Ignacio Portela


Ignacio Portela

Nacho joined Nazca in 2010 as Investment Manager, becoming a Partner in 2014. Nacho currently works in the management of Fund IV with a main focus on the organisation of new investment opportunities and the management of the portfolio of investees and member of the ESG team. Nacho has over 16 years of experience in private equity and has participated in important transactions in Spain such as with IMOncology, Agromillora, Phibo and Diater, among others.

What is your experience?

I have a degree in Business Science from ICADE (E-4) and Northeastern University, and an MBA from INSEAD. My professional career began in strategic consulting at Bain & Company in 1996, and after 2 years I joined the creation project of Jazztel, the first independent telecommunications operator in Spain. In 2001, after completing my MBA, I joined Impala Capital Partners, a Spanish private equity fund, until 2008 when I joined the commercial Due Diligence team of KPMG, then joining Nazca in 2010.

What makes you most proud to belong to Nazca?

The care we take in maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professional reputation. As a partner of Nazca I am proud that all our professional decisions always involve protecting our reputation as responsible investors and trustworthy business partners. I am convinced that approaching our business in this way is the best image for our company.

What challenges must entrepreneurs take into account when considering incorporating a private equity fund?

The entrepreneur considering working with a private equity fund must have very clear objectives. Why do they need a financial partner? If the entrepreneur has a clear answer to this question, everything will be much easier, as they will be better placed to choose the best partner possible and define the investment structure which best aligns their interests with those of the selected financial partner.

How does Nazca contribute to society?

At Nazca we believe that incorporating social and environmental sustainability criteria in our investment process complements our financial analysis and allows us to create value for society with a broad perspective. We also apply corporate social responsibility criteria to our daily activity as a manager. In recent years we have generated very positive impacts ranging from the reduction of our energy consumption to collaboration with social volunteering projects, which are now an integral part of our values and our culture.