Our team gathers investment professionals with past experience in leading global financial institutions across the world, for all type of deals. We have diverse cultural background. Free-thinking is our mantra.
Founder & Chairman, Paris. Cyril Benoit founded B&A in Paris in 2011. Previously, he has held several executive positions in the investment industry, as well as in the public affairs. From 2007 to 2010, Cyril was Principal of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Real Estate fund in London. From 2004 to 2007, he served at Unibail-Rodamco as Head of Corporate Development and M&A, CFO/CIO of the shopping center division, as well as member of the Strategic Committee. Before 2004, he served at the French Treasury Department, and as an Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry. Cyril is member of the Steering Committee of the French-China Foundation. He is also the Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Aspen Institute France, and a founding member 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.
Co-founder & Vice-Chairman, Shanghai. Based in Asia since 1995, Emmanuel Gros co-founded B&A in 2012 after having participated in Bright Food’s acquisition of Diva Bordeaux. Emmanuel has been living in Shanghai since 2002. He started his career in the industrial corporate sector as the Gevelot Group (ENXTPA:ALGEV) CEO for the Asia-Pacific region and COMEX director. During his tenure, he has contributed to transforming the group into a world leading company in the fields of food processing, oil & gas, waste water treatment and building materials, through acquisitions, joint-ventures and greenfield developments throughout the world. Previously Emmanuel has worked for the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry as a commercial and economic advisor and for TOTAL (ENXTPA:FP) as a strategic projects manager. Emmanuel is also the Vice-President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China and a French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE). In 2018, Emmanuel has been nominated as a Young Leader at the France China Foundation. Emmanuel graduated from ESSEC and Harvard University. He is fluent in English and Chinese.
Senior Partner, Beijing. Jean-Michel is a noted member of the business community in China, with over 23 years as the Country Head of Paribas Group in several Asian countries. He is President of the China section office of Foreign Trade Advisors of France (CCEF), board member of the CNCCEF in Paris, and Supervisory Board Chairman of MicroCred China. Decorated with the awards of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”, he graduated from Sciences Po and Paris-Dauphine’s University.