Working from our three offices in Paris, São Paulo and Bogotá, under the coordination of our company's founder, Hakim Aouani, our team is composed of highly-skilled and seasoned M&A professionals from various
nationalities and cultural backgrounds, all possessing excellent academic credentials and strong
aptitude for navigating in both European and Latin American working environments
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 both CentraleSupélec Engineering School (Paris) and HEC (Paris). He is a French national and also holds Italian and Moroccan citizenships. He speaks fluently French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.
Passionate about international travel, Hakim Aouani is also an avid runner (half marathon and marathon) and a football player.