Principals & Associates
Harish Dadoo. Co-Founder & Managing Partner.
Prior to founding D&A in 1994, Mr. Dadoo had an 11 year career as an independent consultant who advised and introduced global investment banks and foreign multinationals on M&A and JV transactions in Mexico. Concurrently, he founded and managed a retail chain of bakery and convenience stores that grew to 11 units exclusively through strong internal cash generation. Such macro and micro business experiences have provided him with a distinctive, pragmatic perspective in approaching investment banking projects.
Between his college and graduate degrees, he worked at General Motors Mexico as an Industrial Engineer, rising to acting Superintendent.
Mr. Dadoo holds an MBA degree from Stanford GSB and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an AD-2 Senior Management Degree from IPADE. Mr. Dadoo graduated from the American School in Mexico City.
He has lived and was educated in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and the US.
He participates as Board Member for several privately-held and public companies, as well as educational and community institutions in Mexico.
For 10 years, Mr. Dadoo was a pro bono professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Universidad Iberoamericana. He is actively involved in various youth and community organizations.
Shankar Dadoo †. Co-Founder & President Emeritus.
Until 2004 he represented BBVA Bancomer and other major Mexican Financial Institutions in a wide range of operational and financial restructuring projects for its debtors and investments, either as CEO, Board Member, or consultant to the individual companies. These have included SurtiHogar, Salinas y Rocha, Calzados Canadá, Buró de Crédito, and Hotel investments.
Previously, over a 12 year period, he was CEO of each of the business units of Grupo Femsa having successfully achieved the objective to restructure their operations and significantly improving their profitability. These business units included the Beer, Packaging, Hotel, Processed Food, Retail, and Soft Drink (Coca Cola Femsa) divisions.
From 1976 – 1980 he was CEO of Lance, the country’s 2nd largest biscuit and pasta manufacturer. He executed its operational turn-around and later unsolicited sale to Purina. In addition, from 1959 – 1976 he was with Pfizer as Country Manager in Mexico, in Peru, as well as in various management positions in Argentina.
He held a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Bombay University.
Mr. Dadoo actively served in various business advisory and community Boards. He was also a guest lecturer on management strategy at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Julio Bosco Gómez. Co-Founder - Central America.
Mr. Gómez developed an extensive international senior experience in Commercial, Investment and Retail Banking. He began his career as a Banker in 1979 when he joined First Chicago Mexico, now part of J.P. Morgan Chase, retiring in 2005, after having managed a vast number of projects in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Great Britain.
He was the project leader in the creation of Banco Wal-Mart de México, the first Wal-Mart Bank, starting from the ground and growing it to 200 in-store bank units, serving as its first Managing Director. Mr. Gómez currently serves as an Alternate Independent Director at J.P. Morgan Grupo Financiero.
He holds an MBA from INCAE Business School, a Harvard sponsored University in Central America, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Mr. Gómez has served the firm as the Business Development Associate in the Central American region since 2009.
Luis Lascurain. Associate.
Mr. Lascurain joined the firm as an Intern in June, 2011. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, and has approved the Level II of the CFA program. In September 2017 he joined the MBA Program at Stanford GSB.
He has participated in various assignments including: advertising agencies, architectural glass, cinemas, construction materials, dairy products, drugstores, education, electrical cable & wire, food & beverage, glass containers, hardware products, household cleaning products, land oil rigs, locks & cabinet hardware, microfinance, packaging labels, personal care, pharma commercialization & manufacturing, private equity, retail, wholesale distribution, and wood particle boards.
He participates in the investment committee of Fondo Fénix, a local venture capital firm, where he manages the M&A process and strategy, having closed investments involving amateur sports platform, fitness centers, medical device sterilization, and mobile app games development.
Sergio Rojas. Associate.
Mr. Rojas joined the firm as an Analyst in September, 2012. He holds a B.S. in Business Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. As of May 2017 he joined the EMBA at the Haas School at UC Berkeley.
His experience includes projects in: advertising agencies, agribusiness financing, auto auctions, automotive dealerships, construction materials, dairy products, drugstores, education, food & beverage, glass containers, healthcare, land oil rigs, personal care, plumbing materials distribution, retail, software development, and writing supplies.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rojas was an Analyst at J.P. Morgan México.
César Miranda. Associate - Central America.
Mr. Miranda has collaborated with our firm since 2014 for the Central American region. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a focus in Finance from Purdue University.
He has participated in various assignments including: agribusiness, aviation services, construction materials, dairy products, food & beverage and real estate.
He began his career in JP Morgan Asset Management - Global Investment Opportunities Group in New York covering Latin American clients.
Valentina Ernst. Associate - Ecuador.
Ms. Ernst has collaborated with our firm since 2017 for the Andean region. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from Universidad Iberoamericana.
She is the current Senior Project Director at LC Branding & Innovation. In charge of coordination and direction of branding, innovation, and research in LATAM markets.
She holds a Master's Degree in Political Analysis from Universidad Complutense in Madrid.
Carlos Neuhaus. External Associate - Peru.
Mr. Neuhaus' prestige has translated into an unparalleled senior level network amongst private and public decision makers in Peru.
Mr. Neuhaus has vast experience in the financial and real estate sectors and currently heads a dynamic shopping mall real estate development group, being on the Advisory Board of the International Council of Shopping Mall Centers.
He has developed an extensive Board of Directors practice - including Joint Ventures with leading foreign strategic players - in the Banking, Energy & Mining, Industrial, and Retail sectors. Currently he sits on the Board of Banco Interamericano de Finanzas, Repsol's La Pampilla refinery, among others.
He holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird University and a B.A. in Business from Universidad de Lima. In addition he obtained a post graduate Diploma in Development and Public Finance from Cambridge University.
Ramesh Agrawal. External Associate - Peru.
Mr. Agrawal has collaborated closely with our firm for over 20 years, introducing potential transactions as well as executing the local work, contributing his experience in corporate finance and advisory in Peru. He is currently a Principal at Prime Capital Advisors, a local investment banking firm.
He has participated and led numerous capital raising, and debt structuring transactions for several of the most important Peruvian and South American corporations.
Prior to this, and over a 6-year period, he was Investment Head for Oderbrecht in Peru, being co-responsible in the identification, negotiation and financing for the group's infraestructure projects. He was also Finance Manager for Trasbase Olmos and for H2Olmos water and irrigation project.
Between his college and graduate degrees, he worked for 4 years as Corporate Finance Manager at Arthur Andersen / E&Y.
Mr. Agrawal holds a M.S. degree in Finance from London Business School and a B.S. in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico.
He is a writer of specialized financial and economic business articles.