We, the initiators, are successful entrepreneurs of various sectors, who have known each other for many years, firstly in a business relationship which eventually turned into a close friendship. We currently live in Colombia and Germany.
What connects us is the conviction that Colombia offers many unique entrepreneurial opportunities which in the current situation are very rare in the world. Besides the economic interests, we also put our focus on the social and ecological aspects of our commitment in Colombia.
We know Colombia and the for us relevant business aspects: The most important players and decision-makers, the market developments, the legal framework and the market´s laws in our two investment areas: real estate and the agriculture and forestry sector.
... founded with his business partner the consultancy firm, company companions, during the financial crisis in March 2009. Since then, he successfully consult and accompany medium-sized companies, start-ups, and non-profit organizations in topics like strategy, leadership, innovation and cultural change. Markus Baumanns established his close contacts to relevant companies in the agricultural and real estate sector as well as to decision makers in the private and public sector, during his time as diplomat in Bogotá at the end of the 90s, and has been maintaining these relationships until today.
... founded two well-known companies in the financial sector, the financial services provider Truscon the asset manager Veermaster in Hamburg and Berlin. Together with his team of financial coaches, he always points out to focus on new, young and dynamic markets and therefore invested early in emerging markets like China, India, and Turkey. His international vision led to the decades-long experience that he has with international real estate and especially with forestry investments in Central America.
... crucially contributes to the legal structure of our venture and therefore creates the stable foundation of our projects by bringing in his expertise as a lawyer on the international level. Alexander von Bila is co-owner of the agriculture and forestry project and assists with the legal questions of the real estate projects through his law firm von Bila, de la Pava & Bertoletti. Alexander von Bila has Colombian roots and lives in Bogotá. He knows the Colombian mentality and has access to a broad network there, which is equally important for the success of our venture.
The operational team
... works for the Colombian Companions as project manager of the agriculture and forestry project as well as for the real estate project. She already specialized her studies on Latin America, spent a semester abroad in Colombia and in this context supported social impact projects there. She takes interest in the venture in Colombia because of the exchange on an international level, the challenge to continuously confront new problems and the goal to create meaningful investment opportunities.
… carries out various steps in regards to the real estate projects, from exploring new exciting project opportunities to the completion of the sale. Martin Krauss is a native-born German, has been living in Bogotá for more than 15 years and knows the Colombian business culture and mentality in depth. During the establishment of business relationships, he therefore creates the for the Colombians so vital basis of trust to the sellers and leads the communication with the involved parties on site. His special expertise as independent consultant in various business sectors, as well as memberships in supervisory boards in industry and commerce institutions and social-cultural organizations are essential for the construction of the cultural bridge.
… is founding partner and authorized representative of the Veermaster Asset Management GmbH, Hamburg. For the Colombia Companions he accompanies the fiscal law conception of the planned investments. Henning Opitz is especially interested in the positive development of the country and the suitable timing of the projects in Colombia.