Erik Maris

Co-Founder of Transition
Board member

Erik is currently an Advisory Partner at private equity firm Advent International.

Previously, Erik co-founded and led successful advisory boutique Messier Maris & Associés from 2010 to 2020, selling a majority shareholding in the venture to Italian investment bank Mediobanca in 2018.

During his career at Messier Maris & Associés, Erik advised on more than 200 transactions including some of the highest profile deals in the industry
Main Renewable Energy transactions include: Direct Energie / Quadran (2017), Total / DirectEnergie (2018) and Green Yellow Capital Increase by Tikehau and BPI France (2018).

Erik previously spent nearly 20 years at Lazard, most recently serving as co-head of Lazard Frères & Cie and Vice-Chairman of Lazard Group.

Erik has also held board positions in the following companies: Louis Dreyfus, Blade and PowerZ.

Erik graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Paris).

Key Skills contributing to Transition’s success

  • Extensive deal making experience including in the renewable energy sector
  • Value creation expertise
  • Vast business network and connectivity across industry and financial players
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Access to proprietary sourcing opportunities

Selected Professional Experience

Selected Transaction Experience