Our Mission

3 complementary expertise



Debt Advisory

Our expertise

We offer technical and financial know-how to small and mid-cap companies, based on our experience and our situational expertise.


We assist in negotiating and closing transactions buy-side and sell-side (ownership transfer, carve-out, spin off, divestment of non-core assets), as well as in sellouts to strategic buyers.

We advise at all stages of a transaction, in order to ensure smooth relationships among all partners.

  • Sale and acquisitions of small and mid-cap companies
  • Carve-out or spin-off solutions
  • Sellout to corporate buyers
  • Capital funding

Financial restructuring

In complex – and sometimes even critical – situations, Cairn Partners provides tools to ensure all financial information reliability and take the best strategic decision.

We provide support at every step of the restructuring process, in order to ensure smooth relationships with shareholders and lenders:

  • Economic and financial diagnoses (Independent Business Review)
  • Complex business plan modelling and monthly cash flow forecasts
  • Sensitivity tests
  • Valuations according to financial best practices
  • Negotiations

Debt Advisory

We help to find the right financing solutions to meet business and project needs: bank debt, mezzanine debt, unitranche debt, quasi-equity solutions, asset-backed financing.

As an independent advisor, we assess every financing option with our clients and identify a sustainable solution to meets their needs:

  • Raising capital
  • Raising banking, mezzanine or unitranche debt
  • Finding quasi-equity solutions
  • Implementing trust solutions
Our consultants

Our Team

Julien Sanier
Founding Partner

Julien has a 20-year track record in Financial Restructuring and Distressed M&A. After 10 years at Accuracy, he founded Cairn Partners in 2016. Julien graduated from Paris II – Assas University and Science-Po Paris.

Maxence Bousquet

Maxence is specialized in M&A operations. After working in Transaction Services, Maxence joined Wingate - specialized in Distressed M&A - where he became a Partner. He joined Cairn Partners in 2019 as a Partner. Maxence graduated from the IAE Bordeaux School of Management.

Adrien Caillet

Adrien began his career at Lagardère Sports & Entertainment Africa in 2016. He joined Cairn Partners in 2017. He is currently a Managing Director. Adrien graduated from Science-Po Paris.

Damien Mignot

Damien began his career at Deloitte in the Restructuring team, and then joined EY in 2010. After cofounding Adequacio Finance in 2019, he joined Cairn Partners in 2021 to bolster the restructuring activity. Damien graduated from the IAE Dijon School of Management.

Aldric Koso

Aldric joined Cairn Partners in 2018. He is currently a Manager. He began his career at Catella in the investment team. Aldric graduated from EMLyon Business School.

Pierre Michaud

Pierre joined Cairn Partners in 2020 as an Analyst. Pierre began his career at JP Morgan Switzerland in Private Banking. Pierre graduated from Queensland University in Australia.

Jean-Paul Dabos

Jean-Paul joined Cairn Partners in 2021 as an Analyst. He began his career at Natixis, and then joined Wingate. Jean-Paul graduated from ESSEC International Business School.

Jovan Nedeljkovic

Jovan joined Cairn Partners in 2020 as an Analyst. Prior to Cairn, he worked in the finance department of Maltem Consulting, a digital transformation consulting group. He also worked in the finance department of a start-up. Jovan graduated from SKEMA Business School.

Asma Hanafi

Asma began her career at EY as a Financial Auditor, then joined PAI Partners. After that, she worked at Rothschild&Co in the risk management team. She joined Cairn Partners in 2022 as an Analyst. Asma graduated from SKEMA Business School.

Natacha Zukowski
Legal & Office Manager

Natacha joined Cairn Partners as a Legal Manager in 2021. She began her career at Cabinet WB, specializing in labor law. Natacha graduated from the university Paris II Panthéon Assas and passed the CRFPA entrance examination to train as a lawyer.


Our transactions

June 2023
Jina Group starts over
Cairn Partners advised the Group in the establishment of its safeguard plan
Financial restructuring
June 2023
Takeover of La Grande Récré
Cairn Partners advised the group Ludendo in the sale of its brand La Grande Récré to the cooperative Jouéclub
June 2023
Transpalux sells the Bry-sur-Marne movie studios
Cairn Partners acted as the advisor of Transpalux (B Live Group) in the sale of its Bry-sur-Marne studios management activity to Axa Investment Managers
March 2023
Lee Cooper France and Amoniss (Kindy) acquire Pimkie
Advised Lee Cooper France and Amoniss (Kindy) during the takeover of Pimkie
January 2023
Growth capital of BTW Group
Advised BTW in raising capital with BNP Développement
December 2022
Financial advisor to a group specializing in sustainable space development
Advised a group – offering sustainable space development services - in an amicable context
Financial restructuring
November 2022
Pacific Pêche acquires Rive
Advised Pacific Pêche during the acquisition of Rive
November 2022
Financial advisor to a group specializing in the sale of medical equipment
Financial review and advisory services to a medical equipment distributor in an amicable context
Financial restructuring

We cover all the strategic and financial needs of our clients


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