Kelvin Vuong

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Kelvin joined Astris’ Vietnam office in 2018. Since joining our team, Kelvin has been responsible for day-to-day coordination with banks, clients and related stakeholders in Vietnam.

Mr. Vuong has 8 years of working experience in Vietnam, in the development, financing, and management of projects in oil & gas, energy, infrastructure and real estate. In doing so, Kelvin has acquired a solid understanding of Infrastructure & Energy market in Vietnam and has been instrumental in handling the closing & disbursement of the term loan facility for the Dam Nai wind project. Recently, Kelvin has involved through the complete process of the credit process, negotiation & signing of a Credit Agreement for a long term project financing for a solar project in Vietnam.

Kelvin Vuong graduated First Class with Honor, majoring in Finance, from NUS Business School, Singapore. He later completed a joint Master in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences & Rotterdam School of Management and is fluent in Vietnamese and English.

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Rafael Estrela

Rafael Estrela joined Astris in June 2013 in the São Paulo’s office. Prior to joining Astris, Rafael spent two years in Private Equity at Artesia, where he led several buy-side investment analysis of companies in a wide range of different sectors, such as consumer goods, health care services, education and agribusiness, as well as assisted senior management during several acquisition processes. Prior to his tenure with Artesia, Rafael worked at Standard & Poor’s, performing corporate credit risk analysis. At Astris, Rafael has been very active in the energy sector in Brazil: he has been involved as lead modeler and assisted throughout execution of several M&A and project finance transactions in the transmission line and power sectors. Rafael also participated in cross-border M&A transactions in the same sectors.

Rafael holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Juan P. Hernández

Juan Pablo Hernandez joined Astris Finance early in 2013. Since then he has participated in several infrastructure projects such as the financing of the Audi Platform in Puebla and the Circuito Interior in Mexico City, assisting senior management in the preparation of documents at all stages of the projects. In addition Juan Pablo has been very active in the energy sector where he has assisted in the structuring of a hydroelectric power plant and has been lead modeler in solar and gas pipeline projects for international sponsors.

Juan Pablo has a BA in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Cristina Begue Hoyos

Cristina joined Astris Finance in June 2016. Prior to that she did a one year internship at BNP Paribas in New York, where she supported senior team members with the structuring and execution of non-recourse debt financings for infrastructure assets across Latin America and the Caribbean region. She participated in the refinancing of the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá, assisting in the due diligence process, negotiation of credit documentation, and the preparation of documents at all stages of the project. She also worked for more than one year at Banca de Inversión Bancolombia, where she was infrastructure projects analyst and participated in the preparation of pitch books and marketing material for clients.

Cristina holds a MSc in Finance from Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France) and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia (Colombia). Cristina is fluent in Spanish, English, and French

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Joaquin Fernandez-Salvador

Joaquin joined the Washington, DC office of Astris Finance in July 2015. Prior to that he worked as an intern in Astris during the summer of 2014 and the first half of 2015. During this time he has been involved in the photovoltaic energy and infrastructure sectors in a variety of countries, assisting throughout the development and execution stages of several project finance transactions.

Joaquin has a BA in Economics and a minor in Political Science from Georgetown University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and conversant in Portuguese.

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Javier I. Osegueda

Javier Ivan joined Astris Finance on January 2016 in the Mexico City office. Since Javier joined our team, he has worked as an analyst in the financing, restructuring and bid offer preparation for renewable plants, airports, highways, railways and urban infrastructure projects in several countries in Latin America and under diverse contractual structures. Now based in Paris, he has been focusing on the financing execution and modelling under Project Finance schemes.

 Javier holds a BA in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and has passed the Level III exam of the CFA Program. He is fluent in Spanish & English and has an upper intermediate level of French.

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Arthur Cury

Arthur Cury joined Astris in June 2016 in the São Paulo’s office. Prior to joining Astris, Arthur worked as analyst for AB Concessions, a toll road business held by Atlantia & Bertin, where he worked on several issuances of debentures for the company, worked on new business development and served as entry point between the business team and the investors relations and treasury departments. Prior to that, he spent one year in Private Equity at Bradesco, 2nd largest Brazilian bank, where he worked on several buy-side mandates in a wide range of sectors, such as energy, infrastructure, consumer goods and agribusiness.

Arthur holds a BA in Business Administration from Insper. He is fluent in English and Portuguese.

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Pierre Réné

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Pierre joined Astris Finance in June 2016, starting with an internship at the Singapore office. Now based in Paris, he has been involved in a number of renewable energy and infrastructure transactions in Europe and South-East Asia, working recently on wind and solar PV financing mandates in France

Prior to joining the team, he spent 6 months as an intern at EDF’s (Electricité de France) headquarters in Paris. Within the Investment Division, he was part of the team in charge of the financial structuring and profitability analysis of greenfield projects developed by the firm
Pierre graduated from HEC Paris with a Master in Management, and completed a Master in Public Affairs as a double degree with Sciences Po Paris with a Major in Energy. He is fluent in French and English, and proficient in Spanish
 

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Max Lowenthal

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Max joined the Washington, DC office of Astris finance in June 2017. Prior to Astris, Max interned with the Structured Finance division of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), where he assisted in the due diligence process of energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America and Africa. In the summer of 2016, he worked as an equity analyst at Itaú Asset Management in Santiago, Chile, researching and valuing Chilean small cap companies. Max also spent more than two years working as an investigator at Mintz Group, a leading due diligence and investigative services firm.

Max received an M.A., with honors, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he specialized in Infrastructure Finance and Latin American Studies, and holds a B.A. from Colgate University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Economics. Max is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Marien Madrazo

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Marien Madrazo joined Astris Finance in June 2017. She is based in our Mexico City office and has been assisting with the development of solar and transportation projects.

Marien holds a BA in Actuarial Science and a certificate in Investment Analysis from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She also spent a year studying in McGill University. Marien is a Level I Candidate in the CFA Program. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Cathy Aoula

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Cathy joined Astris Finance in April 2018 at the Paris office, where she has been involved on renewable energies M&A mandates and infrastructure refinancing mandates. Prior to joining the team, Cathy interned in BPI France’s Private Equity division, within the Mid & Large cap team investing in various sectors in France, including infrastructure. She also worked as an intern at BNP Paribas within the Equity Capital Markets team assisting throughout the development and execution stages of several ECM transactions.

Cathy graduated from ESCP Europe with a Master in Management with a Major in Finance. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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Maria Fernanda Santillana

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Maria Fernanda Santillana joined Astris Finance in July 2018 in the Mexico City office. Since joining our team, she has been involved in the development of renewable energy and transportation projects. Prior to Astris, Maria Fernanda interned with JP Morgan. She also won the Reto Banxico, organized by Mexico’s Central Bank, by analyzing the Mexican financial and infrastructure sectors.

Maria Fernanda holds a BA in Economics with academic excellence, from the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO). She is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Fabian Hernández

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Fabian Hernández joined Astris in April 2019. Before joining Astris, Fabian worked in Trade Finance and Global Transactional Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (since 2016) covering large multinational and Mexican corporates, including energy industry logos like Avanzia, Iberdrola and Engie among others.

 Fabian holds a BA in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and passed the CFA Level I Exam in June 2018. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

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