Highly experienced team
Allen holds more than 25 years’ experience in investment banking across the globe, mainly in Goldman Sachs (GS), where he was Head of the México Team, COO for the Latin American Group, Head of Emerging Markets for the Investment Banking Division, Head of Russia and CIS, Head of European Industrials Group and Head of the Spanish team. Allen finished his career in GS as one of the seven members of the Firmwide Commitments Committee, where he was responsible for authorizing all equity underwritings carried out by the firm and monitoring commercial and reputational risks. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Millicom International Cellular S.A. (a telecom company focused on emerging markets).
In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors at AB Investment Kinnevik (a Sweden-based company), President of the Board of Directors, and member of the Executive Committee of RLH.
Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of RLD and a member of the Investment Committee of Balam Fund I. Moreover, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Council of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Member of the Campaign Board of the Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom, and Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Allen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University. Allen has double nationality, Mexican, and English. He speaks English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Russian.
Jerónimo has more than 15 years’ experience in investments, mainly due to his career at Goldman Sachs (GS), where he was Vice President at the Principal Strategies Group, which managed US$ 15 Bn of the own capital of the Bank. At GS, Jerónimo was directly responsible for a European-invested portfolio worth more than US$ 300M, mainly in the German, French and Spanish markets. This portfolio was primarily focused on the Energy / Utilities, Pharmacy, Automotive, Airlines, Banks, and Retail sectors. Jerónimo’s portfolio’s yearly return reached around 19%, one of the team’s best performances.
He was a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of RLH and the Investment Committee of Balam Fund I. In addition, Jerónimo’s main area of focus has been investment analysis, strategic planning and capital raising with institutional investors.
Jerónimo is a graduate in Business Administration from both the University of Cologne in Germany and ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, in Madrid. He holds dual German and Mexican nationalities and speaks English, Spanish, German, French, and Russian.
Irene has more than 10 years of experience as an audit and finance-controlling team leader working in important consultant firms in the areas of banking/capital markets and renewable energy like Deloitte and Vector Cuatro, respectively.
As a team leader in Deloitte, Irene participated in the audit of Investments and Venture Capital Funds, Funds Management Companies and Brokerage Agencies of the main Financial Groups in Spain, such as BBVA or Banco Santander.
During her stay at Vector Cuatro, Irene was responsible for the financial management of the photovoltaic and wind projects of the international portfolio (Francia, Bulgaria, Portugal and UK). She was in charge of the review of Financial Statements and Annual Accounts, as well as of the coordination of the corresponding audit processes.
Irene joined BK Partners in August 2017 and she is actively participating in the financial and administrative management of some of the investment vehicles of the Group and its holding companies, as well as being highly involved in the recent restructuring carried out within the companies of the Group.
Irene has a Degree in Business Administration granted by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and also a Master’s in Human Resources granted by EAE Business School. She fluent in both Spanish and English.
María has over 10 years of experience, especially in the financial sector at Deloitte. Maria´s experience in Deloitte was fundamentally in audit and process consulting areas, where she analyzed and developed solutions to improve processes and optimize the resource allocation of companies such as Grupo Cepsa and Gas Natural. Moreover, she was part the team that designed and implemented Business intelligence tools for several companies of the Touristic sector.
Before joining BK partners María founded her own business working in the organization of events at a family owned property. She was responsible of the market analysis, business plan creation, financing and in later stage, of the design and construction of the event venue, leading the construction and vendor controlling. Currently, the company organizes more than 30 events per year.
Maria joined BK Partners in November 2018 and is responsible for the financial controlling of several assets of the Group. Additionally, she manages certain real estate assets of the Group.
Maria has a Degree in Business Administration granted by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid having studied one year in the Wirschaftsuniversität Wien and she speaks Spanish, English and German.