TEAM

Our team members enjoy going the extra mile 

both in their personal and professional lives

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HAKIM L. AOUANI

FOUNDER AND CEO

Before founding Euro Latina Finance in early 2010, Hakim Aouani spent twelve years at the listed French retailer Casino as a member of the executive management board and global head of mergers & acquisitions, equity investments and corporate affairs.

Between 1998 and 2010, he led the transformation of the Group, supervising over eighty M&A, capital markets and real estate 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 US$5bn investment in Latin America (including US$3bn invested in Pão de Açúcar in Brazil and US$1bn invested in Almacenes Éxito in Colombia).

This led him to be in charge of key strategic aspects of such holdings ranging from capital structure management (financing and refinancing), to corporate governance and build-up strategies, among others. He also served as member of the supervisory boards of several listed corporations including Smart & Final Inc. (US) and Super de Boer NV (Netherlands), as well as all 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 graduated from CentraleSupélec Engineering School (Paris) and HEC (Paris). He is a French national and also holds Italian and Moroccan citizenships. He speaks fluent French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.

Passionate about international travel, Hakim Aouani has travelled more than 700 times to Latin America over the last 25 years, including 500 trips to Brazil. He is also an avid runner (half marathon and marathon) and a football player.

GIOVANI BELLISSI

VICE-PRESIDENT  |  SÃO PAULO

Giovani Bellissi joined Euro Latina Finance in 2021, having previously worked in financial institutions for 15 years acquiring experience in Investment Banking, proprietary M&A, Project Finance and Client Coverage.

From 2014 to 2020, Giovani worked in the Banco Votorantim’s Investment Banking team dedicated to the origination and execution of M&A transactions in the infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. During this period, he also advised Banco Votorantim on venture capital operations in the fintech sector.

Prior to this, Giovani worked in ABN Amro/Santander’s Corporate Development team for 4 years, with a focus on acquisitions of financial institutions and partnerships with large retail chains. Following his MBA, he also acquired experience in the debt market, working in Project Finance at Santander and in Client Coverage at Banco Votorantim.

Giovani holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the FGV-EAESP (São Paulo), and studied International Business at the ITESM (Mexico). MBA graduate from the London Business School (United Kingdom), he also participated in an exchange program with the IESE (Spain). Giovani is a Brazilian national and speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Passionate about traveling and getting to know new cultures, Giovani has had several international experiences in the USA, Mexico, England and Spain.

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ANDRÉS S. MARTÍNEZ

VICE-PRESIDENT  |  MEDELLÍN

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

Between 2013 and 2016, he was vice-president at Grupo Bancolombia, the leading banking institution in Colombia, where he led more than 15 ECM transactions with a combined value of c. US$2bn. He was also in charge of the non-discretionary equity strategy of the firm.

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

Andrés Martínez is an engineering graduate from EAFIT (Medellín) and holds a Master's in finance from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris) as well as a Master's in quantitative methods from Université Paris X (Paris). He is a Colombian national and speaks fluent Spanish, French and English.

Andrés Martínez is a long-distance running enthusiast and has successfully completed the New York, Chicago and Washington marathons, in addition to more than a dozen half-marathons.

MARIE LEDRU

VICE-PRESIDENT  |  PARIS

Marie Ledru joined Euro Latina Finance in 2013 after spending six years at French listed retailer 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 worked for four years on several M&A projects in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia and was 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. For two years, she participated in the structuring and financing of solar and energy efficiency projects as well as in the international development of GreenYellow in Colombia and Brazil.

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

An avid rock climber of more than 25 years, Marie Ledru is more broadly a mountain enthusiast (from regular hiking to treks in the Alps and the Andes).

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JOÃO BARONI

SENIOR ADVISOR  |  SÃO PAULO

João Baroni has twelve years of experience in consulting and corporate finance, having started his career at Monitor Group in Brazil. He then developed a diversified expertise in M&A and Private Equity in Brazil, having worked successively for Euro Latina Finance, Brazilian PE fund 2bCapital and A10 Investimentos.

João has an operational background in various sectors, ranging from tech, food retail to capital goods: he is the founder of B.LEM (the largest bakery franchise chain in Brazil), he worked for Ingresse (leading Brazilian tech company in live events / entertainment) as head of corporate development and head of people and he recently joined Engemasa, a foundry focused on complex alloys, as CEO.

João Baroni holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo) and a Master’s in finance from Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris). He is a Brazilian national and speaks fluent Portuguese, English and French.

Always eager to discover and explore new ideas, João Baroni is a Burning Man supporter (founding member of the Brasa Camp) as well as a psychoanalysis student.

CAYNÃ CÂNDIDO

ASSOCIATE |  SÃO PAULO

Caynã Cândido joined Euro Latina Finance in 2021, after having worked for more than six years in the M&A division of various financial institutions.

 

Between 2019 and 2021, Caynã worked in the investment banking division of Banco Votorantim, dedicated to the execution of M&A operations across various industries. Previously, he worked at Lincoln International as an M&A analyst at the Sao Paulo office.

 

Prior to this, Caynã started his career in the Investment Banking division of Crédit Agricole in Sao Paulo.

 

Caynã holds a degree in business administration from the FGV- EAESP (São Paulo), having taken additional courses in the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He is a Brazilian national and speaks fluently Portuguese and English.

 

As a footvolley and football fanatic, Caynã has participated in several amateur championships throughout his life. He also practices other sports, such as running and swimming.

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STÉPHANE DURLET

ANALYST  |  PARIS

Stéphane Durlet joined Euro Latina Finance in 2021, after having previously worked within our team, from 2017 to 2018, in our Paris and Medellín offices.

 

After having completed an apprenticeship in auditing and law at EY, Stéphane first stepped into the field of mergers and acquisitions at Euro Latina Finance before subsequently joining the valuations and business modeling team at Deloitte in 2018.  Throughout his three years at Deloitte, Stéphane was tasked with overseeing valuations within the context of various transactions, fiscal and accounting matters, as well as corporate reorganizations, within the Health, Services, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors.

 

Stéphane holds a Master’s in management (MiM) from ESSEC Business School (Paris). He is a French and Salvadorian dual national and speaks fluent French, Spanish and English.

In his free time, Stéphane enjoys running (having notably completed the Paris semi-marathon), as well as playing tennis and volley-ball. As an avid reader of the Times Magazine and a fervent follower of US talk-shows, Stéphane is passionate about various societal and political subjects in North America.

PEDRO HOLLANDA

ANALYST  |  SÃO PAULO

Pedro Hollanda joined Euro Latina Finance in 2019 as an analyst. After working for more than five years in the commercial branch of Banco do Brasil, he became partner at Veneza Investimentos, an investment advisory office certified by XP Investimentos, the largest independent investment advisory firm in Brazil. He received a CFP® certification from PLANEJAR, the main financial planning association in Brazil.

Pedro Hollanda holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Recife), and a Master in finance from EDHEC Business School (Nice). Pedro is a Brazilian national and speaks fluent English and Portuguese.

Pedro Hollanda is a sport enthusiast, with interests ranging from Brazilian jiu-jitsu (two championships at Brazilian state level) to paragliding.

FRANÇOIS MORANDEAU

ANALYST  |  SÃO PAULO

François Morandeau joined Euro Latina Finance in 2020 as an analyst after starting his career in the development division of Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity where he participated in four fundraisings and the launch of new investments strategies.

 

François Morandeau then joined the M&A advisory firm Ártica in São Paulo as an analyst, where he worked on half a dozen Brazilian and crossborder mid-cap transactions.

 

François Morandeau holds a Master's degree in economics and management from ESSEC (Paris). He is a French national and speaks fluent French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Passionate about basketball, which he played at a competitive level, François is also a marathon runner (Rio de Janeiro marathon) and has enjoyed surfing for most of his life.

MARIANA GAJARDO

PROJECT MANAGER  |  PARIS

Mariana Gajardo joined Euro Latina Finance in 2020 after working for eight years in the investment banking sector followed by five years within several US and French start-ups.

 

Mariana Gajardo began her career in 2006 at the French investment bank Arjil, notably as the executive assistant to the chairman and managing director. She later joined ACG Private Equity as fund administrator and then ACG Capital as office manager.

 

She later worked for three years as operations manager at the French subsidiary of Blue Stripe, a US firm specialized in luxury student accommodation.

 

Before joining Euro Latina Finance, she finally worked for two years with different start-ups as an independent advisor in organization, transformation and management.

Mariana Gajardo holds a degree in specialized translation from Paris Diderot University (Paris). She is a French and Chilean national and speaks fluently French, English and Spanish.

In constant search of open spaces, Mariana Gajardo has gone parachuting several times and has climbed active volcanoes in Chile. She also regularly practices trail running.

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ANNELISE BARRE

ANALYST  |  SÃO PAULO

Annelise Barre joined Euro Latina Finance in 2020 as an analyst after completing an internship as a coverage analyst at HSBC Global Banking & Markets in Paris, where she participated in the structuring and allocation of credit lines for over a dozen multinational companies.

Annelise Barre has a dual Master’s degree in economics & business from Sciences Po (Paris), and in International Management from the FGV-EAESP (São Paulo). She is a Canadian and French dual national and speaks fluent English, French and Portuguese.

Having lived 5 years in Cambodia during her childhood, Annelise is also interested in Southeast Asian culture. In her personal time, she partakes in many athletic activities ranging from running to scuba diving. As a high-level competitive swimmer, she notably finished 9th place in the Canadian National Championships in 2013.