Celia joined Nazca in 2007 and is the manager of Nazca Fund V. Notable among her functions are the generation of opportunities, management of investments, relationships with investors and raising funds. Celia is a member of the Nazca Investment Committee and Marketing Committee. Celia has over 13 years of experience in the private equity sector and has participated in important transactions in Spain such as with Fritta, Guzman, Gestair and McBath, among others.
What is your experience?
After graduating in economic and business science from Icade, the first 5 years of my professional career were at Alstom, a French multinational which manufactures high-speed trains. I was lucky enough to join and learn in the merger and acquisitions departments of large investment banks such as Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank, and in the Spanish corporate finance boutique Arcano. I met the Partners of Nazca when they absorbed it in the sales process of Svenson, and after a year at Valanza, the venture capital fund of BBVA, I joined Nazca.
What makes you most proud to belong to Nazca?
How well we get along and complement each other at both a professional and personal level on the Nazca team. I believe that we have achieved something unique.
What factor is key in the private equity management team relationship?
Trust, mutual respect, clarity in the association, and of course the knowledge that both parties have a common objective, which is the success of the project.
What challenges must entrepreneurs take into account when considering incorporating a private equity fund?
The main challenge facing an entrepreneur is having the will to commit to the growth of the company, whether by entering new markets, with new products or services, or integrating other competitors which provide added value. However, in this new phase of growth it must know that it has Nazca as a partner for any strategic decision, not only with capital but also with the support and experience of the whole Nazca team.
What do you like most about your work?
The opportunity to meet fascinating people. Entrepreneurs, families, management teams from different sectors who teach us and surprise us each day with their capacity for creation, and their desire for improvement and to become points of reference in their market segments. Most important of all, that we maintain contact and friendship after divesting from the companies, on many occasions working together again on new opportunities.
How do you spend your free time?
For me it is essential to spend a lot of time with my family, to spend part of the weekend with my husband and children in their sporting competitions, playing lots of sports and being lucky enough to take incredible tripe every year.