Investment Professionals

  • Scot Fischer

    Scot FischerSenior AdvisorScot is formerly Managing Partner and now Senior Advisor to Amzak Capital Management – the primary investment vehicle for the Amzak group. Scot joined the group in mid- 2007, having had a relationship with the Kazma family for a number of years. With over 30 years of investment banking experience in the Americas and Europe, he has participated in tens of billions of dollars’ worth of transactions in a variety of industry sectors and products including mergers and acquisitions, privatization, public and private equity issuance, debt capital markets, loan syndications, securitization, capital structuring and project finance. Prior to joining Amzak, Scot's professional experience includes Managing Director with ABN AMRO (2003-2006) as corporate finance head for the Americas region, where he led teams across Latin America and the US and was a member of the global corporate finance management committee. Scot also worked at Citigroup (1995-2001) as a regional investment banking head for Latin America, with product and origination responsibilities in Central America, the Caribbean and certain countries in South America. Scot began his banking career with Chase Manhattan (1982-1992), initially as an account officer in Puerto Rico, then in New York to form part of the Latin American Investment Bank, and finally in Spain as corporate finance head, where he was primarily responsible for M&A and Private Equity. While living in Spain, Scot also spent 3 years in the computer and video game industry as deputy general manager of two privately held distribution companies. Scot was a board member of Amnet Telecommunications (2007 – 2008) and Tricom, S.A. (2010 – 2014), and is currently a board member of Ilumno Holdings. Scot is fluent in Spanish, has working knowledge of French and Portuguese and graduated from Bucknell University in 1982 with a BA in Economics. Email:sfischer@amzak.com

  • John Tarsha

    John Tarsha, CFPFixed Income Portfolio ManagerJohn supervises the management of the fixed-income portfolio and liquid assets of Amzak Capital. John brings twenty five years of experience in fixed-income markets to Amzak. John worked with institutional investors at JP Morgan for five years, Banc of America Securities for nine years and Continental Bank for eleven years. John helped clients with portfolio construction, asset allocations and timing decisions, building systems to monitor credit quality and macro-economic data, investment policies, and selecting external money managers. John holds the designation Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from University of Toledo. Email: jtarsha@amzak.com

  • Eduardo Arguello

    Eduardo Arguello Direct Investments Vice President Eduardo is a Vice President of Amzak Capital Management’s direct investments group. Eduardo is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing operational strategies. Since joining Amzak in 2009, Eduardo has executed private equity investments in diverse industries including paper and packing, health and fitness, specialty finance and for-profit education. Prior to joining Amzak, Eduardo worked at Sun Capital Partners where he focused on investing in distressed securities across the capital structure in the consumer, retail and industrial sector. Eduardo began his career at JPMorgan in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt financings and equity offerings in the transportation sector. Eduardo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Email: earguello@amzak.com

  • Andres Bethencourt

    Andres Bethencourt Direct Investments Vice President Andres is a Vice President of Amzak Capital Management and is responsible for evaluating direct investments. He is also active in portfolio management and operations. Andres has experience performing financial, operational and market due diligence and creating operating and valuation models for investments. He previously worked at William Blair in Chicago as an Investment Banking Analyst, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and equity offerings in their Latin America Coverage Group. Andres graduated with a Bachelor's in Finance from New York University. He is fluent in Spanish and English and has working knowledge of Portuguese. Email: abethencourt@amzak.com

  • Sam Barker

    Sam Barker, CFASenior Fixed Income AnalystSam is a Senior Investment Analyst at Amzak Capital. He assists with the management, tracking, and deployment of Amzak’s fixed-income portfolio. Sam brings over ten years of related experience, having previously worked for ECM Asset Management, a Wells Fargo subsidiary specialized in fixed-income investment management. Prior to this, Sam worked with GE, across a number of regions (US, UK, Sweden and Australia), and in a number of roles, including GE’s internal audit group (CAS). Sam holds a Bachelor’s in Information Systems, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology, from The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a CFA charter holder. Email: sbarker@amzak.com

  • Luis Espinal

    Luis EspinalReal Estate AssociateLuis is a Senior Associate at Amzak Capital and has been with the group for over ten years. He is responsible for supervising direct real estate investments. Prior to joining Amzak Luis spent six years in the US Naval Reserves and also worked with W.R. Grace, Seagrams Beverage Company and Fox Television. Luis is a graduate of Lynn University and is fluent in Spanish. Email: luis@amzak.com

  • Chris WoodburnDirect Investments AnalystChris is an Analyst of Amzak Capital Management and is responsible for evaluating direct investments. Chris has experience in assisting the team's financial, operational and market due diligence for investments. He previously worked at Burger King Corporation as a Treasury Senior Analyst, where he focused on the company's capital market involvement, capital expenditures and general expenditures. Chris graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Babson College. He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of Spanish. Email: cwoodburn@amzak.com

  • Eric SpectorFixed Income AnalystEric is a Fixed Income Analyst at Amzak Capital. He is responsible for evaluating credits and assists with monitoring Amzak’s high yield, corporate bond portfolio. He previously worked for three years as an analyst in the Private Bank at JPMorgan, with a focus on portfolio construction and asset allocation analysis. Eric graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He holds a CFP® certification. Email: espector@azmak.com