Valéry Giard

Managing Director

Valéry has over 20 years’ experience in Finance and business creation, now as a Smid cap M&A banker and fund raiser at Societex / ICFG France.


In 2014, he was one of the first French entrepreneurs to create a FinTech dedicated to crowdlending. Very quickly, the platform financed over 100 SMEs based throughout France, and was later on sold to a strategic player.

Valéry started his career at Citigroup in New York and London, as M&A investment banker for listed companies. He also advised international private equity funds during their LBO operations.

He was also an equity trader investor at Société Générale in Paris, during 6 years. He was in charge of fundamental long-short strategies, merger arbitrage and IPOs.

Valéry regularly intervenes in ESSEC’s Executive programme.

Valéry joined SOCIETEX in January 2021, where he provides his expertise in the TMT and Financial Services sectors.


Valéry holds a MSc diploma in Finance from ESSEC and a MSc in Management, Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from Montpellier Business School.

Life drives and passions

As a former entrepreneur, Valéry has passion for new experiences and for embracing challenges.

When not at work, enjoying his family or spending time in Brittany, you can find Valéry running or trying to improve his golf swing anywhere in the world.

Paris, France