François Kayat

Managing Director


Financial Advisory


Paris, France

François Kayat works on a broad range of financing, restructuring and advisory assignments throughout the firm and is Co-Chair of our Investment Banking in France.

He joined Lazard as a Managing Director 2010. He brings 36 years of investment banking experience and has advised numerous companies in a wide range of sectors. He has also been active with our Sovereign advisory team advising governments.

Prior to joining Lazard, François was Head of Investment Banking at Credit Agricole CIB. Previously, he chaired the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Credit Suisse First Boston.

François graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

Our offices in France

Lazard's office in Paris has been at the heart of the firm's history and culture since 1854. Lazard provides the full suite of the firm’s services across Financial Advisory and Asset Management from Paris.

As a leading player in these businesses in France, Lazard Paris is also a gateway for clients to access the rest of Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

Lazard Frères offers Financial Advisory services, while Lazard Frères Gestion provides Asset Management and Wealth Management. Both entities are supported by Lazard Frères Banque.