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Founded in 1994, Ohana & Co. is a leading independent investment bank providing financial advisory services to private and public companies, private equity firms, entrepreneurs and management teams across the US, Europe, and Asia on their sale, acquisition and capital raising transactions.

Our unparalleled industry expertise in the luxury & branded consumer, technology & media and healthcare sectors, together with our international track record and entrepreneurial approach, set us apart from other firms in the marketplace. From offices in Paris, New York and LA, we have assisted clients in the Americas (Canada, Columbia, USA), Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and more) and Asia (China, Japan, Korea) successfully complete their most challenging transactions.

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Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Onward in acquisition of a controlling interest in Charlotte Olympia

Onward Holdings, the listed Japanese luxury group, has acquired a controlling stake in Charlotte Olympia, the iconic British footwear and accessories label. This acquisition is part of an expansion plan that aims to accelerate Charlotte Olympia’s growth within Europe and Asia. Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Onward in this transaction. Founded in 2008, by Charlotte Dellal, Charlotte Olympia is known for creativity, craftsmanship and femininity. The brand has established itself as a global luxury player with designs influenced by Hollywood cinema glamour and movie stars from the 1940s and 50s. Charlotte Olympia Dellal said “We are proud to welcome OLG as a strategic partner to Charlotte Olympia and are excited to have a partner that shares the brand’s passion for creativity, innovation and the highest standards of craftsmanship”. “OLG has a proven track record in developing global brands and businesses. This will help Charlotte Olympia to continue to grow its luxury presence on a global basis”, added Bonnie Takhar, Charlotte Olympia’s President. “We have followed the incredible success of Charlotte Olympia for some time and admired the brand’s ability to become one of the most innovative global players in the shoe industry” said Franco Penè, chairman of Onward Luxury Group. Charlotte Dellal, founder and creative director, and president Bonnie Takhar will continue to helm the company.

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Ohana & Co. served as exclusive financial advisor to BLAMtastic, a leading innovative skincare brand, in its sale to LB Equity

LB Equity, a personal care-focused private equity firm based in New York, announced it has acquired the assets of BLAMtastic, a leading, innovative skincare brand, and has made a significant capital investment to fund marketing, working capital and product development. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Renee Sandler and her two daughters, BLAMtastic researches, develops and markets personal care products sold through the top national food, drug and mass retailers. It is best known for its diaper rash sprays for babies (marketed as BLAMtastic Booty Spray) and adults. These sprays are the only non-aerosol, all-natural preventative and healing solutions in the market. They have the potential to revolutionize how consumers treat and prevent rashes in both the infant and adult markets. “We are very excited to work with LB Equity as we continue to expand distribution of our baby diaper rash spray and launch a new product for the adult market this fall”, said CEO Renee Sandler. “Funds provided by LB Equity in the new organization will allow us to build out our management team and expand our product development work.” “The quality of the products and management team was what first attracted us to BLAMtastic,” said Jay Lucas, head of LB Equity. “The size and growth characteristics of the baby diaper rash category and the adult incontinence market are extremely attractive and BLAMtastic is poised to be a leader in both segments.

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Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Hourglass on its sale to Unilever PLC

Unilever has acquired luxury color cosmetics brand Hourglass, the group’s first move into makeup. Hourglass will join Unilever’s prestige beauty portfolio, which also includes Murad, Ren, Dermalogica, Kate Somerville and Living Proof. Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Hourglass in this transaction. Founded in 2004 by beauty industry veteran Carisa Janes, Hourglass is known for innovation, luxe packaging and exceptional product experience. The brand is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations and technological innovation, including the use of active ingredients in complexion products. Hourglass’s distinctive offering has secured the brand a loyal following amongst consumers who look for high performance beauty products. Alan Jope, President Personal Care, Unilever, said, “We are delighted to be adding Hourglass to our portfolio of Prestige brands. The color cosmetics category has been showing high growth-rates, driven by social media content, channel diversity and democratization of professional makeup techniques, and it therefore presents a significant opportunity. Hourglass is already a successful brand in this space, offering fantastic make-up products that also deliver skin care benefits, and we look forward to continuing to grow this wonderful brand.” Carisa Janes, CEO Hourglass, added, “As the first color brand in Unilever’s Prestige portfolio, we are excited about this partnership as Hourglass continues to challenge the status quo with high performance luxury cosmetics. Unilever’s commitment to innovation and social responsibility is aspirational, and perfectly aligned with our vision for the future of Hourglass.” “We are grateful to the Ohana & Co. team for the job they have done in assisting us through this entire process and helping us to achieve a great deal with a wonderful partner!”, says Carisa Janes, founder of Hourglass.

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Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to The RealReal in $50 million growth equity financing firm Great Hill Partners

The RealReal, the leader in authenticated luxury consignment, has closed a $50 million growth equity financing from private equity firm Great Hill Partners, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to The RealReal in this transaction. Founded in 2011, The RealReal is the leader in authenticated luxury consignment , with 5 million buyers and consignors with 4 million items sold across all luxury categories. The company has reinvented luxury resale and has changed how people think about and consume luxury goods. The RealReal provides the largest selection of pre-owned authenticated luxury items including women's and men's fashion, fine jewelry & watches, and fine art & home with a certified expert inspecting every single item. Consignors earn up to 70% of the sale price and items sell quickly. In 2017 alone, The RealReal is expected to pay consignors nearly $300 million from the resale of their luxury items, the majority of which, they will spend back in the primary market, continuing the luxury lifecycle. The company operates Luxury Consignment offices in six US cities that offer free fine jewelry and watch valuations from certified gemologists, as well as white glove consignment service. The new funding will be used to continue scaling the company’s operations, category expertise, and expansion of its Luxury Consignment Offices and retail concepts.

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