A private equity expert whose academic and professional endeavors have taken him from Argentina to Germany to the United States, Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is able to draw on a unique combination of international experience and venture capital expertise to generate exceptional results across a wide range of professional responsibilities. With previous experience in positions of executive leadership with both Siemens AG and Leadgate, Alvarez-Demalde is able to provide remarkable insight regarding private equity and venture capital, specifically as it relates to valuation, mergers, due diligence, LBO, and financial structuring.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Alvarez-Demalde completed his undergraduate work in Argentina, earning a degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires. After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires, Alvarez-Demalde accepted a position as a manager with Siemens AG, which required that he relocate to Munich, Germany. Alvarez-Demalde spent close to a decade with Siemens AG before taking advantage of an opportunity to attend Harvard Business School and earn an MBA from the prestigious institution.
Throughout his professional career, Alvarez-Demalde has remained committed to supporting a number of causes through volunteer work, charitable giving, and philanthropic efforts. Although there are countless examples demonstrating Alvarez-Demalde’s ongoing efforts in this regard, his work with ARIS, or the Asociación Civil de Apoyo a la Rehabilitación e Integración Social, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies stand out the most.
Alvarez-Demalde has served as a board member with ARIS and as an advisory committee member with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies since 2011. Through ARIS, a non-profit association focused on creating educational opportunities in Uruguay, Alvarez-Demalde has demonstrated what is possible through a combination of education and economic empowerment. The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, which is supported by Harvard University, possesses similar goals regarding the positive outcomes made possible through academic opportunities.
1. What do you know about the real estate industry?
My professional responsibilities have often involved the real estate industry and require an in-depth understanding of the industry’s general workings.
2. Have you ever sold real estate? How did you make it happen?
Yes, I have sold real estate, including personal properties as well as investment properties.
3. How much experience do you have in buying or selling real estate?
I have been involved in the real estate industry in one way or another for close to two decades.
4. Have you ever made a sell or a purchase you have regretted?
There have been a few purchases and sales that have inspired some feeling of regret, but I do not have any significant regrets and have not experienced any devastating outcomes.
5. What advice would you give inexperienced who are wanting to buy or sell?
Education is the key to success in any industry, especially real estate.
6. What have you found out to be the best way to market property?
I believe that marketing strategies are most effective when they are specifically tailored to the property and the market in question.
7. What tools do you believe are essential for success in the real estate industry?
Analytical tools are proving to be increasingly critical for ensuring success in the real estate industry, so I believe it is essential to possess the ability to access and utilize the most effective and up-to-date analytical tools.
8. What has real estate taught you about life?
Real estate has taught me to recognize the value of a patient approach balanced with the kind of preparation that makes it possible to take swift action at the ideal moment.
9. How can you use what you have learned in real estate to succeed in other areas?
There are several lessons I’ve taken from real estate and successfully applied to other areas, and I’ve found that there are just certain principles and practices that are universally effective.
10. Do you have a mentor who taught you what you know?
There are quite a few mentors I can thank for helping me better understand the nuances of the real estate industry, but most of what I know about the industry is the product of my own experience.
11. Do you have a feedback system? How does it work?
Yes, and I believe that feedback is necessary to ensure the continued success of any endeavor, real estate or otherwise.