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Arturo Saval of Nexxus Capital and Cate Ambrose of LAVCA share expert views on an opportunity that investors are increasingly seeing as compelling, stable, long-term
But according to Arturo Saval, Managing Director at Nexxus Capital and Cate Ambrose, Executive Director at Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), the long-term outlook for Mexico is very attractive and the supply of quality private equity opportunities is there for experienced teams.
Topics of discussion include the macroeconomic outlook for Mexico, the importance of the growing buying power of the Mexican consumer, Mexico in the broader Latin American context, the importance of economic and cultural ties to the US, investor misperceptions about Mexico, the growing participation of local pension funds in the Mexican private equity market, and exit opportunities.
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Arturo José Saval Pérez has been Senior Partner of Nexxus Capital since 1998. Saval has 28 years of experience in the private capital, investment and commercial banking and has participated in numerous debt operations, and of public and private capital, as well as multiple financial consultancies. Prior to joining Nexxus, he occupied various positions in Grupo Financiero Santander SAB de CV.
Prior to this, he served in senior positions in international, corporate, investment banking departments in Corporative GBM SAB de CV, Grupo Financiero Interacciones SA de CV and Grupo Financiero Serfin SA de CV. Saval serves as a Member of the Administration Board of Nexxus Capital Desarrolladora de Casas del Noroeste SA de CV. (a subsidiary of Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV), Genomma Lab Internacional SAB de CV, Harmon Hall Holding SA de CV, Credito Real SA de CV. SOFOM, E.N.R., Diagnósticos de México, Diamex, S.A. de C.V. and Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, S. de R.L.
He has been a Director at Grupo Sports World, S.A.B. de C.V since 2005. He serves as a Director of Nexxus Capital. He serves as a Member of the investment committees of ZN Mexico Trust, Nexxus II, Nexxus Capital Private Equity Fund III, L.P. and Nexxus Capital IV. Mr. Saval graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with a post-graduate degree in Financial Analysis from the University of Michigan, as well as a Diploma from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
Latin American Venture Capital Association
Cate Ambrose joined the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association as Executive Director in August 2007. Her background with venture capital and private equity investment in the region dates back to the late 1990s. She is currently a member of the US-Brazil Venture Capital Task Force hosted by the Commerce Department and the Kauffman Foundation, and speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America.
Prior to joining LAVCA, Ambrose was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, where she directed research projects on business regulation and property rights in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Kenya and Tanzania. Until 2005, Ambrose was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist, where she founded the first industry gathering on private equity investment in Latin America, and chaired annual roundtables with the Presidents of Mexico and Colombia. She also chaired a range of meetings on finance, economic policy and business strategy in the US and Latin America, and founded The Global Agenda, a high-level panel of economists, policymakers and business leaders. Ms. Ambrose began her career as a journalist in Spain.
Ambrose holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her BA in Latin American studies from St Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.
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