The Flight of PE/VC to Emerging Markets

Investors from different global regions will discuss how access to capital as well as economic fundamentals in their respective markets impact their investment rationale.


Michael E. Rogers

Global Deputy Sector Leader, Private Equity, EY

Mike Rogers is EY’s Global Deputy Sector Leader for Private Equity. He is responsible for the continued development of the PE go-to-market strategy, as well as driving the execution of client strategies to PE funds and their investees across all geographies. Mike is responsible for building the Global Private Equity Center’s key initiatives for all client teams and strengthening connections in the emerging and frontier markets. Mike has held numerous leadership roles during his 12 years with the firm, most recently as Global TAS Markets Leader in London responsible for driving go-to-market strategies across EY's Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice globally. Mike has worked with many clients across various sectors, focusing on lead advisory M&A, capital raising and restructuring, as well as led several global client teams. He started with EY as Managing Director in the US Corporate Finance practice in Atlanta, after that he was the Sub-Area Leader of the US Southwest TAS practice in Dallas. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior executive of Banc of America Securities LLC.

Mike received his BSGM from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and his MBA from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. Mike is a member of The Association for Corporate Growth and has also completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.



Ignacio Aicardi '96

Senior Vice President, Darby Overseas

Ignacio Aicardi joined Darby in 2009 with the Latin America Mezzanine team, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Darby, Mr. Aicardi worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. as Vice President, Latin America Structured Finance, based in New York, where he originated, structured and executed projects and structured finance deals in the Oil & Gas, Power and Infrastructure industries in Latin America.

After receiving his MBA, Mr. Aicardi worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. as an Associate in Investment Banking (Global Industries Group) where he was responsible for marketing and executing fixed income transactions, equity offerings, M&A advisories and financial services to companies in diverse industries. Previously, he was CFO and member of the Management Board of ISBEL, S.A., a leading telecommunications company in Uruguay. At ISBEL, he headed the Administrative and Financial departments. Earlier in his career, Mr. Aicardi worked at ABN AMRO Bank as Senior Corporate Credit Analyst.

Mr. Aicardi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Business and CPA from Universidad de la Republica in his native Uruguay.


Martin Diaz Plata '95

Managing Partner, CIPEF

Martin E. Diaz Plata is a Managing Partner with primary responsibility in Latin America. In 2012, Mr. Diaz Plata became a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining the CIPEF team in 2003, he spent seven years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (now Credit Suisse), first as an investment banking associate, then as a principal of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, in New York and Buenos Aires. Before that, Mr. Diaz Plata spent three years with Corporacion Financiera del Valle in Bogota as an investment analyst and stockbroker. 

Mr. Diaz Plata is a graduate of Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is based in London.


Barney Monte

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Ozado Partners

Barney Monte is a co-founder of Ozado Partners, a direct investment platform for an offshore private bank and multi-family office.  Barney was previously a Managing Director and Head of International Investment Banking at Global Hunter Securities since May 2010 where he oversaw a dedicated investment banking team.

Prior to Global Hunter Securities, Barney was a Managing Director at Rodman & Renshaw, a middle market focused investment bank, which he joined in June 2006 as a Vice President and was subsequently promoted to Director and Managing Director within their investment banking division. Barney previously was an associate at Akin Bay Company, advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Barney began his career at HSBC Bank USA as an Associate Vice President before joining HSBC Securities.


Scott W. Naidech

Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Scott is a Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. He represents domestic and international sponsors (with a particular focus on Latin America and other emerging markets) in the structuring, establishment and operation of their private equity funds. He has formed buyout, growth capital, real estate, energy, infrastructure, mezzanine and venture capital funds, among others, ranging in size from $50 million to over $16 billion of committed capital. He also advises clients on leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations and divestitures, and general corporate matters. In 2013, he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 for his work in private funds law.

Mr. Naidech received his LL.M. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Temple University, Beasley School of Law. He received his B.A. from Emory University.


Tom Speechley

Partner, Abraaj Group

Tom Speechley has worked in the private equity industry for almost 20 years. He joined The Abraaj Group in 2006 and has been responsible for several investments across a number of sectors and growth markets and has spent several years as a member of the Firm’s main board of directors, executive committee and investment committee. In 2013, he moved to New York to establish the firm’s presence in North America from where he leads the firm’s institutional investor program.

Mr Speechley initially trained in law and worked for several years with leading law firms in London and New York focusing on private equity transaction. He holds a First-Class Honors degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK.