PARIS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Lazard said on Sunday that dealmaker Matthieu Pigasse resigned after 17 years at the investment bank.
In a separate letter to staff, Pigasse said he was leaving to puursue a personal venture.
"I am excited to begin my next chapter beyond investment banking in a new entrepreneurial project," Lazard cited Pigasse as saying, adding that it was to announce a new leadership team in France shortly.
Pigasse, 51, is well-known in Paris business and media circles due to his shareholding in newspaper Le Monde and his business interests in Radio Nova and Les Inrockuptibles magazine.
Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic and Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Angus MacSwan