• Cyril F. Benoit

    Founder and Chairman
  • Emmanuel Gros

    Vice-Chairman - Shanghai
  • Jean-Michel Piveteau

    Senior Partner China - Beijing
  • Cyril Deruaz

    Managing Partner, Paris
  • Gonzague Rondouin

    Vice-President, Paris
  • Tingting Shen

    Senior Associate, Paris
  • Tifa Gu

    Senior Associate - Shanghai
  • Xia Mao

    Senior Analyst - Shanghai
  • Thomas Le Bellego

    Analyst, Paris
  • Xinrui ZHANG

    Junior Analyst, Paris
  • Andrea XIE

    Junior Analyst, Shanghai
  • Claire GAO

    Executive Manager - Shanghai
  • Gania Mahmoud

    Office Manager & PA - Paris

Cyril F. Benoit

Founder and Chairman
Cyril Benoit founded B&A in 2011. Previously, he held several executive positions in the investment industry, as well as in public affairs. From 2007 to 2010, he was Principal of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Real Estate fund in London. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Head of Corporate Development and M&A, then CFO/CIO of the shopping center division, as well as member of the Strategic Committee at Unibail-Rodamco. Before 2004, he served at the French Treasury Department, and as an Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry (Laurent Fabius). Cyril received several nominations as one of the leading young entrepreneurs in France. Cyril is also the Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Aspen Institute France and a founder of the France-Israel Foundation. He is an alumni of Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds a BA in philosophy of Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne.

Emmanuel Gros

Vice-Chairman - Shanghai
Based in Asia since 1995, Emmanuel Gros is the Head of B&A Shanghai office, which he joined after having participating in Bright Food’s acquisition of Diva Bordeaux. Emmanuel Gros has been living in China since 2002. He started his career in the industry sector as the PCM CEO for the Asia-Pacific zone. During this period, he created a manufacturing plant, a J-V, six offices in China and one in Thailand. Within 10 years in the Pacific-Asia zone, Emmanuel Gros has enabled PCM to develop into the global market leader in its industry. Emmanuel is also the Vice-President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China and French Foreign Trade Advisor. He holds a Master from ESSEC (1998) and a diploma from Harvard University (1996). He is fluent in English and Chinese.

Jean-Michel Piveteau

Senior Partner China - Beijing
Jean-Michel Piveteau, a noted member of the business community in China where he has been living since 1993, joined B&A as Senior Partner in September 2015. He is based in Beijing. With more than 23 years as the Country Head of Paribas Group, in several Asian countries such as Taiwan (4 years), India (5 years), Thailand/Malaysia/Vietnam (4 years) and in China since 1993, Jean-Michel Piveteau is an expert in the banking sector with an in-depth knowledge of the Asian market. Jean-Michel is also the President of the China section office of the Foreign Trade Advisers of France (CCEF), a board member of the CNCCEF in Paris, and the Supervisory Board chairman of MicroCred China (PlaNet Finance Group). Jean-Michel is a graduate of Sciences Po and holds a doctorate in Business Administration from Paris-Dauphine’s University. He has been decorated with the awards of "Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”.

Cyril Deruaz

Managing Partner, Paris
Cyril benefits from over 15 years experience in Audit and Investment Banking (SocGen, HSBC, Kepler) in M&A and ECM. He advised numerous listed and private clients from small to large caps covering various businesses. He graduated from top engineering school Ecole des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) and majored in Entrepreneurs at leading business school HEC Paris.

Gonzague Rondouin

Vice-President, Paris

An engineer by education, Gonzague was previously a Senior Manager in the M&A department of PwC in Paris. Prior to that, he hold several positions in investment banking at Kepler Corporate Finance and Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance. Gonzague graduated from SupAgro Montpellier. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Tingting Shen

Senior Associate, Paris
Tingting has 5 years experience in M&A, investment banking and corporate finance. Before joining B&A, she worked at BNP Paribas and Capgemeini North America. She graduated from Fudan University and ESCP Europe.

Tifa Gu

Senior Associate - Shanghai
Tifa has more than 5 years’ experience in M&A, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. Before joining B&A, she worked at InterChina Partners as M&A associate. She graduated from the EDHEC Business School and holds a Master in Strategy & Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Xia Mao

Senior Analyst - Shanghai
Xia is a bicultural professional with a 3 years experience in M&A and Corporate Advisory in banking groups (Credit Agricole, BPCE Group). She graduated from Europe's learding University La Sorbonne with a major in Corporate Finance.

Thomas Le Bellego

Analyst, Paris
Thomas graduated from Graduate School of Management of Rennes (IGR-IAE) with a major in corporate finance. Before joining B&A he worked at Arjil, a Parisian M&A bank, mostly working on small and midcap deals. Thomas speaks French and English.

Xinrui ZHANG

Junior Analyst, Paris
Xinrui graduated from HEC Paris with a master degree in financial economics. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fudan University, majoring in international finance. Before joining B&A, she worked at Ivy Capital, a Shanghai-based private equity company. Xinrui speaks Chinese, English and French.

Andrea XIE

Junior Analyst, Shanghai
Andrea is currently reading for Global Masters in Management in London Business School and School of Management, Fudan University. She has previously interned in companies from different sectors of financial services industry including J.P.Morgan Chase (London), PwC and CITIC Securites.

Claire GAO

Executive Manager - Shanghai
Claire previously worked as journalist at Wine Magazine, then in marketing & administration for a Bordeaux negociant and Rep Office Manager for a French industrial company. Claire holds a Master in Culture Product from la Sorbonne and is graduated from Shanghai International Studies University. She speaks Chinese, French and English.

Gania Mahmoud

Office Manager & PA - Paris
Gania Mahmoud works as Personal Assistant to Cyril Benoit and Office Manager at B&A Paris. She began her career at Microsoft EMEA Corporate Services Departement in 2003. She joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges American law firm in 2007 as Legal Assistant and Montagu Private Equity in 2010 as Executive Assistant. Gania has lived in UK and holds a degree in English Civilisation and Literature (LCA) from University of Aix en Provence.