An unrivalled experience in SPACs and expertise in M&A transactions and investments.
Matthieu Pigasse is a member of the Board of Directors of I2PO.
Matthieu, who is currently a Partner at Centerview, in charge of France and Continental Europe, previously served as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Sovereign Advisory of Lazard Group and CEO of Lazard France, has developed a strong financial expertise and worked on the largest recent M&A transactions worldwide and on the largest sovereign debt restructurings including Argentina, Iraq, Greece and Ukraine. During his career, Matthieu advised a large number of clients active in the digital space.
Moreover, Matthieu is also the Chairman (Président) of Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes (LNEI), of which he owns 99.89% of the share capital. Through his personal investments, he developed a deep understanding of the media sector. In 2009, he purchased the weekly magazine Les Inrockuptibles of which he is chairman of the board of directors. Along with Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Xavier Niel, Matthieu became co-owner of Le Monde Group (which controls the daily newspaper, its digital editions, and various magazines) in 2010 and of the French weekly magazine L’Obs in 2014. In 2012, he launched the French edition of the “Huffington Post” website. In 2015, he acquired Radio Nova. In 2016 he became shareholder of the Vice Media assets in France (TV, digital) alongside Vice Media Group.
Matthieu is one of the founders and one of the main shareholders of the first two SPACs created in France with Mediawan and 2MX Organic.
Matthieu started his carrer as the financial and industrial advisor to the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, from 1997 to 1999, before joining, one year later, Laurent Fabius’ cabinet, then Minister of Economy and Finance, as Chief of Staff. As a former Chief of Staff of the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Matthieu has an intimate knowledge of the public sector as well as the European regulations. He graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.