G. F. Gay Le BretonManaging Director, Shareholder

Ms. Le Breton heads the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Chaffe & Associates, Inc., a specialized investment bank providing services to private and public middle market companies, family-owned businesses, and financial institutions across a wide range of industries.  She has more than 35 years of experience in the structuring and negotiation of transactions, the valuation of small- and mid-sized companies, and the development and execution of competitive processes for the sale or purchase of businesses. Ms. Le Breton is also President of Chaffe Securities, Inc., the firm’s broker dealer subsidiary.

Ms. Le Breton began her career in 1977 with the Europe Group of Bankers Trust Company in New York.  She returned to New Orleans in 1980 to join First Commerce Corporation in commercial lending and was then involved in the negotiation of several bank acquisitions.  She joined Chaffe in 1987.

Ms. Le Breton is qualified as an expert witness in U.S. District Court on matters relating to bank and corporate valuation and merger and acquisition process and has appeared as a speaker on these subjects.

  • Master of Business Administration, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Newcomb College
Credentials & Licenses:
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) - Registered Representative
  • Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses
Professional Organizations:
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc., Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business Advisory Council Member
  • NO/LA Angel Network, Board Member
  • Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy, Board Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member