Staff Writers:
Tiffany Joy Swenson (Art, Philanthropy)
Tiffany Joy Swenson Tiffany is a bilingual singer/songwriter/performer originally from San Francisco, CA. After graduating with a degree in Spanish Linguistics and completing two musical tours in South America, in 2007 she took a job as the Assistant to the President for San Francisco magazine. In 2009, she relocated to Buenos Aires to record a new English pop album and joined up with Alternative Latin Investor as the PR/Marketing director and feature writer for the Art and Philanthropy sections.
Patricio Abal (Infrastructure)
Patricio Abal Patricio began his career at a corporate law firm and then contributed work for the United States Senate (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other significant pieces of legislation.) As the Infrastructure Editor of Alternative Latin Investor he directed the Infrastructure Investment Latin America 2011 research report. He is also an attorney at DFG Abogados where he advises multilateral financial institutions in the structuring of infrastructure and agribusiness finance operations throughout South America.
Michael Romano
Michael Romano Michael is a writer from New York currently based in Buenos Aires. He studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Yale and NYU and earned a Master´s degree in information and library science from Pratt Institute, after which he worked as a librarian in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since moving to Buenos Aires in 2009, he has worked as a writer, editor, translator, and book-buyer, traveling extensively throughout Latin America.
Vernon Budinger
Vernon Budinger

LatAm Structured Finance is an investment advisor specializing in Latin American asset-backed securities. We use our proprietary technology and experience to identify unique investment opportunities and to protect our clients from risks embedded in complex structures. Vernon Budinger is an investment professional and a CFA with more than 28 years of experience. Prior to forming LatAm Structured Finance, Vernon worked at Western Asset Management and spent the last 3 years working for Western in Brazil where he evaluated Brazilian structured finance.

Kevin Sollitt (Forex)
Kevin Sollitt

FX Manager actively involved in markets since the early 1980s, continuously building international experience in financial centers that include Europe, North America and Asia. London career began at a major Australian bank until transferred to the head office in Sydney. Back to London with two stints at Japanese banks, subsequently moved to the United States in 1998. Spent 10 years at a super-regional bank, eventually managing the FX Trading sector. Currently based in the United States as an FX Relationship Manager for Great Lakes Forex LLC. Visit BLOG or Website.

Javier Canosa (Emerging Markets)
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Javier is a partner in the BA firm Canosa Abogados.  Javier’s practice develops in corporate law issues, advising several national and foreign companies in various corporate matters, including investment vehicles, corporate management, directors’ duties and responsibilities, audits, risks’ detection and distribution, documents, policies and corporate contracts, and design and implementation of a suitable corporate form for each business. - + 54 11 5252 2462 -

Ron Suber (Hedge Funds)
Ron_Suber.gif Ron is senior partner and head of global sales and marketing for Merlin. Prior to joining Merlin, he was president of Spectrum Global Fund Administration. Suber was previously senior managing director and manager of global clearing sales at Bear Stearns. He began his career at Pershing LLC. Suber holds a B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley, is on the boards of directors of Hedge Funds Care and HazelTree, and frequently authors industry white papers.

+1.212.822.4812 direct / +1.847.544.8362 mobile,
Stephen Kaczor (Agribusiness)
Stephen Kaczor

Stephen is Chairman of the Big River Foundation, a non-profit focused on river and watershed ecology conservation initiatives throughout the Americas. He is an organic farmer, eco-entrepreneur, consultant, and a writer with a documentary film in production in Central America. As a Panama-based consultant, Stephen's focus is sustainable organizational development, research & management. In addition to consulting and writing, he is passionate about sustainable agriculture, Latin American culture, travel, and the ecology.

Francisco Ebeling Barros (Emerging Markets)
Francisco Ebeling Barros Francisco is an economist, currently serving on the board of Management of Economy and Energy Policy of the IBP - Brazilian Institute of Oil, Gas and Biofuels. He has completed specialization courses in Energy Economics and has worked as a research assistant in the Group for Energy Economics from UFRJ. He is the editor of the monthly PPI Monitor ( and is one of the editors of the literary Beehive ( He is also a member of AB3E (Brazilian Association for Studies in Economics of Energy) and IAEE (International Association of Energy Economics).
Bernard Lapointe (Commodities)
  Bernard Lapointe is a Portfolio Manager in the Overlay Strategies division at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a Canadian-based global fund manager. Mr. Lapointe has been a portfolio manager and trader of equities, currencies and commodities since 1994. He holds a Master degree in Economics and speaks French and Mandarin.
Charlie Martin (Wine)
Charlie Martin Charlie graduated with a 2.1 International Business Degree from Brunel University that included a specialised dissertation in Wine Marketing. This involved researching the processes of wine pricing and packaging in both Bordeaux (France) and Sonoma (California, USA). He is now Managing Director of a successful wine consultancy business - First Growth Bordeaux Limited
TriCap Partners (Private Equity)
Tri-Cap Partners Zach Henry, Principal, and Eric Saucedo, Managing Director, are with the investment banking firm of Tricap Partners & Co. With offices in New York, Miami and São Paulo, Tricap Partners & Co. is an investment banking boutique specialized in advising companies, institutions, family offices and individuals in complex financial strategies and investment decisions. Tricap Partners & Co. is a financial advisory firm specializing in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructurings, and Private Placements of debt and equity for early-stage and middle-market growth companies.
Daniel Melhem (Emerging Markets)
               Daniel Melhem Daniel is a Partner of Knightsbridge Partners, an Investment Management firm based in South America. Prior to forming this firm; Daniel headed Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management, Latin America Southern Cone team. He began his career at Lehman Broth- ers as a financial analyst, moving on to manage portfolios and advising ultra-high net worth individuals from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Spain, as well as servicing several financial institutions within the region. In 2010, Daniel co-founded the Gulf Latin America Leaders Council (GLLC), a non-profit, non-political organization which aims at “bridging the gap” between the GCC and Latin America.
Christopher Ecclestone (Hedge Funds)
Christopher Ecclestone Since 2003, Christopher has been a principal at Hallgarten & Company where he has had the roles of equity strategist, analyst and asset manager. Prior to that he was the head of research at an economic think-tank in New Jersey and the head of research at the esteemed Argentine equity research house, Buenos Aires Trust Company (1991 -2001). The firm became allied with Banamex, the leading bank in Latin America in 1993 and eventually Buenos Aires Trust Co formed an alliance with Interacciones Global in 1994. As part of the IGI structure he assembled the London sales team of the firm and built up the analytical team in Peru, Chile and Brazil.

James Knight

(Political Risk)


James Knight is a LatAm-based journalist and consultant with ten years' experience of working in and with emerging market countries. He is Director of Pionero Partners, a locally-based risk and strategic advisory consultancy serving international clients. Prior to his current role he acted as an advisor to Chinese clients on various LatAm projects and previously worked at Barclays Bank plc. He has acted as a strategic consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations, while his investigative and analytical skills were honed with journalism for Reuters, The Economist, Africa Confidential and BBC Online covering business, investment and conflict. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University.

James T. Anderson (Real Estate)
James T Anderson James is a real estate private equity advisor focused on the Americas region. Since 2008 he has advised on $1.75 billion of exposure in Brazil and Mexico on behalf of pension investors. Additionally, Tierra manages a long/short equity fund. Our strategy takes a bottom-up approach to individual companies within the current macro environment. We are currently outperforming the S&P500 on a 1, 3 and 5yr basis. Mr. Anderson can be reached at and resides in NYC.
Joseph Hogue (Hedge Funds)

Joseph Hogue is a research economist for the State of Iowa and a candidate for the level III Chartered Financial Analyst exam. He is a regular contributor to the website Seeking Alpha and the Director of Virtual Relations on the board of the CFA Society of Iowa. Efficient Alpha, provides investment research & analysis solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Core products include: financial newsletters, blogging, investment analysis & due diligence, and real estate analysis.

Peter Macfarlane (Regulation)
Peter Macfarlane

Peter is a British writer, speaker and consultant based in Panama, who is joint editor of The Q Wealth Report. He is an expert on private banking, precious metals, offshore investing and second citizenships. He has lots of on the ground experience in Latin America and spends much of the year traveling in the region. and

+44 20 3384 1993

Mark McHugh (Renewable Energy)
  Mark McHugh is President and CEO of CenAm Energy Partners, an independent investment advisory partnership and professional consultancy, focused on the oil and renewable energy industries in the Americas and Africa. He is based in Brazil and has an extensive international career in the downstream and midstream oil industry in marketing, sales, strategy consulting, and general management; spending 26 years with Shell and reaching the level of Vice President of Regional Marketing, Americas. During his time in Shell, he has been a key member of the management team of regional and global businesses. He has an exceptional track-record in leading new business development, implementing global business strategies, M&A and managing start-ups. As an entrepreneur, he is currently working on a pipeline of over $ 800 million in oil & gas and renewable energy deals. He has undertaken a number of market entry studies for international companies into the Brazilian market.
Pablo Correa (Renewable Energy)
  Pablo was the project manager for CSP project 10 MW parabolic trough of Endesa Chile, main utility of Chile, in the Atacama Desert. He was responsible for several renewable projects assessment : waves and tidal, geothermal and bio-fuel. He worked in Bechtel as Management Information analyst in the Andean Region - Mining & Metals Business Unit, for the main mining projects in region. Pablo was previously at Banco Santander, main bank of Chile, as a finance analyst.
Carl B. McCarthy (Regulation)
  Carl is an international transactional lawyer who represents corporations, investment funds and high net worth individuals. He has been involved in numerous cross border transactions involving such jurisdictions as Mexico, Panama and Argentina as well as South Africa, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Abu Dhabi and nearly a dozen member states of the European Union. He is a partner at the international law firm of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. in the firm’s New York office. Carl began his career in the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell, the major international law firm.
Melanie Davis (Renewable Energy)
  Melanie has over 6 years experience working with leading companies in the renewable energy sector across Europe and Latin America. She has extensive knowledge of the business and communication of renewable technologies and markets. She has worked alongside renewable energy leaders and governments to position and promote the growth of the sector as a financially viable opportunity, using both energy efficiency to optimize energy use and renewable technologies to generate clean energy.
Vonnell L. Martinez (Emerging Markets)
  Founder and CEO of VIM Resources LLC - an Investment and Fiscal consulting firm headquartered in Miami, FL with operations and expansions in New York, Los Angeles, Italy and Brazil. Senior Management consists of analysts, economists, consultants, statisticians and a full real estate team with more than three decades of combined experience. Investments are focused on U.S. and international businesses, consisting of selected hedge fund techniques, private equity investments and real estate.
Tony Trescothick (Emerging Markets)
  Tony is Business Development Director for Coral S.a.r.l, a Luxembourg based manager. Coral offers fund managers access to specialised fund compartments in its Coral Portfolio SICAV-SIF, a flexible Luxembourg-regulated umbrella fund structure. He has many years’ experience in the global investment industry and specialises in fund formation for a wide variety of investment manager clients. He can be contacted on or by telephone on +357 96323677.
John Kennedy (Commodities)
  John is an independent economic consultant based in London, UK, specializing in energy and agriculture. He has contributed to various publications on these themes in Europe, Argentina, USA and Australia. You can contact him on Tel: +44 77898 61880 or email at
Carlos St. James (Renewable Energy)
  Carlos is the Managing Director of Santiago & Sinclair, LLC, an advisory firm focusing on the clean tech sector in Latin America. He is also the founder and President of the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber and Vice Chairman of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. In 2008 he was voted “Biofuels Personality of the Year” by readers of Biofuels Digest, and will soon appear in Esquire magazine’s annual “Best and the Brightest” issue for his work towards developing renewable energies in Latin America. - Tel USA: (512) 692-9182 -
Mark Goode (Emerging Markets)
  Mark is CEO of The Peninsula Group, LLC, a Washington DC-based holding company serving both the emerging senior life insurance settlement and the life premium finance markets. The Peninsula Group managers are experts in longevity investing. Organized in 2003, Peninsula continues to offer unique and transparent investment products that can meet intermediate or long-term investment goals with performance that is unaffected by market volatility.
Robert Petrucci (Commodities)
  Chief Fundamental & Commodities Expert Robert Petrucci has worked in Financial & Commodity businesses for over fifteen years, including Physicals, Futures, and Options trading in Chicago and other international locations. Robert began as a broker in Chicago and has gained a vast amount of experience through various po- sitions including trading, risk management, and analysis. Robert has built insightful associations with colleagues who are employed widely in Finance and Com- mercial enterprises – particularly on Wall Street and LaSalle Street. To read more of Robert’s analysis see, or to contact,
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castro and Christian Sieling (Lumix Capital) (Commodities)
  Lumix Capital is a Swiss-based fund management and structured finance advisory firm active in the real assets and real economy sectors, with a particular focus on South America and agriculture. It was founded in 2008 by Gonzalo Fernandez0Castro (ex-Jacobs family advisor), Christian Sieling and Guillermo Worlicek with the support of key Swiss asset management executiv