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Charles Thoma
Charles ThomaManaging Partner
Charles Thoma is Managing Partner of Cognitive Corporate Finance which he co-founded in 2011.

Charles is an expert in the areas of Independent Business Reviews, Restructuring Plans, Asset acquisitions / disposals, Debt restructurings, restructuring Securitizations and Structured finance transactions. In addition, he has held a number of CRO and interim board positions.

Prior to creating Cognitive Corporate Finance, Charles worked with Alvarez & Marsal / Lehman Brothers, Kroll Talbot Hughes, KPMG Restructuring and KPMG Consulting.

He has worked in most of Europe, Hong Kong, North Africa and the USA.

Jill Hoornaert
Jill HoornaertSenior Advisor
Jill Hoornaert started her career as an international Lawyer with Linklaters and Suez-GDF now ENGIE in Brussels, specializing in Tax and International Contracts.

After accomplishing an MBA at IESE in Barcelona (Spain), she joined BBVA as a Senior Manager of the Alternative Investment Team in Madrid (Spain).

Prior to joining Cognitive Corporate Finance, Jill was restructuring corporate Spanish debt, first within BBVA’s Corporate and Investment Banking area as a member of the Syndicated Loan Team, later within the Central Risk Committee in charge of Debt Restructuring Plans and Asset & Cie Sales.

Mariano Rodriguez Llama
Mariano Rodriguez Llama Senior Advisor (Real Estate)
Mariano Rodríguez is a banker and real estate expert who leads Cognitive’s RE efforts.

He started his career in the financial analysis department of banks that are now part of BBVA, then moved to head Caixa’s Madrid territorial.

He then created HRA Consulting and funded a wide range of projects with Spanish developers (Vallehermoso, Espacio, Hansa, Monthisa, Pryconsa, urbalia, Nozar, Urbis, Hercesa…), working on the full spectrum of RE projects, from Core to Value Add and Development.

He has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in RE companies such as Idea Holdings (Soparfi of BNP and Kuwaiti investors), OI&S, and Euro Investment Consulting. Mariana has extensive experience across the value chain of RE investments, from Core to Core+ to Value Add and Opportunistic / Development.

Mido Talhouni
Mido TalhouniAssociate

Mido is a graduate from IE Business School’s  Master in Management, with a Bachelor in Finance from Concordia University in Canada.

A Canadian and Jordanian national, Mido speaks Arabic, English and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.

As part of his studies, Mido has worked in various companies, such as:

– Euro-Phoenix Advisors (Budapest)
– Yahoo! Inc. (Dubai)
– Ever sheds LLP (London)

Yanji FuAnalyst
Yanji is a graduate from IE Business School’s Master in Management and Universidad Nebrija’s Tourism Management, with a Bachelor degree in Communications and an exchange year in Nottingham during university.

A Chinese national, Yanji speaks Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish. She has worked Ruder Finn Shanghai as PR account executive for two years.

As part of her studies, Yanji has also worked in various tourism and culture organizations in Madrid.

José Manuel Jimeno
José Manuel JimenoSenior Advisor

José Manuel started his career as an auditor with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Madrid (Spain), and then moved to Belgium and the USA where he built the basis of his professional career. For the last 20 years, José Manuel has held CFO and CIO-type positions for several companies.

Prior to joining Cognitive Corporate Finance as Senior Advisor, José Manuel worked for PwC, United Technologies, Wolters Kluwer, Fujitsu, Europ Assistance, and lately for Grupo IFA.

José Manuel holds an MBA from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), and is currently completing an Advanced Management Program from IESE Business School in Madrid (Spain).

Jean Triquet
Jean TriquetSenior Advisor in IoT (Internet of Things)

Professional of Internet of Things since 2012 Jean is skilled in evaluating strategic projects in IoT on a sales or technical point of view.

With a strong background in computer science engineering and MBA he speaks fluently 5 languages and supports companies to develop their business in the IoT ecosystem throughout Europe.

Pablo Rengifo
Pablo RengifoSenior Advisor - Banking & Middle East
Pablo started his career in structured commodity finance at KBC Bank in London, being involved in softs, metals and oil transactions in Africa,MiddleEast and Latam, moving to set up the Wholesale Banking Unit at Banco Pastor, Spain, where he developed the Bank’s activity in Corporate, Project and M&A financing.
Prior to joining Cognitive CorporateFinance as Senior Advisor, Pablo was Director of Banco Popular Representative Office in Dubai covering the Bank’s activity across the Middle East and currently works as Financial Consultant for SME’s as well as advisor for companies looking to establish and do business across the Middle East region. Pablo holds a Msc Master in International Finance degree from Birkbeck College, London and BA from the European Business School in London.