When taking on an assignment, we apply our knowledge and experience to understanding our client’s business and financing needs, assessing the feasibility of alternatives and opportunities. We pride ourselves on our personal, responsive approach to investment banking, which focuses on relationships, not transactions,
and is at the heart of Ohana & Co.’s core values.
Karine started her investment banking career at Société Générale, where she built the bank’s Luxury and Lifestyle M&A franchise. She joined her brother, Ariel Ohana, at Ohana & Co in 1998, as Co-Managing Partner. Leveraging her niche expertise and extensive network in the Luxury, Lifestyle, Beauty and Branded Goods sectors, she has advised a wide range of companies and international entrepreneurs, including: LVMH, Chanel, Amore Pacific, Puig, InterParfums, Diptyque, Lanvin, Eres, Coty, Procter & Gamble and Delta Galil, among many others.
Karine sits on the board of the listed shopping mall owner, Atrium, since 2015, after being a board member of Citycon from 2013 to 2015, and On Entertainment, an independent film production company (The Little Prince, July 2015).
Very involved in social and cultural activities, Karine sits on the boards of the Museum of Design in Israel and the Education Council of the American Skin Association in New York. In partnership with the United Nations in New York, she founded Success for Progress, an annual luncheon honoring entrepreneurs who use their success to promote social, environment and humanitarian causes. Karine was selected to participate in the Forbes Women Summit in 2013 (‘Driving Change’) and 2015 (‘Women Entrepreneurs’). She was also listed by Time magazine as one of the most influential women in Fashion (2004).
Karine graduated from the Université Paris-Dauphine (BA & MBA) and divides her time between Paris and New York.
Ariel founded Ohana & Co. in 1994. In the more than 20 years since, he has spearheaded the firm’s growth from a Paris based M&A boutique with primarily French clients to a global investment bank advising some of the most prestigious corporations in the world, including Procter & Gamble, VF Corp, Coty, AmorePacific, Mondadori, Omega Pharma and LVMH, as well as private equity funds, business owners and management teams. Ariel has represented clients in Japan, Korea, US, France, Italy and many more countries in the luxury & consumer goods, media & internet, healthcare and energy sectors in over 100 transactions. He currently sits on the board of several companies in France and the US.
Ariel holds a graduate degree from HEC School of Management (Jouy-en-Josas, France), is a CEMS Master graduate (joint degree with ESADE, Barcelona) and holds a graduate degree (DESS) in Business Law and International Tax Law from the Université de Paris. He is still very much involved in the life of HEC: he served as professor of the M&A techniques course for 15 years and is part of the club of largest donors of the HEC Foundation.
Ariel divides his time primarily between Paris and Los Angeles.
Aimée joined Ohana & Co. in early 2015 to help expand the firm’s financial advisory practice in the US. She has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, primarily focused on transactions in the personal care and branded consumer space for companies including Jane Cosmetics, Laura Geller Beauty, KidFresh Frozen Meals for Kids, InMotion Entertainment, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Rembrandt Toothpaste & Whitening Products, Revlon, Sigerson Morrison and Vitamin Water.
Prior to joining Ohana & Co., Aimée was a Special Advisor to Peter J Solomon Company for six years and head of the New York office of Sage LLC for two years. She began her investment banking career at Lehman Brothers where she spent nine years as a generalist in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions.
Aimée is a graduate of Yale College (BA), the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA in the History of Art) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA). Before entering business school, she was a museum professional and held curatorial positions at the Tate Gallery, London, the Yale Center for British Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Aimée is based in New York.