Carlos García Rubio

President of Ficus Capital Argentina S.A. FICUS CAPITAL - ARG

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Carlos García Rubio, President of Ficus Capital Argentina SA, is an M&A specialist, whose activity is focused primarily in mass media, content, telecommunication, energy, food products and agribusiness. His differentiation lies in finding opportunities where large banks do not seek out and others professionals do not find. Representing overseas buyers who want to invest in Argentina or local entrepreneurs who want to sell their assets in the region his recognized role is to optimize the profitability of FC`s clients.

Firm Description

Ficus Capital is one of the leading pure focus investment banking boutiques in the Southern Cone of Latin America with full transaction execution and project development capabilities in  Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil. Ficus operates out of its offices in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and has strategic agreements with sector specialists in different countries.

Through the years, Ficus Capital has built up a reputation as to delivering when creative and innovative solutions are needed, identifying opportunities for strategic and financial investors, for private individuals and leading corporations.

Identifying and executing M&A deals, structuring private and public debt issues in the local and international capital markets, and the development of new projects are areas where Ficus Capital has excelled.

Ficus Capital Argentina focuses principally on infrastructure and transportation  financial institutions, (renewable) energy, real estate, TED, agro,commodities and food, hospitality and services.Ficus acts as a true partner and is positively disposed to participating with equity in its clients projects or in the development of new business opportunities.

Ficus offers access to expert professionals with an ideal combination of international experience and skills set and passion for the regional markets. A deep interactive focus with the client and willingness to partner in the projects has been the secret to our success.

Prime differentiation is the use of a wide and independent network of sector specialists, assuring access to best in class senior professionals in each activity in the different markets. Through our association with Globalscope Partners we partner with the best industry experts in different geographies globallyand access to a world-wide investor base.

Some of the relevant team members on advisory and executive level include:

Paul J. Elberse, executive partner, with a track record of more than 30 years in international financial markets and a deep knowledge of the Southern Cone corporate finance markets. Paul Elberse has been named in different rankings as one of Uruguay's influential businessmen and main do-ers. Prior to founding Ficus Capital he was the CEO responsible for the structuring of Nuevo  Banco Comercial, CEO of ABN AMRO Bank in Uruguay, where he obtained "Best Bank Awards" as the leading bank within the private sector in Uruguay as well as Director of the Bolsa de Valores (the Stock Exchange), of the private pension fund Afinidad AFAP, and Visanet. Prior to 2001 he held senior positions in ABN AMRO Bank in New York, Singapore, Germany, Holland, and Russia; where he structured financings in excess of USD 5.000 million.   Paul Elberse holds a MBA from the University of Hartford, USA, a BS in Economics from the Higher Economic School in Utrecht and is an Alumnus from the SEP at Stanford University, USA.

Diego Melazzi is a director and has held significant roles in numerous PE deals and actively participated in helping set the course for many of the most important corporations in the region, be it multinationals or multi-latinas, both as a manager for McKinsey & Co., and as a director of Ficus Capital. From the northern part of Chile, to the South of Argentina or Brazil's Amazonia region, he has participated in deals that cover well known businesses, such as supermarkets, railways, renewable energy, consumer goods, transport and financial services and food products.  He has co-led transactions –both on the sell and buy side- adding up to more than USD 700 million. He has been instrumental in clients achieving strong valuations for their businesses, and has added value to transactions where buyers needed a deep understanding of the local business world, both in Uruguay and in Brazil. Diego Melazzi holds a Master of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Economics, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

Mathias Möhrpahl, who holds a MSc. in Economics from the University of London and has studied Economics in Cologne and Kiel, Germany has structured trans-national deals related to renewable energies (wind and thermal), food processing, construction and the agro industrial complex. Mathias Möhrpahl has acted as Director for Asset Management and Financial Institutions with a principle focus on the identification and the funding of different investments as well as managing the operations and the cross-border information flows and decision making processes, mostly between German institutions and their subsidiaries in Chile.