Founded in 1999, WAMEX is a pioneer in Mexican private equity, and a leader in the middle market. With an intimate understanding of Mexican industry and the local business environment, WAMEX is uniquely positioned to capture the benefits of Mexico’s macroeconomic environment, ongoing domestic reforms, and favorable demographics.
As such, WAMEX has consistently executed best-in-class investments into increasingly sophisticated family or entrepreneur-owned businesses in fast-growing sectors. To fully capture the upside of Mexico’s position in the global economy, WAMEX further supports the international growth of its portfolio companies, whether in the USMCA market, in South America or in Europe.
Ernesto Warnholtz is Chairman and Founder of WAMEX Private Equity. He is responsible for investor relations and trade organizations.
In his more than 45 years of experience in the insurance and automotive industry, he has worked as executive for several leading global corporations. He worked for the Munich Reinsurance Co. in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for 33 years, and at Daimler-Benz Mexico for 15 years, from which he retired as CEO of the Mexican operations.
Mr. Warnholtz has also been shareholder and director in a number of Mexican subsidiaries of foreign auto parts companies, such as Bosch, Siemens, Edscha, Mann+Hummel and Kostal. He was a member of the Mexican Advisory Board of Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika and currently sits on the following Boards: Banorte, Kostal de México, and Club de Industriales as well as philanthropic Boards such as Casa Alianza and Fundación ABC.
Mr. Warnholtz has also being active in trade organizations, serving as past President of the German Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce, of the German section of the Mexican Corporate Council for International Matters and of the Mexican National Association of Importers and Exporters. He participated actively in the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and was member of the Board of Bancomext (Mexican Government trade finance bank).
Mr. Warnholtz was honorably distinguished in two occasions by the Federal Republic of Germany with the “Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit” decoration.
He studied Insurance in Munich and London and is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
José Antonio Contreras
José Antonio Contreras joined WAMEX Private Equity in 2000. He is a Senior Managing Partner and is responsible for investment origination, financial analysis, due diligence and investment monitoring. Mr. Contreras currently sits on the board of directors of the following portfolio companies: GLBL ED, Hoteles City Express and Productos Medix.
Over his 28 years of experience, he has worked in private equity, investment banking and management consulting. Before joining the WAMEX team, he was a Managing Director of Investment Banking for OBSA Serfín financial group, where he was in charge of M&A, and of implementing cross-border joint ventures and privatizations. Previously, he was Principal of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he performed consulting assignments in Mexico, the United States, Canada and South America, with emphasis on strategic and financial advice.
Mr. Contreras has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Anahuac. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Christian Warnholtz is Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner of WAMEX Private Equity. He is responsible for investment origination, financial analysis and portfolio management. Mr. Warnholtz currently sits on the board of directors of portfolio companies GLBL ED, Medix and KUA Mex Foods.
With 30 years of experience, he has focused in financial services and business development. He previously worked at BBVA Securities (London) in the Capital Markets Group, structuring and selling public and private equity and debt issues. Prior to working in London, he was employed by JPMorgan in New York and Probursa in Mexico, managing a US$100 million portfolio as an international financial advisor. As an entrepreneur he founded, managed and sold ECT, a successful 5 state licensed wire remittances network in the U.S.
Mr. Warnholtz has graduate studies from both, the Webster University Geneva, and from IPADE, he holds a B.S. in Economics from ITAM. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
Sergio del Valle
Sergio del Valle joined WAMEX Private Equity in 2001. He is a Managing Partner, responsible for operations, investor relations, and portfolio management. Currently, Mr. del Valle is a member of the board of directors of Ecofrío and KUA Mex Foods.
He has 20 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance. He previously worked for Bankers Trust Mexico and Deutsche Bank, structuring debt in local currency and equity capital markets, private equity and M&A. Before that, he was a member of the internal M&A team of Grupo Televisa, where he worked on several divestitures and analyzed new businesses. He also worked at OBSA Serfin where he participated in the structuring of debt and equity public offerings, and executed sell-side mandates in the steel and financial industries.
Mr. del Valle has top management studies from IPADE and holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Dionisio Pérez Jácome
He is currently Board Member at Wamex Private Equity. Also, he acts as President of Industrial Proximity Services S.A.P.I. de C.V., an energy platform aimed at serving the needs of industrial clients in Mexico. Previously, he was Managing Director of Altor Capital I, S.C., a firm focused at developing and financing infrastructure projects in Mexico, mainly through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Dionisio Pérez Jácome served as Secretary of Communications and Transportation of Mexico, responsible for the promotion and regulation of roads, rails, airports, ports, all transportation modes, postal service and telecommunications sectors among other. He was also Undersecretary of Expenditures in the Ministry of Finance, and Chief of Advisors to the President of Mexico.
In the energy sector, Dionisio Pérez Jácome has extensive experience, having served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Head of the Investment Promotion Unit of the Ministry of Energy, and Executive Director of the State Steering Committee for the Capitalization of Non-Basic Petrochemical Companies.
More recently he served as Ambassador of Mexico to Canada (during the TMEC negotiations) and as Ambassador of Mexico to the OECD. He has been a management and public policy consultant and has taught courses in macroeconomics and public policy.
He holds master's degrees in Public Policy from Harvard University and in International Management from ITAM, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from ITAM.
The WAMEX organization enjoys the support and guidance in general matters of an Advisory Board, which also extends the WAMEX network. Members of the WAMEX Advisory Board bring additional expertise and experience to enhance investment decision-making.
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