OUR TEAM

VACE Partners is composed by a team of investment bankers with unparalleled experience in international markets, Latin America and Mexico with most of its members having worked for several years in bulge bracket investment banks like Salomon Brothers, Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank.

VACE team members have executed many landmark M&A transactions undertaken by Mexican companies inside and outside Mexico, as well as of multinational companies in Mexico.

Carlos
Vara

Partner

Ricardo
Cervera

Partner

Jorge
Torres

Director

Daniel
Braatz

Co-Founder

José
María Díaz

Associate

Jesús
González

Associate

Santiago
Romanos

Analyst

Alfredo
Vara

Co-Founder

Alejandro
del Valle

Analyst

Andrés
Lombana

Analyst

Carlos Vara

Partner

Carlos Vara is one of the founding partners at VACE Partners. Carlos has over 25 years of investment banking experience. Mr. Vara currently serves on the Board of Directors of relevant Mexican companies such as Grupo Gigante, José Cuervo, Genomma Lab, Hoteles Presidente, and FHipo. He also serves as member of the Finance Committee of Grupo Gigante and as President of the Development Committee of Hoteles Presidente. Previously, he also served as a member of both Aeromexico’s Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

Carlos has participated in the origination and execution of M&A transactions in diverse industries with an aggregate value of more than US$100 billion and capital markets transactions of more than US$50 billion.

In M&A he has participated in the advisory to Cuervo in the acquisition of Three Olives and Bushmills and in the sale of Tequila Don Julio; to Gigante in their divestiture to Soriana; to Nacional Financiera’s toll roads privatization (FARAC I); to a consortium of Mexican investors in the acquisition of Aeromexico; to Grupo Imsa in the sale of a 43.3% stake; to Cemex in the acquisitions of Southdown, RMC, and Rinker; to America Móvil in the acquisitions of AMTEL, BSE, BCD and America Movil’s spin-off from Telmex (around US$50 bn of aggregate transaction value advised to AMX); to Kimberly Clark in the sale of its consumer products division (Scribe); to Grupo Chedraui in the acquisition of Carrefour Mexico; to AHISA in its sale to Metlife; to PBG in the acquisition of Pepsi Gemex; to Associated British Foods (ABF) in the acquisition of Capullo; to BBV in the acquisition of Bancomer; to Citigroup in the acquisition of Banamex; and to Aegon in the acquisition of a 50% stake in Seguros and Afore Banamex, among others.

He has also played a leading role in many Mexican landmark equity transactions such as OMA’s IPO in 2006, Femsa’s secondary offering in 2005, SPCC’s secondary offering in 2005, Cemex’s secondary offering in 2003 and again in 2005, and Grupo Televisa’s secondary offering in 2001.

In terms of Debt Capital Markets, some of the most relevant transactions that Carlos participated in were: the first ever perpetual bond offering issued by a Mexican company (Pemex, 2004), the first ever guaranteed bond for a Mexican company (Vitro, 2003), and the first ever 30-year issuance for a non-investment company (Southern Copper Corporation), among others. In addition, Carlos has brought a series of new Mexican names for their first debt issuance to the markets such as Cuervo, Xignux, CIE, Posadas, Prenda Facil, and others. He also played a key role in the Debt Restructuring of DESC, Grupo Gigante, and TFM.

Before founding VACE Partnes, Carlos worked for 9 years at Citigroup as head of the Mexico and Latin America Investment Banking team. Previously, from 1996 to 2000, he worked for McKinsey as a consultant in several offices, including Mexico City, Caracas, Lisbon, Madrid, and New York. While working with McKinsey, Carlos advised the BMV on the conversion to an electronic trading platform and on the creation of MexDer.

Carlos holds a B.S. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a M.S. in Economics from Yale University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ricardo Cervera

Partner

Ricardo Cervera is one of the founding partners at VACE Partners. Prior to founding VACE, Ricardo worked for over 9 years at Salomon Brothers, Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup. Overall, Mr. Cervera has over 20 years of Investment Banking experience.

Ricardo joined the Investment Banking Division of Salomon Brothers (which became Salomon Smith Barney) in 1999 as an associate. He spent seven years in New York in the Global Power Group, covering US, European and Latin American power companies. Mr. Cervera was transferred to Citigroup’s Mexico Investment Banking Office as a Director in 2006, with coverage responsibilities in the power, energy, infrastructure, consumer, retail, industrial and other sectors. Upon arriving to Mexico, he led the privatization of the first Toll-Roads from FARAC worth over US$4 billion; one of the largest privatizations ever in this sector worldwide and winner of Project Finance Latam Deal of the Year in 2008. Ricardo was Head of Citigroup’s Investment Banking office in Mexico during 2007 and 2008.

Ricardo has participated in multiple capital markets transactions, raising over US$50 billion in proceeds, including transactions for US multi-billion dollar companies, such as FirstEnergy’s US$1 billion equity offering and ConEdison’s US$500 million debt offering. He has also helped Mexican companies raise capital in transactions such as the IPO for Cuervo for $915 million, a bond offering for Office Depot ($400 million) and an FRN issuance for America Movil ($500 million). Ricardo led VACE’s effort in the $5,500 million pesos debt structuring of OHL’s Viaducto Bicentenario, which was awarded Project Finance Latam IPP Deal of the Year in 2010.

Mr. Cervera has extensive experience in M&A, having led the execution of multiple landmark deals in the US, Europe, Mexico and South America, including the acquisition of power generation assets from FPL, the advisory to Aquila on its proxy contest to acquire control of Quanta Services’ Board of Directors, the sale of Elektra Noreste in Panama, the acquisition of Transportadora de Electricidad in Bolivia, the ownership restructuring of Light in Brazil and the sale of Grupo Gigante in Mexico.

At VACE, Ricardo has led over 25 M&A transactions for companies such as Grupo Financiero Interacciones, Cuervo, Lala, Office Depot, Grupo Kuo, Grupo Presidente, Ventura Capital, BAC Credomatic, Gruma, Sico, Farmacias del Ahorro, amongst others.

Ricardo currently serves on the Board of Directors of José Cuervo (BMV: CUERVO) and as member of its Audit Committee, Procorp SAB de CV (BMV: PROCORPB), Yale School of Management Mexico Board, Maven Global (UK), Samba Smoothie, on the Technical Committee of Fondo Capital Infraestructura (BMV: FCICK16), and as a Founding Shareholder and Board Member of Concentradora Hipotecaria (BMV: FHIPO).

Philanthropically, Ricardo is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Fundacion VACE, A.C., Trustee and Treasurer of Conexiones para Aprender A.C., and Trustee of Mingei International Museum in California.

From 1995 to 1996, Ricardo worked in Mexico’s Ministry of Finance as an advisor to the General Director of Public Credit and in 1997 became advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance.

Ricardo graduated with High Honors, in the top 1% of his class, with a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and received an M.B.A. from Yale University. In 1998, Ricardo received Mexico’s National Award in Economic Research presented by BANAMEX.

Ricardo lives in Mexico and California with his wife Lilian and their 5 children.

Jorge Torres

Director

Jorge Torres is partner and director at VACE Partners. He has over 10 years of investment banking experience. He joined VACE Partners in 2013 and has been involved in most of the transactions that have been executed at VACE Partners almost since its inception (VACE Partners was founded in 2009),including buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, public and private debt and equity offerings, debt restructurings, project finance, infrastructure projects, concessions, and public biddings.

He has participated in the origination and execution of multiple transactions in diverse industries such as infrastructure, financial institutions, consumer goods, industrial conglomerates, retail, spirits, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, real estate, among others.

He has executed and taken a leading role in M&A transactions with an aggregate value above US$2.5 billion in Mexico and Latin America and in the structuring of more than US$2 billion in infrastructure projects, project finance, concessions, and public biddings for Federal and State Mexican Governments. He has also participated in the structuring of more than US$3.5 billion in public and private offerings of equity, debt, and debt restructurings.

One of his landmark transactions are: execution of José Cuervo’s IPO, the largest IPO in the Mexican market and the largest IPO in the spirits industry in over 40 years, debt restructuring advisory to Grupo Gigante and the State of Sonora, sale advisory to Cuervo in the acquisition of Three Olives and Bushmills and in the sale of Tequila Don Julio and Cholula Hot Sauce, execution of Red Troncal’s public bidding process, among others.

Before joining VACE, Jorge worked at Citibanamex Corporate Banking, where he covered financial and credit analysis.

Jorge holds a B.S. in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). During his studies Jorge also completed two specialization courses, in Madrid, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Daniel Braatz

Co-Founder

Daniel Braatz is the CEO of CH. Previously, Mr. Braatz worked as an investment banker, focusing primarily on structured finance, related to securitization of assets and risks associated with financial acquisitions, Project Finance, one-off transactions, mergers and acquisitions and debt structuring.

Daniel Braatz has a wealth of experience in the Mexican public sector, advising on diverse government entity operations, such as the securitization of Infonavit assets, the monetization of assets for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, infrastructure projects, the privatization of public assets and the structuring of different public-private partnership agreements. He was the external advisor to Infonavit and Hipotecaria Total (HITO), participating in the structuring of their capital market activities and attending explanatory roadshows.

José María Díaz

Director

José María joined VACE Partners in 2022.

Before joining VACE Partners, José María worked as an associate in Corporate and Investment Banking at Santander where he acquired extensive experience and knowledge mainly in debt markets in Mexico. Previously, José María worked at Nexxus Capital, acquiring experience in private equity as well.

José María holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jesús González

Associate

Jesús González joined VACE Partners as an analyst in 2019 and was later promoted to associate in 2021.

Before joining VACE Partners, Jesus worked as a Business Development Analyst at Enel Green Power, where he acquired extensive knowledge in the development of renewable energy projects and in the electric power industry in Mexico.

Jesús studied Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he graduated with honors as the best in his class and received the Academic Excellence award (top 1%) in the National Graduation Exam (EGEL) by the National Center of Evaluation for Higher Education (CENEVAL). Additionally, he holds a diploma in Business Administration from Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

Santiago Romanos

Analyst

Santiago joined VACE Partners as an analyst in 2020.

Before joining VACE, Santiago worked for more than a year as a Financial Analyst at Grupo Mexgal, a controlling entity of ports and transportation companies in Mexico.

Santiago holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), with a minor in finance.

Alfredo Vara

Co-Founder

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Alejandro del Valle

Analyst

Alejandro joined VACE Partners in 2021.

Prior to joining VACE, Alejandro worked as a Financial Analyst at Alea Capital, an investment banking and consulting firm based out of Mexico City. At Alea Capital, Alejandro participated in different M&A and debt restructuring transactions for small and mid-size companies in the country.

Alejandro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Andrés Lombana

Analyst

Andrés joined VACE Partners as an analyst in 2021.

Before joining VACE, he worked as an analyst in the Coverage area of BNP Paribas, a French bank that has been operating in Mexico for over 50 years. While at BNP, Andrés participated in different projects focused on financing and advising large Mexican corporations and financial institutions.

Andrés is currently studying to get his bachelor’s degree in Financial Management at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM).

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