Based in Bogotá, Mr. Cañas will have client coverage responsibility for Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. He joined MBA Lazard from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was Regional Country Manager for Colombia, Perú, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.
"This is a significant appointment for MBA Lazard as we look to further strengthen our presence in Latin America," said Gregorio M. Charnas, CEO of MBA Lazard. "There is now an increasing demand for independent financial advice from Colombian and Central American companies seeking overseas expansion, as well as from foreign companies looking to invest in the region."
"Enrique is highly respected within the Central American business community. His breadth of experience will help us further serve the growing M&A market and underscores our intentions to participate in the economic growth of this important region,” said Matias Eliaschev, MBA Lazard's Head of Investment Banking.
Prior to joining IFC in early 2004, Mr. Cañas, 47, spent three years as CEO of Banco Uno, a leading Central American financial group, and was instrumental on its sale to Citi in 2006. Between 1999 and 2004, Mr. Cañas was CFO of Grupo Poma, one of the leading diversified economic conglomerates in the region.
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