Merida Announcement


The Americas Group Real Estate LLC has acquired 1,290 acres of land in Merida, Mexico in the Yucatan region to develop a health care/wellness oriented, popularly priced retirement community in partnership with Pedro Aspe, the former Finance Minister of Mexico and two of the largest community developers in the country. This development will be used as a prototype for other proprietary retirement communities in different regions of Mexico to address the approximately 78 million U.S. baby boomers who are approaching retirement.

We believe that with the recent decline in the value of personal assets and net worth coupled with spiraling U.S. healthcare costs and the high price of living expenses that a considerable percentage of this population group will consider moving and retiring to a hospitable country like Mexico which can provide a quality of life and services at a much reduced cost. We intend to target the moderate fixed income segment and make it user friendly for them to test the lifestyle change by offering rental opportunities which leave them with the option of returning to the U.S. if they are not satisfied or in the case of being satisfied they will be offered an opportunity to buy.

This project is an example of The Americas Group’s creative and practical solution to the difficult challenges of living in today’s new economic environment.

July 1, 2009

Howard Glicken is Proud to Announce that Violy & Company wins Deal of the Year For Argentina

Violy & Company wins Deal of the Year for Argentina

The Financial Times & Mergermarket

 M&A Awards Americas 2008

On October 30th, 2008, the Financial Times and Mergermarketannounced its M&A Awards Americasto recognize corporate, private equity, banking and legal excellence and expertise in M&A in Latin America. 

Violy & Company won one of the 3 coveted Corporate / M&A Deal of the Year Awards for Latin America. V&Co advised the Lopez family in the sale of a majority stake in their company, and executed the creation of Navios South American Logisitcs [NSAL] by combining Navios Maritime Holdings with with Horamar’s, River Plate and maritime operations. NASL is the largest integrated river logistics platform in South America combining inland and maritime ports, leading barge operations, storage facilities and maritime transportation. NASAL is based in Argentina and covers the 5 countries that comprise the Hidrovia.

There were 1,309 disclosed M&A transactions in Latin America from July 2007 through July 2008. Only 3 of these deals were honored by the Financial Times and Mergermarket as Deals of the Year. Violy & Co. is proud to have been the advisor on one of them.

“We created the company 30 years ago and Violy & Co. created the strategy to transform it into the leading player in the region”, says Claudio Lopez, now CEO of Navios South American Logistics. “Violy & Co. worked in earnest to create a deal that made sense to our family and our partner.

“In light of the recent financial crisis,” Lopez added, “Violy & Co.’s approach demonstrates that one cannot create a deal only through leverage or financial engineering. Indeed, the passage of time has proven the value of Violy & Co.’s innovative and forward thinking. Their insightful understanding of both Horamar’s needs and Navios’ businesses, and their relentless pursuit of creative solutions to bridge and optimize both parties’ interests, achieved a “win-win” for everyone. This approach is uniquely Violy & Co. and places them at a level where there are no equals.”

The Deal of the Year Awards used both empirical M&A transaction data and independent experts’ opinions to identify the winners in each category. Mergermarket is a leader in providing M&A deal information and intelligence worldwide. The Financial Times is a premier global publication with an unrivaled editorial reputation and understanding of the world's most influential decision-makers in global business and politics.


About Violy & Company

Violy & Co. (V&Co.) is a multi-service Investment Banking boutique providing Strategic Advisory Services, including M&A, Capital Markets, Restructuring and Reorganization, and Management Consulting Services.

V&Co is the only boutique that for the last 12 years has served the Latin-American and Iberian Peninsula markets with impeccable service and track record. V&Co partners combined have over 60 years of experience and over US$120 billion in completed transactions, Violy & Co. prides itself on its philosophy of “clients first and foremost”. The Company’s objective standards and total commitment to its clients are measured by its willingness not to recommend a transaction if it is not in the client’s best interest.

Violy & Co.’s collaborative local - global approach involves its clients, itsble Advisory Board members, its professionals and its network of Affiliates in each and every project and transaction, and its 360 degree thinking identifies challenges and risks and creates unique solutions that other financial institutions have not considered possible thus exemplifying the company’s motto: THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

Violy & Co. has offices in New York, USA and Bogota, Colombia, Affiliates located in Chile, Peru and the Caribbean, and an Advisory Board that includes members from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

Since 1995, regardless of economic cycles, Violy & Co. has continued to attract new and recurring clients due to its high level of performance and success.

“She’s [Violy] a person that knows her clients profoundly, and shares with Cemex’s senior management the Company’s objectives.”
Lorenzo Zambrano CEO, Cemex

“She knows Bacardi better than I do.”

Manuel Jorge Cutillas, Chairman, Bacardi International

March 23, 2009

Make-A-Wish Press Release - Howard Glicken Named Chair of Advisory Board



Business Leader is Founding Benefactor of  

Southern Florida Chapter’s Hotel InterContinental Ball

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Howard M. Glicken, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Coral Gables-based Americas Group, has been elected chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida’s Advisory Board. 

In this role, he will support the foundation’s fundraising endeavors, specifically focusing on securing major gifts. 

Glicken, a former member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, has been instrumental to the success of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, the nonprofit organization’s ( largest annual event.

“We are privileged to have someone the caliber of Howard Glicken accept this important position,” said Norman Wedderburn, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “His influence throughout the region and commitment to our mission will position us to grant more wishes and positively impact more lives.”   

Glicken has more than 35 years business and political experience in Latin America and currently heads The Americas Group (, an advisory and merchant banking firm. He has served as a private sector advisor in the Clinton Administration and been an early promoter of bringing U.S. business and investments to the region. 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida annually grants more than 500 wishes and has made more than 7,000 dreams come true in its history. The nonprofit organization brings hope, strength, and joy to children and families in Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. The average cost to fulfill a wish is $5,000.    

To learn more, refer a child, volunteer, or make a donation, call 888-773-WISH (9474) or visit

March 16, 2009

Advisor named for upcoming Summit of the Americas

President Barack Obama has named a former ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela as White House advisor for the upcoming Summit of the Americas.
Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow will oversee preparations for Obama's participation in next month's summit and, along with the Department of State, will help manage summit-related diplomacy in the region.
Davidow has taken a leave of absence from his position as president of the Institute of the Americas at the University of California at San Diego in order to serve as advisor. A career Foreign Service Officer for 34 years, Davidow was Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs and ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela and Zambia, in addition to serving in several other posts in Latin America and Africa before retiring in 2003.
The White House said last month that Obama plans to attend the Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago April 17-19.

''The president is looking forward to discussions with the leaders at the summit and to promoting a partnership based on mutual respect that will be beneficial to the people of the Americas,'' the White House said as it announced Davidow's appointment.

March 14, 2009

Fisher Island Engages The Americas Group

We are proud to announce that we have been engaged by Fisher Island Holdings, the developers of Fisher Island, ( to assist in the sales and marketing activities in Latin America and elsewhere for their current and planned developments at the "world renowned" Fisher Island. Fisher Island is a lush private island residential community of unrivaled luxury and splendor built on the former Vanderbilt winter estate. Nestled in the waters of Biscayne Bay accessible only by air and water with a 24 hour ferry service. It is two miles from South Beach and downtown Miami and is minutes from Miami International Airport for convenient global travel. According to the New York Times "there are very few tropical island resorts these days where one can be cut off from the world and still be close to civilization", "Fisher Island is such a place".
Fisher Island is Home to 600 of the world's leading families from over 40 countries. In the 2000 U.S Census, Fisher Island residence had the highest per person annual income of any postal zip code in the United States. It is one of the world's most exclusive communities and lifestyle sanctuaries favored by the world's most elite travelers. Incorporated into this elegant lifestyle are 24-hour and 365 day concierge and securtiy services.

Residents and Club members enjoy a luxurious resort lifestyle with a host of sumptuous amenities including: 2 deep water marinas for yachts in excess of 220ft. convenient to the islands of the Caribbean and a mile-long white sandy beach with sand imported from the Bahamas, indoor and outdoor island restaurants, a retail center, bank, a fire and rescue station, post office, children's playground, a private school and a staff of more than 600 employees.

There is also the splendid Fisher Island Hotel and Resort for use by members and guests with fully appointed private villas and suites and the world renowned Spa Internazionale, a relaxing spa retreat with the latest in beauty services, fitness, exercise equipment and professionally trained staff. In addition, there is a polo field, magnificient16-tennis court complex including 2 manicured grass courts and a P.B. Dye designed golf course.

In the latest step in the evolution of Fisher Island; Fisher Island Holdings is offering an alluring and limited amount of new residential choices that showcase the spectacular views and unparallel lifestyle. The club facilities will be undergoing a major $25 million extensive remodeling beginning this summer. The developer is entering the final phases of development on the Island and therefore the opportunities are limited. Now is the ideal time to consider and select a Fisher Island residence.

The Americas Group looks forward to assisting you with your real estate requirements and looks forward to inviting you to Fisher Island to see and enjoy the Island. We hope you will consider Fisher Island whether you are re-locating to Miami or looking for a retreat when you visit for business or pleasure. Please give us a call or e-mail us and we will be pleased to put you in contact with our real estate partners who can assist you with your needs.

Thank you for your continued friendship, confidence and support.

April 1, 2007