Vennette Ho

Managing Director at Financo LLC

Vennette Ho

Vennette Ho

Managing Director at Financo LLC

Biography

Vennette Ho is a Managing Director at Financo, having started in 2004, and is responsible for origination and relationship management of corporate and sponsor clients. Her expertise covers a broad range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged recapitalizations, fairness opinions and growth capital raises, with a specialization in the beauty and personal care sectors. Prior to Financo, Ms. Ho worked at Lazard as an equity research associate covering retail and apparel companies including Wal-Mart, Limited Brands, Jones Apparel Group, Costco, Saks, and Target. She began her career in the Bloomingdale's Executive Training Program.



Ms. Ho’s selected M&A transaction advisory experience includes the following:

* Purchase of Stila by Sun Capital Partners
* Sale of Lillian Vernon to Sun Capital Partners
* Sale of Rosetti Handbags to Li & Fung
* Sale of Laura Mercier to Alticor
* Recapitalization of Haskell Jewels by Holding Capital
* Sale of Hot Sox to Renfro Corporation
* Sale of Superba to Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation
* Purchase of Adrienne Victoria by Cache, Inc.
* Advisor to the Independent Board of Directors of Perfumania in merger with Model Reorg
* Sale of Planet Sox to Creo Capital Partners
* Sale of Andrew Marc to G-III Apparel Design
* Purchase of Steuben Glass by Schottenstein Stores Corporation
* Recapitalization of e.l.f. Cosmetics by TSG Consumer Partners
* Advisors to the Independent Board of Directors of Perfumania in acquisition of Parlux
* Recapitalization of Soft Surroundings by Brentwood Associates

Ms. Ho graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics. She received her M.B.A. at Columbia Business School, graduating with honors.

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Chairman-Fashion Division at UJA-Federation of New York

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Former President at iMedia Brands, Inc.

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Group President, Acquisitions at L'Oréal USA, Inc.

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Head, Fashion at Amazon.com, Inc.

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Education
MBA, Honors

Columbia Business School (CBS) is the business school of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1916 to provide business training and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students. It is one of six Ivy League business schools and its admission process is among the most selective of top business schools.

BA in History & Economics, magna cum laude

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

Career History
Managing Director
2004 - Current

Since 1971, Financo has been committed solely to the Retail & Consumer sectors. In this time, we have completed more transactions in the sector than any other investment bank or advisory firm. We’ve cultivated an invaluable network of relationships and we’ve built a successful roster of clients that seek our services, again and again. Many of our bankers have tenure in the industry as operators as well as advisors, holding senior executive positions in retail and consumer companies. Our highly focused specialization allows us to provide insights that would be missed by a traditional investment bank and to create greater value for our clients. And because we are a boutique firm, we have the agility to adapt quickly to the needs, style, and goals of each individual client. Financo was founded by Gilbert Harrison in 1971. Since selling the firm to Lehman Brothers/American Express in 1985 and buying it back in 1989, Financo has built a reputation for providing independent, unbiased and client-focused service. Today, with the addition of John Berg and his expertise in investment banking and private equity with a focus on retail and consumer sectors, together with Colin Welch’s global perspective with close to 20 years of experience in the retail and consumer sectors, both domestically, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Financo’s financial expertise and global footprint has never been stronger. Each January, during the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo, three hundred internationally-known executives join us in New York City for Financo’s CEO seminar and networking event. This is one of the most well-attended events in the industry, and is just one example of Financo’s prominent role as a leading investment bank in the retail and consumer sectors. Industry Sub-Sector Specialization Personal Care & Beauty • Retail • Direct-to-Consumer • Apparel & Accessories • Footwear • Hard Goods

Equity Research Associate
Prior

Lazard Ltd is a preeminent financial advisory and asset management company. The company operates through the following segments: Financial Advisory and Asset Management. The Financial Advisory segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients across the globe a wide array of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising and various other financial matters. The Asset Management segment offers a broad range of global investment solutions and investment management services in equity and fixed income strategies, alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds, sovereign entities, endowments and foundations, labor union funds, financial intermediaries and private clients. Lazard was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Board Member
Current

Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. is a nonprofit company headquartered in New York, NY. The firm engages in conducting events that develop careers and knowledge of the beauty industry.The company says this about itself: CEW is an international organization of 10,000 individual members representing a cross section of beauty and related businesses. The composition of membership includes leading brands, indies, retailers, media and suppliers. CEW's primary purpose is to provide programs online and in person to develop careers and knowledge of the beauty industry. CEW provides opportunities to connect and gain industry knowledge through networking events, trend reports, industry newsletters, interactive workshops and industry leader talks.

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PVH Corp. purchases Superba, Inc. from KarpReilly LLC

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Vennette Ho is affiliated with Financo LLC, Lazard Ltd., Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc.

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