Meya Laraqui

Head of M&A / Corporate Development, Director at Kite

New York, United States


Leading Corp Dev @ Kite.co | Wharton MBA | Startup Enthusiast | Driving Growth at the Intersection of Strategy + Finance + Partnerships 🚀

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 10 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Communication Services Consumer Discretionary Consumer Staples Energy Financials FinTech Health Care Industrials Information Technology Materials Real Estate Utilities


Skilled in: Corporate Development, Due Diligence, Legal, Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A

Languages: English, French

Work Experience


Head of M&A / Corporate Development, Director



- 1/2/2024

Kite is high-growth tech commerce startup, backed by Juxtapose + Blackstone, investing in and scaling high-potential companies I lead defining and executing our corporate development strategy, reporting directly to the CEO, and closed two investments - Drive the entire cross-functional deal flow process, from ideation to evaluation, sourcing, negotiating, due diligence, competitive analysis, integration, legal, strategic and financial planning - Established and built the function from the ground up: setting up cross-functional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), key metrics for tracking and framework for investment decision making - Built robust and agile sourcing machine: 85% proprietary deal flow: 700+ deals reviewed ($4bn+ revenue) - Hired and manage a high-performing team of 3 associates - Conducted industry research to identify opportunities aligning with strategic priorities, leading to the decision to take a category-focused approach to beauty & wellness. - Established strategic partnerships with a network of 100+ players, including investment banks, VCs, brands, service providers, and competitors. - Present bi-weekly business cases, providing strategic and financial analysis to the board and C-Suite, resulting in the deployment of $6M - Conduct post-close reviews, develop case studies and playbooks to instill a culture of continuous improvement


M&A Manager



- 30/11/2022

Thrasio is a high-growth startup acquiring eCommerce consumer product brands I led strategic investments to deploy $210M+ and acquire 16 eCommerce companies, managing end-to-end the M&A process from Letter of Intent (LOI) to close, including cross-functional operational audits, negotiations, legal, integration planning and financial & strategic planning - Hired and managed a team of 5 associates and analysts - Drove efficient cross-functional processes with a 57-day average deal timeline - Owned relationship with sellers and brokers, strategically navigating communications for a successful close without sacrificing diligence and while maintaining strong relationships with all parties - Led strategic business development: closed largest deal, resulting in a significant improvement to scale and margin, and a strategic investment that doubled the Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) portfolio and acquired valuable know-how - Investments include: The Hate Stains Company, Nippies / B-Six, SafeRest, Dermora

Morgan Stanley

Investment Banking Associate, Consumer & Retail



- 1/5/2020

I received a full-time return offer after 2017 Summer Associate I partnered with consumer & retail clients, c-Suite and founders, to provide strategic financial advice and execute transactions: - Financial Analysis and Modeling: Conducted in-depth financial analysis, including discounted cash flow (DCF), precedent transactions, and comparable company analyses and owned financial models for strategic planning - Deal Execution: Played key role in the end-to-end deal execution process, from initial client pitches to closing transactions and collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure successful due diligence, legal documentation and deal closing - Client Relationship Management: cultivated and maintained strong relationships with clients - Pitching and Presentation: Developed and presented pitch books, offering memoranda, and other client-facing materials, effectively communicating complex financial concepts to clients and internal stakeholders - Market Research: Conducted extensive market research to identify potential investment opportunities and market trends and analyzed industry reports


Private Equity Associate



- 1/6/2016

Triago is a global placement agent that raises institutional capital for private equity funds I sourced and led coverage of 90+ institutional investors, conducted due diligence on 16 prospective fundraising clients and managed fundraising processes reporting directly to client partners - Promoted from Analyst to Associate in 2015 - Pitched “green light” recommendations to management on two prospects, both approved and raised $150M+ - Sourced new fundraising client: owned client relationship, managed process internally and developed marketing materials - Closed $7M investment from an institutional investor for a first time US lower mid-market turnaround fund


The Wharton School



- 31/1/2018

University of Pennsylvania



- 31/1/2012

Università Bocconi



- 31/1/2010

Lycee Francais De New York



- 31/1/2008

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