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Access, Experience, and Discipline in Emerging Markets

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Hawks Point Is An Asset Management Firm Specializing In Emerging Markets Credit

We optimize investment opportunities with our unique access, long experience, and disciplined approach to deliver performance for our investors

Experience

Decades of Emerging Markets investment expertise in a diversity of industries, asset classes, and through more than 25 years of credit cycles. Extensive deal-structuring trajectory enables evaluation and design of ideal terms to deliver attractive risk/return profiles and downside protection.

Access

Long history and deep relationships in Emerging Markets ensure access to investment opportunities and proprietary deal flow via corporate issuers, shareholder groups, and a variety of banking, investment, and advisory houses.

Discipline

Investment process incorporates rigorous analytical approach combining bottom-up fundamental credit analysis with an overlay of macroeconomic and market technical considerations. Idea generation and diligence is supported by extensive on-the-ground network throughout numerous Emerging Markets countries.

Expertise

Decades of Successful Investment Experience in Emerging Markets Credit

Hawks Point has extensive experience structuring and investing in a variety of industries across Emerging Markets through an array of credit-related products such as private loans, structured credit, bonds and distressed securities.

Management Team

Accomplished senior management with over 100+ years of combined investment experience. The team has deep buy-side expertise in portfolio management as well as sell-side expertise in capital markets origination & structuring. 

Luis Mendez
Origination & Structuring
Carlos A. Corona
Head of Origination
Barry S. Ipp
Chief Operating Officer
Alberto Rios
Origination & Structuring

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  • 800 Westchester Ave. Suite 519N, Rye Brook, NY 10573
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John M. Hartzell
Managing Partner / Portfolio Manager

Prior to founding Hawks Point in 2020, and its predecessor ACM in 2016, John was the Managing Partner of Milton Point Capital, an international corporate finance advisory firm. From 2011-2015, he was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in UBS’s Special Situations group in NY, managing US$750+mm of proprietary portfolios of public and private debt investments. He previously spent 14+ years at Citigroup/Salomon Brothers as a Managing Director and Head of Citi’s Latin Bi-Lateral Proprietary Debt Trading, Co-Head of Citi’s Latin Debt Markets team, and a member of Citi’s Corporate Investment Bank Latin American Management Committee. He also was awarded Institutional Investor’s All-Star Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Research Team in 1995 and 1996 and was the architect of adapting the Altman Z-Score model to Emerging Market corporate debt. John began his career at Drexel Burnham and John Hancock trading High Yield & EM debt investments. John received an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

Jaime G. Garza
Managing Partner / Portfolio Manager

Prior to founding Hawks Point in 2020, and its predecessor ACM in 2016, Jaime was ICE Canyon’s (AUM US$2.7+ billion) NY-based portfolio manager responsible for all LatAm-related investments across all funds focusing on HY, corporate loans, and credit-related special situations.  Prior to ICE, Jaime spent 9+ years as a PM at Black River Asset Mgmt (peak AUM US$12.5+ billion) responsible for structured credit, distressed debt, and HY in LatAm and EMEA regions.  Before joining Black River, Jaime spent ~two years as a senior analyst on Citigroup’s LatAm proprietary special situations team.  He started his career in NY at JPMorgan Chase where he spent 6+ years as an investment banker focused on Latin America.  Jaime received an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and graduated as an industrial engineer from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

Luis Mendez,
Origination & Structuring

Prior to joining Hawks Point in 2021, Luis was Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions for Quanta Services, heading Latin America operations and infrastructure investment efforts. Luis is also a Managing Partner at Gonzaga Investments & Advisory and provides advisory services to strategic and financial investors in infrastructure. Luis has over 20 years of experience, including managing P&L and having served as a Director on nine company boards. He has led the origination, structuring, due diligence, negotiation, and execution of successful M&A cross-border infrastructure transactions with an equity value in excess of US$6.5 billion. Prior to Quanta, Luis was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Head of Special Projects at Ashmore Energy International where he led strategic initiatives in emerging markets. Luis managed complex M&A transactions with value in excess of US$6.1 billion, including divesting legacy companies of Enron, driving outstanding financial outcomes. From 2007 to 2009, Luis was CEO of Gazel Mexico, the largest compressed natural gas fueling station business in Mexico, and from 2005 to 2007, Luis was COO of VENGAS, the largest gas distributor in Venezuela.  Luis joined Enron’s Associate program in 1998 focusing on M&A and structured finance. From 1994 to 1996, Luis worked in corporate banking for Banco Nacional de México.  Luis received an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, and a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Carlos A. Corona
Head of Origination

Prior to joining Hawks Point in 2020, Carlos led the global finance efforts in Latin America for Barclays Investment Bank. Carlos has 20+ years experience in Wall Street, focusing on originating, structuring and distributing debt and capital market transactions from Latin America. The majority of Carlos’ experience has been in originating, structuring and syndicating debt products in Mexico. Prior to Barclays Carlos worked at UBS and Citi, where he worked together with J. Hartzell on transactions from Mexico and the Latin America region. Throughout his career he has received various awards for Loan of the Year in Latin America by IFR and Latin Finance. Carlos has an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France and  BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad  Panamericana in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Barry S. Ipp
Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Hawks Point in 2020, Barry founded Carson Advisory, an investment operations and operational due diligence (ODD) risk consulting services firm. Prior to forming Carson, Barry was Director of ODD and ESG Diligence at Fiera Capital Inc. from 2016 to 2019 where he was solely responsible for performing ODD on asset management firms and was a voting member of multiple investment committees including private credit and hedge funds.  Barry was also Chairman of Fiera Capital’s Proxy Voting Committee and oversaw Fiera’s ESG efforts across all asset classes. Prior to Fiera, Barry was Partner, Head of ODD, and Chief Compliance Officer at Larch Lane Advisors from 2007 until its acquisition by Fiera in 2016. Barry was previously the Manager of the Fraud Risk and Controls Group at PwC assessing fraud risk for institutional and retail funds, domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity, and alternative funds. Barry has held similar roles at Deloitte and Touche, Arthur Andersen and KPMG. Barry began his career at Leslie Sufrin & Co, a public accounting firm. Barry holds BA in both Finance and Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and is a Registered Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Alberto Rios,
Origination & Structuring

Prior to joining Hawks Point in 2021, Alberto was the Corporate PPA Origination VP for Latin America at Macquarie Group, responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of commercial strategies and market intelligence initiatives that lead to revenue optimization, negotiation and execution of Power Purchase Agreements for uncontracted projects. Alberto has 21 years of commercial experience in power and natural gas wholesale and retail markets, positively impacting profitability by tailoring energy commodity structured products, negotiating complex contracts, and developing advanced risk management strategies. He was also the VP and Chief Commercial Officer for Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean at the AES Corporation where he successfully led a team of 38 individuals across multiple functional areas, exceeding budgeted variable margin, contributed in strategy planning, managed commodity risk, reduced portfolio volatility, and optimized fuel logistics. Prior to AES he held a number of senior positions at energy consulting firms, Sempra Energy and Williams Energy, and Marketing and Trading. Alberto holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.