The Team

Led by Patrick Gandarias, Fernando Elío, Iñigo Resusta y Enrique Martinavarro, Queka has over 50 years of conbined experience investing in private equity, buying and managing Spanish corporations.

Patrick Gandarias
Managing Partner and IC Member

Prior to founding Queka, Patrick served as the Managing Partner (1992 to 2018) and Chairman of the IC (2007 to 2018) at Corpfin Capital, where he was involved in over 25 private equity deals in Spain. Patrick previously held the position of Head of Spain at CVC Capital Partners, was an investment professional at CVC Capital Partners in New York and was a Project Engineer for Técnicas Reunidas. Patrick holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the NYU Stern Graduate School of Business.

Fernando Elío
Managing Partner and IC Member

Prior to joining Queka, Fernando was Managing Partner and Investment Director of the ProA Capital Founding team. He represented ProA Capital on a number of portfolio company boards, including Moyca, Saba Infrastructure, Palacios Alimentación Group and the Eugin Clinic. Prior to this, he worked at N+1 Private Equity and at Nazca Private Equity, participating in numerous deals. He began his professional career in the Corporate Finance department of ABN AMRO. Fernando holds a degree in Business Management and Administration from CUNEF.

Enrique Martinavarro
Managing Partner and IC Member

Prior to founding Queka, Enrique was the co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Auriga Global Investors as well as Chairman of Quadriga Asset Managers. Previously, Enrique was the Chairman of Sor Ibérica, S.A. Enrique holds a degree in law from the University of Valencia, and an MBA from IESE Business School.

Iñigo Resusta
Managing Partner and IC Member

Prior to founding Queka, Iñigo was the co-founder and Chairman of Auriga Global Investors. Previously, Iñigo was the CEO of Grupo KA International, where he was responsible for its international expansion before selling it to a private equity fund. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of CRH Construcciones y Reformas Hoteleras. Iñigo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE), and an MBA from IESE Business School.

Javier Esteban
COO, Partner and
IC Member

Prior to joining Queka, Javier spent fourteen years at Corpfin Capital, where he was responsible primarily for managing the administration and regulatory requirements of the firm. Prior to this, he spent nine years at Deloitte working as Financial Entities Manager. Javier holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law and in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).

Diego Figueroa
Partner and IC

Prior to Queka, Diego served as the Head of Business Development at Quadriga Asset Managers. Prior to this, Diego held a range of positions at JP Morgan in Geneva, including General Manager , Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, Head of EMEA Deposits and EMEA Treasury Manager. Prior to JP Morgan, Diego was with BNP Paribas in London and Madrid. Diego holds a law degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an Executive MBA from IE Business School.

Nicolás Maraver
Partner and IC

Prior to joining Queka, Nicolás was Managing Partner at 3H Capital Pte Ltd. Nicolás also previously held various roles at ACERINOX Group where he played a leading role related to the group's expansion in Asia and operational improvement programmes. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the Executive Committee and led the operational improvement programme at Columbus Stainless. Nicolás holds an MSc-BSc in Electronic & Automation Industrial Engineering from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Simón Martí

Simón joined Queka from Corfin Capital, where he was Director (2016-2019). Prior to this, he spent three years in the Investment Banking Division at Deustche Bank as Analyst and Associate. Simón holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a MSc in Management from HEC Paris School of Management.

Carmen Álvarez-Novoa

Before joining Queka in 2018, Carmen was a member of the Corporate Restructuring Group at Deloitte in Madrid, and a member of the Private Wealth Management team at Goldman Sachs in Boston. Carmen holds a BSc in International Business from Northeastern University, and a Master's Degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles.

Luis Martinavarro

Prior to joining Queka in 2018, Luis was a Senior Associate at Auriga Global Investors and a Financial Consultant for Improven Consulting. Luis holds a BSc in Business Administration and  Management from Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, and a Masters Degree in International Management from IE Business School.

Paloma Sánchez
Administration Department Member

Prior to Queka, Paloma served as Team Secretary at Corpfin Capital for three years. Prior to this, Paloma spent twenty-five years at Telefónica Group working as a Personal Assistant for the General Counsel and the Vice-Chairman.

Javier Basagoiti
Real Estate Special Advisor and IC Member

In addition to founding Queka, Javier serves as the CEO of Corpfin Capital Real Estate and Inbest Real Estate Partners. He is also a Senior Advisor at KPMG Corporate Finance & Real Estate. Previously, he was the Commercial General Manager at Fadesa, Operations General Manager at Martinsa-Fadesa, a member of the Executive Committee and General Manager at Ferrovial Real Estate Services, CEO of Inmobiliaria Bilbao and Partner at Centauro Viviendas. Javier has a degree in Construction and Real Estate Management (MDI) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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