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Juan Pereira leads the research team for Latin America from the New York office. He joined Inframation in 2016 and had been focusing primarily on greenfield activity and fundraising in the Spanish and Portuguese Speaking markets of the Americas. He started covering the Southern Cone activity, mainly Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Juan started his career in Uruguay where he worked in journalism and public affairs. He holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Universidad Catolica del Uruguay and a master’s degree in international finance by Columbia University.
Carlos Viana heads the Latin America Interest Group at White & Case. Market-leading project sponsors and developers, as well as financial institutions and equity and debt fund investors, look to Carlos for advice on the development and financing of major infrastructure, natural-resource, industrial and energy projects and portfolios across Latin America. He has recently played a leading role in a number of landmark mandates in Latin America, including: the SIC-SING interconnection project and the Huatacondo, Laberinto and San Juan renewable energy projects in Chile; the Longitudinal de La Sierra road project and the Matarani port expansion in Peru; the ongoing acquisition, development and equity and debt financings of various thermal and renewable energy projects in Mexico; the ongoing first international PPP financing in Paraguay; the acquisitions and/or refinancings in the capital markets and loan markets of various renewable energy projects in Uruguay; the financing of six RenovAr projects in Argentina as well as supporting the bids for various projects by a major international consortium in Round 1 of the Argentina Roads PPP program; and the Pecasa and Agua Clara renewable energy projects in the Domincan Republic.
Guillermo Bilbao is a LatAm energy and infrastructure expert at PA Consulting. Guillermo is focused on strategy and finance structuring for hard asset business. He has broad experience in strategy, business plan development, operations and performance improvement in oil & gas, power, and transport in Mexico. Before joining PA, Guillermo was the Manager of the Strategy & Management Consulting unit in Mexico of a multinational consulting firm. Guillermo has advised both governments and private companies on the transformation of the midstream business of PEMEX in a competitive market, financial structuring of investments in power generation, midstream facilities, and the national infrastructure plan for Mexico. His educational experience includes a degree in Industrial Engineering and a MBA by IESE University.
John Morton joined GIP as a Principal. He focuses on transportation sector in the Americas, including airports, ports and railroads. GIP’s transportation investments have included NTV Italo High Speed Rail in Italy, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Pacific National Rail, the Port of Brisbane, Terminal Investment Limited, and London City Airport. John is based in New York City.
Prior to joining GIP, Mr. Morton headed the Americas Transportation Infrastructure advisory practice at Credit Suisse. Mr. Morton has over 13 years of experience in strategic advisory of transportation infrastructure transactions in North America, South America and Europe. Over this period, he has sourced and executed debt, equity, hybrid capital and M&A transactions, on behalf of governments, financial investors, and corporations.
Mr. Morton holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, and M.B.A. from London Business School.
Nicolas joined Actis in 2011 and is part of the Energy team in Mexico covering Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. He participated in the monitoring and exit of Actis’ investments in Energuate and GME, and is part of the investment team for Zuma, Atlas (where he is investment manager) and Saavi Energia.Prior to Actis, he was an investment banker within Citigroup’s Latin America Investment Banking team from 2007 to 2010, where he focused on M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure space. He started his career in 2006 at BOT Consulting, a boutique strategy consulting firm in Colombia.Nicolas holds a BSc. in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Eduardo Rêdes is currently KPMG Partner and One Americas Infrastructure LATAM Investment Leader.He has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance with a wide activity in this area, serving companies from different sectors, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Evaluations, Restructuring, Structured Debt,Feasibility Studies, Strategic Planning and Business Plan, Strategic Location Studies, Trademark and Intangible Asset Valuation (IFRS) and Purchase Price Allocation Studies (PPA - IFRS 3).
Partho Sanyal, Managing Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Latin America Investment Banking Group, has approx 19 years of investment and merchant banking experience at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and has worked in over 25 countries. He joined the Firm in 2001 and has spent much of his time covering the broader infrastructure sector - including power generation and distribution, water and wastewater, electric transmission, renewable energy and waste and environmental services. Since 2013, Partho assumed responsibility for covering the Utilities and Industrials sectors in Latin America.
Partho has experience with advisory, capital raising and structured finance transactions. Since 2001, Partho has been involved in over 80 capital markets transactions that have raised approximately $100 billion in capital. His experience includes the €4.5 bn IPO of Iberdrola Renovables, €1.6 bn IPO of EDP Renovaveis, €2.3 bn IPO of Enel Green Power, the $431 mm IPO of NRG Yield and the $828 mm IPO of Abengoa Yield and capital raises for CPFL Energia, Renova Energia, Ameresco, Invenergy, US Geothermal, Clean Energy Fuels, Fuel Systems Solutions, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Abengoa, TAESA, Rotoplas, Aguas Andinas, Pampa Energia, and Covanta.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch & Co., Partho spent approx. 5 years at the World Bank Group, where he focused on advising Governments around the world on privatizations of their infrastructure assets in emerging markets.
Santhosh Rao is Head of Telecommunications Americas. Rao joined Natixis in 2016; prior to Natixis, Santhosh was a Director within the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking group at Deutsche Bank where he spent nine years covering a wide range of industries including Wireless Infrastructure, Enterprise Telecom and Pay TV / Cable.
Rao has advised clients across a broad range of products including M&A, debt and equity financing, and private placements. Rao has more than 15 years of experience advising clients in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors.
Kevin Smithen is a Managing Director and Head ofStrategy at Digital Bridge and Digital Colony,where he plays a leading role in the firm's co-investment efforts and globalcarrier customer relations. He has over 25 years of experience in globalcommunications services as well as infrastructure sectors.
Prior to joining Digital Bridge, Mr. Smithen worked in the equityresearch division of Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc., most recently as ManagingDirector, Telecom Services and Infrastructure and as Sector Head for TMT. Hehas been recognized by StarMine, Bloomberg and Institutional Investor as aleading analyst and thought leader.
Before joining Macquarie, Mr. Smithen was a portfolio manager forStetson Street Capital, a market-neutral TMT hedge fund in Chicago. Previously,he worked as a senior analyst and Portfolio Manager for the Lazard Global OpportunitiesFund and the Lazard TMT Advantage Fund. He was also the first investmentanalyst at Coatue Capital, a leading TMT sector hedge fund. Mr. Smithen beganhis career as an investment banker at Smith Barney, Inc. (Citigroup) in theirMedia and Telecommunications Group. Mr. Smithen earned a Bachelor of Arts inHistory, Middle East, and European Policy, magna cum laude, withDistinction from Duke University