Mr. Licoys brings considerable experience and a strong network of contacts in the French financial community to his position as Advisory Director with C.W. Downer & Co. He will assist the firm with lead generation particularly in Private Equity. Mr. Licoys is a past President of AFIC, the French Private Equity Association.
From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Licoys was Chairman and CEO of Havas, which then became Vivendi Universal Publishing. In 2000, he was named Co-CEO of Vivendi Universal. Prior to Vivendi, Mr. Licoys was Managing Director and then Chairman of Fonds Partenaires Gestion, a private equity subsidiary of Lazard Freres. Before making a name for himself in private equity circles, Mr. Licoys created Barclay's investment bank in France.
Today, Mr. Licoys acts as an advisor to Eurazeo and Bridgepoint and is on the board of a number of successful companies including the publicly quoted Neopost and Le Moniteur. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal and is an officer of the National Order of Merit, and of Arts & Literature. Mr. Licoys resides in Paris, France.