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Irene Garrido was appointed as Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support on November 2016. She is responsible, among other functions, for orienting the economic policy, macroeconomic forecast magnitudes, state treasury, financial, insurance and pension policy, prevention of money laundering, statistics and representation in international financial institutions.
In her capacity, she is also President of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Infringements and President of the Advisory Committee on the Social Security Reserve Fund Investments. Moreover, she is the Alternate Governor in some of the main Development Banks, such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Between 2006 and 2011 she was Director of the Financial Economics and Accountancy Department at the University of Vigo, as well as coordinator of the education and research centre at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).
From November 2011 to August 2014, she was elected Member of Parliament and appointed deputy spokesperson for the Committee of Economy and Competitiveness.
From August 2014 to November 2015, she was the President of the “Instituto de Crédito Oficial” (ICO), a state-owned bank attached to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness whose functions are to promote economic activities contributing to growth, as well as President of Axis, ICO’s venture capital company. .
Mr. Villasante is co-head of the Corporate and M&A Practice in Cuatrecasas.
He represents a wide selection of companies, ranging from IBEX-35 groups to family businesses, multinationals, large industrial companies and private-equity firms. He has coordinated the legal advice of important business groups expanding internationally, and participated in relevant M&A transactions in many European countries, Latin America and the United States.
Andreas Fluhrer is a Senior Managing Director with FTI’s Corporate Finance Practice in Spain.
Andreas has more than 17 years of restructuring experience and delivered operational and financial improvement programmes throughout Europe, the US and Latin America.
He advised clients across a wide range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, real estate, retail, apparel, media and fast- moving consumer goods.
Andreas was a Senior Vice President with McKinsey’s Recovery and Transformation Practice (RTS) in Madrid. Prior to that, he was part of the European Restructuring Practice of Alvarez & Marsal. Andreas started his consulting career with Deloitte in Spain.
Antonio has 18 years of experience in Leveraged and Structured Finance (Securitisation and Asset backed Lending). Before joining BBVA in 2011, Antonio spent 7 years at The Royal Bank of Scotland, working in the Leveraged Finance team and prior to that, 4 years at Société Générale in the Structured Finance team. At RBS, Antonio was Senior Director of the Leveraged Finance team for Spain & Portugal. Within BBVA’s Financial Sponsors group, Antonio is in charge of Private Equity Funds coverage.
Blanca is Managing Director, leading the Energy Practice in FTI Spain.
Blanca Perea has +15 years of experience in Energy. Throughout her career as Partner in Bluecap, as Director in PwC and as Managing Director of COGEN Spain, Blanca has developed strong expertise in electricity and gas, becoming an expert in Regulation and Economic Analysis and Energy Efficiency.
Mr. Arús is partner in Azora and responsible of the Hotel platform. Azora currently manages over €1,6 bn in hotel assets.
Prior to joining the Azora Group in 2010, he worked for 15 years at Banco Santander, where he held different positions in Investment Banking, Asset Management and Private Banking within the Group. In 2004, Mr. Arús was appointed chief executive officer of Banco Santander Suisse and in 2007 chief executive officer of the Santander Private Banking International Division.
Before co-founding Miura Private Equity in 2007, Juan spent nine years in the investment banking division of JP Morgan as part of the utilities group in London and the Spanish mergers and acquisitions team in Madrid, participating in some of the most important corporate deals in recent years.
Juan’s career began with three years as a production and quality engineer in a family business that was founded in 1898 and acquired by Alcoa in 1998.
Mr. Xercavins is co-head of the Corporate and M&A Practice in Cuatrecasas.
He has extensive experience in corporate law and M&A, particularly in joint ventures, business restructurings and private equity. He has advised leading companies in Latin America, Europe and the United States of America, as well as significant financial institutions in the framework of the restructuring of the Spanish financial sector.
Alex created Grupo Albión in 1991 together with Paget Langford-Holt. With over twenty-five years’ experience in acting for national and multinational companies, Alejandra is responsible for Grupo Albión’s financial and corporate communications activities and has led advisory teams for capital markets transactions valued in excess of 120bn euro in sectors such as financial services, energy, transport and industrials.
Member of Colonial’s Management Committee since July 2000, which she initially joined as Chief Financial Officer and on which she currently holds the post of Corporate Managing Director.
She holds a degree in economics and business administration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has completed graduate-level studies at ESADE.
Carmina Ganyet’s professional career in the financial sector. In 1991 joined the Arthur Andersen auditing firm in Barcelona, where she specialized in financial-sector auditing. In 1995, she joined “la Caixa” Group as head of Investment and Controlling for the financial, real estate and insurance group of Caixa Holding (now Criteria). In 2000, she joined Colonial as a Chief Financial Officer
In 2009, she was appointed Corporate Managing Director of Colonial and member of the Board of Directors of Société Foncière Lyonnaise. In addition, today Carmina Ganyet is independent member of the Board of Directors of ICF (Institut Català de Finances) and President of its Appointment and Remuneration Committee, independent member of the Board of Directors of SegurCaixaAdeslas and member of its Audit Committee. In addition, Ms. Ganyet has taught at the School of Business Administration of the Universitat Ramon Llull, and she is a member of the board of directors of the Círculo de Economía, a charter member of l’Espai Vicens Vives, and a board member of Ethos Ramon Llull- Ética y Empresa
Ricardo Arias is a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management and a Director of Brookfield Infrastructure Group Spain. Based in Madrid, Ricardo is responsible for Brookfield Renewable's M&A activity in Europe and he is focused on expanding the renewable business' investment activity in Iberia and continental Europe. Prior to joining Brookfield, Ricardo held various senior positions in M&A, strategy, corporate development and financing at the IFC/World Bank Group, Endesa, Enel and Accenture. Ricardo holds an M.A. in Industrial Engineering from ICAI (Univ. Pontificia Comillas - Madrid), an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc. in Finance from the University of Alcala.
Juan Barba joined Meridia Capital in September 2014 coming from SAREB where he was Head of Transactions, leading the divestment of SAREB’s portfolio – around 50 billion euros. At Meridia Capital he is responsible for implementing the real estate business strategy, with special emphasis on origination, deal execution, asset management and exit optimisation.
Prior to joining Meridia Capital, he was Principal at Doughty Hanson, a London-based private equity group, where he worked for six years covering Spain & Portugal. He mainly focused on value-added strategies for commercial real estate. Prior to that he was General Manager at Aareal Bank AG, a German specialised property lender, where he worked for seven years. He was responsible for banking operations in Spain & Portugal. Transactions included senior debt, mezzanine and equity finance. Before he had been at Principal Financial Group, where he worked in the US for nearly two years, and with the Arthur Andersen Real Estate team in Madrid.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras (Madrid) joined KKR in 2014 as Director of the Madrid Office. In this role, Mr. Vidal-Quadras is responsible for developing and supporting KKR's investment platforms in Spain, including Private Equity, KKR Credit (Direct Lending and Special Situations), Infrastructure and Real Estate. At KKR, Alejo has worked on the investments in Dentix (Direct Lending), SAR Quavitae (Direct Lending), Grupo Alfonso Gallardo (Special Situations) and Telepizza (Special Situations). He is currently on the Board of Directors at Telepizza, Cementos Balboa and Papresa. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Vidal-Quadras was head of 3i Spain, responsible for investments in Spain and Portugal. During his nine year tenure with 3i, he worked on private equity investments across several sectors, including buyouts and minority investments. Prior to joining 3i, he worked at Rothschild in Madrid, providing M&A advisory services. Mr. Vidal-Quadras holds a combined B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. at ESADE in Barcelona as well as a M.A. in Management CEMS at London School of Economics and HEC Paris.