Mantra is composed of an experienced and complementary team of investment professionals located in offices in Paris (France), New York (USA) and Luxembourg.


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    Antoine Dréan

    Founding Partner

    Antoine Dréan founded Mantra in 2007. Antoine sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Triago (1992), one of the first independent private equity placement agents, and the founder of Palico (2012), an online marketplace for the private equity fund community. Antoine started his professional career in 1986 in a French advisory firm specialized in distressed situations. In 1988, Antoine founded an M&A boutique which he eventually sold to an American investment bank in 1990. Antoine holds an MBA from the Wharton School (WG ‘92) and is Chairman of the Wharton Executive Board for EMEA. Antoine is a French national.

    Contact : ad@mantrainvest.com

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    David Hersh

    Partner

    David Hersh was part of the founding Mantra team in 2007 and is based in New York since July 2011. David sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Mantra, David worked in the Paris office of PFC Energy, handling financial transactions, consulting and mergers & acquisitions for companies operating in the energy business, including Exxon Mobil, Total and Royal Dutch Shell. David’s responsibilities included financial modeling, directing due diligence, executing transactions and monitoring performance. Previously, David worked at Morgan Stanley in Chicago in its asset management division, participating in a wide variety of tasks, notably providing strategic and financial advice to a number of clients. He was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (Canada). David is a French and American national.

    Contact : dh@mantrainvest.com

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    Fabrice Moyne

    Partner

    Fabrice Moyne joined Mantra in early 2011. Fabrice sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Before joining Mantra, Fabrice was in charge of the private equity portfolio (over $ 300 M of NAV) of the University of Minnesota Foundation Endowment. Previously, Fabrice was with Jeffrey Slocum & Associates in Minneapolis, where he was responsible for the recommendation of private equity funds to institutional investors. Before that, Fabrice was an Associate for Manchester Companies where he worked on the turnaround of companies as well as on investment banking assignments in the Midwest. Fabrice started his career at Textron Financial as a credit analyst. Fabrice holds a Master Degree in Management from the Burgundy School of Business (France) and an MBA in finance from the University of Saint Thomas (USA). Fabrice is a French national.

    Contact : fm@mantrainvest.com

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    Jean-François Borde

    Partner

    Jean-François Borde was part of the founding Mantra team in 2007 and sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Jean-François has been a private equity professional for over 35 years, having held many management positions in three large groups: Institut de Développement Industriel (IDI), Axa Private Equity and TCR Europe Fund. More than 70 transactions involving both minority and majority stakes, were successfully realized under his supervision in various private equity segments (growth capital, buyout, turnaround, etc.), with an overall IRR of over 20%. Jean-François was also the largest shareholder and manager of Compagnie Privée de Banque, a private bank now under the HSBC group, for more than five years.  Jean-François is a French national.

    Contact : jfb@mantrainvest.com

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    Olivier Gervais-Blondel

    Associate

    Olivier Gervais Blondel joined Mantra in 2013 following an eleven month internship. Olivier is based at Mantra’s Paris office. Olivier covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Previously, Olivier worked at Lincoln International, an international mid-market investment bank. Olivier holds a Master Degree in Corporate Finance from Edhec Business School. Olivier is a French and New Zealand national.

    Contact : ogb@mantrainvest.com

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    Alexis de Vries

    Associate

    Alexis de Vries joined Mantra in 2016. Alexis covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to joining Mantra, Alexis worked for over 5 years in fundraising, investor relations, and business development at 21 Partners, a leading European mid-market buyout firm, investing in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Poland. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (Canada) and a Master of Science in Management from EM Lyon Business School. Alexis is a French national.

    Contact : adv@mantrainvest.com

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    Jérémy Desdouets

    Analyst

    Jérémy Desdouets joined Mantra in 2016 following a six month internship. Jérémy is based in Mantra’s Paris office. Jérémy covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to joining Mantra, Jérémy worked 2 years in Transaction Services at Ernst & Young Paris. Jérémy holds a Master in Management and a Master of Science in Corporate Finance from Edhec Business School. Jérémy is a French national.

    Contact : jd@mantrainvest.com

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    Diana Gatcan

    Chief Operating Officer

    Diana Gatcan joined Mantra in 2017. As COO, Diana is responsible for Mantra’s operating procedures, compliance policies, establishment of cash forecast reports, treasury management, and oversight of reporting. Prior to joining Mantra, Diana worked at Triago for 9 years, mainly involved in the sourcing, evaluation, qualification, diligence and execution of secondary transactions. Diana holds a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris and a Major in Business Administration from Bocconi University (Italy). She is also a CFA charter holder. Diana is a French and Moldavan national.

    Contact : dg@mantrainvest.com

  • Antoine Dréan founded Mantra in 2007. Antoine sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Triago (1992), one of the first independent private equity placement agents, and the founder of Palico (2012), an online marketplace for the private equity fund community. Antoine started his professional career in 1986 in a French advisory firm specialized in distressed situations. In 1988, Antoine founded an M&A boutique which he eventually sold to an American investment bank in 1990. Antoine holds an MBA from the Wharton School (WG ‘92) and is Chairman of the Wharton Executive Board for EMEA. Antoine is a French national.

    Contact : ad@mantrainvest.com

  • David Hersh was part of the founding Mantra team in 2007 and is based in New York since July 2011. David sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Mantra, David worked in the Paris office of PFC Energy, handling financial transactions, consulting and mergers & acquisitions for companies operating in the energy business, including Exxon Mobil, Total and Royal Dutch Shell. David’s responsibilities included financial modeling, directing due diligence, executing transactions and monitoring performance. Previously, David worked at Morgan Stanley in Chicago in its asset management division, participating in a wide variety of tasks, notably providing strategic and financial advice to a number of clients. He was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (Canada). David is a French and American national.

    Contact : dh@mantrainvest.com

  • Fabrice Moyne joined Mantra in early 2011. Fabrice sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Before joining Mantra, Fabrice was in charge of the private equity portfolio (over $ 300 M of NAV) of the University of Minnesota Foundation Endowment. Previously, Fabrice was with Jeffrey Slocum & Associates in Minneapolis, where he was responsible for the recommendation of private equity funds to institutional investors. Before that, Fabrice was an Associate for Manchester Companies where he worked on the turnaround of companies as well as on investment banking assignments in the Midwest. Fabrice started his career at Textron Financial as a credit analyst. Fabrice holds a Master Degree in Management from the Burgundy School of Business (France) and an MBA in finance from the University of Saint Thomas (USA). Fabrice is a French national.

    Contact : fm@mantrainvest.com

  • Jean-François Borde was part of the founding Mantra team in 2007 and sits on Mantra’s Investment Committee. Jean-François has been a private equity professional for over 35 years, having held many management positions in three large groups: Institut de Développement Industriel (IDI), Axa Private Equity and TCR Europe Fund. More than 70 transactions involving both minority and majority stakes, were successfully realized under his supervision in various private equity segments (growth capital, buyout, turnaround, etc.), with an overall IRR of over 20%. Jean-François was also the largest shareholder and manager of Compagnie Privée de Banque, a private bank now under the HSBC group, for more than five years.  Jean-François is a French national.

    Contact : jfb@mantrainvest.com

  • Olivier Gervais Blondel joined Mantra in 2013 following an eleven month internship. Olivier is based at Mantra’s Paris office. Olivier covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Previously, Olivier worked at Lincoln International, an international mid-market investment bank. Olivier holds a Master Degree in Corporate Finance from Edhec Business School. Olivier is a French and New Zealand national.

    Contact : ogb@mantrainvest.com

  • Alexis de Vries joined Mantra in 2016. Alexis covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to joining Mantra, Alexis worked for over 5 years in fundraising, investor relations, and business development at 21 Partners, a leading European mid-market buyout firm, investing in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Poland. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (Canada) and a Master of Science in Management from EM Lyon Business School. Alexis is a French national.

    Contact : adv@mantrainvest.com

  • Jérémy Desdouets joined Mantra in 2016 following a six month internship. Jérémy is based in Mantra’s Paris office. Jérémy covers most of the steps of the investment process, including industry research, due diligence, and valuation of potential investment opportunities as well as the monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to joining Mantra, Jérémy worked 2 years in Transaction Services at Ernst & Young Paris. Jérémy holds a Master in Management and a Master of Science in Corporate Finance from Edhec Business School. Jérémy is a French national.

    Contact : jd@mantrainvest.com

  • Diana Gatcan joined Mantra in 2017. As COO, Diana is responsible for Mantra’s operating procedures, compliance policies, establishment of cash forecast reports, treasury management, and oversight of reporting. Prior to joining Mantra, Diana worked at Triago for 9 years, mainly involved in the sourcing, evaluation, qualification, diligence and execution of secondary transactions. Diana holds a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris and a Major in Business Administration from Bocconi University (Italy). She is also a CFA charter holder. Diana is a French and Moldavan national.

    Contact : dg@mantrainvest.com