Isabel Elias / Equitas Partners
Founder and Managing Partner of Equitas Partners, has over 24 years of experience in venture capital, private equity activities and investment banking. In the last few years, she has led transactions in a variety of sectors including tourism, technology, real estate, health, education, media (broadcast TV, radio and newspaper), energy (oil and gas, infrastructure and electricity), as well as in the fishing, agribusiness, retail, food, plastic and paper sectors, amongst others. During the last five years, Isabel has been particularly focused on mining transactions, working together with a team of mining experts (geologists and mining engineers), to seek, evaluate, and develop mining ventures in Peru, Colombia and Chile.
Prior to co-founding Equitas, Isabel was part of a Latin American consortium comprised by HBO Ole, Globovision and Solomon Broadcasting International carrying out media acquisitions in the region. Previously, she spent nine years at ING Barings Furman Selz (eight of them in New York) where she headed the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking effort for Peru leading the origination and execution efforts for that market.
She was also responsible for opening and establishing ING's investment banking presence in Peru which started at the early stages of the development of the Peruvian capital markets and led some of the earliest and most visible transactions in Peru during the 90’s, including the US$242m financing for Inversiones Graña & Montero and Wiese Inversiones in their acquisition of Telefonica del Peru, the acquisition of Banco Continental by BBVA and the Brescia Group, the NYSE equity offering by Compañía de Minas Buenaventura, the sale of a significant stake of Aero Peru to Delta Airlines, and the US$100m securitization of Visa receivables by Banco de Credito del Peru, amongst others. Beforehand, she worked as the CFO of Minpeco USA Inc., an international metal trading company with physical metal and futures trading operations worldwide with over US$1 billion annual sales. She also worked for two years at BankBoston as an analyst. Isabel graduated from Northeastern University's MBA and BSBA programs. She is Peruvian and fluent in English, Spanish and French.