Altermind is an innovative consulting company with high-level expertise in diverse global fields:

  • economic and strategic analysis to support worldwide regulatory and competition issues from a reservoir of academic excellence;

  • state-of-the-art infrastructure and network industries consulting;

  • damage assessment in major litigation and arbitration cases, delivered by world experts trained in cross examination;

  • strong scientific data to advise on fundraising, M&As and executive strategy,

  • legal advice on sensitive issues, supported by leading academic figures.


For each project, Altermind selects internationally recognised specialists from a network of leading academics and experts in a wide variety of fields: economics, finance, strategy, competition, law, cognitive sociology, philosophy, etc. 

Their in-depth knowledge and research capacities are applied to the resolution of complex issues. With deep knowledge of the latest thinking and the associated research, on a particular area, they work with our team to provide precise, pertinent strategic thinking of the highest level.   

Thanks to this unique approach, for each project, Altermind can mobilize the necessary skills to develop original, transforming and decisive solutions, crafted to each situation.

Altermind benefits from access to the business, political and media worlds in global in Paris and London and will soon open other foreign offices in Europe. 

Altermind supports its clients from the creation of strategic directions, up to and including implementation and valuation.



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Mathieu Laine, Founding President

After having practiced corporate law in some of Paris’ most prestigious law firms, Mathieu founded and has directed Altermind since 2008. He advises entrepreneurs as well as many  leaders of major French and foreign groups.

A strong believer in freedom, he regularly exchanges views with leading political leaders in Europe.

He teaches at Sciences Po and is a columnist for Le Point and Le Figaro. He is also part of the new team on the radio show L'Esprit Public on France Culture.

He is the author of several books:

  • La Grande Transformation, Plon, 2018

  • Le Roi qui n’aimait pas la musique, Gallimard Jeunesse, 2017

  • Dictionnaire amoureux de la libertĂ©, Plon, 2016

  • La France adolescente - Et si on la laissait grandir, avec Patrice Huerre, JC Lattès, 2013

  • Dictionnaire du libĂ©ralisme, dir., 65 auteurs, Larousse, 2012

  • Post Politique, JC Lattès, 2009

  • La France est-elle foutue ?, collection «IdĂ©es fausses, vraies rĂ©ponses», JC Lattès, 2007

  • L’Homme Libre, dir., Les Belles Lettres, 2006

  • La Grande Nurserie - En finir avec l’infantilisation des Français, JC Lattès, 2006

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Erwan Le Noan, Partner

Erwan, a lawyer by training, joined Altermind in 2012, after two years at theAutorité de la concurrence (the French Competition Authority). He teaches Competition Law at Sciences Po.

Erwan is regularly published in the media and the French press (he writes a column in L'Opinion and is a regular editorialist for Le Figaro and on CNews). He is the author of La France des OpportunitĂ©s, (ed.Les Belles Lettres 2017). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Fondation pour l’innovation politique (Paris).

A former collaborator on the Attali Commission and the ComitĂ© des Sages Afep-Medef (an Afep-Medef Committee on CEOs’ remunerations), he has written several reports for French think-tanks (Institut Montaigne, Fondation pour l'innovation politique, Fondation Croissance, including a policy note on economic reform Gouverner pour rĂ©former) and chaired an association for equal opportunities in the Parisian suburbs.

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Benoît Thirion, Partner

BenoĂ®t joined Altermind in 2017, having practiced law for 7 years in the public law departments at Hogan Lovells (2010 — 2013) and Clifford Chance (2013 — 2017). He teaches Public Contract Law at Sciences Po.

He has specialist knowledge of the public and regulated sectors and operates mainly in the field of infrastructure (network industries and social structures) and energy.

He is the author of several projects for the Terra Nova Foundation, including a report on the renovation of public services, in addition to his legal articles.

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Khaled Diaw, Chief Economist

With over 15 years of experience and high-level expertise, Khaled joined Altermind in 2018. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (France), where he still teaches Business Strategy. He brings his expertise in competition and regulation. 

Khaled has advised competition and regulatory authorities around Europe (including the FSA, HMRC and Utility regulators in the UK, DG Competition and other Directorates of the European Commission, and the French competition authority) and large companies in sectors including Broadcasting, Energy, Internet of Things, retail distribution (online and brick-and-mortar), Payment systems, Social Networks. 

In his early career, he was an assistant professor at the CentER for Economic Research at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a senior economic adviser with the UK Ofcom. Khaled has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and more recently, co-authored a chapter on state aid in the postal sector in an authoritative book on state aid.


Nassim Elouarzadi, Junior Consultant

Nassim joined Altermind in 2018. He graduated from ESCP Europe Business School (Paris), where he studied Corporate Finance and Strategy. 

He dedicated his Master’s thesis to the analysis of Public-Private Partnerships and their impact in the European Union. 

Nassim also gained valuable experience working for the Finance Department at a leading French firm and as a Strategy Analyst for an international group in the United States.


Murielle Collin, Office Manager

Murielle joined Altermind in 2018. She gained a long experience in business administration (SME) in sectors including telecommunications, construction, luxury world travel and hospitality, spending most of her career in South Pacific.


Our Experts

Altermind’s experts teach and are graduates from the best schools in France (HEC, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris School of Economics, Ecole des Mines, Toulouse School of Economics, Sciences Po, Dauphine, Paris I, Paris II, Paris X, etc.) and internationally (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, LSE, Bocconi, etc.).