• Richard Howell

    Partner UK Team Investor Team Capital Markets Team

    Richard Howell

    UK Team Investor Team Capital Markets Team
    Partner

    Richard joined PAI in 2009 and heads the Investor Team and the Capital Markets Team, responsible for managing all interactions with the firm’s investors as well as its debt financing activities.

    He started his career at UBS in London and Hong Kong. He then worked at Lehman Brothers (and following its acquisition, Nomura) where he became Managing Director and Head of the European Corporate & Leveraged Finance group, and was also a member of Lehman’s Global High Yield Commitment Committee.

    Richard graduated from the University of Birmingham. He is a native English speaker and he is conversational in French.

  • Mirko Meyer-Schönherr

    Partner Germany Team

    Mirko Meyer-Schönherr

    Germany Team
    Partner

    Mirko joined PAI in 2007 and manages PAI’s Germany Team. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Xella, Hunkemöller and FTE.

    He started his career at McKinsey & Co. in Munich where he spent nine years as a Partner in the Retail & Consumer sector. In 1997 he joined KarstadtQuelle AG, one of the largest non-food retailers in Europe, where he spent four years as an Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Board in charge of marketing/sales/e-commerce and purchasing. He joined Apax Partners in 2001 where he was a Partner and European Head of the Retail & Consumer sector.

    Mirko holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Diplom Kaufmann) from the European Business School (EBS Oestrich-Winkel), an MBA from Colgate Darden/University of Virginia, and a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Frankfurt. His German, English and French are fluent.

  • Colm O'Sullivan

    Partner UK Team

    Colm O'Sullivan

    UK Team
    Partner

    Colm joined PAI in 2006 and heads PAI’s UK Team. He has been involved in a number of transactions including United Biscuits, Kwik Fit, Froneri and VPS.

    He started his career at Hambros Bank in London and New-York working on various debt capital market and advisory transactions. He then moved to Deutsche Bank where he spent eight years in the Financial Sponsors Group working on a number of advisory and financing transactions for European Private Equity Firms.

    Colm graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Economics from the University of Ulster and has an MBA from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Wharton Business School in Philadelphia. His English and French are fluent.

  • Michel Paris

    Partner
    Chairman & CEO

    Michel Paris

    Partner
    Chairman & CEO

    Michel joined PAI in 1984 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2015. He was also Chief Investment Officer of the Firm between 2009 and 2016. He benefits from almost 30 years of experience with the firm, where he has been involved in a large number of transactions including Sogeres, Bouygues Telecom, Atos, Equant, Elior, Frans Bonhomme, Kiloutou, Nuance, Swissport, Elis, Vivarte, Saur, Coin, Kwik Fit, Cortefiel, Monier, Xella and EMG.

    He started is career by spending two years with Valeo.

    Michel graduated in engineering from Ecole Centrale Lyon in 1980 and in Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims in 1982. His French and English are fluent.

  • Laurent Rivoire

    Partner General Industrials

    Laurent Rivoire

    General Industrials
    Partner

    Laurent joined PAI in 2001 and heads the General Industrials Sector Team. He has been involved in a number of transactions including ADB Safegate, InnoVista, FTE, Global Closure Systems and Michel Thierry.

    He started his career with Bossard Consultants in Paris and then worked for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London.

    Laurent graduated from ESSEC in 1990 and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. His French and English are fluent, and he is conversational in Spanish.

  • Ricardo de Serdio

    Partner UK Team

    Ricardo de Serdio

    UK Team
    Partner

    Ricardo joined PAI in 1999 and manages PAI’s Spain Team. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Mivisa, Cortefiel, Swissport and Konecta.

    He started his career at Arthur Andersen in Madrid and subsequently worked at Deutsche Bank in London in the Equity Capital Markets department. He joined Paribas in January 1996 in the Corporate Finance Group, responsible for Spain and Portugal where he advised on numerous Spanish M&A transactions and structured equity offerings for medium-sized companies.

    Ricardo graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, and from the London Business School with a Master’s Degree in Finance. His Spanish, French and English are fluent, and he is conversational in Portuguese.

  • Frédéric Stévenin

    Partner
    CIO
    Food & Consumer

    Frédéric Stévenin

    Food & Consumer | Healthcare
    Partner
    CIO

    Frédéric is the partner in charge of the Food & Consumer and Healthcare Sector Teams.

    He first joined PAI in 1993 and spent five years in the Food & Beverage Sector Team. In 1998, he joined Deutsche Bank / Bankers Trust in the European Acquisition Finance Group as a Director and subsequently as Managing Director. In June 2001, he returned to PAI, where he has been involved in a number of transactions including Panzani, Amora Maille, William Saurin, Antargaz, Yoplait, Elis, Panzani-Lustucru, Saeco, Chr. Hansen, UB, Kaufman & Broad, Cerba, Marcolin, Froneri, DomusVi and Labeyrie.

    Frédéric studied at ESCP, and started his career with Banque Paribas in the Advisory team of the Private Banking division. His French and English are fluent, and he is conversational in Spanish.

  • Raffaele Vitale

    Partner Italy Team US Team

    Raffaele Vitale

    Italy Team US Team
    Partner

    Raffaele joined PAI in 2002 and heads PAI’s Italy and US Teams. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Saeco, Coin, The Nuance Group and Marcolin.

    Raffaele started his career in the Corporate Finance Department of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, London and Milan. In 1993, he became one of the founding partners of Vitale Borghesi & Co, which became part of the Lazard Group in 1998.

    Raffaele graduated from Rollins College (USA) in Business Administration. His Italian, English and French are fluent.

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