Meet your team
Guido Demarco is Director – Head of Legal Assets at Stonward. He is in charge of and oversees Stonward’s daily operations relating to origination and assessment of commercial litigation and international commercial and investment arbitration cases, claims related to competition law infringements and insolvency related matters, matching them with specialized funding. He also oversees the progress of cases that are being funded.
Guido is a legal expert with extensive experience in debt restructuring (private and sovereign), NPL strategies and legal, banking and financial projects management. Prior to joining Stonward, Guido worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as a legal advisor, where he had the opportunity to work closely with different governments and high-level stakeholders. Previously, he worked as an associate at Baker McKenzie, in the Buenos Aires office, where he worked on cross-border financing operations and projects.
Some projects that stand out in his career include the design of a secondary market for the trading of NPLs in Kazakhstan, advising a large international fund on the acquisition of a majority shareholding of a tech company (USD 724 million deal), and the development of a training program for judges and insolvency practitioners in Armenia.
Guido holds a Law degree from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina) and graduated with Merit from an LL.M in Banking & Finance from Queen Mary University of London.
Ana Pastor is Head of Communications and Marketing at Stonward. She oversees marketing and brand activities, and leads media relations.
As a communications expert, Ms. Pastor has advised NGOs, international organizations including the UN and the private sector in Spain, the US and Latinamerica. She is also an experienced researcher and political analyst. Prior to joining an in-house communication role, she worked as a journalist in Spain and as a freelancer in the US.
Ms. Pastor has an MS in International Relations from New York University, where she was a Global Research Fellow at NYU-Prague, graduated from the University of Navarra in Journalism, and is an expert in Digital Rights. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
Armando Betancor is a pioneer of litigation finance in Spain. Betancor introduced this figure thanks to his position as insolvency practitioner of the Petersen companies, through the signing of a funding contract that allowed them to claim the compensation to which they were entitled. Since then, Betancor, an expert specialized in cross-border transactions, has combined his work as a lawyer and insolvency practitioner with third-party funding.
Considered as one of the most relevant lawyers in the sector by Chambers & Partners, his creativity and vision stand out, being able to work on and develop the most complex legal cases.
Eduardo Frutos is another pioneer of litigation finance in Spain. He assisted in the settlement of a funding agreement that allowed the Petersen companies to claim the compensation to which they were entitled. Since then, he has actively participated in the litigation finance market through the evaluation and selection of cases, associating them with specialized funds.
In addition to specializing in M&A transactions, Frutos has led mass antitrust claims proceedings.
Eduardo Frutos has a law degree and a diploma in international relations from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICADE. He has a master’s degree in business law from the Garrigues Study Center and is a regular speaker at academic forums. He has also collaborated in different publications.
Diego Juan Abelleyra is a specialist in the energy sector. He has a robust and highly qualified legal advice expertise in complex M&A and corporate and project finance transactions, with a special focus in transactions involving the development, construction, financing, O&M, and sale and purchase of infrastructure and energy projects. He is a qualified lawyer in Argentina, for more than 10 years he was the General Counsel of the leader renewables energies company of the country, and for 11 years was part of Marval, O’ Farrell & Mairal, Argentina’s main law firm.
He obtained a LLM with merit grade in Banking and Finance Law at the University of London (Queen Mary College, Centre for Commercial Law Studies). He is based in the UK.
Daniele D’Alvia is an expert in financial matters. His PhD was titled ‘Risk, Uncertainty, and Finance: Special Purpose Acquisition Companies as self-regulation instruments’. As a qualified lawyer in the UK and Italy, Daniele has worked for international firms in matters related to financial markets and commercial litigation, as well as for the public sector investigating financial crimes.
He was awarded with the Colin B. Picker Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law for a chapter of his Ph.D., and has been a visiting lecturer in several Universities and Business Schools. He holds a M.A. in Business Law (Tor Vergata University), a LL.M. in Business Law (Il Sole 24 ORE Business School), and a LL.M. on Commercial and Corporate Law (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London).
Natalia Pagknu is a specialist in private equity, financing operations and capital raising. She has worked for the Blackstone Real Estate Group, participating in voluntary restructurings, mergers and coordinating cash repatriation mechanics in cross-border deals, and as a legal consultant at the EBRD, for which she has participated in the formulation of assessment tools for the analysis of the 39 economies the EBDR operate with.
Natalia holds a BA in Political Sciende and Public Administration (National University of Athens – Kapodistriakon), a BA in Law with specialisation in Private Law (Université Paris 2), a Master’s degree in Corporate Law (Université Paris 2) and a LLM in International Business Law (Queen Mary University of London). Greek native, she also speaks Ensligh, French and Spanish.
José Joaquín Pani is an expert in Commercial Law. He has advised international clients in the design and implementation of legal business strategies involving M&A, private equity and venture capital investments, acquisitions of real estate assets and commercial and office development projects. He was a senior lawyer for one of the most important commercial banks in Mexico, and the Legal Executive Director of a business group for which he designed and implemented private equity investment schemes in various industries.
He is the funder of Pani Abogados, and a lecturer in the faculty of laws of Universidad Panamericana, in Mexico City, where he teaches Legal Aspects of International Finance.