Evan Merali

Managing Director

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Evan joined Financo’s London office in 2014, and he leads the firm’s European activities. He has 13 years of experience advising businesses across several categories, including Beauty & Personal Care, E-Commerce, Fashion & Apparel and Leisure. Evan’s expertise includes M&A, growth capital raises, equity and debt capital markets transactions and restructuring.

Prior to joining Financo, Evan was a member of the European Retail and Consumer Group at Jefferies. Before that, he worked at the consumer-focused investment bank, McQueen, and he began his career at Credit Suisse. Evan received an MSc in Chemistry from Oxford University.

What was your first job, and how has it influenced you today?

I worked as a sales assistant in a shoe shop in a busy London airport terminal. I have to admit, I quite enjoyed the hustle of making sales and earning commission!

What attracted you to Financo?

I was particularly attracted to Financo’s unique focus on the consumer sector. The seamless interaction of our teams across our New York and London offices creates a very powerful platform for advising clients and executing global transactions. Financo is such an inspiring place to work, and I truly believe that my coworkers are the best in the business.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

When I was just starting my career, my parents told me: “Do what you love – life is too short not to.”

Where can we find you when you’re outside the office?

Outside! I am a huge fan of the outdoors, and I love getting out and hitting the road for a long run or bike ride. If it’s raining, I’ll settle for the gym!

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