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Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza at The Insider's Guide to Finance
Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza on evaluating investment opportunities across natural resources.

The resources sector is cyclical by nature. As a result, commodity prices can be volatile, with fluctuating levels of demand occurring at various stages of excess or restricted supply.

As you’ll learn from our guest today, however, there are some attractive valuations to be found! Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Amvest Capital, a New York-based specialist investment management and corporate finance firm focused solely on the natural resources sector.

“The way that we look at [investing] at Amvest is based on risk profiles as it relates to the development stage of the asset, the experience of the management team, and where we are in that capital stack.” — Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza [0:04:45]

Gabriel takes a concentrated approach when evaluating new clients or portfolio companies, and during the course of his career, he has raised and invested more than $1 billion in the agriculture, oil and gas, and mining and metals industries. In this episode, we take a look at what goes into Amvest’s focused approach to evaluating investment opportunities across the natural resources sector.

“You need to build trust not only within your initial investor base but also in the market as a whole. You do that by – under-promising and over-delivering.” — Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza [0:12:36]

Tuning in, you’ll also receive some practical advice for achieving liquidity in a fluctuating market and building trust, long-term relationships, and open communication with your investor base, particularly in an increasingly virtual world.

You won’t want to miss this insightful conversation with Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza, an experienced leader in the natural resources sector!


  • How Amvest developed its mining and metals investing model.

  • Typical company profiles they work with and how their valuation methods have evolved.

  • Gabriel’s theory on why gold hasn’t taken off as a capital preservation asset.

  • Advice for less-experienced issuers as they approach the capital markets.

  • The asset management, investment banking, and investor outreach sides of the business.

  • How Amvest has differentiated itself in the mining and capital markets space in the US.

  • Developing natural resource assets in a sustainable and socially responsible way.

  • Looking back on Gabriel’s early days on Wall Street and how they influenced his career.

  • Running an investment banking process: what works for raising capital and engaging buyers.

  • The importance of building excitement for what you’re trying to sell (and practicing your pitch!)

  • Gabriel’s take on investor relations and why good communication is paramount.

  • A leadership challenge that ultimately resulted in a learning opportunity for Gabriel.

  • Recommended resources, particularly for international business leaders.


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Please note that the information contained in this interview is not financial advice but for entertainment purposes. I am not a financial advisor and make no warranties or representations concerning the accuracy or suitability of the information contained in this interview. I recommend that any and all investment decisions be made with the advice of accredited investment advisors.


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