Lionel Melka

Co-Manager & Head of Research

Lionel started his career in 1998 with Lazard Frères, where he undertook numerous M&A advisory engagements for blue chip clients (LVMH, Saint-Gobain, Casino, France Telecom, Thomson, Air Liquide, Kingfisher) in a large scope of situations: privatizations, friendly and hostile takeover bids, LBOs, asset disposals and IPOs. He then joined the M&A Department of Calyon, where he worked on various advisory assignments in the TMT-Defence team and LCF Rothschild in 2005 where he led many M&A cross-border assignments in various industry sectors. He is also a teacher at the University of Paris Dauphine, one of the leading academic institutions in Europe, in the fields of corporate finance, asset allocation and alternative investments.


Amit Shabi

Co-Manager & Head of Trading

Amit is an ex-commander of an analyst team in a military intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces.
After completing 3 years of army service, Amit moved to Paris to pursue his studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from Sorbonne University.
Amit started his career in the strategy department of LCF Rothschild Asset Management.
After this experience in traditional asset management, Amit worked in the Capital Markets divisions of MAN Group and Cantor Fitzgerald selling sophisticated financial instruments to hedge funds, institutional and HNWI investors.


Sebastien Dettmar

Co-Manager & Head of Risk Management

Sebastien started his career as research assistant in the Algebraic Geometry Laboratory of the Montpellier University of Science. He developed several models on the resolution of the singularities based on the works of Alexander Grothendieck. In 2001, Sebastien joined LCF Rothschild Asset Management as Risk Manager (€15bn AuM) where he established the strategic direction, risk tolerance standards, and ethical culture for the asset management activities. After three years spent as Risk Manager of the company, Sebastien became Head of Quantitative Research.