Lazard & Co. Ltd
Group Executive, Human Capital and Workplace Innovation & COO of Financial Advisory
Alexandra Soto is a Managing Director at Lazard, Global COO of Financial Advisory with over 28 years of investment banking experience. Since 1st June 2019, she also serves as Group Executive Director, Human Capital and Workplace Initiatives with a primary focus on making Lazard the preeminent place to work for the best people in the financial services industry. As a Senior banker, she specialises in cross-border M&A transactions and has spent her career between London and Paris. She is currently based in London. She has been involved in numerous transactions over the years in private or public deals, allowing her to have a wide knowledge of all types of transactions across sectors with a strong focus on Consumer and Retail and luxury. In speciality retailing, she has been involved in several private/ public retail transactions (Nocibé, Douglas Holdings, Auchan, Boulanger, Saint Maclou, Vivarte, Kesa, Fnac/ Darty etc.), and e-retailers (YOOX/ net a porter, Ticketnet, Photobox). She has also been involved in a number of assignments for LVMH (acquisition of Glenmorangie and disposal of La Tribune, several Sephora projects), for Richemont (Watchfinder and other projects), for Saint-Gobain (disposal of Calmar, Terreal, capital increase, Sika, Verallia, défense), for Sodexo (share buy back, acquisition of Circles, of Score, of Zenhacker, acquisition in India, acquisition in Brazil, etc.), Air France KLM (several privatisation steps, on its tender offer for KLM, on the Alitalia financial restructuring and has structured the LBO on Amadeus GTD) and Smith Nephew (defence against activists and acquisitions of Osiris Therapeutics). Alexandra Soto joined Lazard in London in 1993 from Morgan Stanley in London, moved to Paris in 1999 and became a partner in 2000. Alexandra has always combined advisory roles with operational roles, having been subsequently COO of Lazard Paris, COO of Lazard Europe over the years. She graduated from France’s leading business school HEC (1990). Industry Group: Consumer and Retail/ Building materials/ Business services/ Airline/ Healthcare.