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Company Overview of Financo, Inc.

Company Overview

Financo, Inc. is a boutique investment-banking firm that provides financial advisory services to the merchandising industries. The firm offers merger, acquisition, divestiture, investments, private placements, and restructuring advisory services. Additionally, Financo invests in the merchandising sector through its investment arm, Mercantile Capital Partners. It caters to retail, apparel, fashion, footwear, cosmetic, fragrance, e-commerce, and consumer products industries. Financo was founded in 1971 and is based in New York, New York.

600 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022

United States

Founded in 1971





Key Executives for Financo, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Founder and Chairman
Age: 73
Chief Financial Officer
Managing Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Financo, Inc. Key Developments

Financo, Inc. Announces Management Appointments

Financo, Inc. announced the promotion of Vennette Ho to Managing Director, effective immediately. The company also announced the appointment of two new Managing Directors, Timothy Dahms and Audrey Kirdar, effective October 2 and November 5, 2012, respectively. Vennette Ho will continue to be responsible for the firm's Personal Care and Beauty coverage effort. Since joining Financo in 2004, she has worked on a number of high profile transactions in the beauty space, including the sale of Laura Mercier to Alticor, purchase of Stila by Sun Capital Partners, the Perfumania acquisition of Parlux and the recapitalization of e.l.f. Cosmetics by TSG Consumer Partners. Prior to joining Financo, Ms. Ho was an Equity Research Associate at Lazard Capital Markets, where she covered the retail industry. Ms. Ho began her career at Bloomingdale's as part of the merchandising program. Timothy Dahms will lead Financo's expanded coverage into hardgoods retailing, discount retail, sporting goods and athletic footwear and apparel. Dahms most recently served as a senior member of the Retail Investment Banking team at Moelis & Company. Audrey Kirdar brings over 15 years of investment banking experience to Financo. Ms. Kirdar will be responsible for apparel specialty retail, wholesale apparel and department store coverage and will assist with the enhancement of the firm's cross-border expertise and build-out of its European operations. Most recently, she spent 10 years at Rothschild Inc., in the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Group, specializing in consumer, retail and apparel.

Financo, Inc. Announces Management Appointments

Financo, Inc. announced that Gilbert W. Harrison, company's Chairman and Founder, announced that John A. Berg and Colin S.A. Welch have agreed to make a significant investment in Financo, thus providing the capital to expand its resources and capabilities and positioning the firm for accelerated growth. In connection with their investment, Mr. Berg has joined the company as CEO and Mr. Welch will continue as President and COO, and will be named CEO of Financo's London-based European operations. Mr. Berg most recently served as a General Partner focusing on consumer investments for Weston Presidio Capital.

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