Eric Martin

Managing director

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Eric Martin co-founded the Carmin Financial Group, which operates in three business lines: Advisory, Asset Management and Financial Services. The group’s partners share the same philosophy: giving back letters to the Board, guaranteeing a high quality and tailor-made service, in a desire to give back a voice to the real economy, industry and services, thanks to the banker’s proximity to his client. The particularity of this new player’s model is to combine, around the advisory bank, innovative financial services at the service of the client in which the Group takes minority stakes or signs strategic agreements such as BDO-SICIER, an audit firm specialising in property monitoring; Delff, a management company approved in London for debt funds; equityStories, a financial communication consultancy.

Previous background and references

Born in 1971, graduate of the ESSEC group (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences
Economic and Commercial) and holder of the Diploma of Studies
accounting and financial executives (DESCF), he began his career
in the service of the French State in connection with the sale of a
portfolio of listed and unlisted assets owned by Clinvest/Crédit
Lyonnais. In this context, it sold a block of shares
listed via structured investments (Bouygues), to initial public offerings in
stock exchange (Guy Degrenne) and to the sale of unlisted companies.

In 1997, he joined a leading American bank in
mergers and acquisitions, Bankers Trust, and develops the team and the
franchise from London. He is involved in many operations
such as the separation of the competitive activities of the
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation, the sale of the banking division and
the Suez group’s real estate business or the sale of the real estate division and
leasing of the GAN group. In particular, it brings the funds into the capital
General Electric and Goldman Sachs. The team becomes
quickly leader in the M&A sector in France and in
Europe. Eric Martin then participates in the development of others
investment banking activities such as capital markets and investment banking activities
specialized financing. In 1999, Bankers Trust was acquired by Deutsche
Bank.

In 2004, he created a department specialized in the sector of
real estate, hotels and leisure activities covering the
mergers and acquisitions, market and financing activities
specialized. A team of representatives in all European countries is
formed and will participate in multiple transactions: 37 introductions
on the stock market, sale of Nexity to BPCE, sale of residential assets
of Icade, sale of Steen&Strom to Klepierre or advice to APG
in the Unibail-Rodamco merger. Since 2007, the team has been a leader in
Europe. Part of the American equity analyst team
sector specialists are moving to London to support the
development of the franchise. Eric Martin leads the team for Europe
from the West, in particular France, Benelux, Scandinavia, and
Iberia.

In 2010, he joined Lazard Frères in Paris to create and develop a
department specialized in Real Estate and in two years has realized more than 7
billion euros of transactions.

In 2014, he decided to create the Carmin group with his partners to apply his principles: independence, absence of conflict of interest, sharp sectoral specialisation with broad product competence, responsive and top-of-the-range team.

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