2019 Panel Speakers
Mario is a Director with AV&Co., where he has worked since 2006. His areas of expertise include business, sales and marketing strategy development, and operations planning and optimization.
Mario is an expert in the telecommunications and technology space, with a special focus on the wireless sector and all its value chain. His recent work for clients includes developing marketing and sales strategies for domestic and international telecommunications providers for both consumers and businesses, restructuring and increasing the value of existing commercial operations, supporting private investors with transactions, and developing new business models to bring emerging technologies like M2M and OTT Video to market. Mario’s project experience includes leading numerous engagements in North America, Latin America and Europe.
Ahmad Al-Sati focuses on special situation private investments in emerging markets. He has more than 15 years of direct experience in credit analysis, bankruptcy investing, restructurings, private equity and rescue finance.
Prior to his time at Albright Capital, Mr. Al-Sati was responsible for energy and international portfolios and led the restructuring efforts at Plainfield Asset Management. His previous experience also includes origination, negotiation and execution of transactions in almost 20 jurisdictions on ad hoc and official creditor committees. His expertise includes restructurings and debt to equity conversions, identifying and evaluating distressed and deep value opportunities and determining the effects of restructurings, corporate events and litigation on the value of securities.
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.
Deborah serves as EY’s Americas Industry Leader and also Americas Oil and Gas leader. Deborah previously was the Houston Office Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the EY Americas Oil & Gas Tax Group and the Transactions Advisory Group in the Southwest Region where she focused on Energy transactions.
Deborah is a member of the Americas Markets Executive Committee and leads our Industry Markets leaders across our Americas region. Her core responsibilities include setting strategic growth goals informed by economic and industry trends in each of the key market sectors, advising the EY executive board to shape near term and long term investment decisions on resources and technology solutions, and recruiting and developing leadership talent for client serving teams.
Deborah continues to directly serve clients in strategic transactions and has significant experience working with US and non-US based global firms, private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds. With over 30 years of experience, she is also highly versed in cross border transactions, reviewing tax and economic considerations in transactions involving complex Joint Ventures and corporate structuring projects, including initial review related to proof of concept, tax modeling, and structuring and execution of initial IPO, and a deep knowledge in tax and economic issues surrounding development of gas shale reserves in North America, Global LNG development projects and the impact of these developments on the Power sector.
Deborah is a frequent speaker (and writer) on oil and gas industry issues, as well as on the the challenges in our new era of energy transition. Deborah has been published and/or has appeared in Oil and Gas Investor, Oil & Gas Journal, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Platts, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox News, New York Times, Houston Chronicle’s FuelFix, the Houston Business Journal, Oil & Gas Monitor, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and others.
Deborah received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University. Deborah is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs and is licensed in Texas. Deborah is also on the Board of Directors of Baker Ripley, Advisory Council member for the Bi-lateral Chamber and was previously a Board member of United Way and Greater Houston Partnership.
Jorge Camiña joined Allianz Global Investors in June 2016 as Director within the Infrastructure Debt team based in New York. Prior to joining, Camiña was Head of the Project & Acquisition Finance Group for Santander Global Corporate Banking in New York, leading a team responsible for the origination and structuring of non-recourse financing in North America, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy in the US and Canadian markets. Camiña joined Santander in 2005 and held several positions and responsibilities at the Non-Recourse Financing Credit Group in Madrid and with the Corporate Syndicate Loans group in New York. Camiña’s background includes experience across different geographies, having worked on Latin American, US and European transactions, and segments ranging from Corporate Loans to Project Finance and Leverage Buyouts. Prior to joining Santander Camiña was with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria at the M&A Advisory Group in Madrid. Camiña initiated his career with Arthur Andersen and before that with ABN Amro Bank.
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.
Mario Fernandez is the Head of Latin American Energy Principal Investments at Macquarie Capital. He has over 10 years of experience in project development, structuring, and financing. His most recent experience includes, successfully leading the restructuring, acquisition, and financing for the Norte III CCGT plant in Mexico. Having raised both equity and US$700m+ in project financing from 10 international financial institutions for the project. Previously, he was the CFO for Trafigura’s US$900m+ Colombia Fluvial Logistics System project, leading the structuring and financing of $450m of fluvial equipment for the project. Mario led and structured the financing with the participation of 12 international, regional and local banks.
Tony Gordon is involved in all aspects of AVAIO’s investment and operational activities. Mr. Gordon represents AVAIO as a board member of Mexico Pacific Limited, LLC.
Mr. Gordon has over 30 years of experience investing in real assets, having built global platform investment vehicles targeted at power; midstream; oil field services; clean coal; emissions risk management; and renewables.
Mr Gordon's focus areas include Energy, Water and ESG
Leonardo Hernandez, Director at Marathon Capital, has over 15 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience focused on the energy sector and Latin America. Throughout his career, Mr. Hernandez has successfully completed M&A and financing transactions totaling over $18 billion in value.
José Virgílio co-heads the practice with José Prado. He is a leading lawyer in project finance, M&A and PPPs in regulated sectors such as transport, oil & gas, power, sanitation, urban and social infrastructure.
Partner of Demarest’s Infrastructure area, Paloma Valéria Martins Lima has Bachelor’s Degree in Law by Largo São Francisco’s Law School (USP) and has specialization in Corporate Governance by Stanford University (USA). She has regulatory and contractual expertise in large-scale infrastructure projects related to various sectors, including energy, oil and gas, shipyards and transportation (subway, railways, highways, ports and airports). She also has broad experience with financial institutions, multilateral organizations, investors and large companies working, performing her works mainly in project finance and structured operations.
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Alejandro Olivo heads the Sub-Sovereign, Project and Utilities teams of analysts covering the sector’s issuers in Latin America. Prior responsibilities in Moody’s include managing the activities of Moody’s Sub-Sovereign franchise in Latin America and Canada. Prior to Moody’s, Alejandro held increasingly senior positions at both the government and the private sector. In the public sector, Alejandro served as CFO of Financiera Rural, Mexico’s rural development bank, Deputy Director of Technical Assistance at Banobras and Treasurer of the Government of Mexico City. In the private sector, Alejandro worked for Société Générale as a Senior Relationship Banker covering Latin American clients from New York and, prior to that, as the bank’s Risk Economist for Latin America based in Paris. Alejandro holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
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.
Tatiana Preta has been with MUFG for 7 years andis currently a Managing Director focusing on project finance in Latin America.She has 20 years of banking experienceand has led deal origination, structuring and execution, as well as advisoryassignments, for oil & gas, power and infrastructure projects in theAmericas totaling over USD 30 billion in debt raised in the bank market,capital markets and with export agencies and multilateral institutions.Previously, Tatiana spent 7 years with HSBC and Citi in New York and 5 yearswith Itau BBA in Brazil focusing on M&A in the oil & gas sector.Tatiana holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade de Sao Paulo inBrazil and an MBA from Harvard Business School."
Head of Vinci Partners' Structuring and Investor Relations team and member of the Investment Committee of Vinci Partners' Infrastructure team. From 2008 to 2009, he was a member of the Private Equity team of UBS Pactual Gestora de Investimentos Alternativos where he was responsible for sourcing, monitoring and analyzing investments in private and publicly traded companies. From 2009 to 2015, he was a partner and member of the Investment Committee of Vinci Partners' Real Estate team and partner of Vinci Partners' Private Equity team. Prior to join UBS Pactual, he worked at Credit Suisse's Investment Banking division, Iposeira Gestão de Ativos and at Oi. From 1998 to 2000, he worked at Internet start-up companies for GP Investimentos and at Playcenter S.A. He holds a degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from PUC-Rio and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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).
Mark Repsher is a LatAm energy and infrastructure expert at PA Consulting. Mark is an energy advisor with deep experience in understanding environmental regulations, and for over fifteen years has guided clients through initiatives spanning strategic resource planning, divestitures of non-core assets to enhance shareholder return, mergers and acquisitions, project development, restructurings and other litigation, off-take contract structuring and valuation, asset financing, identification of concrete value "off-ramps" to realize investment returns for specific power assets, and best practice analyses. He has worked with and presented before various Boards, CEOs, CFOs and executive management teams of utilities, cooperatives, private equity, independent power producers, and infrastructure funds when delivering on the aforementioned initiatives. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics.
Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos is a partner in the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources, and Projects practice group at Hogan Lovells. For more than 25 years, he has advised clients on complex project financing transactions, various model infrastructure contracts, corporate finance, and debt issuances. Gonzalo has represented state-owned and private investors in the transport, energy, and oil and gas sectors in Latin America, as well as in the United States. He is currently advising ProInversión in Peru on the drafting of a standard PPP contract and has served as counsel on large infrastructure projects in Latin America. He is also active in international arbitration and has represented energy clients and a sovereign state, both commercial and investor-state. Gonzalo is fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Venezuela.
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.
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
Mr Toledo is a chief investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, leading the infrastructure practice in the Caribbean and the Andean countries. Mr Toledo brings more than 20 years of experience financing infrastructure projects globally. Prior to IFC, Mr Toledo worked at CAF, Citigroup and BBVA. Mr. Toledo holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and an MBA from McGill University.