Ex-Goldman Sachs and ML bankers think creativity is more important than qualifications at expanding firm
When creativity is a prerequisite for finance careers
If you're interested in joining an expanding buyside firm full of ex-investment bankers with excellent pedigrees, Tikehau Capital looks like a good place to be. It looks even better if you're creative and entrepreneurial, but don't have the requisite degree from a favourite finance university or an MBA from Wharton.
"You could say that we're less interested in the details of diplomas than in the creative qualities of candidates," Emmanuelle Costa, HR director at Tikehau Capital said in an interview with the editor of our French site. Entrepreneurialism is fundamental for Tikehau recruits, said Costa. So are: perseverance, initiative and the ability to work autonomously. "We recruit candidates with a shared urge to succeed," she added.
Founded in 2004 by two young Parisian investment bankers, Antoine Flamarion (ex-Goldman Sachs) and Mathieu Chabran (ex-Merrill Lynch), then aged just 31 and 28 respectively, Tikehau has managed to attract all sorts of big names. Bruno de Pampelonne, former country manager of Merrill Lynch France, joined in 2007 as CEO of Tikehau's investment management division. Christian de Labriffe, a former managing partner at Rothschild & Cie, joined in 2013 as head of the holding company. Jean-Pierre Mustier, former head of SocGen's investment bank also joined this year as a partner in Tikehau's London office.
Tikehau is still hiring. Costa said she's looking for 30-40 recruits this year, both in France and overseas in London, Singapore and Brussels. Tikehau's London office was approved by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2013, but currently has no registered employees. In future, Costa said it will employ 10 people.
Tikehau's businesses include both a private equity and debt investment arm, and an asset management company. Costa says the company's target hires include credit and equity analysts, risk managers, accountants and fund managers. Successful candidates can expect to move around internationally. "We encourage mobility between our different offices to help transmit the group culture," Costa explained.