MICHAEL ZAOUI, Founding Partner | Michael Zaoui is a former Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Group. He began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1986 in New York. Michael led some of the Firm’s major transactions on both sides of the Atlantic, including several high profile hostile takeovers.
He moved to London in 1990 where he was promoted to Managing Director and subsequently Co-Head of European Mergers and Acquisitions, leading Morgan Stanley M&A to the top of European league tables for several years. Later, Michael became a member of the elite Strategic Engagement Group, comprised of the world’s top investment bankers in the Firm, while still chairing European Mergers and Acquisitions. He retired from the Firm in June 2008.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael was a management consultant with the former Mac Group in London, now part of Cap Gemini. His banking career began in 1978 with Banque Rothschild in Paris.
Michael was educated in France, the UK and the US; he obtained a diploma from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a Masters in Law from Universite de Paris, a DESS doctoral degree in Law from Universite Pantheon-Sorbonne, and an MBA from Harvard University. He also completed a post-graduate research program at The London School of Economics.
Michael sits on several corporate boards across Europe, notably International Power, now a subsidiary of GdF-Suez, and Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, owner of Italy’s largest newspaper, La Repubblica. He is also an advisory director of Stanhope Capital, a privately held asset management firm based in London. He has been appointed Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France in the UK.
Michael is actively involved with his alma mater, Harvard University, serving as a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and of the Belfer International Council at the Kennedy School of Government. He was the founding Chairman of the HBS European Council.
With a broad interest in the arts, Michael is a Governor of the Southbank Centre, which includes the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery; he is also member of the Council of the Serpentine Gallery.