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With over 50 years of combined corporate finance experience, our team is ready to apply its technical expertise and doer-knowhow to the successful execution of your M&A strategy. The diversity of our cultural make-up, numerous nationalities, fluency in 12+ languages, provide significant added-value and relevance across a wide range of markets and situations.

An expert partner to those looking to expand their European footprint, Verdier & Co. provides its clients with a “best of both worlds” approach: a team with depth and breadth of pan-European expertise typically attributed to a larger platform, combined with the agility and dedication of a focused high-end boutique.

Our deep connections with leading academic institutions ensure we embed the latest academic thinking in finance, economics and business into our advisory work, the superior development of our team members and augment our ability to best support business leaders in their strategic thinking and growth strategy.

Explore our team profiles and connect with us to define your next steps.

Jean-Philippe Verdier

Jean-Philippe Verdier

Managing Partner & Founder

Jean-Philippe founded Verdier & Co. in 2016, having previously worked at Jefferies as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking France. Prior to Jefferies, Jean-Philippe worked from 1998 until 2010 at BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Greenhill & Co.. With 25+ years of experience in corporate finance, he has successfully executed over 40 transactions with a cumulative value of £20bn / €25bn.

In addition to his professional experience, between 2016-2023 Jean-Philippe had been a member and lastly Chair of the Alumni Council of the London Business School and de-facto Board member of its Governing Body. From 2011 till 2020 he was also Co-Chair of the Sustainability and Climate Change think-tank of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

Jean-Philippe holds an MSc in Business & Management from Neoma Business School and an MSc in Strategy & Leadership as a Sloan Fellow from London Business School. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Jean-Philippe Verdier

Managing Partner & Founder

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Isabelle Lecat

Operating Officer

Isabelle joined Verdier & Co. in 2022, having previously worked in client relationship and account management, risk analysis, financial reporting, product development, pricing and operations at Credit Agricole CIB. Prior to Credit Agricole CIB, Isabelle worked at Pernod Ricard Winemaking, BCD Travel and various non-profit organisations.

Isabelle holds an MSc in Business & Management from SKEMA Business School. She speaks French and English.

“Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.” – Anonymous

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Isabelle Lecat

Operating Officer

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Rostyslav Zhuk

CFA – Director

Rostyslav joined Verdier & Co. in 2021, having previously worked at Oakley Advisory, ING, RBS and Deutsche Bank. With 12+ years of experience in corporate finance, he has successfully executed over 20 transactions across cloud and hosting, digital infrastructure, online marketplaces, traditional telecoms, business services and healthcare.

Rostyslav is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a British Chevening Scholarship Alumnus and holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks Ukrainian, English, German and Polish.

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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Rostyslav Zhuk

CFA – Director

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Alonso Bustamante McLauchlan

Vice President

Alonso joined Verdier & Co. in 2021, having previously worked in capital markets at Citi in Peru. With nearly 10 years of professional experience, Alonso has established a foundation in capital markets, sales & trading, issuances and M&A. His expertise spans reputable institutions like J.P. Morgan, Citibank and Credicorp Capital, where he catered to diverse clients, including corporates, financial institutions and sovereign entities.

Alonso holds a Master of Business Administration from London Business School and a BSc in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico. He speaks Spanish and English.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

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Alonso Bustamante McLauchlan

Vice President

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Jordi Mirabet Bonet

Associate

Jordi joined Verdier & Co. in 2020, having previously worked in audit at a Spanish accountancy and business advisory firm, where he mainly catered to international corporate clients. Prior to this, Jordi worked in their corporate finance division, with a primary focus on TMT clientele.

Jordi is an Associate Member at the Chartered Insititute for Securities & Investments (CISI) and holds an MSc in Finance from University College London. He speaks Spanish, Catalan and English.

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

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Jordi Mirabet Bonet

Associate

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Filippo Bartolozzi

Senior Analyst

Filippo joined Verdier & Co. in 2021, having previously worked in research and analysis at a French alternative asset management firm. Prior to this, Filippo worked at EY’s technology advisory division in Italy.

Filippo is an Associate Member at the Chartered Insititute for Securities & Investments (CISI) and holds an MSc in Management from London Business School. He speaks Italian, English and French.

There is no favourable wind for he who knows not where he is heading.”  – Seneca

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Filippo Bartolozzi

Senior Analyst

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Matthew Lee

Analyst

Matthew joined Verdier & Co. in 2023, having previously worked in consumer M&A at Piper Sandler, covering the food and beverage sector. Prior to this, Matthew worked at an accounting firm in Hong Kong in their audit division.

Matthew holds an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London and a BSc in Economics from University of Manchester. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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Matthew Lee

Analyst

Isabelle Hupez

Isabelle joined Verdier & Co in 2023, having previously worked as senior consultant at Deloitte in New York. Prior to this, Isabelle worked on the finance team of a Munich-based renewable energy start-up and in consumer and business services at Cinven in London.

Isabelle holds a MSc in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in the US. She speaks English, French and Italian.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

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Isabelle Hupez

Analyst

Oumaima Bouzaidi

Analyst Intern

Oumaima joined Verdier & Co. in October 2023, having previously worked as a Data Analyst at Bloomberg’s European HQ in London. Prior to this, Oumaima gained experience in Tech, banking and wealth management.

Oumaima holds an MSc in Finance & Accounting from Imperial College London.

She speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

“Do what you love and love what you do.” – Anonymous

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Oumaima Bouzaidi

Analyst Intern

Careers with Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory

Verdier & Co.’s primary strength is the excellence and perseverance of our professionals, and we aim to attract and develop a team of talented Analysts, Associates and senior professionals who are captivated by a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. Our ethos of teamwork and relatively flat structure ensures that we collaborate and work successfully towards a common goal, creating a unique and sustainable environment.

As our firm continues to grow, we are regularly seeking to expand our team with individuals who have a strong academic background and can demonstrate the strong leadership abilities that our clients demand.

If you would like to register your interest, please submit your CV and Cover Letter with the subject “Career Enquiry”, highlighting the position of interest and your availability.

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Advisory board

Since inception in 2016, the firm has benefited from the input of a gender diverse Advisory Board composed of senior executives who combine close to 100 years’ experience. They provide expertise in the fields of leadership, investment banking, technology, entrepreneurship, and governance for having led or for chairing private and FTSE-250 listed corporates. This expertise is invaluable to the firm’s leadership, clients and helps to ensure that Verdier & Co. stays at the forefront of the rapidly evolving M&A landscape.

Gracia Amico

Chairwoman

Gracia has over 20 years of experience in strategy, e-commerce, and digital sectors for corporate and private equity firms. She has since held key roles, including CEO of Petspyjamas, e-commerce Director at Hobbs, and led the e-commerce divisions for Topman and Burberry. Gracia also served as Head of Digital Operations at private equity firm, Sun Capital, and currently holds chair and advisory roles in various B2B and B2C companies.

She was recognised in the Retail Week Power List in 2015 and 2016, and a recipient of the 2018 Equality Impact Award.

Gracia has been a Senior Adviser at Verdier & Co. since 2021 and became Chairwoman in 2022, enhancing the firm’s strategic direction and scaled business operations.

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Gracia Amico

Chairwoman

Sir Andrew Likierman

Sir Andrew Likierman, with a distinguished career in academia and corporate governance, holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He has been a tenured Professor of Finance, Accounting, and Management at the London Business School, where he also pioneered its Executive-MBA program and served as Dean from 2008 to 2017. Sir Andrew’s contributions extend to thought leadership in governance, evident in his publications on human and professional judgment in Harvard Business Review, with the Chartered Governance Institute, and the Financial Reporting Council. A book is slated for release in 2024.

In the corporate sector, Sir Andrew’s extensive board experience includes roles as Senior Independent Director at Times Newspapers, Chairman of Mori, Director at Barclays Bank plc, and Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at the Bank of England. Additionally, he worked in the UK Cabinet Office, was Chair of the National Audit Office and Deputy Chair of Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. He is currently Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair at Monument Bank.

Sir Andrew has been a Senior Adviser at Verdier & Co. since 2023, strengthening the firm’s operational capabilities and corporate governance.

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Tom Drury

Tom brings over 30 years of leadership experience, spanning from Finance Director to CEO and Chairman, across various industries and scales, from small private to large public companies.

 

Recently, he was Chairman at Agilisys and CEO of FTSE 250 firms Arrow Global plc and Shanks Group plc. He’s also served on the boards of United Utilities plc and CBI’s Public Sector Strategy Board. Notably, Tom led significant capital market activities like IPOs, right issuances, bid defences and bond issuances.

 

Tom has been a Senior Adviser at Verdier & Co. since 2017, focusing on strategic decision-making, change management, and accelerated growth.

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Other Senior Advisers

With over 25 years of experience, our adviser has held key leadership positions in energy, electricity, renewable, oil & gas, chemical, and industrial sectors across the USA, Switzerland, France, and the UK. She has a strong track record in operational management, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and financial performance, serving as divisional SVP, CEO, non-executive director, and chairwoman in multinational companies. Her expertise includes streamlining and unifying complex international businesses.

She joined Verdier & Co. as a Senior Adviser in 2017, bringing her vast experience to bear on the firm’s strategic decisions, long-term vision, and senior recruitments. Her insights have been crucial in bolstering Verdier & Co.’s position in the renewable and sustainable energy sectors.


With an extensive 35-year career in investment banking across the USA, Continental Europe, and the UK, our senior adviser has held influential roles including Head of European Equity Capital Markets, Global Head of Technology Investment Banking, Head of IB Corporate Coverage for Europe, CEO, and Chairman of prominent European and US investment banks.

His leadership spans beyond banking, including chairing various companies and advising on growth strategies, capital formation, and governance for businesses and charities.

He joined Verdier & Co. as a Senior Adviser in 2017, playing a key role in shaping the firm’s strategy for developing a distinct corporate finance and investment banking platform.

 

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Careers with Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory

Verdier & Co.’s primary strength is the excellence and perseverance of our professionals, and we aim to attract and develop a team of talented Analysts, Associates and senior professionals who are captivated by a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. Our ethos of teamwork and relatively flat structure ensures that we collaborate and work successfully towards a common goal, creating a unique and sustainable environment.

As our firm continues to grow, we are regularly seeking to expand our team with individuals who have a strong academic background and can demonstrate the strong leadership abilities that our clients demand.

If you would like to register your interest, please submit your CV and Cover Letter with the subject “Career Enquiry”, highlighting the position of interest and your availability.

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