John Padilla

John Padilla

Managing Director, IPD Latam

As Managing Director and partner at IPD, John leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.

John led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With more than 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, John is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011, he relocated to Bogota in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.

John co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong, pragmatic, and tactical angle to aid clients in their risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and non-technical risk assessments to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. He also spearheads the company’s due diligence and valuation efforts, as well as its opportunity and partner identification efforts. John is regularly quoted in the U.S. and international press, and routinely speaks at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining IPD, John was Vice President and a Global Relationship Manager with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in its N.Y. based Energy, Utility and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).

John holds a B.S. in Finance from Boston College (1991) and is fluent in Spanish.