Stéphane Richard joins Perella Weinberg as partner

Stéphane Richard didn’t take long to bounce back. It is not yet official but it is at the American investment bank Perella Weinberg that the ex-CEO of Orange, forced to leave his post after his conviction for complicity in the embezzlement of public property in the Tapie affair. , has found a home base, as the “Letter A” recently indicated.

He became a “partner” there, associated therefore, with the French office led by David Azéma – who was in the same promotion as him at the ENA. An active and operational role – in M&A and transaction advice – as the man who spent nearly twelve years at the head of Orange and who could not have contented himself with being a simple provider of business. He is expected to take office in early June.

Listed for a year, Perella Weinberg has around sixty Partners around the world, mostly American, but also English, German… and among whom, in Paris, we find Philippe Capron, ex-CFO of Veolia, Vivendi or Arcelor, as well as Cyril Perard, a former Goldman Sachs.

International opening

The international openness of the investment bank, which has its headquarters in New York, as well as its chic and high-end positioning, won over Stéphane Richard. The ex-CEO of Orange, to whom he bid farewell this Thursday, May 19 afternoon at the general meeting of shareholders of the incumbent operator, brings his expertise on telecoms in particular European, but not only .

He should play a “generalist” role there by capitalizing on his knowledge of the French ecosystem, or even Family offices, as well as his network of CAC 40 managers. He could also open Perella Weinberg to Africa, which he knows well – it is one of the privileged territories of Orange – and that the investment bank does not yet cover.

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