The Team

Our

Team

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Luis Felipe Paz

Managing Director

Mr. Paz has extensive experience in the investment banking industry. He has participated in the completion of 30+ M&A transactions of mid-market companies in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Emerge, Mr. Paz worked in Wealth Management, Financial Advisory and Securities Brokerage at Valores MexicanosCasa de Bolsa (BAL Group) as investment advisor, optimizing investment portfolios based on the Efficient Frontier Model and Asset Allocation analysis, where he conducted ECM, DCM and Forex transactions. Mr. Paz is an Investment Advisor certified by the AMIB (Mexican Association of Stock Brokers). Luis Felipe graduated with honors from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Santa Fe with a BS in Financial Management. Mr. Paz also promotes entrepreneurial activity serving as Endeavor's mentor.

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Víctor Mendoza

Managing Director

Victor has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector, most recently as Investment Banking Vice President at Evercore Mexico where he actively participated in public financing transactions such as Fibra E CFE’s USD$860 million IPO and Fibra Hotel’s USD$250 million second follow on, among several other private M&A and capital raising transactions. Prior to Evercore Partners, Victor worked as Structured Credit VP at SHF, a Mexican development bank, and previously, as an Alternative Investment & Corporate Credit Analyst in SURA Investment Management, one of Mexico’s largest pension funds. Victor holds a B.A. in Financial Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and a Masters in Finance from London Business School (LBS). 

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John Walker

Managing Director

John has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, specifically in private equity investments and M&A transactions in Latin America. He is a Managing Partner at Dracma, where they provide investment strategy services in the local market, as well as in developed markets.. Prior to this, he worked as a Financial Planning Manager at Grupo Modelo in the Retail Division. Previously, he worked for AmitechLatinAmerica as Finance Manager and prior to this he served as Senior Auditor at PWC. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Mexican and Argentine companies and as a mentor for Endeavor. He obtained an MBA from the University of Texas (UT) in Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. He is an adjunct professor of corporate finance in the UT MBA program in Mexico City and is a candidate for the CFA level III exam.

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Iván Cancino

Sr. Associate

Mr. Cancino has successfully advised fundraising and M&A transactions in infrastructure, agribusiness sectors and IT industries. He has worked on financial valuations for companies in different industries ranging from footwear to entertainment. Prior to joining Emerge, Mr. Cancino was a Corporate Finance Intern at Intercam Grupo Financiero. Mr. Cancino is an Investment Advisor certified by the AMIB (Mexican Association of Stock Brokers) and completed the CFA Level III in June 2018. Iván graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Edo de México with a BS in Financial Management. Mr. Cancino studied abroad for one semester at IÉSEG School of Management in France.

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The Team

Advisory

Board

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Alejandro Creel

Consultant and Board Member

Alejandro Creel currently serves as Managing Partner of Alcrecob y Asociados S.C., a firm that provides financial advisory primarly in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Restructuring. He served as CEO of Casa de Bolsa Inverlat where he was responsible for financial relationships with private sector companies. Prior to that, he was CEO of Grupo Fin being responsible for the development of financial companies such as Factoring, Venture Capital Investment and Foreign Exchange brokerage. Aljeandro Creel has extensive experience in the financial industry with over three decades of experience in executive positions. Currently he serves as a board member for Mexican companies such as Grupo Salinas y Rocha, S.A. de C.V., ING Seguros, S.A. de C.V., Synkro, S.A. de C.V., among others. Alejandro has a degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and has a diploma in Banking Law from Universidad Iberoamericana.

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Alfonso Rodriguez

Consultant and Board Member

Alfonso Rodriguez serves as shareholder and director of the firms Finest Business Consulting and Novations. Both firms have presence in Mexico and are part of the major companies published in the Fortune 500. From 2003 to 2010, Alfonso was shareholder and CEO of The Friedman Group, specialized in strategic consulting for Retailing Businesses. From 1998 to 2000 he was CEO of the private distance education company Hemphill Schools / Universal Systems. He was also CEO and board member for eleven years of Woolworth Mexicana, retailer of general merchandise retail. Alfonso was a member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, A.C. Currently he is Member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Bafar SAB de C.V., Member of the Advisory Council of Pabisan S.A. de C.V. and Mentor of Endeavor.

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Ernesto Alcalde

Consultant and Board Member

Ernesto Alcalde has been CFO for several international and Mexican companies including Grupo Modelo(MXK:GMODELOC). Mr. Alcalde previously worked as CFO for Panamerican Beverages , Admiral Group, Otis Elevators and Dow Chemical Mexico among others. Mr. Alcalde has extensive industry knowledge, with over three decades of experience in executive positions, focused in corporate finance and merger and acquisitions deals throughout the Latin America region. Mr. Alcalde earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and is a graduate of the MBA Program at Universidad de las Americas and New York University.

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Rafael Lira

Consultant and Board Member

Mr. Lira currently serves as CFO of Altan Redes, a Mexican company that provides Telecom services through assets with an estimated value of US $ 3 billion. Rafael has performed as a highly qualified executive in areas such as Investment Banking, Corporate Financing and Restructuring. He served as CFO in various companies with global experience in sectors such as consumer products, infrastructure, construction and telecommunications, being responsible for the financial development of these companies. Rafael Lira has extensive experience in the Corporate Finance area with more than three decades in executive positions. He has consistently achieved results as a change agent, impacting and improving the return on invested capital to the best standards in the industry, implementing capital structure models. Rafael has a degree in Business Administration from UNAM and has an MBA from IPADE.