ABOUT US 

Our cross-border impact private equity team has a unique mix of backgrounds, skills and professional experience that sets it apart from most country focused investment teams.

Our team has been handpicked to cover valuation, banking, legal, portfolio management, risk management, sustainable development, ESG analysis and operational aspects.

 

Our partners have more than 100 years of combined experience in international private equity transactions, cross-border M&A deals and entrepreneurship. As a result, they can draw on a carefully built network of entrepreneurs, HNWIs and institutional investors to identify investment opportunities and to gain access to first rate business advice and intelligence to make the most of the investment opportunities in this region.

LOCAL
Presence

We are on the ground in Panamá and Nicaragua with representative offices in Washington and New York.

Our aim is to become the reference private equity firm from Central America for investors wishing to take advantage of the current and future transformative combination opportunities in this region. We want to be a central player in the regional consolidation process. To that effect, we rely on our extensive international experience with US, Canadian and European PE houses.

To provide investors with the necessary assurances to deploy capital in this often mis-understood region, we are fully committed to the highest degrees of transparency and accountability. As such, Emerald Peak is an official endorser of the ILPA Reporting Template. We are also committed to other governance standards which we have worked into the DNA of Emerald Peak. While investors may have doubts about investing in this region, we have made sure that working with Emerald Peak shall not be a source of any such doubts.

UNIQUE& DIVERSE
Team

We combine 100+ years of experience in international private equity transactions, cross-border M&A deals, impact investing and entrepreneurship.

Emerald Peak has been specifically designed to channel input from and collaboration with local talent contributing their expertise and skills at the level of the partnership, the advisory board, the investment committee or the boards of directors of the portfolio companies.

A central element of our approach is the fact that we are on the ground in Latin America which gives us an important advantage to prospect opportunities first hand, to directly supervise the investments made and to guide the management teams in the operations of the portfolio companies. 

WORLD-CLASS
Standards

We adhere to a number of recognized international standards from organizations such as IFC, ILPA, EDFI, GIIN and PRI.

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Where does our name come from?

THE PIONEERING SPIRIT OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Mountaineering is hard.

It requires planning, dedication, precision, team work and a certain level of risk to reach the top.

​The mountaineering reference in our name is a salute to the pioneers who have opened new routes to the top, who have braved critics telling them their endeavor was not feasible and who had to overcome a number of obstacles (both mental and physical) to reach the peak.

​Like those pioneers, we have taken on the challenge to put the underdeveloped regions of Latin America and the Caribbean on the map for international investors. We strongly believe that there is a successful path to investing in promising companies while at the same time helping the people in this region to better lives.

​The color ‘Emerald’ is a reference to the lush volcano landscapes that are so omni present in this region.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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POL THIELEN

Founding Partner

17+ years of experience in private equity, cross border M&A transactions and corporate risk management. As both outside counsel and in-house counsel, Pol has advised private equity funds and their managers as well as various target companies and limited partners. He has in-depth experience in shareholder litigation and complex banking and investment litigation (such as the Madoff fraud and the Kaupthing liquidation).

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STEFAN BULIC

Vice President, Investments

8+ years of experience in finance and infrastructure private equity fund management for the Americas region. He has worked at Blackstone as an analyst for their Alternative Asset Management business specializing in hedge fund finance, operational transformations, and investment due diligence as well as an associate for the Macquarie Group.

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GABRIELA
SOCIAS LILLIE

 Investor Relations Manager

8+ years experience in relationship management, communications and fundraising. Originally from Argentina, she helped organisations to unlock, communicate and measure ESG impact, by aligning their purpose, stakeholders and resources. After working for the UNFPA and for an Indigenous Women's Fund AYNI, Gabriela completed an MBA at ESADE Business School, with focus on Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing and served as VP of the Net Impact Club.

ERICA DOWNING

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Director, ESG & Impact

15+ years of cross-disciplinary work in strategic communications, business development, business process research and market evaluation in the areas of climate finance, biotech/pharma, consumer products, and software.  6+ years with the Global Climate Adaptation Network, with a focus on private sector integration of climate adaptation strategies in emerging markets.

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT TEAM

 
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ERIK GEURTS

General Partner

22+ years of experience in impact investing, notably in the financial sector of emerging markets. He has managed both debt and equity teams and supervised origination. execution and monitoring of more than 20 equity deals in Latin America, Asia and Africa. As investment officer and manager of an equity department, Erik gained extensive experience of the whole investment cycle from origination to exit.

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MUSA
COLLIDGE-ASAD

General Partner

20+ years of leadership, investment, strategy, and governance experience leading teams in large organizations and new ventures. He has led all aspects of sourcing, structuring, due diligence and supervision for multi-billion dollar portfolios of infrastructure projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency funds, P3s, microfinance and early-stage ventures

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ROGERIO RAMOS

General Partner

20+ years of investment and management experience successfully sourcing, structuring, arranging financing, and supervising multi-million dollar cross-border private equity and venture capital funds and investment transactions. His sector experience includes investments in clean technologies, IT, telecom, and energy related technologies

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EDGAR RIVERA

Advisor

20+ years of experience in financial and risk analysis, preparation, structuring and negotiation of investment projects (debt and capital) as well as supervision of investments in financial institutions and funds in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an experienced participant in investment committees and boards of directors, both in capital funds and financial institutions in the region.

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MATEO NERI

Entrepreneur in Residence

Mateo is an award winning impact design entrepreneur and a recognized specialist in circular economy technologies. He is in particular focusing on transforming biofibres from agricultural waste for future (re)use.

​He is the CEO of 8hz, a consumer brand that transitions single-use plastic waste into soft and hard goods, manufactured in the U.S. and Asia. He has extensive experience in identifying companies, startup operations, marketing, user experience, branding, product innovation to developing closed-loop solutions

 OUR CURRENT FUNDS 

We are currently launching a fund called Latin America Impact Fund I, LP targeting underserved markets in Central America and selected portions of the Andean region, the Caribbean and Mexico.

You can request our latest pitchbook from your usual contact at Emerald Peak Private Equity. 

For legal and regulatory reasons, we cannot make available information on this website that could be deemed to imply an offer of securities. In addition, the interests in any of our funds shall only be available to qualified investors (as defined under applicable law).

 

In order to comply with the above restrictions and with the general requirement not to offer or sell interests in our fund in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful until the requirements of the laws of such jurisdiction have been satisfied, we have made available the details of the fund on the following institutional investor portals:

 

 
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