Euro Latina Finance
An independent advisory firm specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions in Latin America
About Euro Latina Finance

Euro Latina Finance is an independent M&A advisory firm providing tailor-made strategic advisory services in Europe and Latin America, particularly in Brazil and Colombia.

Located in Paris, São Paulo and Medellín, Euro Latina Finance was set up by Hakim Aouani in early 2010 to assist select clients on their crossborder mergers and acquisitions (both mid and large-cap) and major strategic investment decisions.

Hakim Aouani is a former member of the Executive Management Board and Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Investments and Corporate Affairs at French listed retailer Casino where he served for more than 12 years.

With a team of c. 10 international professionals and driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Euro Latina Finance has grown among the most dynamic M&A houses advising crossborder transactions with Latin America, competing with established investment banks.

Euro Latina Finance is sector agnostic but has a specific focus on retail and consumer goods.

Key info
Founded in:
2010
Headquarters:
Paris
Size:
2-10
employees
Hakim Aouani
CEO and Founder

Before founding Euro Latina Finance in early 2010, Hakim Aouani spent twelve years at listed French retailer Casino as member of the Management Board and Head of worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Investments and Corporate Affairs

Between 1998 and 2010, he led the transformation of the Group, supervising over eighty M&A, capital market and real estate closed transactions. As part of his duties, he was also in charge of managing and optimizing Casino’s strategic investments both in France and internationally, in particular the group’s $5bn investment in Latin America (including $3bn invested in Pão de Açucar in Brazil and $1bn invested in Almacenes Éxito in Colombia)

This led him to supervise key strategic aspects ranging from financing, refinancing, corporate governance and build-up strategy, among others, and to serve as member of the Supervisory Boards of several listed corporations including Smart & Final Inc. (US) and Super de Boer NV (Netherlands), as well as Casino’s subsidiaries in Latin America

Prior to Casino, he spent eight years in investment banking at Banque Worms (today Deutsche Bank) and HSBC, working respectively in LBO financing and M&A

Hakim Aouani is a graduate of Supélec Engineering School (Paris) and HEC (Paris). He is a French national and also holds the Italian and Moroccan citizenships. He speaks fluently French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic

Marie Ledru
Vice-President

Marie Ledru joined Euro Latina Finance in 2013 after spending six years at French listed retailer Groupe Casino, where she mostly worked on M&A and business development projects with a particular focus on Latin America

As part of Casino’s Corporate Development and Holdings department, she participated during four years to various M&A projects in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia and was also actively involved in the strategic and financial management of the group’s main international investments

She then joined GreenYellow, Casino’s energy subsidiary, as Deputy CFO. During two years, she participated in the structuring and financing of solar and energy efficiency projects and in GreenYellow’s international development in Colombia and Brazil

Marie Ledru is a graduate from HEC (Paris). She is a French national and speaks fluently French, English, Spanish and Portuguese

Andres Martinez
Vice-President

Andrés Martínez has joined again Euro Latina Finance in 2016 after working with our company in Paris and Medellín between 2010 and 2013

Between 2013 and 2016, Andrés Martínez was Senior Vice President at Grupo Bancolombia, the leading banking institution in Colombia, where he led more than 15 ECM transactions for an aggregate value of c. $2bn. He was also in charge of the non-discretionary equity strategy of the firm

Between 2003 and 2010, he was Chief of international investments at Valores Bancolombia. He also participated in the creation and management of Suvalor Panama, the international brokerage firm of Bancolombia Group

Andrés Martínez is a graduate in Engineering from EAFIT (Medellín) and holds a Master in finance from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris) and a Master in quantitative methods from Université Paris X (Paris). He is a Colombian national and speaks fluently Spanish, French and English

Euro Latina Finance in the press :

M&A et brassages culturels

L’ancien patron des M&A de Casino est à la tête de sa propre boutique depuis 2010. Passionné d’international, et surtout d’Amérique latine, il a dernièrement conseillé l’Américain Advent dans son acquisition de Walmart Brésil.

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Headquarters
29 rue La Boétie, Paris, 75008, France