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THE TEAM

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FOUNDING PARTNERS INVESTMENT MANAGERS
  • Aquilino Peña
  • Javier Torremocha
  • José María Amusátegui
  • Joaquín Rebuelta
  • Juan López Santamaría
TEAM
  • Aquilino Peña
  • Javier Torremocha
  • José María Amusátegui
  • Joaquín Rebuelta
  • Juan López Santamaría

FOUNDING
PARTNERS

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Aquilino Peña has been involved in the digital industry since the late 90s and has been involved in all areas of the Business, mainly ecommerce, online marketing and content. Aquilino has been an active Angel investor and advisor to a number of companies such as BaseKit (UK), Acierto.com, Matrix, Bodeboca, PayCo (Germany), Virtual Contenidos, Alice (US/España) amongst other relevant proyects.

His last corporate assignment was CEO of MediaEdge:cia for Spain and Portugal, the largest media buying agency of WPP in the region, which manages the marketing investment of over 500 clients in Spain and Portugal. Relevant clients include: Sony Ericsson, Chanel, Henkel, Visa, Paramount Pictures, Accenture, Toys R US,… Before that, he ran all portal activities for Orange Spain, including e-care, E-shop and the large portal network managed by Orange in the Spanish language (up to 40 M monthly active users ). Aquilino started his career as a consultant for The Bostron Consulting Group, wher he worked for the Madrid office and startedup the Sao Paulo office.

Aquilino is well known and considered a key person in the European Internet arena. He has been Director and member of the board of the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB-Spain), board member of the Asociacion Española de Anunciantes (AEA) and board member of @adigital (formerly Spanish Ecommerce Association).

Aquilino received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds a dual degree in Law and Business Administration from ICADE and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.  Aquilino and Javier were classmates at ICADE and close friends since.

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Javier Torremocha has more than 16 years of transaction experience with leading global firms like Lehman Brothers (1994-2000) and, more recently, UBS (2001-2009).   In UBS he was Head of Corporate Advisory, where he was solely focused in advising  entrepreneurs and family-owned companies in corporate finance transactions.

 

In between Lehman Brothers and UBS, he worked as Director of Business Development at Netjuice Capital, an internet VC funded by 3i, GE Capital and FCC with commitments over €60 million.  Netjuice sold its 15% stake in Kelkoo.com to Yahoo Inc. for $575 million in 2004.  His responsibilities in Netjuice included fundraising activity, M&A and business development for both at a holding level and for portfolio companies.

 

More recently, Javier has spend  one year in San Diego, CA, both at a Global Leadership Program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and understanding the dynamics of the US VC industry.  He is a special LP of Social Leverage LLC, a San Diego-based partnership that invests in early stage internet businesses.  Social Leverage currently holds a portfolio of 20+ companies, including Tweetdeck, Stocktwits (recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web”), Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Bit.ly, Foodzie and eToro.

 

In addition, Javier has been an active Angel Investor, including companies like Idealista, Mundivox, Pulsar Technologies, Netjuice and Social Leverage.

 

Javier received an MBA from INSEAD and holds a dual degree in Law and Business Administration from ICADE. Javier and Aquilino were classmates at ICADE and close friends since.  Javier and José María worked together for 5 years at UBS and have known each other for over 15 years. Javier is fluent  in Spanish  and English.

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José María Amusátegui is a Founding Partner of Cygnus Asset Management SGIIC SA, the first independent regulated firm approved in Spain to manage hedge funds. He has over 25 years experience in Consulting, Private Equity, Investment and Private Banking.

 

Before joining Cygnus, José María worked for 14 years for UBS (1992-2006) in both the Investment Banking and Wealth Management divisions. Initially based in London and later in Madrid, he was involved in M&A, IPO’s, equity derivative structures while at Corporate Finance.  During his years in the Wealth Management side of the business, he launched a Corporate Finance capacity dedicated to private clients (where  he worked with Javier Torremocha for 5 years) as well as the Key Clients Group, covering the largest  private clients in Spain. 

 

José María began his professional career in 1986 working for the consulting division of Arthur Andersen (now Accenture), gaining experience on information systems, programming and strategic management consulting.  Later in 1988 he worked for Advent International, a private equity firm, generating deal flow, doing financial analysis and due diligence. 

 

He has a Law degree from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona. He has also been designated as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). 

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Joaquin Rebuelta has more than 7 years of experience with leading global firms in London and Madrid. He starts his career at Lehman Brothers in 2007 within the Tech and Media team. In 2009 he joined Mediobanca S.p.A. Merger & Acquisitions team where he covered corporate finance transactions in Spain and LatAm. In the Media & Tech sector he worked in transactions involving the leading companies in Spain. He joined Kibo Ventures in 2014.

Joaquín holds a Law & Business Administration degree by Icade (E-3).

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Juan has more than 8 years of experience in the world of technology, working first as a research engineer at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a Project manager and Business developer at Indra Systems in the defense and security division, and finally at Kibo Ventures as a venture capital investment manager, where he has been part of the team since February 2013. Currently, Juan is a board member in various technology driven startups.

During his time at Indra, Juan led various projects to equip naval platforms with state-of-the-art defense systems. He also engaged in multiple international initiatives working in business development efforts in Australia and Europe as well as actively participating in joined collaborations with US technology companies to develop and design systems and full solutions to increase Indra’s global offer.

Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science as a Telecommunication Engineer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated Magna Cum laude and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance at CUNEF – Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros -, Madrid.