Alfonso Fernández is a senior advisor to Potomac International Partners and has numerous years of experience as an attorney in the banking, finance, and aviation industries.
From August 1982 to April 1985, Mr. Fernández worked as an attorney in the corporate banking department of McConnell Valdes Kelley in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1985 he joined Prudential-Bache Capital Funding Puerto Rico, Inc. working primarily in the corporate and municipal finance areas as well as in the development of a variety of new products. In February 1990 when already a Senior Vice President, he established IVY Investment Group, Inc. In July 2002, he acquired the operations of Swissport P. R., Inc., now operating as Ivyport Logistical, www Ivyport.com, which provides a variety of services to aviation related companies.
During his tenure at Pru-Bache, Mr. Fernández participated in transactions exceeding over $4 billion dollars marketed both in the US and Puerto Rico markets. Among them, the $1 billion Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority bond issue, chosen as the 1989 Public Finance transaction of the year by Institutional Investor Magazine. Mr. Fernandez was also a member of the firm’s national resource-energy recovery practice group and participated in various financings for the Puerto Rico Telephone Company.
Mr. Fernández has acted and was qualified as an Arbitrator for both the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and serves on a number of corporate boards. He served as a founding member of the Puerto Rico-Israel Chamber of Commerce. In 1995 Governor Pedro Rosello named him to the Governing Board of the Caribbean Basin Facilities Financing Authority an affiliate of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, a post requiring Senate Confirmation.
In the aviation sector, Mr. Fernández has been active participant in major industry conferences in the ground handling, passenger, and cargo areas including Ground Handling International Conference in Rome, Miami and Amsterdam’s Air Cargo Conference, the Airline CEO Conference and founding member of the Wharton Aerospace Group. He has also acted as contributor to Ground Handling International magazine published in the United Kingdom on the state of Latin American and Caribbean aviation as well as to the World Bank Doing Business Yearly Survey.
Mr. Fernández obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1978), a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1982) and a law degree from Columbia University (1982), where he was selected for the International Fellows Programs sponsored by Columbia University’ School of International and Public Affairs.