Varde Names Three New Partners From Senior Investing Ranks

Värde Partners, a global alternative investment firm, has promoted three senior investment professionals to the role of Partner: Jim Dunbar, Aneek Mamik and Carlos Sanz Esteve.

Based in Minneapolis, Jim leads Värde’s commercial real estate (CRE) lending platform, which this past year originated $2.7 billion in loans. He has also led investments in real estate operating companies, hospitality assets and non-performing CRE loans, and oversees Värde’s investment in Trimont, a real estate loan servicing company. Jim joined Värde in 2010 from Macquarie where he was a Senior Vice President in the company’s real estate business in Chicago. He began his career in investment banking at Citigroup in New York and Sydney. Jim has a B.S. in Finance from Boston College.

Aneek joined the firm’s New York office in 2016 and is now Global Co-Head of Financial Services overseeing credit and equity investments in consumer and commercial finance and other sectors. Most recently, the team has established its presence as a provider of loans to consumer and SME lending platforms, with a focus on providers seeking to address capital availability gaps. Aneek has deep experience in capital allocation, business management, strategy and finance, and previously led the firm’s Financial Services investments in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining Värde, he was Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at GE Capital Headquarters and held various roles at GE Capital for over 15 years, beginning in Australia. Aneek has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master’s in Business from Monash University in Australia. He is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Carlos is based in London and leads Värde’s European Corporate and Traded Credit strategy. He joined Värde in 2011 and has been critical in driving Värde’s research and investing across high yield bonds, leveraged loans and distressed securities in Europe.  Throughout his time at Värde, Carlos has expanded the firm’s expertise around European financial and sovereign debt, as well as in Emerging Market credit. Prior to joining Värde, Carlos was an analyst in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Law from University of Valencia and holds a Master’s in Management from London Business School.