Tristan Gauvain, Finance Expert in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Tristan Gauvain

Finance Expert in Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Member since March 13, 2019
A Paris-Dauphine graduate pursuing his MBA at Paris-La Sorbonne, Tristan has served as the CFO and director of strategy and development for a prominent subsidiary at Lagardere, a leading French media conglomerate. He possesses extensive strategy and finance experience and led acquisitions that drove an IRR of 30%. He freelances to help entrepreneurs and managers evaluate and implement financial and operational strategies to grow their businesses.
Tristan is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Industry Expertise

  • Investment Banking
  • Media & Internet
  • Healthcare Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Financial Modeling

Other Expertise


  • Director of Strategy and Development, Digital Division

    2017 - PRESENT
    Lagardere Active
    • Defined the strategy for entry into the eHealth and financial technology markets and executed the go-forward market entry strategy including the initiation of growth projects and screening potential M&A opportunities.
    • Led the acquisition of Animal Box, a leader in pet subscription eCommerce, including negotiating with the sellers and raising funds to complete the transaction.
    • Conducted a behavior study on pharmaceuticals and drugs to drive the eHealth strategy forward, leading to the establishment of partnerships and the creation of a proof of concept.
    • Led divestitures of ten separate operations within the Largardere Active digital portfolio.
    Focus areas: Investments, Funding Strategy, M&A (Sell-side), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Founder

    2016 - 2017
    Juridique Club
    • Founded a SaaS platform to facilitate legal team collaboration, acting as the CEO and leading the strategic presentation to potential investors and funding of the company.
    Focus areas: Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Startup Funding
  • CFO, Digital Division

    2012 - 2016
    Lagardere Active
    • Managed Lagardere Active's Digital Division which was growing at a rate of 40%+ per annum and 300%+ cumulatively over four years.
    • Led the settlement of budget and forecasts as well as the management and improvement of trade working capital.
    • Optimized and managed the balance sheet through various strategic initiatives including liquidations, share sales, mergers, and stock compensation.
    • Managed M&A activities including leading the evaluation, due diligence, negotiations, and the integration of the new subsidiaries including and
    • Launched Doctipharma, a leading French online pharmaceutical eCommerce platform, and Mexican health and wellness information platform et Doctissimo, to further the eHealth strategy.
    • Validated the statutory accounts, settlement of financial statements, and adapted to the evolution of financial standards including IFRS 15.
    • Managed internal controls including audit follow up and the establishment of an action plan.
    Focus areas: M&A Earn-out Agreements, M&A Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Financial Controller

    2007 - 2012
    Lagardere Active
    • Managed the financial controls for the French digital publishing department, established financial monitoring for a new department and reported the digital activity of Lagardere Active, a subsidiary with €130 million of revenue and 30 companies worldwide.
    • Led the integration of the accounting, sales, and human resource departments for all digital acquisitions.
    Focus areas: Financial System Implementation, Financial Reporting, Budgeting
  • Financial Controller

    2003 - 2007
    Bouygues Telecom
    • Managed the revenue forecast and reforecast for a business with €3.5 billion of revenue per year.
    • Established the ABC method for the forecast round of the 2,000-person IT department.
    Focus areas: Financial Reporting, Financial System Implementation, Revenue Modeling


  • Postgraduate Program in International Business
    2001 - 2002
    Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris, France
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration
    1997 - 2001
    Paris-Dauphine University - Paris, France

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