“The best specialists in their field consolidates Copernicus as the fastest-growing firm in our sector”

Jose Néstola <span>/ CEO Grupo Copernicus</span> /

Jose Néstola / CEO Grupo Copernicus / CEO Grupo Copernicus

  • Founder of Copernicus 2013.
  • Member of the Board of Citigroup Iberia.
  • Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets of Citigroup España.
  • CEO Citigroup Spain.
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director for Spain and Portugal Salomon SmithBarney.
  • President and CEO of Nikko Securities SVSA.

Juan Uscola <span>/ Managing Director / Head of Legal</span> /

Juan Uscola / Managing Director / Head of Legal / Managing Director / Head of Legal

  • Law degree form Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • More than 19 years of experience in the distressed debt and assets area.
  • Head of the Legal department specialized in foreclosures and bankruptcies - Banco Popular.
  • More than 20,000 delinquent mortgages - more than 10,000 corporate bankruptcies.
  • Juan personally managed the 35 biggest corporate bankruptcies of Banco Popular.
  • He was one of the people to build the 189 internal legal team as well as all the external legal network.

Paul Tighe <span>/ Head of Underwriting</span> /

Paul Tighe / Head of Underwriting / Head of Advisory

  • Bachelor of Business Studies (First class honours) and Irish Chartered Accountant.
  • With more than 17 years professional experience.
  • Previously, Director of Restructuring in KPMG Spain, advising lenders, debtors and alternative investors.
  • Led Independent Business Reviews in a wide range of sectors including Media, Telecommunications, Industrial, Real Estate and Retail.
  • Led projects on cash management, short term treasury reviews, operating turnaround and strategies for distressed corporates.
  • Coordinated refinancing processes and advised on refinancing structures.
  • Paul advised Private Equity and Corporate clients in M&A processes including some of the largest LBOs in Spain in the period 2004-09.
  • Paul start his career in KPMG Dublin, auditing companies primarily in the TMT sector (1997 to 2001).

Joaquin Linares <span>/ Head of Real Estate Investment</span> /

Joaquin Linares / Head of Real Estate Investment / Head of Real Estate Investment

  • Portfolio Manager in CBRE Global Investors (formerly ING Real Estate) managing circa € 2.9 Billion of assets across Southern Europe.
  • Head of Strategy in ING Real Estate covering commercial and residential asset classes through core and value add investment risk profiles.
  • Head of Acquisitions in ING Real Estate executing circa Eur 1 Billion of real estate transactions across Spain and Portugal.
  • Previously, he held several executive positions as Investment Director and Chief Financial Officer in well recognized real estate companies such as Knight Frank, Grupo Lar or Suez Group.
  • Bachelor degree in Economics and Master degree in IE Business School.
  • Member of RICS and Professor of real estate investment strategies at IE Business School.

Jose María Sagardoy <span>Chief financial officer & Head of origination</span> /

Jose María Sagardoy Chief financial officer & Head of origination / Chief financial officer & Head of origination

  • B.a. in Economic and Business Science (ICADE E-2) by U.P.C. , Program for BBVA Executives by IESE Business School (Universidad de Navarra).
  • +25 years experience in banking (Deutsche Bank, BBVA and Banco Popular). Broad experience in Wholesale Banking (Syndicate Loans, Project Finance, Leverage Finance, Asset Finance), M&A and Corporate restructuring transactions
  • Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Management Committee of Banco Popular from 2013 to 2016. Former Head of Investment Banking of Banco Popular.
  • Global Head of Syndicated Loans at BBVA
  • Deep knowledge of the Spanish corporate and SME financing. He’s also actively participated into the main corporate restructuring processes undertaken in Spain
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of Targobank Spain, Inmobiliaria Colonial, Société Foncière Lyonnaise, Globalia and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC).

Giovanni Volonté <span>Managing Partner Italy</span> /

Giovanni Volonté Managing Partner Italy / Managing Partner Italia

  • BBA Università Bocconi (Milan) and MBA porby the Booth School of Business (University of Chicago).
  • Founder and Managing Partner Aegir Partners, specialized agent in investment/coinvestment and Special Situations (Milan).
  • Senior Advisor at Veespo (London). Fund-raising, management and business development.
  • Xenon Private Equity (Lugano, CH) negotiations and purchases, both for companies in portfolio and primary investment, reprensentation in boards of participated firms.
  • Oaktree (Los Angeles and Milan offices).

Alejandro Sancho <span> / Head of Sales and Property Management</span> /

Alejandro Sancho / Head of Sales and Property Management / Head of Sales and Property Management

  • Head of Sales at Idealista.com, Spain’s biggest real estate website.
  • He has strong relationship with over 2,000 Real Estate Brokers all over the country.
  • Actively participated in the build-up of Aktua’s real estate broker network.
  • Specialist in REO online sales.

Fernando Huerta <span>/ Head of Real Estate Property Development</span> /

Fernando Huerta / Head of Real Estate Property Development / Head of Real Estate Property Development

  • Head of the Business Development division of Riofisa. Circa €1.2 billion of Real Estate development including Logistics, Industrial and Office buildings.
  • Head of Land at the Business Development Division of Riofisa. Purchased of circa 1.5 million m2 of land.
  • Head of Residential Division of Riofisa. Developed more than 2,000 houses.
  • MBA of Real Estate Companies in Politechnical University of Madrid.
  • Bachelor degree in Law.

Eugenio Garcia <span>/ Head of Business Intelligence</span> /

Eugenio Garcia / Head of Business Intelligence / Head of Business Intelligence

  • Previously Head of Portfolio analysis at special servicer, Hispania where he was responsible for designing and leading Underwriting processes and valuations of both unsecured and secured portfolios.
  • Prior to that Eugenio was Collections and Recoveries strategy manager in Barclay Spain responsible for the collection policies and strategies for the retail bank over the full debt cycle.
  • Consultant in Experian España where he designed and implemented systems to assist in decisión making and risk analysis.

Alfonso Unzurrunzaga <span>/ Chief operating officer</span> /

Alfonso Unzurrunzaga / Chief operating officer / Chief operating officer

  • Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration (UPV Bilbao) and Master in financial Institutions Management (IEB Madrid).
  • +20 years of experience in banking, consultancy, recovery and payments.
  • COO in Novo Banco, formerly Banco Espírito Santo, managing back office processes, control and reporting for loans, payments, current accounts and securities. Also COO in First Data Spain & Portugal, being responsible of business support departments, including IT, Operations, Compliance, Risk management, Call Centre and Quality.
  • Manager in Accenture, more than eight years delivering and managing several projects in the IT, processes, and organizational arena, for the banking industry in Spain and abroad.

Jordi Caralt <span> / Head of Copernicus Hotels and Resorts</span> /

Jordi Caralt / Head of Copernicus Hotels and Resorts / Head of Copernicus Hotels and Resorts

  • Operations Director of NH Resorts managing hotels in Spain, Italy and Germany.
  • Managing Director of the following Resorts: Almenara Golf Resort, Sotogrande (4 years), Mare Nostrum 1,024 rooms 5* Resort (2 years), Princesa Yaiza 5* 427 rooms, Lanzarote (4 years), Crowne Plaza Madrid 360 rooms.
  • Director F&B Melia Barcelona (2 years) and Hilton Barcelona.


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