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Interview with Pierre Peyret

1 March 2016

For 25 years, Pierre Peyret is involved in the financial international markets. He started as an administrative and financial manager, then administrative and financial director in international SME/SMIs. His outstanding experience in this field allows him to advise entrepreneurs concerning creation, company takeover, company transfer, and even managers in their R&D projects, in France, Cambodia and all the ASEAN area.

Pierre, can you give us a quick presentation of yourself?

I am 52 years old, divorced and I have two grownup children: a 24 years old son and a 22,5 years old daughter. I share my life between France and ASEAN.

From a professional perspective, I have had positions with high financial responsibilities (financial management) for 20 years in the SME/SMI and medium-sized companies sectors. I have also participated in many creations of companies, merger and acquisition activities, company transfers or liquidations. Moreover, I have realized funding files for R&I projects, but also development files and fundraisings.

In 2007, I decided to create an enterprise specialized in accompanying SME /SMI directors (Comitatus, my company, means accompany in Latin) through all their development strategy projects (including M&A, transfer of company process, and projects’ organization and funding).

It was a hard thought decision, based on the fact that directors are often lonely during the decision-making stage, without a sparring partner to exchange ideas about daily-life subjects. We intervene in complementarity with usual advisers, such as an accountant or a lawyer (responsible for your legal acts, and there is much to do!).

Comitatus’ operating area is France, while Orbis Strategy is present on the Thai market. Now you are working with Confluences in Cambodia. Can you explain your fields of intervention and your operating process?

Comitatus is indeed our French company, created in 2008, and I am its manager. It is also part of a joint venture with Orbis, inside Orbis Strategy Limited, dedicated to francophone businesses development in Asia.

Orbis Strategy is a Bangkok-based development strategy consulting company, which is also implanted in Beijing, Hong-Kong and Singapore.

Currently, we are not physically implanted in Cambodia, hence our partnership with Confluences. Confluences proves to be a dynamic business with a professional and competent team. It’s an ideal partner to carry on and develop our specialized field, that is to say: accompanying francophone businesses through their development in Asia (China, ASEAN) and their projects: subsidiary organization (Anglo-Saxon accounting, reporting, indicators, optimization, cash-flow follow-up); research on potential partners; creation or acquisition of company; implementation (research of premises or facilities, hiring, dialogue with local administration, customs…); fund raising; etc.

Orbis gathers multiples professions, such as: lawyers; accountant; auditors, intellectual proprieties specialists.

Therefore, with Orbis, we provide a turnkey and custom-made service on all or parts of these professions. Accessibility for SME/SMI and medium-sized companies to these services is guaranteed.

For its part, Comitatus acts as a link in France with French companies and may advise Asian companies about French market penetration.

Comitatus carries on its accompanying missions, such as: company acquisition; transfer of company preparation; transfer of company; long-terms and circulating assets financing, financial organization and margins optimization; indicators, management; project management; etc.

You have just given two presentations: firstly at the French Tech Cambodge, then at the French-Cambodian Chamber of Commerce (CCFC). What do you expect to provide to French entrepreneurs implanted in Cambodia? What are the major issues?

First of all, I would like to thank the French Tech Cambodge, the CCFC and Eurocham for their invitation, as well as Soreasmey Ke bin from Confluences. This would not have been possible without him.

Both the Business plan and the treasury management workshops have gone well. The audience was involved with these issues, and asked relevant questions, whether they were confirmed directors, junior entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs to-be.

I had in front of me a kind of audience I’ve been used to since my professional career began, with of course an ASEAN and/or Cambodia specificity and a pleasing enthusiasm.

I still would like to add that there are many things common or similar between countries in terms of finance, accounting and management, even if some differences still remain. Our transversal expertise approach allows us to help francophone entrepreneurs implanted in Cambodia. We position ourselves in highly technical fields. So when a director or one to-be admits to have benefited from our accompanying, on a short or long-term perspective, it justifies our approach.

When handling specific issues, our intervention is complementary to director’s advisors ones. This is all the more true given that we execute a consulting mission, which is supposed to enable added value, thereby satisfying our clients.

Contact : Pierre PEYRET
Phone in Thailand : +(66) (0) 98 329 6266
Phone in Cambodia : +(855) (0) 85 402 857
Phone in France : + (33) (0) 662 197 753
Email : pierre@orbis-alliance.com
Websites : http://www.comitatus.fr/ ; http://www.orbis-alliance.com/

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