Team

Javier Faus

Chairman

As a prominent investment professional, Mr. Faus has managed numerous investments/divestments since 2001, mostly in prime Real Estate in Spain, France and Latin America (Chile, Mexico, Brazil) and in Private Equity and Venture Capital in Spain.

In 2006 he founded Meridia Capital Partners. Mr. Faus chairs the Board of Directors of Meridia Capital Partners, SGEIC, SA and its Investment Committees. At present Meridia Capital is actively managing Meridia II, Meridia III, Meridia IV (Real Estate) and Meridia Private Equity I. In addition to this, Meridia Capital supports the impact investing space as exclusive advisor to Franklin Templeton in Spain and Portugal for its pan-European Social Infrastructure Fund.

Mr. Faus is also an active business angel in the Spanish start up arena, having invested so far in eight companies through Mnext, which falls under the umbrella of Meridia Advisory Services. Examples of companies invested are Newton Learning, Worldcoo and Cocunat.

Between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Faus was CEO and minority shareholder of HOVISA, a Real Estate company based in Barcelona and owner of Hotel Arts (operated by Ritz-Carlton). From 2003 to 2006 he acted as Iberian Managing Partner for Patron Capital.

Prior to his investment career, Mr. Faus worked as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in the offices of J&A Garrigues (New York) and Cuatrecasas Abogados (Barcelona).

Since 2019 he serves as President of Círculo de Economía , a high-profile economic think tank based in Barcelona. Círculo de Economía organizes since 1961 a prestigious Annual Economic Forum.

He also served for four years as Director of Colonial, a leading Spanish public Real Estate company, from which he stepped down in 2014 to avoid potential conflicts of interest with the launch of Meridia II. Since 2016 he serves as Director of Indukern, a prominent pharmaceutical company.

Between 2010 and 2015 he served as Vice Chairman at FC Barcelona. During his tenure, Mr. Faus successfully lead a turnaround strategy, including returning the Club to profit, increasing margins by implementing salary caps, adapting new marketing strategies such as commercializing the shirt kit and reducing the debt to its lowest level in recent history. He also designed the plan to finance the new Camp Nou. These achievements did not come without highly publicized opposition and controversy by different affected stakeholders.

Mr. Faus has won several awards, including the 2002 Deal of the Year by the International Hotel Investment Forum and the SAHIC 2011 Award for Best Investor. As Chairman of Meridia, he received the Southern Europe Firm of the year PERE award in 2016.

Mr. Faus is also active in the academic sector. He has worked with different professors at Harvard, IESE and ESADE Business Schools, helping write and teach case studies based on his own experience.

Mr. Faus received a Law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, a Masters in International Law from Georgetown University and an MBA from ESADE Business School.

Javier Faus Meridia Capital

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