Agere’s Essence: Agere makes projects happen. We like to believe and procure that things get done. We are independence, experience, compromise, believe, we are credibility

Agere, has been founded by a group of highly qualified and experienced Corporate and Investment Banking professionals, with over 50 years of combined successful dedication to the provision of Debt, Equity and Strategic consultancy and advisory from positions in investment banking or corporate management in the Energy and Infrastructure Sectors.

It is our strong belief that, the combination of our demonstrated experience, senior management dedication and our values, underpinned by honesty, integrity, commitment, confidentiality and trust, represent a powerful tool to our clients success.

Vicente Jorro

Vicente has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance. Prior to founding Agere, Vicente held senior roles including: 2015-2016 Head of Business Development at Alantra Infrastructure Asset Management, 2011-2013 Global CFO of the Abengoa Group, 2009-2011 Head of Corporate Finance of Abengoa Concession Business and 2002-2009 Head of Structured Financing of Group Abengoa. Vicente has been responsible for structuring, negotiating, executing and closing debt and equity transaction in the energy sector for a value of over US $ 14bn.

Prior to his senior roles at Alantra and Abengoa, Vicente was a senior consultant at PwC Financial Risk and Treasury, and prior to that he had 2 years of experience as senior credit officer in different banks including HSBC, BBVA and ING in Switzerland and France.

Vicente was Member of the MedGrid Finance Working Group until 2013. Vicente holds a Bachelor of Finance from the European Business School (London-Paris). Languages ​​(Proficiency Level): Spanish, English and French.

Vicente Jorro has been a guest lecturer in finance at McDonough Business School at Georgetown University in Washington DC and at IAG PUC-Rio.

Founding Partner

Verena Batschkus

Specialized in the Energy and Infrastructure sectors, with 8 years of experience in both industries through execution of transactions in an Investment Bank and 12 years in Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Agere, Verena held senior roles including: 2006–2018 CFO of Pillar Group BV, producer of silicon wafers for photovoltaic applications, 2002-2006 Senior Vice President of the Project Finance department of the German Bank HVB in Madrid and 1998–2002 Vice President in the Global Project Finance Department of HVB in Munich, Germany and London, UK.

Verena studied agricultural engineering from 1990 to 1997 at Munich’s Technical University and terminated as PhD. From 2012 to 2017 she studied Spanish law at Universidad Europea de Madrid and is member of Madrid’s bar association of lawyers. Languages (Proficiency Level): German, Spanish and English. Basic knowledge of French, Italian and Russian.

Verena was invited to teach at Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas in Madrid in the module of International Finance.

Executive Partner

Luis Romanos

Luis counts with 20 years of professional experience, most of his career in Investment Banking, jointly with a period as a manager in a Spanish company.

In Investment Banking, Luis has experience in several fields. He worked 8 years as M&A advisor across a broad range of industry sectors (mainly in Spain but also in Italy, France, Portugal, Poland and Brazil). He also worked in structured finance at Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento (now Haitong), leading Leveraged Finance deals in Spain as MLA with Private Equity funds, as well as more recently in Project Finance within the investment banking team at Bankinter (mainly in renewable energy projects in Spain). Luis also counts with experience in debt restructuring, as advisor in distress & special situations as well as in debt capital markets in Spain.

In his management experience, Luis has been CFO and Corporate Development Director of Gebomsa, a Spanish mid-size construction services company, managing teams in Spain, Portugal, Poland and Brazil. Luis leaded several debt restructuring deals, taking the responsibility of long term financing as well as the relationship with banks and shareholders. Luis was also in charge of the company’s inorganic growth, leading acquisitions in Poland and Brazil, as well as the reorganization of the company’s finance department. Luis acted as a member of the board in the holding company in Spain as well as in the subsidiaries in Portugal, Poland and Brazil.

Luis holds a degree in Economics from the University of Zaragoza and an MBA (2-year full-time program) from IESE at Barcelona.

Non-Executive Partner

Francesca Sepe

Master in Finance at “Florida International University”, Advanced Course in Business Valuation at “New York University, Stern Business School” and Master in Energy Engineering. 

She worked as a Financial Analyst for the leading consulting firm in Italy “Business Integration Partners” on various energy and infrastructure projects. These projects focused on the analysis and prioritization of investments through the development of financial models for the main leaders of the energy sector.

Analyst

Eduardo Esteban

Specialist with experience in management and financing of international assets in the energy and infra sectors. During the last three years Eduardo has been responsible for the Abengoa’s Asset Management Division and was actively involved in the global company restructuring process. In the previous years, Eduardo was also in Abengoa.

2015-2017: Deputy Managing Director for Latam.

2012-2014: Structured Finance Director for Latam.

He also worked as Finance Manager for the Abengoa’s Mexican subsidiary.

Director

Martín Saiz

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Bilingual).

Studying Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Internship:  Agere

Marketing

Borja Gastaca

Specialist in financial models with more than five years of experience participating in M&A and restructuring processes, financial analysis of investments, auditing and analysis of accounts.

2019-2020: Associate at PKF-Attest.

2016-2019: Senior Financial Auditor at PWC.

Master in Account Auditing at CUNEF.

Analyst

Luis Morales

Master degree in Industrial Engineering at Navarra University.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Alfonso X el Sabio University.

In 2020: Internship in Prodiel. 

Analyst

Pablo García

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carlos III University.

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carlos III University.

Analyst

Hiian Pires Miranda

International specialist with more than 20 years of experience in finance in energy sector .

2016-2021: Structured Finance Manager at Piamont Partners Advisory and Consulting. Activities Performed: financial modeling, Update of Economic and Financial Model of The Isolux Brazil Group’s Energy Transmission Projects for Regulatory and Budget issues and business plan for energy transmission projects and working capital structuring.

2010-2015: Structured Finance Manager at Abengoa Brasil. Update of Economic and Financial Model of The Isolux Brazil Group’s Energy Transmission Projects for Regulatory and Budget issues. Responsible for communication with investors, rating agencies and BNDES, responsible for the pricing of the Bonds and participation in the Boards of Directors.

Managing Director Brazil

Carlos de Lemus

Corporate finance and capital markets specialist with more than 14 years of experience. In-depth knowledge of investment banking products and solutions. Experience leading internal teams as well as external international advisors.

Senior Level Independent Advisor

Alejandro De la Vega

Specialist in infrastructure financing and advisory with the successful closing of over 70 transactions worth more than US$ 20 billion over a 17-year career at Santander and Infra X.

Developed strategic relationships with relevant government entities in Mexico (ministry of finance, development banks, Pemex, CFE, SCT), major infrastructure financial & industrial sponsors, DFIs, international and local commercial banks, ECAs and multilateral.

Managing Director responsible for leading the Santander Structured finance Team in Mexico from 2015 to 2019 which won Best Infrastructure Bank by Latin finance in 2015 and 2017.
Santander representative in the Infrastructure Committee with the Mexican Banking Association (ABM). Currently he serves as an independent member of the investment board of CKD Beel Infra which is the first private mezzanine debt vehicle in Mexico. 
Founder and CEO of Infra X an advisory firm specialized in raising and structuring debt, equity, advisory and restructurings for infrastructure and energy projects in Latin America.

Managing Director USA & Mexico

Thibaud Vincendon

Specialist in foreing trade and investment projects, International specialist with more than 14 years of experience in finance and more than 9 years of experience in energy industry (Oil & Gas and green hydrogen).

2019-2021: Commercial Manager North Africa – Asia Pacific for Neptune Energy, based in Paris. Lead upstream commercial, financial analysis and negotiation activity in North Africa, Australia and Indonesia.

2015-2019: CFO and Commercial Manager for ENGIE E&P and Neptune Energy in Indonesia for a major gas exploration and production field in Indonesia (Jangkrik project / 4BUS$ budget).

2012-2015: Head of Internal Control for ENGIE (GNL Mejillones) in Chile. Supervising Internal Control, Audit and Insurance activities of a 700MUSD regasification plant, including a 200MUSD onshore storage tank construction project.

2011-2012: Senior IFRS Expert in EY Chile.

2008-2011: Senior Auditor in EY Luxembourg.

Previously, he worked at PwC as Financial advisor and as Internal Controller in BBH Bank in Luxembourg.

Senior Level Independent Advisor

Carlos de Cevallos

Specialist in foreing trade and investment projects, with more than 30 years of experience in bilateral and multilateral financing.

Former General Director of Spain Foreign Expansion S.A., Company attached to the Secretary of State for Commerce of Spain.

Bachelor of Engineering from the Pontificia Comillas ICAI University.

Senior Level Independent Advisor

Alfonso Hernández-Maureta

Started his career at the Corporate Development Department of Grupo Ferrovial in 2008, where he conducted country analysis and research including renewable sector in US, Spain and East Europe, aswell as energy and Rail sectors in India. He was also leading the sale of ITR road in the US, worth USD 4Bn and participated in Cintra´s asset valuation for absorption by the mother company.

In 2010 he moved to Crédit Agricole to lead the photovoltaic department in Spain, where he managed the financing and monitoring of photovoltaic energy projects, among them the biggest solar panel roof project in Europe at the time. He was also involved in other asset finance transactions in real estate, transport, agricultural, aircraft and industrial assets.

He later moved to lead the Finance Department to an e-health start-up accelerated by Wayra developing tools for neuropsychological treatments. He designed financial strategy and company valuation.

In 2018 he moved to the US to study an MBA at MIT. He focused on startup finance and valuations aswell as on identified opportunities to connect corporates with innovation hubs. He continues collaborating with MIT as an Independent Researcher looking for ways to foster innovation.

He has a B.A. from the Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE). 

Senior Level Independent Advisor

Rafael Osuna

Industrial Engineer by the University of Seville and MBA by the University of Deusto.

Incorporated to Abengoa in 1988 developing engineering projects in the field of power electronics and control in charge of the design and manufacturing of power supplies for superconducting magnets at CERN, dedicating my activity to develop the R&D group, focused in superconductivity.

A collaboration with Ciemat in 1990 to develop parabolic through collector introduces me in the field of the solar R&D activities, consolidating with the promotion of new developments in international projects.

In 1999, as responsible of the Solar Group, started up the solar plant project PS10, and in 2001 the PV plant project Seville PV.

At the beginning of 2002 passed to be the Director of Abengoa Solar New Technologies and in 2010 Director of the Solar Complex (100 MWe Parabollic Through plant) in Ecija, Seville (Spain).

In 2013 he was working as Senior Advisor for the R&D group in Abengoa Research for Solar activities. In 2015 he was working as O&M General Manager of Abengoa Solar in South Africa.

And finally, in September 2018 he incorporated to Shouhang Europe as CEO until June 2021.

Senior Level Independent Advisor

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