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A global view of the opportunities in the private equity, venture capital & seed capital industries.
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The Forum brought together the most relevant actors in the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry to discuss current and future investment opportunities, macroeconomic trends, and the current state of the general investment landscape. The event presented a unique opportunity to meet the most prominent local and regional Private Equity Managers, Venture Capital Funds, Family Offices and key Argentine Government Authorities.


The Forum featured keynote addresses held by prominent investment professionals as well as successful regional business operators, participants shared their perspectives on the overall state of private investment in Argentina.

Fernando Oris de Roa
Ambassador to the United States. Is a businessman and professional manager, profoundly interested in public administration. Mr. Oris de Roa
Cate Ambrose
President and Executive Director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). She speaks and writes regularly
Julio Figueroa
Managing Director. CEO Citibank Argentina. Julio Figueroa joined Citi in 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in Corporate & Investment Banking
José Sosa del Valle
Director of Public Policy at ARCAP and Partner at Lexington Partners Mr. Sosa del Valle is Partner at Lexington Partners where
Mariano Mayer
Secretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs Ministry of Production and Work of Argentina. Lawyer of Austral University, his career was focused
Diego Gonzalez Bravo
President of ARCAP-Argentine Association of Private Equity, Venture and Seed Capital, Senior Managing Partner at Draper Cygnus and Managing Partner
Iñigo Garcia Gordobil
Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Associates based in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is a member of the global
Hernán Kazah
Co-founder and Managing Partner at Kaszek Ventures, the largest Venture Capital technology industry firm in Latin America. He is also
Ramiro Lauzan
Managing Partner of Humus Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity founds firm focused in companies established in Argentina and Chile.
José Mestres
Managing Director and Head of Latam ex-Brazil for Patria Infrastructure. Mr. Mestres joined Patria in 2013. Previously, Mr. Mestres was
Ricardo Kanitz
Founding Partner of Spectra Investments, leading Private Equity investor and first Private Equity Fund of Funds in operation in Brazil.
Carlos J. García
Managing Partner and Chairman of Victoria Capital Partners, a regionally dedicated private equity firm, and the successor to DLJ South
Marta Cruz
Co-Founder of NXTP Labs, one of the most active technology investment funds in Latin America with a portfolio of more
Alfredo Irigoin
Founding partners of Linzor Capital Partners. He is currently a Senior Advisor in LCP III and a member of the Investment
Ariel Arrieta
Serial entrepreneur, involved in the Internet/online media industry since 1994, currently Co-Founder and Managing Partner at NXTP Labs, a Latin
Ignacio Plaza
Senior Managing Partner of Draper Cygnus, Managing Partner of Cygnus Capital and President at Primary Ventures. Mrs. Plaza is a
Roberto Chute
Partner and oversees the Latin America Private Markets investment team. He is based in Buenos Aires. Mr. Chute leads TRG
Jerónimo Bosch
President and Managing Partner of Grupo Pegasus, a firm based in Argentina and Colombia, dedicated to the creation and development
Maria Gabriela Macagni
Corporate Director at Grupo Supervielle. Chemical Engeneer from ITBA- Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires, with post graduate studies in Stanford ,Maria
Cristóbal Perdomo
Co-founder and General Partner at Jaguar Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on Internet start-ups in Latin America based in
Ariel Muslera
Strategic Advisor for RSK Labs. Smart Contracts powered by Bitcoin. Over a decade in the Venture Industry as entrepreneur, investor
Ignacio Hecquet
Head of  Transaction Advisory Services for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Ignacio Hecquet  is the head of the Transaction Advisory Services
Nicolás Szekasy
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Kaszek Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused in the technology industry in Latin America. Nicolás
Alejandro Scannapieco
EVP & GM US East Coast, responsible for conducting the strategy & business in the US East Coast. General Partner
Carlos Zucchi
Vice President for Advent do Brasil Consultoria e Participações Ltda. Based in Buenos Aires, Carlos Zucchi joined Advent in 2017.
Pedro Arnt
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at MercadoLibre, joined MELI in 1999 as VP of Marketing and Sales, then
Mario Santarelli
Managing Partner at Alba Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm focused in middle market opportunities in Argentina and Uruguay. Mario
Milton Hahn
Managing Director of Puerto Asís, holding company of Organización Román, a single family office headquartered in Argentina with extensive investment
Mariano Weil
Co-founder at Agilis, a fintech company focused in originating online mortgages and asset backed loans. In 2008 he returned to
Verónica García Seffino
Senior Investment Officer with the Financial Institution team at IFC Corporation, part of the World Bank investing in the private
Sebastián Alvarez
Country Manager for TheNotCompany (NotCo) Argentina and responsible for the roll out of its products into Latin America. NotCo is
Maria Julia Bearzi
María Julia holds a degree in Business Administration from the National University of La Plata. She has been working for
Valeria Gelsi
Equity Officer, Oikocredit. Responsible for managing new investment opportunities and existing investments in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and
Lucas Figal Garone
Senior Economist in the Strategy and Development Effectiveness Department at IDB Invest in Argentina. IDB Invest, a member of the
Gabriel Gruber
Regional Director of Properati. Enthusiastic entrepreneur of the web world and Regional Director of Properati. Gabriel is co-founder of Properati
Adolfo Rouillon
High impact serial Entrepreneur. He was born in Rosario, Argentina. He holds a degree in business administration and management from


Breakfast & Registration

08:00 - 09:00

Welcome Words


Official words by government authorities

Key Government Authorities


The opportunities of the future

Key Speaker: Tim Draper Founder Draper Associates


Why investing in Argentina today is a great opportunity

Panelists: Juan Lucena (Alba Capital), Hernan Kazah (Kaszek Ventures), Ariel Arrieta (NXTP Labs), Diego Gonzalez Bravo (Cygnus Capital). Panel Coordinator: Julie Ruvolo (LAVCA)


Coffee Break (Duration: 30 minutes)


Private Investment as development engine

Panelists: Adriana Tortajada-Venture Capital & Mezzanine Director Fondo de Fondos-México.


The pros and cons of DFIs role as investors

Panelists: Atul Mehta (IFC)-Gonzalo Arauz (IIC)-Mariana Bárcena (DEG) Panel Coordinator: Silvia Naishat (Clarín)




Unicorns (VC Success stories in Argentina)

Panelists: Martin Migoya (Globant), Alec Oxenford (OLX). Panel Coordinator: José del Río (La Nación)


Challenges and opportunities of VC investing in the region

Panelists: Alex Mendez (Storm Ventures), Patrick Burtis (Amadeus Capital), Eric Acher (Monashees). Panel coordinator: Jackie Hyland (Silicon Valley Bank)


Private Investment for the transformation of Argentina’s economy

Panelists: Carlos Garcia (Victoria Capital), Alfredo Irigoin (Linzor Capital) Panel Coordinator: José Sosa del Valle (Lexington Partners)


Coffee Break (Duration: 30 minutes)


The regional industry landscape in the context of different development scenarios

-Cate Ambrose presentation (LAVCA). -ARCAP’s Private Investment Study, Lorena Suárez (Wayra Argentina). -Regional associations panel: ABVCAP, Amexcap, ACAFI, Colcapital.


Private-Public co investment within the context of the Entrepreneurs Law (announcement of the three invested Funds and Accelerators).

Key government authorities


The impact of long term investment

National Goverment Authorities

19:00 - 19:15

ARCAP’s closing words


Cocktail & Networking



The following organizations, companies, and firms support the 1º Argentine Investment Forum.

YPF Tower

The tower is located in the heart of Puerto Madero, at the corner of Boulevard Macacha Guemes and Juana Manso. On the east side of the tower you can find the Rio de la Plata and on the west side you can find the center of the city. Puerto Madero is the newest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, located in an area with offices, homes and a great gastronomical offer.


The history of Buenos Aires can be told from the Panamericano Hotel viewpoint.

Magnificent details of Buenos Aires architecture, domes, century-old buildings, modern skyscrapers, the privileged view of the obelisk, Colon Theatre, the Palace of Justice and 9 de Julio Avenue.

Those who discover such a view are impressed, the best location in Buenos Aires.

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