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Julien Gagnon


Advises on private-equity and principal-investor projects across the investment cycle in Europe, North America, and Africa with a focus on technology and experience in transactions, growth strategy, and portfolio-value creation

Julien is a partner in McKinsey’s London office who focuses on serving private-equity clients and works directly with portfolio companies. His core focus is on the technology sector. He coleads the private equity and technology team in Europe.

Julien serves private-equity firms, institutional investors, and portfolio companies across Europe and around the world. He has been involved in more than 75 commercial and vendor due-diligence processes and more than 25 growth-strategy and value-creation projects for private-equity-owned portfolio companies.

Julien’s areas of expertise include due diligence and transactions, M&A strategy, exit preparation, growth strategy, with a focus on technology, which includes software and IT services.

Before McKinsey, Julien completed a PhD in economics as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research focused on microeconomic and network theory. Prior to that, he graduated as a Rhodes Scholar with a master’s in international development at the University of Oxford. He also has a bachelor’s and a master’s in economics from the University of Montreal.


Networks, markets, and inequality,” American Economic Review, January 2017

Social networks and the firm,” SciELO, April 2016


University of Cambridge
PhD, economics

University of Oxford
MPhil, international development

University of Montreal
MS, economics
BS, economics