Frank Giaoui

Frank Giaoui

Founder and President

Frank is an academic and an entrepreneur. In 2018, Frank defended his doctorate dissertation, a comparative Law and Economics analysis between American Common law, French Civil law and International commercial law. His research focuses on commercial contracts and the use of data sciences to quantify expectation damages.


He teaches in Master 2 at University of Lorraine, Metz Law School. Previously, Frank was a Visiting Professor in Corporate Finance at ESSEC Business School.


As an entrepreneur, he has specialized in cross border Mergers & Acquisitions with Hera Finance, the corporate advisory boutique he founded in 1996. His practice is focused on deals between start-ups or family owned companies on one side and large corporations or private equity funds on the other side. He originated and closed 60 deals for a cumulative value in excess of $ 1,7 Bn.


Before that, Frank worked for more than 10 years with Bain & Company, Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) and Kingfisher PLC.


Frank speaks regularly at international law & economics conferences. He has published more than 70 articles and two books on comparative contract law, international corporate development and corporate finance.

Frank holds a PhD (Doct.) in Comparative Law from Sorbonne Law School (Paris, France) and an MBA from ESSEC Business School (France). He is a Post Doc. JSD candidate at Columbia Law School (New York City, USA) and was previously a Research Scholar at Columbia Business School (New York City, USA).


He is currently leading an empirical research involving professors and students in Computer Sciences, Law and Economics from both sides of the Atlantic.


In 2016 and 2017, Frank has served as the Academic Liaison for the visiting scholar program at the invitation of the Dean of International Programs at Columbia Law School, and as the Special Advisor to the President of University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for their development and capital campaign in the USA.