Christophe Pothier is one of the founding partners of the Carmin Financial Group and in particular of its Advisory branch: Carmin Finance. In its desire to restore the voice of the real economy, it has developed a vast practice aimed at rigorously integrating corporate strategy, the characteristics of the assets they deploy and the financing structure they mobilize into a unified framework. This constant concern allows it to support and help its clients to thoroughly renew their business models by engaging in dialogue through the glass partition that too often blocks the debate between operations and finance.
Christophe Pothier is also Vice-President of the Institut de Finance structurée à Paris (IFSP), a think-tank dedicated to asset finance, where he was involved in the creation in 2002.
Previous background and references
Born in 1959, a graduate of ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) and holder of a DEA in Economics from EHESS (Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), he began his career at the French-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce in Lima. Back in France, he joined the Boston Consulting Group where he provides strategic consulting services in the industrial, retail and consumer sectors in Europe.
Christophe Pothier then joined Chargeurs, an industrial and services group with a global presence, and for about ten years pursued his first international career as a commodities business manager (Spain, Australia, China) focusing on restructuring and innovation strategies. Since 1993, he has been in charge of the European part of the group’s trading.
After initiating the group’s operational launch in trading in China, he participated in the Chargeurs group’s strategic transformation by developing a global asset financing policy through securitisation mechanisms. This evolution will lead to a redesign of the operational strategies of the four business lines in this diversified group.
The exploitation of the possibilities of structured finance combined with the strategic and operational optimisation of activities builds within the group a unique know-how enabling it to transform unattractive traditional activities into attractive financial products.
The resilience of the systems put in place will also enable the Chargeurs group to weather the 2008-2009 financial crisis under optimal conditions through rapid and light negotiations with its creditors.
In 2011, he created his own consulting business, Asfeld, through which he worked on complex financing issues (shipping and financial companies), before joining the Carmin group in 2012 alongside its Chairman Nicolas Mérindol.
Directorships as directors
Founding Vice-President of the Institut de Finance Structurée in Paris, Member of the Board of Directors of the strategy consulting firm, Kea Partners.