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Oliver Wyman - Paris Office

1 rue Euler 75008 Paris
Phone: +33 (0) 1.45.02.30.00
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200 consultants in France for a € 100m turnover. Worldwide: 2,900 consultants for a 1.25 billion euro turnover.

Oliver Wyman is an exception in the panorama of consultancies: the company is 100% owned by US insurance broker Marsh. Initially known as Mercer, it was born from the merger, on May 9th, 2007, of Mercer Oliver Wyman, Delta Consulting and Mercer Management Consulting. Another distinctive element, the firm is structured globally, in five sectorial companies (MTE for energy and industry, CIVT for retail, FS for financial services and TMT for telecom-media; Delta Consulting for experienced consulting to leaders), which makes it somewhat incompatible with the French market, where some groups are difficult to classify. All of this may itself be in the process of being merged.

The firm is best known for its expertise in financial services (Oliver Wyman’s specialty prior to the merger) and has bet on that branch’s reputation by taking this name for the whole of its consulting business (which notably impacts its brand awareness in France, where Oliver Wyman did not operate).

On March 20th, 2008 Oliver Wyman Paris bought Hemeria, an operational performance consulting firm. After two years this acquisition proves to have been something of a failure (cultural differences, unclear positioning). Mercer Management Consulting had absorbed Diamond Cluster in July 2006, again with debatable results.In the end, although the group’s external growth strategy is clear, it remains questionable in light of its results.

In Paris, in 2011, the financial services practice started bleeding out partners, with four of the seven involved in that sector leaving for the competition within the space of a few months: Jean Coumaros to Capgemini Consulting, Fabrice Asvazadourian, Cyril Gay Belan and Jérôme Barrué for Roland Berger.

Oliver Wyman doesn’t communicate much. So there’s not all that much to say about this firm that was on the third step of the podium in France as recently as the 2000s. Today, the sheen has worn off.

Thirty-four partners are present in France: Emmanuel Amiot, Eric Bach, Bernard Birchler, Stéphane Birchler, Marc Boilard, Jérôme Bouchard, Jacques-Olivier Bruzeau, Philippe Chidaine, Eric Ciampi, Jean-Pierre Cresci, Olivier De Demandolx, Bernard Demeure, Bruno de Saint Florent, Bruno Despujol, Olivier Fainsilber, Elie Farah, Dominique Gatto, Laurent Guerry, Hugues Havrin, Fady Khayatt, Guillaume Lauridon, Sébastien Maire, Edouard de Mezerac, Hanna Moukanas, Xavier Nougues, Nicolas Pette, Muriel Schtickzelle, Gilles Roucolle, Xavier Ruaux, Guillaume Thibault, Gérard Varacca, Georges Vialle, Antoine Weckx and Jérôme Weill.

NB: Nera Economic Consulting and Lippincott (branding strategy) are part of the Oliver Wyman group, but not of the Oliver Wyman firm.

Last updated: January 2016

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