BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, October 23, 2018 – Rubicon Capital Advisors (Colombia) S.A.S., a 100% owned subsidiary within the Rubicon group of companies (“Rubicon”) is proud to announce the opening of its Bogotá office and the addition of two investment banking executives to the firmRubicon has been active in the Latin American region since 2011, having already closed transactions across Mexico, Brazil and Peru, and with current engagements across a diverse portfolio of infrastructure, energy and utilities mandates.
The newly hired and highly experienced executives will closely collaborate with the global team, which includes 13 executives whose native languages are either Spanish or Portuguese, and who collectively represent over 100 years of experience executing transactions in the Latin American region.
Rubicon’s expansion into Latin America and the opening of its first office in the region complements Rubicon’s current worldwide network of offices in Dublin, New York, London, and Madrid.
Given recent legal and regulatory changes amongst Latin American governments, private sector participation in infrastructure, energy and utilities projects has increased across the region. For example, Colombia’s pending accession to the OECD will mean it becomes the third member country in the region while five of the most active countries for infrastructure investors enjoy investment-grade sovereign ratings (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay).
This reduction in barriers to foreign investment in infrastructure has empowered Rubicon’s clients to reassess opportunities in the region and utilize the firm’s leadership and expertise in origination, structuring and financing to access competitive transactions.
“We are highly attracted to this dynamic and diverse market,” says Founding Partner & CEO of Rubicon, Conor Kelly. “From social infrastructure and new power capacity opportunities in Colombia to renewables assets in Uruguay, water utilities projects in Peru and transportation in Mexico, we look forward to working alongside our clients to invest in Latin America and expand our team and expertise in the region.”
In Bogotá, Andrés O’Byrne joins the firm as a Managing Director. O’Byrne has over 23 years of experience in the investment banking industry, with the most recent 6 years in the private equity industry. He was recently the Head of Colombia for Patria Investimentos, a leading Latin American regional asset manager. O’Byrne was responsible for business development across numerous infrastructure and private equity investments including power, logistics, environmental, telecom and social infrastructure assets, as well as private equity investments in agribusiness, health and the food and beverage sectors. Before Patria, he was a Partner at Diana Capital Latam GP, as well as a Managing Director for LATAM at BBVA Investment Banking. O’Byrne previously worked with leading investment banking boutiques including Inverlink and Corfivalle in Colombia and Duff & Phelps Credit Ratings in New York. He has also held numerous leading senior positions in the public sector. Over his career, O’Byrne has executed over USD $1.1 billion in buy side transactions, over USD $1.3 billion in sell side transactions, over USD $1.8 billion in IPOs and over USD $2 billion in DCM transactions.
Joining O’Byrne will be industry veteran Juan José Montoya. Montoya has over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure finance industry having most recently been Executive Director and Head of Global Finance at BBVA Colombia. At BBVA Colombia, he was initially responsible for the firm’s structured finance practice, coordinating different initiatives across a variety of sectors including transportation, oil & gas, electric, telecom and materials.
Andrés O’Byrne, Managing Director at Rubicon noted, “We are truly impressed with the caliber and dedication of Rubicon’s global team to our efforts here in Latin America.” “We look forward to being the lead investment banking advisory firm throughout the region and tapping into the firm’s extensive worldwide network of investors and developers looking to diversify their portfolios in this dynamic market,” added O’Byrne.
Rubicon is one of the world’s leading investment banking firms focused solely on the infrastructure, energy & utilities sectors. With offices in Dublin, New York, London, Madrid & Bogotá along with near-term plans to open an office in Sydney in 2019, the firm has a truly global reach. Since inception in 2011, Rubicon has closed over 40 transactions covering the sale, acquisition or refinancing of approximately 100 essential infrastructure, energy & utilities assets located across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia with a combined enterprise value in excess of USD $35 billion. Learn more about the firm at: www.rubiconinfra.com and by following Rubicon on LinkedIn.
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