Sophie L’Hélias

Sophie L’Hélias < Back Sophie L’Hélias, Senior Advisor

Sophie L’Hélias, Senior Advisor at Laurel Strategies, began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm. An expert on governance issues, she co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network (, today’s leading global investor-led governance organization, where she had several roles. Sophie recently founded LeaderXXchange™ in the United States, which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote diversity on corporate boards worldwide. Author of the book “Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” (“The Shareholder Comeback”), Sophie has frequently had articles published in Europe, the United States and Canada and is a regular speaker at international business or academic forums on international corporate governance, shareholder activism and board diversity. Sophie is an inactive member of the New York and Paris Bars. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany. Sophie has been a member of several non-profit and academic boards and a Senior Fellow at economic, strategic or governance think tanks in the United States.