Finance industry has been one of her
strongest interests since Angela Alvarez can remember, which
came up mainly when she started to learn more about it and has been evolving along
her professional career.
Founder and Executive Chairman of Aglaia Capital, Angela is one of the few
leaders who have been at the forefront of finance industry. She
says, Aglaia Capital surge as an expression of her vision on the industry where
she has developed her professional career, Corporate finance, M&A,
Investment banking, and Financial Services, combining it also with an offer of
new technologies, anticipating the needs of the clients and the industry
Aglaia Capital is a new generation of
corporate finance business combining the knowledge, the traditional discipline
of an investment banking business and the strengths of a technology- oriented
business. It has evolved quite naturally, being fed with former and new
clients, where the old and new are mixing, as well as the allies and partners
that share their vision.
Aglaia Capital lies in two main areas, says
Angela. One, focus on advisory Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity,
focused on selected niche funds and investors, off-market deals, mainly in
Europe, selectively in other geographies, specialized in Financing structures,
Hotels, Real Estate, and Fintech, Blockchain, and Digital Assets. Financing
structures for Real Estate and Corporates, as well as off-market portfolio
transactions on Hotels, or Real Estate and Distressed Assets, have been
Aglaia’s core, which the team is continuing adapting according to the
situations and the demands of investors and sponsors.
The second, focused on a Venture Capital
business for early-stage Fintech Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
(DLT) projects. Emerging Technologies and digitalization are shaping the
evolution of the financial sector, transforming the industry, and Angela has
incorporated digital assets in Aglaia’s offering.
Besides, “we offer Aglaia Capital Club, an
Investment Club offering co-investment opportunities mainly for disruptive
Fintech start-ups, as well as an ecosystem for other type of Investors of other
sectors. I usually participate as a speaker, or chair, in economic, industry,
and mastermind forum, and as a judge in industry awards and start up
competitions, which nourish my global vision and creativity in the business
world,” she says.
The journey of a thousand miles
begins with one step
Venturing on her
own, Angela has faced many challenges since company’s inception, which she
believes are part of her growth process. An inner impulse, vision and purpose
have been the main tools to overcome them. “Embracing
the new discoveries learnt in every challenge, as well as keep the passion,
resilience, and being
surrounded by allied with the same mission, values, and objectives than me,
have made this entrepreneurship trip easier to travel,” she adds.
“Innovation and Integrity are at our ethos
at Aglaia Capital. Thriving, making a positive impact as well and contributing
in making a better world have been present along my life, and the main triggers
of my dreams and aspirations, which I have imprinted also in what is made
Aglaia Capital. We are open to anyone that share those values and that want to
cooperate with us.”
Great things are done by a series of
small things brought together
Aglaia Capital has a holistic approach
combining traditional Corporate Finance, with and offering of emerging
technologies such as Blockchain for transactional Financial Services, and
Regarding Aglaia’s lines of business, on
Corporate Finance, “we have an extensive experience on transactions, applying
traditional investment banking discipline and knowledge, going from plain situations
to the most complex, from low size to big sizes deals. We have a dynamic deal
flow focus on off-market opportunities,” Angela says.
The company’s main advantage Angela
believes is the agility, based on the team’s knowledge on the industry, the
investors, and clients, as well as the independence, acting as the traditional
big firms but with the advantages of a personalized approach.
“Regarding Blockchain applied to Financial
services, we have the main advantage that we are insiders in the finance world,
using emerging technologies as a way of solving some of the issues that I have
faced in my industry. On Venture Capital and Blockchain Fintech we have a team
of specialized Fintech Blockchain fund managers. Diversity and sustainability are also at our ethos
at Aglaia Capital. Diversity is needed for a better understanding of this
complex world, and it will be a competitive advantage for any business in the
short term,” she further says.
Amalgamation of determination,
passion and purpose
The beginning of Angela’s career has been
marked by a combination of determination, passion, purpose, and also a big dose
of serendipity that have joined her along her professional career, and have led
her where she is now, says Angela.
She is proud and thankful of having had
great achievements along her path, as she has grown in a selective professional
career where she has had the opportunity to run international executive
positions in big leading organizations, being possibly more remarkable in a
sector that is typically dominated by men. “I find one of my greatest
achievements is having the possibility of develop and imprint my own vision as
an entrepreneur on my industry,” she shares.
Being an entrepreneur gives Angela the
opportunity to imprint her vision, and adapt her business to a changing
environment. “Having a purpose, enjoying what you do, and be surrounded by
people that help you on that it is a powerful motivation. We aim to
contributing in being the change that we wish to see in our industry. Diversity
and openness to anyone sharing our values that want to cooperate with us,” she
Angela’s message to the aspiring
businesswomen is just “be”, without looking back to past stereotypes, and keep
going to their goals, or whatever they would like to do. Preserving anyone’s
uniqueness can make a difference also for the others, and she thinks it is more
valuable than following any stereotype.
It always seems impossible until it’s
Led by Angela
from the front, Aglaia Capital was born with a strong focus on traditional
corporate finance, and on transactional technology for the Financial industry
with emerging technologies, blockchain, and is on Angela’s roadmap that both
will be developing.
are the consolidation of Aglaia Capital, continuing growing our core Corporate
Finance business, aiming to be a reference for off-markets deals, assisting investors, and owners of hotels and Real Estate, and
corporates, wanting a unique and personalized advise for transactions, in
Europe, and other selective geographies, and in Alternative Financing for
corporates and Real Estate, and for Blockchain Fintech. On the technological side, developing a
platform for digitalization to provide liquidity for some of our clients.
“We will aim to
develop also a Private Equity Strategy to make easier making investments,
leveraging our knowledge of the markets and deal flow, to digitalize those
vehicles to make them more efficient, profitable, liquid, and transparent for
our investors,” concludes Angela.