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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 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.”

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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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Ohana & Co. advises digital out of home advertising leader Futuramedia on its sale to Cegedim

Cegedim [Euronext: CGM], the publicly traded technology and services group, has acquired Futuramedia Group, the French leader in digital out of home (DOOH) advertising. Founded in 2004, as a one of the first retail based (i.e. in store) digital advertising network, Futuramedia quickly established itself as the undisputed French leader in digital advertising in pharmacies. With more than 5,500 digital screens inside pharmacies and in their shop windows, Futuramedia offers to its advertisers – pharma and beauty groups such as L’Oreal, Sanofi and Reckitt – a flexible and attractive digital media reaching customers both inside and outside the point of sale. Already active in the field of pharmacy communication through its RNP subsidiary, Cegedim will bolster its digital activities by adding the leader in digital communication in pharmacy networks. Thanks to this acquisition, Cegedim will be strengthening its offering to pharmaceutical and cosmetics clients by offering the largest network of digital screens in pharmacies. In this competitive process Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Futuramedia and its shareholders.

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Ohana & Co advises Thakoon on its majority sale to the Chou family

Bright Fame Fashion Limited, the Hong Kong based family investment vehicle led by Vivian Chou, has acquired the Thakoon brand. Vivian is the daughter of billionaire textile mogul Silas Chou, who was a former investor in Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. Thakoon is the eponymous upscale clothing line of the designer Thakoon Panichgul who has designed ready-to-wear for first lady Michelle Obama among other public figures and celebrities. He also recently designed collections for GAP and Target. As part of the deal, Panichgul will continue in his role as chief creative officer and Maria Borromeo will remain chief executive officer of Thakoon USA. The Chou family takes a strategic approach to their fashion investments, which have been few and far between. Silas Chou is best known for transforming struggling entities like Tommy Hilfiger in 1989 and Michael Kors in 2003 into billion-dollar powerhouses. Beginning in early 2016, the company plans to adopt the buy-now wear-now operating model, whereby new styles will be introduced on a continuous basis rather than adhering to the traditional fashion calendar. While this real time fashion model has been successfully adopted in the mass and contemporary spaces, it has not yet been tried for designer level apparel. Ohana & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to Thakoon LLC and its shareholders.

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