José Fernandez Olano

José Fernandez Olano


Spearheading corporate development initiatives; strategic advisor on M&A/investment initiatives and corporate matters

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Present



§BOARD MEMBER of Shear Wind (listed company in Canada).

§Dominican Republic:

oEffectively lobbied with government to implement the first wind farm in the country.

oDeveloped and executed a bilateral purchasing power agreement with the CDEE.

oWorked on and finalized a $55m long term loan with BID and arranged a forward cover.

oIdentified opportunity and currently managing the development of $200m integrated wind farm portfolio projects.

oRestructured the office which will save Inveravante $10m over the tenure of the loan.

oBuilding a Biodiesel business from scratch in one year capturing 2,000 hectares to grow jartropha.


oSolicited and executed the acquisition of Brazilian company with a 80MW hydroelectric portfolio.

oLead successful qualification of a $50m hydro project in the last Lei Lao A-3 of Brazilian Power Tender

oLead successful qualification of a $80m wind farm project in the 2009 Lei Lao A-3 of Brazilian Power Tender

oLaunched a new internal venture with our partners in Brazil to develop a 300MW portfolio of hydro projects.

oResponsible for establishing the operation in Brazil.Formed the company, lead contracts with suppliers and did the recruiting with our partners

§Executed an investment to acquire a public company in Canada with a 1,500 MW’s portfolio.Serving on the board of directors where assisted management in the construction of the first 60 MW in Nova Scotia andsupported in raising over $CAD170M of private and lenders equity capital.

§Advised management in a joint venture in Peru and Panama.

Nov 2007 - Feb 2009



§Responsible for an ongoing divestiture in Greece and for an acquisition in Europe where I have successfully completed the business carve out from the parent company.

§Short listed in a 1.0 bn Euro green energy acquisition in Ireland that I identified, valued and negotiated.Airtricity (373 MW installed and 6,000 MW pipeline global).

§Played a key role in securing an option to buy 2 bcm gas storage in UK (salt).Lead the internal valuation, hypothesis built up and technological partner’s contribution and collaborated with legal team to elaborate tactics for negotiation purposes.

§Secured internal support and a local partner to participate in a nuclear tender process in an emerging market (4,000 MW).The government has postponed the tender given that the lead bidders have requested changes both in the legislation and conditions precedent to make a firm offer.Iberdrola is very well positioned and I have developed a strong relationship with the strongest consortium in the country.

§Lead the contacts in Vienna with an important electricity generator and gas distributor in Germany.

Jul 2005 - Oct 2007


Imperial Tobacco

§Active participation in the definition and implementation of a new corporate structure, meaning the spin off the distribution business in France from Seita to be integrated in Logista, with the aim of enhancing the growth profile of the Logista business.

§Directed Tabacmesa’s (9,6 million Euros) divestiture strategy including: bidders’ selection, due diligence process and sale approval by its board.

§Carried out an internal valuation, wrote the information memorandum, contributed to surveying and monitoring the preparation of all the deliverables and put in writing the terms for the final stock and purchase agreement (Serventa 30 million Euros)

Mar 2004 - Jun 2005

Senior Consultant


§Coordinated a multidisciplinary team to present concrete action plans and the strategy to execute a 7 year commercial retail plan including the renovation of 21,000 m2 of commercial area for Aldeasa & the Portuguese Airport Authorities (ANA).

§Carried out a complete business plan to launch Ayuman, Icopsa's private foundation whose mission is to help people and communities economically disadvantaged and provide relief supplies in natural disasters.

Jan 2003 - Mar 2004


§Coordinated and executed the development of negotiations to sell Juver, S.A. (100 million Euros), carried out the preparatory work, led the compilation of financial data, contributed substantially in writing the information memorandum.

§Led and closed a preliminary agreement to acquire a N° 1 consumer brand in Hungary.

§Initiated the idea, led the preparation of the financial analysis and wrote the information memorandum to execute a carve out of Hero Polska’s industrial business.

Jul 1997 - Dec 2001


§Identified and negotiated new business opportunities in other industries to facilitate Altadis’ restructuring plan.

§Coordinated and led due diligence to acquire Tvornica Dohana Zagreb ($60 million) in Croatia and the Bulgarian National Tobacco Company (€200 million).

§Carried out a financial analysis for the successful construction of a tobacco factory in Andorra (€ 5 million).

§Managed and developed € 3 million cigarette business with a US distributor.

§Organized a distribution team in the Canary Islands, which improved our sales in 1998 by 7% (€ 300,000).

§BOARD MEMBER of Union Iberica de Radio (radio industry & affiliate Altadis).

§STEERING COMMITTE MEMBER for the signature of a strategic alliance between Tabacalera, S.A. and Seita, S.A. (following merger to create Altadis group).

Jan 1996 - Jul 1997


Lehman Brothers International (Spain)

§Prepared a presentation that significantly contributed to obtaining an advisory contract with Ebro Agricola for its merger with Azucarera (1st largest food conglomerate in Spain). 

§Participated in Retevision’s privatization and information memorandum writing.

§Financial modeling during the implementation process of a corporate finance project in India.


Jan 2002 - Nov 2002


IMD - Institute for Management Development

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