AEC Fintech


Investment Banking tailored to Fintech

  • The only Paris-based M&A boutique specialising in Fintech, Healthtech and Insurtech
  • First independent boutique in France with a deep experience in the specifics of bank and insurance transactions
  • A team passionate about technology
  • Extensive network of relationships across European banks, insurance companies, mutual institutions, private equity firms and their advisors
  • Investment bankers with first in class deal-making experience gained with renowned investment banks
  • A team of 30+ strategic advisors and investment bankers

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Fintech universe

The universe of innovative companies led by visionary tech entrepreneurs disrupting financial services

AEC Fintech
Managing Partner AEC Fintech

Stéphane Olmi

Managing Partner

Advised more than 100 M&A transactions in the midmarket.
Leading advisor in French insurance transactions for the last 6 years

Stéphane Olmi is the head of the Investment Banking team at AEC Partners. Before joining AEC Partners in 2012, Stéphane was Executive Director (“Gérant”) at Lazard Frères where he was responsible for the middle market in Paris & Lyon. Stéphane has advised on more than 100 Midcap M&A transactions, including many cross-border strategic deals.

With a relationship-based business approach, he has particularly focused on the Healthcare/ Medtech sector and on Financial Institutions (FIG) transactions. In particular, Stéphane has advised on seven of the Financial Services deals closed in France over the last six years, which makes him the leading FIG M&A advisor in France.

He has built an extensive network of relationships across leading and middle market corporations, banks, Insurance companies, mutual institutions and private equity firms through his work on Mergers & Acquisitions. Stephane Olmi holds an MSc from Arts & Métiers Paris-Tech and an MBA from HEC-Paris.

Contact Stéphane Olmi :
Tel : + 33 (0)6 11 53 96 51

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Associate Director AEC Fintech

Adrien Choquet

Associate Director

Fintech addict, robust financial institutions experience.
Adrien is responsible for the development of AEC Fintech.

Holding a Master’s degree in Finance from ESCP Europe, Adrien has continuously focused on the FIG sector. He has acted as a financial advisor on numerous M&A transactions for many clients in the banking, insurance and asset management sectors. He also spent a part of his career working as an internal auditor (“inspecteur”) within the second largest French bank which gave him a deep knowledge of banks and insurance strategic and organisational topics.

His continuing involvement with some of the largest financial institutions has offered him the opportunity to closely observe the emergence of Fintech.

After an initial experience at Lazard Frères where he met and worked with Stéphane Olmi, Adrien continued his career at Nomura (ex-Lehman Brothers) in London within the M&A FIG team. On his return to Paris, he joined the BPCE internal audit team (“Inspection Générale”) where he covered investment banking and retail banking. Prior to joining AEC Partners, Adrien was Associate at HSBC where he covered the French and Benelux FIG M&A sector and developed a strong interest in the Fintech start-ups.

Contact Adrien Choquet :
Tel : + 33 (0)7 76 05 97 74

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Team main transactions

Apicil acquires a majority shareholding of equitim - structured product advisory and brokerage services provider.
Apicil acquires a majority stake in Roche-Brune Asset Management, a specialist equities asset manager.
Spread Research – EthiFinance, the only Credit Rating Agency with a certified expertise in the ESG/SRI segments, raises €3m with existing shareholders and Aviva France.
Koalaboox, a Belgium-based leader in online invoice-financing solutions for SMEs in Europe, raised €3m in equity capital with Speedinvest, a European venture capital fund supporting Fintech entrepreneurs in Europe and emerging markets.
Apicil acquires OneLife (€5.2bn in assets under management), a European leader in customised asset and wealth management solutions from JC Flowers pending regulatory clearance from the CAA in Luxembourg.
The consortium made up of Apicil, Ofi and Crystal entered in exclusive negotiations to acquire Finavéo & Associés, a leading funds platform for Independent Financial Advisors in France with €1.5bn in assets under administration. Pending regulatory approval from the ACPR.
€2.2m minority investment in BtoB robo-advisor Fundshop by Apicil group
Skandia (France) and Skandia (Luxembourg) acquisition by Apicil group (€2.3 billion under management)
Merger 80% / 20% between Apicil Assurances and Intervie, a life insurance subsidiary of Humanis group (leader of Health and Protection Mutual insurance in France)
Disposal of Roche-Brune Asset Management to Primonial AM
Equity partnership between the private equity activities of UFG-LFP and Siparex
Disposal of the life insurance activity of the April Group (Axéria Vie and April Patrimoine) to Crédit Agricole Assurances
Acquisition of W Finance (Part of Allianz) by Primonial
Acquisition of Coparc life insurance (Part of Allianz) by Apicil group
Acquisition of Legal & General (France) by Apicil group (€4.2 billion under management)


MergerMarket’s League Table
MergerMarket’s League Table
(*) Criterias: Ranking by volume
and by individuals
Sector: Financial Services
Sub-sector: Insurance related
From 1/1/2009 to 28/2/2016
Target country: France
2018 Leaders League rankings
2018 Leaders League rankings
*Financial Institutions Group

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