Michel Dyens

Michel Dyens, an independent director, is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michel Dyens & Co., which he founded over 25 years ago. With headquarters in New York and Paris, Michel Dyens & Co. is a leading independent investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions. Michel Dyens & Co. has vast experience in luxury goods, beauty, spirits and other premium branded consumer goods in which it has concluded numerous landmark deals. Michel Dyens & Co. has advised in such deals as the sale of the Grey Goose ultra-premium vodka brand to Bacardi, the acquisition of the luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot by LVMH, the sale of the Harry Winston to Aber Diamond Corporation and Boucheron to Kering. Michel Dyens & Co. represented the owners of Liaigre, the luxury furniture brand, in the sale to Symphony International and Navis Capital, and Casa Dragones, the ultra-premium tequila, in the sale to BDT Partners (Byron Trott).

Michel Dyens & Co. recently represented the owners of Buly, the luxury French fragrance and beauty brand, in the sale to LVMH and the owners of Blissim, the French leader in beauty subscription e-commerce, and online beauty retail for an investment by Raise Investissement. In addition, he has just sold We11done, the Korean contemporary fashion and lifestyle brand, to Sequoia Capital.

Michel Dyens & Co. was the exclusive advisor to Creed in the sale of the ultra-luxury fragrance company Creed BlackRock Long Term Private Capital, and represented Mr. ChinWook Lee, the founder and CEO of Dr. Jart+, in the sale of Have & Be Co. Ltd. to The Estée Lauder Companies. Michel Dyens & Co. also advised the owner of the ultra-luxury fragrance brand By Kilian, in the sale to Estée Lauder. Michel Dyens & Co. advised the shareholders of the largest independent hair color and hair care company in Brazil, Niely Cosmeticos in the sale of the company to L’Oréal, as well as the owner of the super-premium liqueur St-Germain in the sale of the brand to Bacardi, the Colomer Group (American Crew and CND/Shellac brands) in its sale to Revlon, and Sidney Frank Importing Company in the sale of the company to Jaegermeister. Other transactions include the sale of the Essie cosmetics business to L’Oréal, the sale of TIGI (BedHead and Catwalk brands) to Unilever, the luxury hair care brand Christophe Robin to The Hut Group, the thinning hair brand NIOXIN Research Laboratories to Procter & Gamble, John Frieda Professional Hair Care and Molton Brown to the Kao Corporation, the Svedka vodka brand to Constellation Brands and Chambord liqueur to Brown-Forman.

In the mission-driven field, Michel Dyens & Co. recently represented ClimateCare, a prominent UK carbon-offset business, in the sale to Averna Capital and represented the founders of Caboo Paper Products a Vancouver, Canada-based tree-free household paper products brand, for an investment by sustainability-focused venture capital firm Renewal Funds.

In healthy and premium food, Michel Dyens & Co. represented the Fairtrade and organic coffee brand Ethical Bean Coffee in the sale to Kraft Heinz, and as well as Alter Eco Americas, a leading organic chocolate brand, which it sold to NextWorld Evergreen.
From April 2004 to September 2014, Mr. Dyens was an independent director of Interparfums SA.