Georges Ralli holds a post graduate diploma in banking and finance from the University of Paris-V, and is a graduate of the Paris Institut d’études politiques (economics and finance option) and the Institut commercial in Nancy.
He joined Crédit Lyonnais in 1970 where he served in a number of management positions until 1981.
In 1982, he became Secretary to the Commission for Savings Development and Protection, then, from 1982 to 1985, managed the Financial Negotiations department of Crédit du Nord (primary equity and bond markets, mergers and acquisitions, proprietary investment).
He joined Lazard in 1986 to help develop its primary equity market business. In 1989, he moved to the mergers and acquisitions department.
He became managing partner in 1993 and was appointed as co-head of mergers and acquisitions at Lazard LLC in 1999. From 2000 to 2012, George Ralli was Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of Lazard LLC (USA). At the same time, he headed up its French branch (Maison Française) until 2009. Until 2012, he was President of the European mergers and acquisitions activities (Maison Lazard) and European asset management and private banking businesses activities (Lazard Frères Gestion and Lazard Wealth Management Europe). Currently, he is both shareholder and legal manager of IPF Partners, an investment fund specialized in the healthcare sector.
In 2017, he was involved in setting up LLC Real Estate Fund SCA, based in Luxembourg.