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.
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).
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.
VICE-PRESIDENT | SÃO PAULO
Guilherme Caobianco has ten years of experience, focused mainly on large M&A transactions and capital markets issuances, throughout his tenure at J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and HSBC. He joined Euro Latina Finance in 2019 as vice-president.
Between 2010 and 2015, while working at J.P. Morgan, he worked on the valuation of over 25 Brazilian companies and assets, and on the capital raise of over US$30 billion for the advised companies.
Guilherme Caobianco is also the founder of Biancoluce Iluminação, one of the main importers of lighting articles in Brazil, and of the website Casa.Center, an e-commerce merchant with over one million accesses.
Guilherme Caobianco holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo). He is a Brazilian citizen and speaks fluent Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.
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.
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.
ANALYST | PARIS
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.
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.