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Ares & Co Partners

Founded in 2009 by a team of Partners who have evolved within the largest Strategy consulting firms, Ares & Co is a reference firm in Strategy consulting for Financial Services in France

Thomas André


Thomas André - Associate Partner Ares & Co

Associate Partner

With over 16 years' experience in Management and Strategy consulting for financial institutions, Thomas supports retail banks, private banks and asset management firms on strategic assignments in France and Europe. He has developed expertise in the areas of growth strategy, post-merger integration, transformation and management of finance and risk functions.

Thomas holds an MBA from HEC Paris and Insead (Executive Education) and joined Ares & Co in 2010 after commencing his career in banking in New York followed by an initial experience in consulting.

Thomas is very involved in developing talent within Ares & Co.

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Antoine Destombes


Antoine Destombes - Associate Partner Ares & Co

Associate Partner

Antoine is a graduate of Supélec and holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Georgia Tech (Atlanta, USA). With over 15 years' experience in strategy consulting in the financial services sector, he has solid knowledge of banking regulations, strategic financial risk management in retail and investment banking and means of payment.

Antoine has been with Ares & Co since 2010 and has been responsible in particular for developing and implementing Instant Payment offers, designing a capital allocation system for business lines, modelling credit risks (Retail, Corporate, Institutional and Sovereign segments) and reorganising the ALM function.

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Olivier Dupin


Olivier Dupin - Associate Partner Ares & Co

Associate Partner

Olivier is an ESCP graduate and commenced his career in Strategy Consulting at Mars & Co over 25 years ago.

After carrying out trade portfolio arbitrage and restructuring and strategic repositioning in the Banking sector, he joined Gemini Bossard Consultants to help transform the banking business, before becoming Vice-Chairman of Capgemini Consulting. He then joined the Financial Services division of Roland Berger, before co-founding Ares & Co.

Olivier is specialised in Retail Banking, Corporate and SFS, primarily focusing on three areas: organic growth strategies and M&A operations; governance and organisation; and operational performance (commercial efficiency, cost competitiveness and SMEs).

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Gilles Fabre


Gilles Fabre - Associate Partner Ares & Co

Associate Partner

Gilles is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Nancy and holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in scientific management methods. He has over 25 years' experience in consulting. He started out at Andersen Consulting, which later became Accenture, where he rose to become a Partner specialising in the Insurance industry. He then joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as Partner & Managing Director to strengthen the Insurance & Technology Advantage practices of the Paris office.

With extensive experience in the financial services market and in-depth expertise in digital transformations and the necessary adaptations to market disruptions (reinvention of customer journeys, distribution of the future, automation of operations, IT transformation, partnerships/alliances/acquisitions, upscaling of services, etc.), Gilles is in charge of developing innovation and strengthening Ares & Co’s expertise in the insurance and due diligence sector.

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Giovanni di Francesco


Giovanni di Francesco - Associate Partner Ares & Co

Associate Partner

With over 25 years' experience in strategy consulting and investment banking, Giovanni has developed in-depth expertise in external growth issues and gained a solid experience in Private Equity. Specialized in business services and the tertiary sector (ESN, transport and logistics, medical devices, Financial Services, b2c and b2b2c services), he has notably carried out more than a hundred strategic aquisition due diligences of VSEs and SMEs.

Giovanni started his career in marketing functions within Danone, then joined the strategy consulting firm Mars & Co. After this consulting experience, he joined the investment bank Aforge Finance.

Giovanni is graduated from the Bocconi University in Milan, has a MSc in Finance from London Business School and followed the PIM program from ESSEC.

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