It was the mission of mixing traditional Corporate Finance and the Financial industry with the new digital world that inspired Angela Alvarez to found AGLAIA CAPITAL. Her belief that technology and human sciences can go together to face this new technological world without losing humanity has taken Angela to great heights. Her work reflects her passion for decentralised technologies and cooperation business models.
Angela envisages Aglaia Capital as a tool for a change in the financial industry from the business and technology perspective and also to imprint some codes of values that are more present in technology.
Inspired by her virtues, we at CIO Look caught up with Angela to learn more about her journey and how she is contributing to the finance space through Aglaia Capital.
Below are the highlights of the interview:
Brief our audience about your journey as a business leader until your current position at AGLAIA CAPITAL. What challenges have you had to overcome to reach where you are today?
The path towards leadership can be various. Some traits are present in you since you are a child, and those traits appear when something triggers, and that type of leadership is the most powerful because it comes from the inner essence. It can be followed and copied, but is unique in the essence, as it has a purpose that drives it. I identify myself with that type who does not intend to do what I have believed that has to be done; that belief has also converted into a purpose, in a business, in a mission.
I have faced many challenges, and I am still facing them. Some are related to what implies innovation and the creation of new infrastructure, and others related to the values and interests around the business. I think that this century should be a predominance of the fairer business in finance and the alternative investments world, and likely sooner or later will make a difference for the preference of the consumers as it happens in other industries.
Tell us something more about your company and its mission and vision.
Aglaia Capital is a new generation of corporate finance and alternative investments. It has a holistic approach covering a traditional corporate finance discipline, focused on Hotels, Real Estate, and Alternative Financing, from lower to big deals, from simpler to more complex deals. It is focused on digital assets as well, considering them as a more evolved way of the same reality. We cover the whole life of the digital asset, advising on the full token generating event, also covering the technological and legal part through affiliates teams, also providing services for structuring the funds and fund management through our trusted providers. Besides, we cover the functionalities of the cryptoassets through my newly developed Defi Permissioned Platform Aglaia Capital DeFi Platform, a new compliant financial infrastructure focused on security tokens.
My vision is continually developing a new financial infrastructure with blockchain, taking advantage of the discipline of the investment banking world, but with the efficiency, speed, and automatic trust, that provides the blockchain, and with code of values based on consensus and values behind that are the ethos of the company, such as integrity, sustainability, diversity, and impact for creating a better world.
Our mission is to transform and continue making evolve our industry applying blockchain, to make it more scalable, and imprint a code of values that we consider that will make a difference also in our industry.
Enlighten us on how you have impacted the corporate finance and alternative investment niche through your expertise in the market.
We have extensive experience and knowledge in our industry as well as on the players, which makes a difference for the investors and sponsors, and being independent we don’t have the conflict of interest that may have other firms.
Besides, my vision was to apply the discipline of traditional corporate finance to the cryptoassets world. We have a unique approach as we cover the whole life of the cryptoassets since inception or conceptualization, covering the whole token generating event, the legal structuring, and, during its life, through my newly founded Aglaia Capital DeFi Platform. It is an authorized platform for cryptoassets using a protocol of smart contracts for security tokens, and with several functionalities.
We advise in the whole process of the token generating event, covering also the legal and technical areas through an affiliated team. We also cover the creation of the legal structures and asset management, if that is the case, through our trusted providers, or companies under the same umbrella, as well as all the tokenization process and the functionalities of the cryptoasset, through Aglaia Capital DeFi Platform.
Describe in detail the values and the work culture that drives your organization.
The ethos of Aglaia Capital is around integrity, innovation, sustainability, diversity, and impact for making a better world. The work culture is based on these values, in consensus, and in a code of values based on maximizing the unique qualities of the team to contribute to the others. I consider uniqueness and diversity as well as integrity a competitive advantage in this new complex world and what is making the difference.
Undeniably, technology is playing a significant role in almost every sector. How are you leveraging technological advancements to make your solutions resourceful?
We have been pioneers in the industry using blockchain technology for transforming our industry. My newly founded Permissioned Defi Platform has been created with a view of including the functionalities needed for operating with cryptoassets as a more advanced way of operating with the assets that are in the real world.
What, according to you, could be the next significant change in the corporate finance and alternative investment industry? How is your company preparing to be a part of that change?
The financial sector is experimenting already with a transformation of its financial infrastructure driven by blockchain, and digital assets. I have been envisaging that for years, and Aglaia Capital surges as an expression of my vision on the evolvement of my industry with blockchain, and with digital assets. The new Aglaia Capital DeFi Platform is a tool to help in using that new infrastructure and cryptoassets. We are already one of the active actors in the transformation of our industry contributing what we are doing, and have made so far.
Where do you envision yourself to be in the long run, and what are your future goals for AGLAIA CAPITAL?
I have already contributed to transforming and creating a new paradigm for my industry. The future goals for Aglaia Capital are the consolidation of the traditional lines of business, the launching and growth of the new Permissioned DeFi Platform, which is focused on security tokens, and qualified investors.
What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the corporate finance and alternative investment sector?
Resilience, and to help in creating a new generation of business, supported also with values that facilitate a more cooperative and fairer ecosystem.