BK Partners has a professional team with wide experience, strong commitment and excellent focus with the highest ethical criteria.
The team brings together a wealth of experience forged in the world's leading investment banks and management consulting firms. Additionally, the team has considerable experience in the investment market of luxury hotels.
With a combined experience of more than 80 years, the team has been involved in more than 10 acquisitions of individual hotel assets and more than 7 developments / hotel renovations, adding up more than US$ 4.5 billion. We believe that the performance of our management team and its wide knowledge of the industry, gives added value to our business.
In addition, the company benefits from the international profile of each of the team members.
Allen has over 25 years of investment banking experience across the world, most of it at Goldman Sachs (GS). At GS, he served as Head of the Mexico Team, COO for the Latin American Group, Head of Emerging Markets for the Investment Banking Division, Head of Russia and CIS, co-Head of General Industrials, and Head of the Spanish Team. Allen finished his career at GS as one of the seven members of the Firmwide Commitments Committee responsible for authorizing all equity underwritings carried out by the firm and monitoring commercial and reputational risks.
Allen is Chairman of the Board of RLD (the first fund established by BK Partners), Chairman Emeritus of the Council of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Member of the Campaign Board of the Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom, and Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Allen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Allen holds dual citizenships from Mexico and the U.K. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and is conversational in German, French, Italian, and Russian.
David has over 25 years of investment banking experience at some of the world's leading financial institutions.
He was the CEO of Merrill Lynch for Spain and Portugal between 2006 and 2009, being responsible for all of the firm's advisory and capital market activities in the region. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, David was a Managing Director and the Head of the European Industrials Group for Goldman Sachs (GS) between 2004 and 2006; and before that, from 1995 to 2004, he was responsible for GS´s investment banking activities in Spain and Portugal. Between 1989 and 1995, he worked for Salomon Brothers in London.
During his career, David has taken part in several of the largest M&A transactions in recent years including the sale of Altadis to Imperial Tobacco, Telefonica's acquisition of O2, the tender offers by Telefonica for all the outstanding minority interests in its operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, the acquisitions of Enersis and Endesa Chile by Endesa, the acquisition of Pirelli Cables by GSCP, the merger of ACS and Dragados, the merger of Aceralia with Arbed and Usinor to create Arcelor, and the merger of Banco Santander and Banco Central Hispanoamericano. He has also led the execution of many of the most significant capital raising exercises for companies such as Repsol, Santander, Endesa, Telefonica, Terra Networks, EDP, Recoletos, Prisa, Portucel Industrial, and Vocento.
David is a graduate in Business Administration from Madrid's CUNEF and speaks Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
Juan has more than 10 years of experience in land acquisition and real estate development, gained primarily as a founder and General Manager at “Zen Arquitectura” (2001) where he developed several residential real estate projects in Mexico City. Juan is currently CEO of RLD.
In 2004, as a cofounder of “Vibre Construcciones y Desarrollos,” he increased his expertise in real estate and construction as the company invested in several beach-front real estate development projects in the Puerto Vallarta/Punta de Mita area.
Juan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications from Cologne, Germany at Westdeutsche Akademie für Kommunikation where he graduated in 1997. He also coursed Oberschule and obtained the Abitur degree in 1994.
Juan has lived in Sweden, Russia, England and Germany. He holds dual German and Mexican nationalities and speaks English, Spanish, and German fluently as well as some French and Russian.
Jerónimo has more than 10 years of investing experience, mainly gained at Goldman Sachs (GS) where he was a Vice-President in the firm’s Principal Strategies Group, an internal group with capital of US$15 billion of the bank’s own funds.
While at GS, Jerónimo was directly responsible for a portfolio worth US$400 million invested in the German, French, and Spanish markets. This portfolio was mainly focused on the Energy/Utilities, Chemical, Automotive, Construction Materials, and Retail sectors and invested across the capital structure. The performance of Jerónimo’s portfolio stood at around 19%, one of the top returns of the team.
Jerónimo has also been highly involved in RLD (the first fund established by BK Partners) where he was responsible for business and financial planning, investment and divestment structuring as well as fund raising and investor relations.
Jerónimo is a graduate in Business Administration from both the University of Cologne in Germany and ICADE Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain. He holds dual German and Mexican nationalities and speaks English, Spanish, German fluently as well as some French and Russian.
Juan José Bremer
Ambassador Bremer has built a distinguished diplomatic career. He has represented Mexico as Ambassador to the United States (2000-2004), Spain (1998-2000), the Federal Republic of Germany (1990-1998), the former Soviet Union (1988-1990), and Sweden (1982).
He also held high-level positions in Mexico's educational and cultural sectors, where he was head of the National Fine Arts Institute (1976-1982), Deputy Secretary for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Education (1982), and President of the prestigious Cervantino International Festival (1983). Previously, he was Private Secretary to Mexico's President (1972-1975) and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency (1975-1976).
Ambassador Bremer also served in Mexico's Legislative Branch from 1985 to 1988, when he was President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. In that position, he was Co-chair of the Mexican Delegations to the XXVI and XXVII Mexico - United States Interparliamentary Commission meetings held in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1986) and New Orleans, Louisiana (1988).
In 1986, he also participated, along with distinguished personalities from both countries, in the Commission to Study the Future of Mexican - American Relations. The Commission, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, published its report in 1988.
Juan José Bremer has been guest lecturer at several U.S., Mexican and European universities. He received a degree in Law at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM) in 1966. In 1975 he was awarded the high decoration Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. In addition, he has also been decorated with the Medal of Honor of the German Red Cross and the Order of Isabel la Católica by the government of Spain, among others.
Borja has more than 15 years of experience in Asset Management and Investment, having been Manager of the Capital Markets, Asset Management and Global Custody at Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte) and most recently as CEO of Vector Cuatro. Borja founded Vector Cuatro in 2007 as a company focused on investment and asset management of renewable energy assets across the globe, leading the investment of more than 4 billion USD and the asset management of more than 1.200 MW for the main international investment funds. Such experience validates the methodology he developed as Asset Manager in Vector Cuatro which is replicable to different asset kinds.
In 2014, when Vector Cuatro was the largest company in Asset Management in the third-party renewable projects area worldwide and counted with a team of more than 130 professionals across 12 offices, 9 countries and operating in 17 more, Borja sold the Group to Falck Renewables, a company listed on the stock market of Italy. Borja is currently CEO and CFO of RLH Properties and member of its Executive Committee, as well as member of the Investment Committee and Operating Committee of Balam Fund I and Balam CKD. Borja also acts as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Trappit and is Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of Menorca Millennials.
Borja graduated in Business Administration from CUNEF and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He also teaches different Master programs and is Director of two Executive Programs in the Centro de Estudios Garrigues. He speaks fluently English and Spanish.
Francis has over 13 years of hotel finance, management and investing experience. Before joining BK Partners, Francis held the position of Vice-President of Acquisitions and Development at Meridia Capital, a leading Spanish private equity management firm based in Barcelona specialized in investing in premium hotel real estate with a special focus on Mexico and South America. As such he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing all investments of Meridia that ultimately ended adding up more than US$600M. During his time at Meridia, Francis led the development of a prime mixed use real estate project in Paris and was also responsible for the asset management of the investment portfolio of Meridia Capital.
Francis started his career in the hotel industry within the corporate finance team at Occidental Hotels & Resorts becoming ultimately Corporate Development Manager. At Occidental he was involved in financing and M&A transactions close to US$2 billion. Francis holds a B.A. from the European Business School. He is Belgian by nationality and speaks French, Spanish and English fluently as well as German and some Italian.
Marc has over 15 years of experience in business strategy, with a particular focus on business viability, global growth strategy, as well as operational improvement and restructuring.
Marc has developed his skills through a decade of management and strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group as well as 5 years as the Director of Corporate Strategy for Cemex, the leading building materials group with presence in 50+ countries.
While a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Marc was a dual member of BCG’s global Industrial Goods and Consumer Goods practice areas, and worked in a wide range of industries including hospitality, computers, wines & spirits, telecommunications, auto-parts, food, petrochemicals, cement, beverages, private education and consumer finance. His client work covered most European countries, the U.S. and Latin America, first out of the Paris and then the Mexico offices.
At Cemex Marc’s responsibilities have encompassed defining strategies in a given geography (USA, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, Middle East, Central Asia, India, etc.), a specific industry (such as vertical integration from cement into ready-mix concrete, aggregates, pre-cast), as well as competitive strategy. At Cemex, Marc was also spearheading Business Development and has led M&A transactions large and small, amicable or hostile, competitive or proprietary. Marc also organized and led the large-scale operational merger of Cemex’s and Rinker’s organizations in the U.S., as well as other cost cutting projects.
Marc is a graduate of ESSEC, a France top business school. He holds a French passport and has lived since 1999 between Mexico, the U.S. and Spain. He speaks English, French and Spanish fluently and is conversational in Portuguese and Russian.
Francisco has over 15 years of professional experience, mostly in real estate development. He founded Zeiba, a real estate development firm with projects in residential markets in Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, conceiving innovative residential product offerings and successfully developing them to completion. His experience includes managing the entire project lifecycle including: selecting sites, raising capital, obtaining permits, managing construction, marketing, and sales.
Prior to founding Zeiba, he spent three years as a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising clients in industries such as telecommunications, consumer packaged goods and financial services among others.
Francisco holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Mechanical Electrical Engineering degree from ITESM Monterrey. He speaks English, Spanish and Italian fluently and is conversational in French.
Guillermo has over 13 years of work experience in the Mexican Energy Industry in both private and public entities.
At Inveravante-Mexico, he was in charge of business development for wind, hydro and biogas projects. Prior to that, he worked as Manager of municipal and energy services in Gutsa Infrastructura, where he was responsible for creating a new business unit to offer self-supply generation and energy efficiency services to the industry as well as other services to municipalities. Guillermo also worked for Iberdrola and was involved in several bidding processes for IPP projects with the CFE (Mexican Federal Electricity Commission).
In the public sector, Guillermo worked for 6 years in the Energy Regulatory Commission at the Electricity Restructuring Unit (the Government’s think tank for the modernization of the power industry). In addition, he also worked in the Ministry of Energy at the Investment Promotion Unit, which was responsible for fostering private investments in the natural gas and electricity sectors.
Guillermo holds an MBA and a Sustainability Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management in the Sloan Fellows Program, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Anahuac, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana. In addition, he is member of the board of ASOMAS, which is the only Mexican Non-Government Organization that provides support and therapy for deaf-blind and multi-impaired children.
Diego has 7 years of work experience in the financial sector.
Diego joined BK Partners in August 2008 and is responsible for analyzing private equity investment proposals including valuation, market analysis, divestment strategies as well as monitoring and reporting of activities.
Prior to joining BK, Diego served as an Associate for Santander Investment in the equity research department, where he was ranked first place in the Conglomerates Sector in the “Latin American Research Team 2007 and 2008” of Institutional Investor. During his tenure at Santander Investment, he had under coverage the Mexican Chemical & Energy sector with companies such as Mexichem and Alfa.
Diego also spent 2 years in Citigroups Investment Research unit analyzing Mexican and Brazilian homebuilders and infrastructure companies.
Diego is a level II CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) candidate and received his B.A. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He holds dual citizenships from Mexico and Spain, and speaks English and Spanish fluently.
With an international background, Gabriella was brought up in both English & Spanish. After receiving technical (IT) and financial education, she joined Merrill Lynch (ML) in its Madrid office in 2003 where she worked as an Executive Assistant for the Equity Sales and Investment Banking teams. Between 2004 and 2009, she was PA to the CEO & Chairman for Spain & Portugal, a position where she strengthened her international abilities and her industry know-how.
After 6 years in ML, in 2009 she joined BK Partners where she is currently Office Manager. At BK Partners, Gabriella is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Madrid office, including administrative, space and facilities management, together with PA responsibilities to the Company’s Founders.