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    François Huré

    Partner and Co-Founder

    Mr. Huré has spent his entire career in the United States advising clients for over seventeen years on domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries.

    Mr. Huré’s experience includes mergers, acquisitions, corporate investments, divestitures, partnerships, and joint ventures. He has advised clients globally on complex and highly successful transactions across a number of sectors, including technology, media, consumer retail / e-commerce, industrials, specialty finance and healthcare.

    Mr. Huré has been involved in high profile and industry-redefining transactions as a result of the relationships that he developed through the origination and execution of mergers, acquisitions and strategy mandates for clients such as Shutterstock, MetLife, DentaQuest, Wikibuy,, Realtime Technologies, Highmark Health, Genesis Lease,, ProQuest, 1-800 CONTACTS, Beverages & More, Trent (a Tata company), Kenneth Cole and Harman Industries.

    Mr. Huré is an Executive Member of the French American Chamber of Commerce in New York, a not-for-profit membership association that supports strong economic relations between France and the United States and that helps finance the training and education of the next generation of transatlantic business leaders.


    • Dual Bachelor of Sciences degree with Honors in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and the University of Warwick
    • French Baccalauréat with Honors
    • Japanese-Language Proficiency Certificate Level 3 and 4
    • Representative Transactions

      • Sale of PECAA to Vision Service Plan (VSP)
      • Sale of Paradigm Tax Group to Ryan
      • $210 million acquisition of Pond5 by Shutterstock
      • Acquisition of Advancing Eyecare by Cornell Capital
      • Investment in Enable Dental by CareQuest Innovation Partners
      • Sale of Defender to Fortnine
      • Acquisition of Vistasi and GrandVision stores from EssilorLuxottica by Vision Group
      • Sale of Luxury Optical Holdings to New Look
      • Acquisition of Ditto by 1800 Contacts
      • $2.475 billion sale of DentaQuest to SunLife
      • Sale of a minority stake in Fittingbox to JINS
      • $110 million acquisition of PicMonkey by Shutterstock
      • Sale of 1-800 CONTACTS to KKR
      • $75 million acquisition of TurboSquid by Shutterstock
      • $1.675 billion acquisition of Versant Health by MetLife
      • Acquisition of 6over6 by 1-800 CONTACTS
      • Growth investment by Centerbridge into DentaQuest
      • Sale of Visionworks to Vision Service Plan (VSP)
      • Growth investment by Blue Sea Capital into SignatureMD
      • Acquisition of Dental Care Plus by DentaQuest
      • Sale of Favini to Fortress Investment Group
      • Sale of a minority stake in Fittingbox to Fielmann
      • Sale of Wikibuy to Capital One
      • Acquisition of Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) by RCF Group
      • Sale of Optica to Emerging Vision
      • Merger of Davis Vision with Superior Vision
      • Sale of Limoni and La Gardenia (LLG) to Douglas, a CVC portfolio company
      • Sale of 1-800 CONTACTS to AEA Investors
      • €180 million sale of Realtime Technologies (RTT) to Dassault Systèmes
      • Sale of Viva Optique, a subsidiary of HVHC (a Highmark company), to Marcolin
      • $900 million sale of 1-800 CONTACTS to Anthem
      • Sale of Optical Distributor Group to ABB Concise
      • $47 million sale of a controlling stake in to Rakuten
      • $135 million sale of HearUSA to Siemens
      • $433 million sale of to Walgreens
      • $250 million investment by Lavazza into Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
      • Strategic alliance distribution partnership between Kenneth Cole and Jaytex
      • $1.75 billion merger transaction between aircraft lessors AerCap and Genesis Lease
      • Strategic alliance between Luxottica Retail (owner of LensCrafters) and Vision Direct
      • Acquisition of ophthalmic lens manufacturer Signet Armorlite by Essilor
      • Sale of Ethernet router manufacturer Atrica to Nokia Siemens Networks
      • $343 million take-private transaction of 1-800 CONTACTS with Fenway Partners
      • Sale of contact lens manufacturer ClearLab to Menicon and Migwang Contact Lens Co.
      • $205 million sale of Beverages & More to Towerbrook
      • $527 million sale of parts cataloguing business ProQuest Business Solutions to Snap-On
      • $222 million sale of referencing business ProQuest I&L to Cambridge Information Group