CIFI strives to be the leading provider of finance for energy and infrastructure development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

CIFI strives to be the leading provider of finance for energy and infrastructure development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The rising need to build new sustainable and resilient projects, replace aging infrastructure, upgrade transportation, and increase energy efficiency is driving the demand for private debt financing around the world but especially relevant for developing countries and emerging economies.

Infrastructure ventures involve many complex matters that require a well-structured financing coordinated and managed during the transaction lifecycle by an experienced partner.

The business team at CIFI offers end-to-end solutions to its customers, from the conception of a financing to execution and end-of-lifecycle.

Project Finance


 

A project finance arrangement is a structured financing scheme focused on the long-term cash flows provided by a company created for a single project and using the company’s assets and cash flows as collateral.  The distinguishing feature of a project finance arrangement is that it is organized around the long-term predictability of its cash flows, as determined by a set of fixed contracts with customers, vendors, market regulators, and other parties.

Long-Term Structured Debt, Senior or Subordinated.

Short Term debt, Construction loan and Bridge Loan

Acquisition Finance


 

Acquisition financing is the way in which a company funds a merger or acquisition.

Corporate Loan


 

Short-term and long-term working
capital loans.

Where we work

Latin American
and the Caribbean

CIFI is a leading private sector middle- market infrastructure platform in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Our platform serves the entire Latin American and Caribbean Region with sustainable investments that target positive impact and integrate environmental, social, and corporate governance factors. Read more

Year 2020

Sectors

Our focus on infrastructure caters the most relevant gaps in the sector with a strong commitment to sustainable assets.

Energy

Social
Infrastructure

Logistics
and transport

Telecomm

Construction

Tourism

Our Track Record

200 projects financed*

Knowledge of the region

USD 20 Billion*

mobilized capital

USS 1,700MM*

Disbursed

USD 150MM

in assets under management year 2020

*to december 31,2020

CIFI's business model is based
on three services

that fulfill the financing cycle of a project: advice on project structuring, direct financing, and financing through other vehicles in dollars and in local currency.

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CIFI's business model is based
on three services

that fulfill the financing cycle of a project: advice on project structuring, direct financing, and financing through other vehicles in dollars and in local currency.

Read more

Contact our experts

Ramon Candia

Chief Investment Officer

Ramon Candia is an investment banking professional with over 20 years of experience and is CIFI’s Chief Investment Officer. In recent years he has focused on the infrastructure and cleantech sectors. He has been actively involved in financing, structuring, developing, negotiating, creating business strategies and managing portfolios on several continents.

He has represented his employers as a board member in several companies. In 2003 he earned an MBA in Finance from Purdue University. And set out to advance professionally with exposure to various industries, he is fluent in English, Spanish, German and has a basic level of Portuguese, skills that have allowed him to thrive in the industry internationally.

Ramon Candia

Chief Investment Officer

Antonio Araúz

Investment Director Structured and Corporate Finance

Antonio is a seasoned investment professional with over 16 years of international track record in commercial banking, structured corporate finance, project finance, private equity and investment management. As part of his investment management responsibilities, he has served as Board Director in multiple companies and has taken an interim CEO role for a successful turn-around, capital raising and exit strategy.

Antonio joined CIFI in 2016, where he serves as an Investment Director and leads the financing process of infrastructure projects across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Before joining CIFI, he began his professional career as a regional manager in commercial banking to later specialized in corporate banking and private equity investments in companies and projects throughout Latin America within the cleantech, sustainable forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy space.

He earned an MBA from the INCAE Business School and was awarded with a 12- month Post Graduate Fellowship Program in Sustainable Energy Policy by the German Federal Government. He also has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Minors in Finance and Management and is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in German and Portuguese.

Antonio Araúz

Investment Director Structured and Corporate Finance

Guillermo Sierra

Director Structured and Corporate Finance

Investment professional with 16 years of experience in structuring customized debt financing solutions for infrastructure and energy projects in emerging markets (mainly the Caribbean and Latin America).

He has been part of CIFI's business team for more than 7 years, which has allowed him to develop an extensive professional network with strategic sponsors, banks and multilateral organizations throughout the Latam region, working on more than 25 projects in 10 different countries. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School and a degree in Business Administration from CUNEF (Madrid).

Guillermo Sierra

Investment Director Structured and Corporate Finance 

Ricardo Mesa

Investment Officer of Structured and Corporate Finance at CIFI

Ricardo Mesa is an Investment Officer of Structured and Corporate Finance at CIFI. A Colombian national, with 14 years of experience in private equity and highly structured debt financing, he combines excellent analytical and financial qualifications with demonstrated achievement in delivering multi-million-dollar transactions. He has structured and financed infrastructure related projects and transactions in Latin America. Ricardo holds an Economics degree from the University of Florida, USA and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in finance from Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain.

Ricardo Mesa

Investment Officer of Structured and Corporate Finance