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Adi J. Blum is a Managing Director of the BlackRock Real Assets group within BlackRock Alternative Investors. Mr. Blum is responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the energy infrastructure sector.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2017, Mr. Blum was a Managing Director on the Energy Infrastructure team at First Reserve. Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, Mr. Blum was a Vice President at High Road Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to High Road Capital Partners, he was an Associate in Citigroup Markets & Banking’s Mergers & Acquisitions group.
Mr. Blum earned a B.S. from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in 2000 and an M.B.A. from New York University, Stern School of Business in 2006.
Rafael Matas Trillo is presently Head of the Andean Region in the Infrastructure and Energy Division of IDB Invest, based at IDB Invest’s head-office. He has been working for the IDB Group since 2007, mainly structuring transportation, renewable energy and water and sanitation project finance transactions in Latin-America. Mr. Matas has special expertise obtained in the Andean Region and Southern Cone, structuring complex energy and infrastructure transactions in Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. He was also based at IDB’s representative office in the Dominican Republic for four years, where he structured PPP transactions in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
A Spanish national, he has received awards for innovative project finance execution, such as 2016 and 2019 Latin Finance Deals of the Year (Colonia Arias Wind Farm in Uruguay and BRK Ambiental in Brazil), 2017 and 2020 IJ Global Deals of the Year (Melo-Tacuarembó transmission line in Uruguay and BRK Ambiental in Brazil), and the 2017 and 2018 Bonds and Loans Latin America Deals of the Year (El Corti Wind Farm in Argentina and Santa Vitoria do Palmar Wind in Brazil).
Previous to the IDB Group, Mr. Matas worked for the Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in its Hong Kong office for two years, managing the Spanish desk of the BBVA in China, and mainly devoting to corporate finance transactions.
He has a Law Degree and LLM by ESADE (Spain) and a Master in Foreign Service by Georgetown University.
Alex is Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at John Laing. John Laing is a greenfield equity investor focussing on infrastructure and energy projects. Its core markets are Europe, North America and Australia. Alex works with the company leadership to develop John Laing's strategy for investments, funding, and new markets. In addition, Alex is responsible for developing John Laing’s relationships with its key partners such as other sponsors, co-investors, banks, institutional lenders and advisors. Alex has been with John Laing for 9 years and prior to his current role Alex headed up the Project Finance team at the company.
Cristhyan Rey is an Executive Director within the Latin America Power & Renewables team at SMBC New York Branch. Cristhyan joined SMBC in September 2015 to continue leading the origination and execution of structured financing solutions within the Latin America power sector team.
Cristhyan has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry including 14 years in the origination, structuring and execution of financial advisory, project finance, acquisition finance and structured debt transactions across several sectors in Latin America and the US. Prior to joining SMBC, Cristhyan worked for Espirito Santo Investment Bank's Origination and Structured Finance group and for WestLB’s Global Energy Team where he focused on project finance and advisory services in the Americas.
Notable transactions in which Cristhyan recently performed a key role were: USD 566 million financings for the 630 MW Huemul Energia wind and solar power portfolio in Chile, USD 580 million financings for the 571 MW Condor Energia wind and solar power portfolio in Chile, USD 435 million financing for the 332 MW AELA wind power portfolio in Chile; USD 620 million credit facilities for the 874MW Tierra Mojada combined cycle power plant in Mexico; USD 196 million credit facilities for the 100MW El Pelicano Solar PV plant in Chile; a financial advisory for the financing of the Norte II combined cycle power plant in Mexico, among others.
Cristhyan is fluent in English and Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, holds a Bachelor and Licentiate degree in Economics from the University of Costa Rica and was a CFA Charterholder from 2006 to 2018.
Prior to joining EXUS in 2020, Luis founded EIRA Capital, an investment platform that focuses on Energy and Infrastructure transactions in Mexico, and selected countries in Latin America. Also, Luis was previously part of Macquarie, where he spent more than seven years in the Macquarie Capital and Macquarie Funds divisions, working on fund capital raising, equity investments, and asset management activities, as well as third party advisory on energy and infrastructure transactions in Mexico and Latin America. During his years at Macquarie, he also held board positions in the several investments made by Macquarie which covered energy, PPPs, roads, and telecom companies.
Luis' previous involvement at financial institutions includes positions in the investment banking teams of Deutsche Bank's M&A group in New York, and Citibank's Banamex Accival M&A group in Mexico.
In addition, Luis currently participates as: (i) Independent Member of the Investment Committee of INFONAVIT's Investment Fund; (ii) independent board member of COX Energy Americas; (iii) independent board member of SIMPATI Mobile; and (iv) founder of Fundación Reversible, a new charitable foundation focused on global warming issues.
Luis holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU in New York, and a BA in Accounting and Finance from ITESM in Mexico.
Michael is a partner at Actis, Mexico.
Michael’s early career was at Arthur Andersen and NM Rothschild & Sons, based in Mexico. He undertook an internship at Actis in 2007 and then rejoined the firm in 2008. Michael holds an MBA with distinction from the London Business School; was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and has a Major in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Eduardo Klepacz is a Managing Director of GTIS, and is the head of the firm's Brazil Infrastructure business.
Mr. Klepacz has more than 10 years of experience in infrastructure investment. For the three years prior to joining GTIS, Mr. Klepacz was instrumental in the creation of Cubico Sustainable Investments (“Cubico”), where he acted as CEO of Brazil, managing a portfolio of renewable energy projects with $350 million in equity investments (620MW) and led a team of more than 90 employees. During this period, Mr. Klepacz closed one of the most notable transactions in the sector, the acquisition of a $620 million portfolio of wind projects from Casa dos Ventos. While at Cubico, he was also a member of the Global Investment and the Global Risk/HSE Committees. Cubico is a global renewable energy company with more than 2.4GW of installed capacity across eight countries.
Before joining Cubico, Mr. Klepacz was the Head of Capital Structuring at Santander Bank, responsible for proprietary investments in renewable energy. For eight years at Santander he managed 1.4GW of equity investments in various stages of development, both from the São Paulo and Madrid offices, and helped turn Santander into a key player in the energy sector.
Mr. Klepacz spent the initial phase of his career at AmBev (currently AB Inbev) coordinating a new methodology for electronic payments and later Mr. Klepacz joined Saint Gobain as Manager of the Norton's treasury – Brazil.
Mr. Klepacz received a degree in Economics from ibmec (Insper) and Executive Education from the Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley.
Fernando Rodriguez Marin advises developers, investors and financial institutions on infrastructure, energy and real estate projects. He represents clients in project finance and public private partnership (P3) transactions, including roads, rail, brownfield and greenfield infrastructure projects and renewable energy projects. In addition, Fernando negotiates, drafts and reviews P3, concession and credit agreements on behalf of government agencies, private businesses and investors.
Fernando has extensive experience in Latin American and Spanish matters. He has represented government agencies, consortiums and financial institutions in financings and infrastructure projects in many Latin American jurisdictions including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Central America. For 15 years, Fernando led a practice in Spain, which concentrated on real estate, corporate and financial matters.
Emilio is Director and responsible for infrastructure investments in Latin America.
Emilio joined Ardian in 2019. Previously, Emilio worked as an Investment Banking Director at Banchile Citi in Santiago. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley’s LatAm M&A team in New York. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was Head of Structured Finance among other roles at the global power generation company, AES, in Chile. Emilio started his career at IM Trust, a Chilean investment bank.
Emilio studied Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Abraham Prada is an Executive Director in the Infrastructure Finance and Advisory Group at J.P. Morgan. Abraham works on greenfield and brownfield transactions across the infrastructure, power and energy sectors in emerging markets.
Over Abraham’s 10 years as a Structured Finance Banker, he has been involved on numerous Corporate, Project Finance and M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, acting as either Financial Advisor or Lead Arranger.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2017, Abraham worked as a Vice President in the Project Finance desk at Natixis. He started his career at the Inter-American Development Bank in the Structured and Corporate Finance Department.
Abraham, a Bolivian native, holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Universidad Privada Boliviana.
A graduate in law and business management and administration (ICADE), Carlos’ career has taken him to various places: investment, sales, business development and finance; in various industries. He is currently ROADIS Country Manager in Mexico, where he manages a large group of professionals divided into two road concessions: CAMS and COPEXA. He also seeks ROADIS opportunities for growth in the country, and he always keeps abreast of new developments to precisely manage the operations of a key country amongst the markets where ROADIS currently operates.
Mr. Gabriel Ervilha is currently the Head of InvestorsRelations Department at BNDES. Previously, he had a passage as Director of promotion of Infrastructure at the Ministry of Infrastructure, being responsible for running the Mercantile Navy’s and the Civil Aviation’s Funds aswell as the privatization efforts of the Ministry. At BNDES Gabriel worked at the Debt in Capital Markets division managing a portfolio of infrastructure debentures.Mr. Ervilha has also a large track record structuring PPPs and Privatizationprojects with experiences in different segments of infrastructure, suchas logistics/transportation, waste management and energy. Gabriel holds a BSc. anda MSc. in Economics (UnB - Universidade de Brasilia) and an MBA (IESE business school).
Victor Muñoz is an Operating Partner, responsible for the origination, analysis, structuring and execution of investments within Latin America. He brings 26 years of experience to the firm. Victor is a member of the Valuation Committee, the Power Deal Team and the Mining Deal Team.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Prior to joining Denham, Victor was a Director at PSEG Global, a Manager at Enron North America and an Associate at Chase Securities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mining Ventures Brasil Ltda., Stellar Mining, Santiago Metals and Rio Energy.
He received a Bachelor of Science from Los Andes University in Colombia and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Felipe Lima is the CEO of Arcadis (leading global natural and built asset design & consultancy firm with over 28,000 people that generate more than €3,5 billion in revenues) for Latin America and Brazil. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering, he has more than 20 years of experience in national and global companies, with vast leadership experience in the Americas and expertise in corporate finance and management, covering the energy, infrastructure, oil and gas, and mining industries. Prior to joining the Arcadis team, he held positions as Executive Director and Board Member in Promon Group (a Brazilian conglomerate with business in Engineering, Project management and IT solutions integrator), including three years as CEO of Promon Engenharia. In his professional career, he also served as a Board Member of the Investment Committee of P2 Infrastructure Fund (a JV between Promon and Patria/Blackstone), the largest Infra/PE fund in Latin America. He has also served as CFO of Votorantim Cimentos in North America and as Vice President of Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney in the United States.
Steven Sonnenstein is a Managing Director at Digital Colony. Mr. Sonnenstein is an accomplished telecommunications infrastructure executive with over 24 years of global mergers and acquisitions, asset management and operations experience. Mr. Sonnenstein is responsible for the origination, evaluation, completion, and ongoing asset management of new investments for Digital Colony on a global basis.
Prior to joining Digital Colony, Mr. Sonnenstein was a Senior Director at Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, where he created a telecommunications infrastructure asset class within the broader infrastructure group.
Before joining PSP Investments, Mr. Sonnenstein worked for Brookfield Asset Management in its Private Equity and Infrastructure Groups with a particular focus on and experience in South America. Prior to that, Mr. Sonnenstein spent several years working in mergers and acquisitions and distressed advisory.
Mr. Sonnenstein shares management oversight of Andean Telecom Partners and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aptum Technologies, Highline do Brasil, Beanfield Metroconnect and Wildstone.
Mr. Sonnenstein received a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in 1996 and a post graduate degree in Chartered Accountancy.
Ramon Candia is Chief Investment Officer with CIFI, a financial institution providing debt products in the Caribbean and Latin America to infrastructure projects. Founded in 2001, the company has participated in more than 160 projects in the region. Ramon has over 18 years of experience mostly in infrastructure, debt financing and private equity. Ramon has been actively investing in companies and infrastructure projects in different regions of the world.
Laura Botero is Loan Portfolio Manager at FDN, the Colombian national infrastructure bank. Her team is responsible for overseeing 30+ loan transactions worth more than USD2 billion in sectors such as highways, energy, BRT systems and urban development. She has served as structuring director and project manager in infrastructure projects for more than 10 years. Botero studied business administration in Colombia and holds a MsC in international and development economics at UNIVERSITÉ CATOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN and UNIVERSITÉ DE NAMUR in Belgium.
Victor Tâmega is a senior manager at Brazilian asset manager firm Rio Bravo Investimentos, currently leading investments efforts in infrastructure. He has more than 10 years of experience with local infrastructure, mainly power, performing roles as regulatory consultant, project developer and rating analyst, covering more than USD 2 billion project issuances worldwide. He holds a BA in Economics form University of Sao Paulo and is a 2021 CFA L3 candidate.
Thomaz Favaro is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Control Risks’ political risk consulting business in Brazil and the Southern Cone, with management responsibility for the analyst team in São Paulo. He supports clients to successfully manage risks across their regional operations through a range of consulting solutions, including market entry studies, political and regulatory analysis, threat monitoring programs, stakeholder mapping exercises, and the development of corporate risk analysis programs. He was previously an analyst and consultant on our Latin America analyst team based in Bogotá and London.