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Meet our team

Adriana Sandoval

Founding Managing Partner

José Luis Pérez

Chief Investment Officer

Paulina Dehesa

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Akira Hirata

Vice President of Investments

Rodrigo Sánchez

Vice President of Investments

Alejandro Barrientos

Analyst of Investments

Andrea Pingel

Compliance Officer

Pablo Landa

Investment Analyst

ADRIANA SANDOVAL

Founding Managing Partner 

Adriana founded Kans Capital in 2022 and is a professional with over 18 years of experience in investment banking, finance, accounting, and operations management.

She has extensive experience in financial valuation, strategic evaluation, risk analysis, and due diligence on investment opportunities in various industries and geographies. Among her experiences are infrastructure transactions for public-private partnerships, a billion-dollar aviation company, the creation of a de-novo bank, an electronic commodity exchange, and mining projects at all stages of development, among many others.

She began her career in 2004 at UBS Equity Research in Mexico. She then joined Scotiabank in Equity Research and Morgan Stanley in Investment Banking, where she had extensive exposure to global industries, financial institutions, consumer goods, and retailers.

In 2007, she joined a family office as VP, a company dedicated, among other things, to investment in mining assets and the infrastructure sector, where she was appointed CFO and Strategist in 2013. At this firm, she led mergers and acquisitions, competitive asset sales processes on both the buy and sell sides and public and private debt and capital raises. Additionally, she participated in consent solicitation and negotiation with bondholders and their relationship in a complex environment, analysis of preventive litigation and similar measures, and management of relationships with rating agencies. Managing the family office’s investment portfolio, she developed and executed project valuations, investment analysis and recommendations, financial planning strategies, budgeting, profitability optimization, and auditing processes.

Adriana has a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a certification in Alternative Investments from Harvard Business School.

José Luis Pérez

Chief Investment Officer

José Luis joined Kans Capital in 2023 as Chief Investment Officer. With a track record of over 12 years of experience in Private Equity and Management Consulting, he has extensive experience in leading investment processes, structuring, and closing deals.

Before joining Kans Capital, José Luis was Vice President at Alta Growth Capital, where he led investments in a manufacturing company of components for heavy-duty vehicles in North America, a leading hospital group in tourist destinations in Mexico, an e-commerce service integrator, and a security provider for the retail industry. José Luis actively managed other portfolio companies in the manufacturing and fitness sectors. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of several investments and oversaw divestments of successful companies in the manufacturing sector.

Previously, José Luis worked in other Private Equity funds, where his leadership in the structuring and execution of an investment in a renowned hospital chain in Mexico in Actinver’s Private Equity Fund stands out.

Prior to his professional career in Private Equity, Jose Luis worked at McKinsey & Company, collaborating on more than 10 strategic engagements in mining, consumer goods, corporate sustainability, oil & gas, and healthcare sectors in Mexico, the United States, and other Latin American countries.

Jose Luis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an executive MBA from IPADE Business School.

Paulina Dehesa

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

With 16 years of work experience, Paulina Dehesa is a professional with a proven track record of achieving outstanding results for the diverse groups she has collaborated with.

She has expertise in strategic decision-making and highly complex business development.

In 2012, she joined a specialized family office focused on investments in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Her expertise was recognized, and in just four years, she was appointed Director of Corporate Strategy, a position she held until 2022.

Paulina participated in public and private buying and selling processes of mining assets and infrastructure projects, designing effective investment strategies focused on optimizing and maximizing financial returns. She also created innovative and sophisticated participation structures that adapt to each transaction and project.

She was involved in evaluating various investment projects, financial valuations, due diligence processes, corporate, tax, and financing strategies, debt issuances, and restructurings in Mexico and abroad. Her work included financial resource optimization, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, liquidations of companies, corporate governance, and closing transactions involving equity and debt, among others.

Previously, Paulina worked as a corporate debt and structured analyst at HR Ratings, one of Mexico’s most prestigious credit rating agencies.

Paulina holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and she is certified in Alternative Investments from Harvard Business School.

Akira Hirata

Vice President of Investments

Akira joined the Kans Capital team in 2023 as Vice President of Investments. He has 10 years of experience in risk analysis, structuring, and public and private debt valuation.

Before joining Kans Capital, Akira was a part of HR Ratings, one of Mexico’s leading credit rating agencies. In his last role at HR Ratings as Director of Financial Institutions and Asset-Backed Securities, he was responsible for rating, structuring, and analyzing alternative assets, mainly structured debt instruments in public and private markets. These included Trust-Bankruptcy Equivalent Securities (CEBURS) issuances and structured credits backed by mortgage portfolios, consumer credits, leases, and middle-market loans. Additionally, he handled the valuation and financial analysis of banking entities, non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs), insurers, pension funds, and investment funds involving debt instruments, among other assets.

Before his experience at HR Ratings, he began his professional career at J.P. Morgan Chase as part of the Economic Research team, focusing on macroeconomic analysis for developing investment strategies and trading government fixed-income instruments and currencies in Latin America.

Akira holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and is certified in Structured Instruments by the Riskmathics Financial Institute. Additionally, he is a candidate for the CAIA certification.

Rodrigo Sánchez

Vice President of Investments

Rodrigo joined the Kans Capital team in 2023 as Vice President of Investments. He has 10 years of experience in private equity, public markets and real estate valuation and transactions.

He began his career at Morgan Stanley doing Equity Research covering the construction, real estate and petrochemical sectors. He was also part of the general strategy team for the Mexican market where he contributed to the construction of model portfolios. During this stage, he also participated directly in two successful IPO processes.

Later on, he joined Mira, a real estate investment fund, as part of the acquisitions team and whose objective was to invest the funds of the first CERPI raised in the country. At this stage, he led the valuation efforts and was part of the negotiation of dozens of projects around the country. He played a key role in the acquisition of the most important CERPI project where billions of pesos are currently being invested.

Prior to joining Kans, he was part of Acamar Partners, a Miami-based team that raised a US$300 million SPAC on Nasdaq. During the search process he oversaw the valuation and analysis processes for hundreds of companies in the consumer sector in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He was instrumental in the successful business combination of the SPAC with a US company valued at over US$1 billion.

Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Universidad Iberoamericana.

Alejandro Barrientos

Analyst of Investments

Alejandro joined the Kans Capital team in 2023 as Analyst of Investments. He has 2 years of experience developing financial models and implementing business strategies for companies mainly in the retail, technology, food and automotive industries.

In 2021, he joined Barlovento Consultores, a management consulting firm specialized in structured leadership, innovative methodologies, and rigorous financial and qualitative analyses to help clients achieve real and tangible results. He participated in the design of complex and innovative financial and business models and strategies for companies in the retail, technology, automotive and food industries. He was also part of the team tasked to completely restructure a top IT company to maximize profits, improve operating processes and implement a proper corporate governance structure.

Alejandro holds a bachelor´s degree in Physics Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana. As Student President, he led the development of various initiatives to enhance student programs and to prepare the students for the constantly evolving job market.

Andrea Pingel

Compliance Officer

Meet Andrea Pingel, Compliance Officer at Kans Capital.

Andrea brings to the team six years of work experience in the compliance and legal consulting field.

In 2020, she joined Aeroméxico Rewards, where she played a pivotal role in establishing the corporate ethics program, implementing the Due Diligence program, and designing the anti-money laundering program.

Subsequently, in 2022, Andrea joined the Financial Intelligence Unit of American Express, where she handled due diligence on potential clients and contributed to the strengthening of internal manuals and policies.

Andrea holds a law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Pablo Landa

Investment Analyst

Meet Pablo Landa, Investment Analyst at Kans Capital.

Pablo brings to the team over two years of work experience in the structuring and evaluation of investments, and strategic financial planning. He joined FinMédica, where he played a crucial role in raising capital and debt for a short-stay clinics project and in the operational launch of the first short-stay clinic. Additionally, he managed the company’s annual budget and treasury. Before this, he worked at GE Gas Power, conducting data analysis, creating dashboards, and developing tools to optimize revenues and margins. Pablo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.