance bodies of their companies to support them in achieving significant acquisitions, developing new activities, expanding internationally and promoting innovation, such as for Cap Cinema, Acorus, Port Adhoc, etc.
Before joining NextStage, Michaël worked at Lazard in Paris in Mergers & Acquisitions, in particular for Private Equity Funds. He previously gained experience in consulting and finance at Booz Allen Hamilton, then at Calyon Financial in Chicago. He is an alumnus of Audencia and of the University of Cincinnati.
Julien Potier joined NextStage AM in January 2011. He has since supported 12 companies in the portfolio, such as STPI, Greenflex, PEI, Resto-In and Arma+ in achieving their development projects, through organic growth and acquisitions, in France but also internationally, particularly in innovative industrial fields, with the expansion in a dozen of new countries worldwide.
Before joining NextStage AM, Julien worked for 4 years in Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch, London. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young, then within the financial and strategic team of the AXA group. Julien is a graduate of EDHEC Business School and Maastricht University (MSc International Business).
During his studies, Huseyin founded his own communications agency specialized in Internet businesses. He holds a master's degree in Finance from INSEEC Business School and joined NextStage AM in February 2008.
He is in charge of partnerships in close cooperation with banking platforms, private banks, and independent financial advisors and their networks.
Gwenaël joined NextStage AM in 2011, firstly as a marketing and commercial assistant and subsequently as marketing and communications manager in the business development division. She is responsible for leading marketing campaigns. Gwenaël previously worked for seven years at EY, one of the big four audit firms, where she worked with the Partner responsible for business development.
After over 15 years of experience as a qualified accountant, Christophe Pasquier joined NextStage AM in December 2007, firstly as head of administration and finance and then as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. He is in charge of accounting and finance for the management company and managed funds, Back & Middle Office operations and, more generally, the management company’s support functions.
He was previously an assistant manager at the audit firm Groupe Constantin (Deloitte) where he first encountered our business in 2002. He completed the PRAM training organized by AFG, the French Asset Management Association, in 2013/2014.
Marine joined NextStage AM in June 2011 to take responsibility for Back Office operations and to provide support for the CFAO in his various tasks. Her first asset management experience was at CGPI Associés, a services platform for independent financial advisors. Marine holds a Master’s degree in Management.
Martine joined NextStage AM in 2009. She is the administrative assistant and in charge of welcoming visitors.
Sylvie joined NextStage AM in September 2013. Previously, Sylvie worked at Groupe CANAL+ for over 15 years, firstly in the Sports division as a production assistant and then for five years at C+ Afrique in program purchasing. She then lived in New York for over two years.
Cyrille previously spent seven years working at Du Pareil Au Même. Prior to that, he spent six years at the accounting firm GSO Audit et Conseil. He joined NextStage AM in September 2013.
Patricia Barbizet is the Chief Executive Officer of Financière Pinault and Artémis, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kering, and Chairman of Christie’s International.
She joined the Pinault group in 1989 as Chief Financial Officer. She became Chief Executive Officer of Artémis in 1992, and then Chief Executive Officer of Financière Pinault in 2004. Previously, she held the positions of Treasurer at Renault Véhicules Industriels and Chief Financial Officer at Renault Crédit International.
Patricia Barbizet was a member of the Board of Directors of Bouygues from 2005 to 2012, and Chairman of the investment committee of the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement from 2008 to 2013. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Total, Air France, and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
She graduated from ESCP Business School in 1976.
Fathi Jerfel was a member of the General Management Committee of Crédit Agricole Asset Management Group from January 2008, in charge of specialized strategies. He was also Chief Executive Officer of CASAM from September 2005 and a member of the Executive Committee of Crédit Agricole Asset Management (CAAM) from March 2003. He joined CAAM in 1996, and was head of structured and convertible strategies and quantitative research from 2002.
He began his career at Crédit Lyonnais, where he held positions in financial engineering from 1992 to 1996, fixed-income management from 1990 to 1992, and options and futures trading from 1986 to 1989.
Fathi Jerfel is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and IFP School. He holds a French DEA degree in Economics and Oil Management from Université de Dijon.
Xavier Ellie is an economist by training who started with the Hersant group in 1970. He was general manager of the Figaro newspaper (1980-1983), then chairman of the Management Board (1983-1987). He was then Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the newspaper Dauphiné Libéré (1987-1989). He served as Chairman of Delaroche SA, the holding company for the Le Progrès group from 1987 to 2000, and he was CEO of Le Progrès Lyon from 1989 to 2000.
Xavier Ellie was also Chairman of the Parisian press union (SPP) from 2000 to January 2005, and the French national press federation from 2002 to December 2004. In 2006, he took over the newspaper Lyon Capitale.
A graduate of ESCP Business School and a qualified accountant, Philippe Dhamelincourt has been active in the French private equity sector for close to 40 years.
After several years with Arthur Andersen, he joined Société d'Investissements Métropolitains et Outre-Mer (SIMER), where he became Chief Financial Officer responsible for French, African and Asian business. In 1978 he joined Banque Worms, where he soon became Chief Executive Officer of Acmer, the holding company for the bank’s portfolio, then Director responsible for Investment Banking.
He is the co-founder and Chairman of Matignon Investissement & Gestion.
Arthur joined the NextStage AM investment team in 2013.
He previously worked with SMEs at Crédit du Nord, and then as an analyst at Alternativa.
Arthur holds a specialized master's degree in International Financial Analysis from NEOMA Business School (formerly ESC Reims).
Paul-Edouard joined NextStage AM’s development team in 2015. A graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et de Finance with a Master’s degree in wealth management, he previously worked for two years with Novaxia Asset Management.
He is responsible for managing partnerships in close collaboration with the banking platforms, private banks, independent financial advisors and the networks.
Nahema joined our NextStage AM investment team in 2017, after three years in market finance at Goldman Sachs in London.
Nahema has a certificate from ESSEC (Master degree specialized in Financial Skills) and Neoma Business School (ex Sup de Co Reims).
Pierre-Alexandre joined the investment team of NextStage AM in 2016, after one year in M&A at Carmin Finance.
Pierre-Alexandre holds a master degree from SKEMA Business School.
Olivier Charousset joined the Investment team of Nextstage AM as Associate in 2017.
Olivier holds a Master’s Degree in Law specialising in Business and Corporate Law as well as a professional diploma in project management and I.T. administration. He was head of Information Technology and International Relations at the French Society of Financial Analysts for over 15 years and has helped organise the annual World Pensions Forum conferences since 2010. He is a specialist of the digital, I.T. services & software sector.