Matis was founded by François Carbone and Arnaud Dubois, who regarded the firm as a natural fit for combining their two areas of expertise in order to produce the highest standards in art investing.

François had founded and developed one of the leaders in alternative investment in France over 10 years, in the format of a club deal. He was in charge of teams dealing with investor relations, marketing, and technical aspects. He had significantly contributed to the creation of French regulations on crowdfunding, being a founder and president of the sector's association until the establishment of its regulatory framework in 2014.

After leaving his operational role in his previous company, he wanted to invest a portion of his personal wealth in art.

In 2012, Arnaud created Arnaud Dubois Associates, a firm specializing in the management of artistic heritage, focusing on international Contemporary Art. Over 10 years, he and his team assisted clients in over 700 transactions. In recent years, Arnaud and his team began advising clients who pooled their resources to access works by more iconic artists, which were priced higher. It was becoming clear that there was a desire among private investors to access major works, necessitating the right structure and access to such offerings.

Observing the options available to private investors, Arnaud and François realized that the field was almost untouched in Europe, whether one was advised by a private bank, a wealth management consultant, their own family office, or as a private investor seeking smart investments in art.

Several factors explain this:

  • Before 2022, Europe lacked a suitable regulatory framework that could institutionalize such a product while opening access to more moderate investments and club deals.

  • The investment team is a rare skill that must be exercised by experts proficient in purchasing, knowledgeable about the valuation of works, and having the right networks for resale ; different professions in the art market are at the edge of these skills but do not encompass all of them. Arnaud's team uniquely constituted the only art consultancy with a team specializing in various roles from purchasing to resale.

François and Arnaud then decided to create Matis, which brings together a team of experienced professionals to make art investment a staple in unlisted investments.

François

Carbone

Cofounder - CEO
Management committee
Investment committee
Biography

Over the past decade, he has assisted more than 10,000 investors in over 300 venture capital and real estate club deals, before leaving his previous entrepreneurial venture to devote his time and investments to art. François also serves as a business angel and advisor for Fintech companies.

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Arnaud

Dubois

Cofounder - Chief Investment Officer
Management committee
Investment committee
Biography

Specializing in investments in the contemporary art market, Arnaud has been assisting collectors and investors for a decade in managing their artistic assets. Since 2014, Arnaud has been teaching private artistic asset management as part of the Master's program in Private Law, focusing on the art market and artistic asset management, at the University of Assas in Paris.

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Cécile

Colleville

Director of Art Operations
Management committee
Investment committee
Biography

Before joining Matis, Cécile worked from 2017 to 2023 in Arnaud Dubois Associates' investment team. She holds a Master's degree in Art History from the University of the Sorbonne and studied common law at the University of Westminster in London. She then completed a specialized Master's in Private Law focusing on the art market at the University of Assas. Since 2022, Cécile has co-led Yaam le club, a respected professional community in the art market sector.

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Jérémie

Lepissier

Head of Advisory
Management committee
Biography

Jérémie has guided private and institutional investors in selecting and structuring their investments in alternative assets, private debt, and Venture Capital, totaling nearly 200 million euros in recent years. He then used his expertise to advise several clients before joining Matis.

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Benjamin

Chelli

Chief Product Officer
Management committee
Biography

Benjamin Chelli holds a Master's degree in Asset Management from the University of Paris Dauphine. He began his career as a Market Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Société Générale Asset Management, then joined Société Générale Private Banking as Head of Global Asset Allocation Solutions. In 2017, he co-founded and led the internal startup "Peers", offering clients access to alternative assets. In 2021, he joined the Société Générale Group's executive data committee, overseeing all the group's reference data. In early 2023, Benjamin joined Matis as Chief Product Officer.

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Laetitia

Limat

Head of marketing
Management committee
Biography

After a career in strategic consulting for private banking clients and in the property and financial services industries, including roles as Growth Manager at CORUM L’Epargne (a major SCPI collector) and CMO at Kaliz, Laetitia joined Matis to head the Marketing department.

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Alexandrine

Hawawini

Head of Art Sales
Investment committee
Biography

Alexandrine graduated from a Master's program in Cultural Institution Management at Audencia Business School, a curriculum offered in partnership with Sotheby's Art Institute in London. She continued her academic studies with a Master’s of Arts at New York University. Returning to France, Alexandrine completed her degree in Art History at the University of the Sorbonne. Since 2014, she has gained significant experience working in various renowned art appraisal and brokerage companies.

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L’histoire de Matis

Matis est née de la rencontre entre François Carbone et Arnaud Dubois, qui ont vu comme une évidence l’association de leurs deux expertises afin de créer les meilleurs standards de l’investissement dans l’art.

Board of directors

  • François Carbone

  • Arnaud Dubois

  • Alexandre Cadain

  • Stanislas Poniatowski

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