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Founder & Managing Director


Ms. Berry is a Managing Director and Founder of Vendôme Global Partners, a New York-based strategic Mergers & Acquisitions advisory services firm focused on the Luxury, Beauty and Premium Branded Consumer industries on a global basis.

Ms. Berry was the Head of Corporate Finance North America at BNP Paribas for 20 years and previously was the Founder of Vendôme & Company, a cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions boutique, which she sold to BNP in 1989. Ms. Berry has over 30 years of cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions experience, and has originated and executed domestic and cross-border buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions with a focus on the Consumer Products, Luxury, Retail and Food & Beverage sectors. She serves as the President of the Board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce New York, as well as its 20 Chapters across the U.S. She is also a foreign trade advisor to the French government (Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur).

Ms. Berry has provided Mergers & Acquisitions services to a variety of global corporations including: BIC, Birks, Carrera y Carrera, Coty, Estée Lauder, JAKKS Pacific, Kering, Kraft, Labelux, Lactalis, L’Oréal, Le Creuset, Markor Home Furnishings,  Mattel, Natura, Newell Rubbermaid, Nu Skin Enterprises, Redcats, Swarovski, VF Corporation and Vivendi, among others.

Ms. Berry is a founding member and former President of the HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Business School Alumni Group in New York, as well as a former board member of the Friends of HEC, which is responsible for the school’s U.S. Capital Campaign. In 2008, Ms. Berry received from HEC Paris the Woman-of-the-Year Achievement Award, Prix Trajectoire au Féminin, as well as the French Government’s highest level of distinguished recognition, that of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor, personally presented by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

An American citizen born in New York, Ms. Berry was raised in France, where she lived for 15 years. She received an M.B.A. from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Paris) and a Licence ès Economie (Bachelor of Science equivalent) from Paris X (Nanterre).

Ms. Berry’s transactions include the following:

  • Laboratoires Expanscience / Mustela acquisition of Babo Botanicals
  • Dries Van Noten sale to Puig
  • Birks Group sale of Mayor’s Jewelers to The Watches of Switzerland Group
  • J. Mendel sale to Stallion / Dennis Basso
  • Montres Corum sale to Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group
  • Pernod Ricard sale of Wild Turkey to Gruppo Campari
  • JAKKS Pacific acquisition of the Disguise dress-up business, a subsidiary of Cesar
  • American Leather sale to Argosy Private Equity
  • Joseph sale to Onward Kashiyama
  • JAB Holdings (Labelux) acquisition of Bally
  • Laboratoires Vendôme sale to Johnson & Johnson
  • Pochet sale of the Lalique crystal and luxury goods business to Art & Fragrance
  • Laboratoire Oenobiol sale to Sanofi­aventis
  • Kraft Foods sale of Cadbury's Kandia­Excelent chocolate to Oryxa Capital
  • Vivendi Universal sale of the film, television and theme park businesses to General Electric Company’s subsidiary National Broadcasting Company
  • François Pinault / Artemis sale of Prime Equipment to Investcorp
  • BIC acquisition of the minority interest not already owned in BIC Corporation