Senior Associate

Damien Dupa

Damien joined Astris in June 2014 as an Associate. Prior to joining Astris, Damien spent one year in Natixis's Project Finance group in Paris where he worked on arranging debt financing for infrastructure projects. Damien spent then two years in Mazars Paris Structured Finance team advising private and public clients on several infrastructure and PPP projects (defense, water, hospital, universities, roads and airports). Damien has been involved as lead modeler or in charge of model audit in numerous transactions.

Damien holds an M.S. in International Project Management from business school ESCP Europe and in Banking, Finance and Commodity Trading from University of Bordeaux IV. Damien is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese.

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Silvia Baracaldo

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Silvia joined Astris Finance in 2017 as a consultant working for the Mexico City office. With over 10 years of experience in finance in Latin America, Silvia has held different positions both in the advisory as well as the sponsor side.

Prior to joining Astris, she worked for Organización Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo in Bogotá, where she was responsible for following the firm’s investments, and working closely with portfolio companies to help them meet their budget targets while maximizing flows to the holding company.  Silvia has also worked in business development for ContourGlobal, a power generation company with operations in Latin America, Africa and Europe. At ContourGlobal she analyzed investment opportunities in renewable energy generation in Brazil and Colombia, as well as helped financing projects like small hydro generators and transmission lines in Brazil. Silvia also worked in equity research for Deutsche Bank in Sao Paulo, covering Latin American metals and mining stocks. Silvia started her career working for Metrix Finanzas, a Colombian investment banking boutique, serving the local middle market.  At Metrix, she worked in different sectors like agribusiness, insurance and banking.

Silvia holds a MBA from Columbia University in New York, and a BS in electrical engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. Silvia is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Victor Owen

Victor joined Astris in June 2012. Prior to Astris, Victor worked in Société Générale’s Energy Project Finance team in Paris. At Société Générale, Victor participated in the structuring of transactions in the power sector (coal-fired, nuclear, renewables) and oil and gas sector (LNG plant, refinery, petrochemical plant). He was involved in the review of financial models and the financing documents of the transactions.

Victor holds an M.S. in International Management and a certificate in Energy & Finance from French leading business school HEC Paris (Paris, France). Victor is fluent in English and French and conversant in Spanish.

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Omar Lahlou

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Omar joined Astris Finance in September 2017 as an Associate based in Paris. Prior Astris Finance, Omar spent two years at EY in Paris within the Project Finance team. At EY, Omar took part in numerous engagements where he advised public entities and sponsors focusing on French Infrastructure and PPP Projects. Before that Omar spent three years at Resonance Advisory, a Project Finance advisory boutique in France.

Omar graduated from HEC Paris with a Master in Management. Omar is a dual-citizen from Morocco and France and speaks French, English and Arabic.

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Catalina Soto

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Catalina joined Astris in September 2018. Prior to Astris, Catalina worked at Banca de Inversión Bancolombia as an Associate of the Infrastructure team, having executed a variety of projects, including the structuring of non-recourse debt financing for infrastructure assets in Colombia and Peru, the valuation of companies in the port industry, and the structuring of debt issuance in the local capital markets for infrastructure and real estate companies. She also worked as an IB Specialist in the Scotiabank Investment Bank in Colombia, where she structured road concessions for local and international sponsors that participated in bidding processes in Colombia and the Caribbean, having secured financial closure. Catalina holds an MBA from Henley Business School (England), a Master's Degree in Corporate Finance from the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (Colombia) and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and International Affairs from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Catalina is fluent in Spanish and English and has an conversational level of French.

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