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Cécile Mayer-Lévi joined Tikehau Capital in 2013 to head its private debt expertise. She has extensive knowledge in direct lending transactions and has worked closely with major private equity houses, investment funds and corporates.
Cécile started her career at Merrill Lynch in 1988 in the Corporate Finance department and in M&A in Paris and New York. In 1991, she joined Elig, one of France’s pioneers in capital investment. In 2001, she joined Mezzanis (Omnes), the mezzanine fund of Credit Lyonnais Private Equity, as an Investment Director. From September 2005 until March 2013, she launched and developed the Private Debt activity at AXA Private Equity (ARDIAN). In addition to mezzanine investments, she broadened the scope to unitranche, forming strong partnerships with corporates and investment funds.
She sits as an observer on over 15 boards of portfolio companies. Cecile also chairs the Private Debt Commission of France Invest and has a seat as board member of the Alternative Credit Council (ACC). In these functions, Cécile is promoting the collaboration of investors on ESG topics (notably via the adoption of a standard ESG clause at France Invest level).
Cecile graduated from business school HEC.