Gregorio Schneider

Founder │ Managing Partner │ Chief Investment Officer

Gregorio Schneider is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of TC Latin America Partners. Mr. Schneider has more than 25 years of experience in emerging markets, investing in both the public and private sectors through different types of assets and strategies, including debt, equity, distressed assets and real estate.

Prior to forming TC Latin America Partners, Mr. Schneider was Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets at Och-Ziff Capital Management. During his tenure at Och-Ziff, Mr. Schneider was responsible for building the firm’s capabilities, strategic relationships and investment porfolio in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining Och-Ziff, Mr. Schneider was the Portfolio Manager responsible for Emerging Markets special situation investments at The Rohatyn Group. Mr. Schneider also worked at Spinnaker Capital, Credit Agricole Indosuez and the real estate division of Banamex.

Mr. Schneider has served on the boards of various Latin American companies, is a member of the EMPEA Latin America Council, and has been recognized by the World Economic Forum for his work with developing countries. He is a member of the Board of Qualitas of Life Foundation, The Provivah Donor Fund and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.

Mr. Schneider holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Daniel Grunberg

Founder │ Managing Partner | Country Manager – Peru

Daniel Grunberg is a Founder and Managing Partner of TC Latin America Partners. Prior to forming TC Latin America Partners, Mr. Grunberg was a member of the Emerging Markets group at Och-Ziff Capital Management, where he helped to manage and structure the firm’s emerging market investments. Prior to joining Och-Ziff, Mr. Grunberg worked alongside Mr. Schneider at The Rohatyn Group, where he structured and executed transactions in Latin America.

Prior to The Rohatyn Group, Mr. Grunberg was General Counsel at Sojitz Corporation of America (formerly Nissho Iwai American Corporation), a global Japanese trading company with offices and operations across Latin America. While at Sojitz, Mr. Grunberg was involved with a private debt and equity portfolio that included real estate assets in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and the U.S., and was also involved in the restructuring and sale of various companies and assets located in the region.

Prior to joining Sojitz, Mr. Grunberg was an Executive Director at Illinova Generating Company (now Dynegy) where he developed power generation projects in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Mr. Grunberg was also a Director of Termoflores, a gas-fired power plant in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Mr. Grunberg holds a Law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela, a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a Master in Law from Fordham University and a Master of Philosophy from New York University.

Francisco Covarrubias

Managing Partner | Country Manager – Mexico

Francisco Covarrubias is a Partner at TC Latin America Partners and the Country Manager for the office in Mexico. He brings over 15 years of financial, operational and legal experience in the U.S. and Latin America. Prior to joining TC Latin America Partners, Mr. Covarrubias worked for over 7 years at Kimco Realty Corporation, where he was responsible for business development and portfolio management of Kimco’s Latin American division. Before Kimco, Mr. Covarrubias held several business development and financial planning positions at Dell, Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked at the law offices of Ritch, Heather & Mueller in Mexico City, where he specialized in M&A, private equity and real estate law.

Mr. Covarrubias holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Luis A. Santana

Chief Financial Officer

Luis A. Santana is the Chief Financial Officer of the Manager. Mr. Santana has 10 years of experience in private equity accounting and operations.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Santana was a financial controls manager for private equity at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, where he was responsible for operations and reporting for several private equity funds with AUM in excess of US$2 billion. While at Och-Ziff, Mr. Santana worked on fund accounting, reporting and valuation for a portfolio of over one hundred investments in the real estate, consumer, energy and technology sectors. Mr. Santana was also responsible for the development of processes and procedures around financial controls, treasury management, valuation, reporting and technology. Prior to Och-Ziff, Mr. Santana was a manager in the fund services group at Bank of New York-Mellon, where he helped oversee large hedge fund clients.

Mr. Santana holds a BBA in Finance, with honors, from Baruch College.

Andres Escobar

Country Manager – Colombia

Andres Escobar is the Country Manager for the office in Colombia at TC Latin America Partners. He brings over 17 years of experience in the real estate sector, where he has worked in various international funds, such as JER Partners in Mexico City and RREEF in London. Prior to joining TC Latin America Partners, Mr. Escobar worked during 8 years at Inverlink, one of the most important real estate funds in Colombia. At Inverlink, Mr. Escobar served as the General Manager and Director of the Real Estate Fund, where he led multiple transactions in different asset types, particularly office and industrial. Mr. Escobar began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at J.P. Morgan in New York.

Mr. Escobar holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Daniel Gáfaro

Project Management Director

Daniel Gáfaro is the Manager’s Project Management Director. Mr. Gáfaro is responsible for site management, budget planning and control, schedule progress, infrastructure and quality control.

During his 11+ years of experience in real estate and construction management, Mr. Gáfaro has managed projects with a total aggregate investment of US$200 million. Mr. Gáfaro has a BS in Civil Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and is a Certified Project Manager from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Antonio Baez

Vice President

Antonio Baez is a Vice President in the Mexico City office of the Manager. Prior to joining the Manager, Mr. Baez worked for eight years as a relationship and financial manager at Grupo Frisa, a well known industrial and commercial developer in Mexico. He was responsible for commercial, industrial, residential, mixed used and special projects of the company. During his time at Grupo Frisa, Mr. Baez closed over US$450MM in transactions. He was involved in the establishment of several joint ventures with local and international partners, and participated in the development of more than 20 projects representing 13MM+ square feet.

Before Grupo Frisa, Mr. Baez worked for Banamex Citigroup in the investment and business divisions.

Mr. Baez holds an MBA from Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a BS in finance with a specialty in corporate finance from Escuela Bancaria Comercial in Mexico City.

Gabriel Benitez

Vice President

Gabriel Benitez is a Vice President in the Bogota office of the Manager. Before joining the team, Mr. Benitez worked as a director in the Finance and Investments Team of Related Group (Miami) leading the structuring and capitalization of real estate development projects in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Prior to that, Mr. Benitez worked as an Associate in Hines (Atlanta) focusing on land acquisitions and the structuring of real estate development projects across the Southeastern United States. Mr. Benitez began his career with Accenture as a Consultant in the Strategy group based out of the Atlanta office.

Mr. Benitez holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with majors in finance and real estate, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with honors.

Alejandro Ruiz

Vice President

Alejandro Ruiz is a Vice President at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ruiz was Director of Business Development at Apiros, a large developer in Colombia, where he was responsible for sourcing and structuring real estate investment opportunities across all asset types. Prior to Apiros, Mr. Ruiz worked at Grupo Gradeco, Construcciones Arrecife and Grama Construcciones, where he specialized in project management and project finance. Mr. Ruiz has participated in real estate investments worth over US$650 million and is currently an Associate Professor of the Engineering Faculty at the Javeriana University.

Alejandro received an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, where he graduated with honors.

Juliana Soto

Vice President

Juliana Soto is a Vice President at TC Latin America Partners. Her main responsibility is to handle new projects analysis, asset management and due diligence. Prior to joining TC Latin America Partners, Ms. Soto was an investment banking analyst for Santander Investments and Inverlink S.A., a Colombian investment banking boutique firm.

Ms. Soto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (CESA) in Bogota, Colombia and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance and Investments from New York University.

Christopher Navas

Controller

Christopher Navas is the Controller at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Navas worked as an Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), where he worked for two years in PwC’s Alternative Investment Funds Practice in New York and six years in the San Juan, Puerto Rico Assurance Practice.

Mr. Navas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and is a Certified Public Accountant in the New York and Puerto Rico State Boards of Accountancy.

Gabriela Airaldi

Associate

Gabriela Airaldi is an Associate at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Gabriela worked at the IFC World Bank Group as an Investment Analyst for the Andean region, developing debt and equity investments and managing portfolio projects. Prior to the IFC, Gabriela worked as a Corporate Finance Analyst at the regional investment bank, Credicorp Capital, structuring loans for corporate clients.

Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico and has passed level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification.

Felipe Croitoru

Analyst

Felipe Croitoru is an Analyst at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Croitoru worked as an analyst at Colombian-based private equity firm, MAS Equity Partners, where he managed the investment pipeline and analyzed the feasibility of new investment opportunities.

Mr. Croitoru holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Patricia Deza

Analyst

Patricia Deza is an Analyst at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Deza was completing her undergraduate studies. Meanwhile she also interned at various investment and consulting firms in New York and Lima.

Ms. Deza holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Federico Fermin

Analyst

Federico Fermin is an Analyst at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fermin worked at J.P. Morgan as an analyst in the Latin America Investment Banking Coverage and M&A team in New York and Lima, where he was primarily involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and debt capital market transactions.

Mr. Fermin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York City, New York.

Diego Gomez

Analyst

Diego Gomez is an Analyst at TC Latin America Partners, where he previously worked as an intern. He supports the team in activities related to due diligence, project analysis and asset management.

Mr. Gomez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

Felipe Posada

Analyst

Felipe Posada is an Analyst at TC Latin America Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Felipe worked at Itaú Colombia leading a Corporate Credit team and analyzing loans and structured projects for the largest companies in the country. Prior to Itaú, Mr. Posada was part of the Grupo Bolívar Trainee program where he worked in different companies of the conglomerate.

Felipe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, where he graduated with honors.