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1938 was the last time it happened: A oil well was drilled off the shores of Mexico by Petroleos Mexicanos, a state-owned company at the time. On May 21, 2017, it happened again, this time as a joint project between three energy companies, Talos Energy LLC of Houston, Premier Oil Plc of London, and Mexico’s Sierra Oil & Gas. The drilling operation was expected to take ninety days to complete and cost around $16 million.The Zama-1 well is located off the coast of the Mexican state of Tabasco in the Sureste Basin and was expected to produce anywhere between 100 and 500 million barrels of crude oil. Elaine Reynolds, an analyst with Edison Investment Research Ltd. stated that the location made it likely to be a success because of the geological characteristics of the basin.

“As the first non-Pemex well to be drilled since the opening up of Mexican waters as part of the country’s energy reform process, this well will be keenly watched by the industry,” she concluded. Analyst Charlie Sharp of Canaccord Genuity Ltd. also noted the project would be the most watched this year because of its importance after the Mexican reforms to their energy market. The country’s goal to attract foreign energy companies to its oil reserves has begun to pay off.

Ash Shepard, Talos Energy’s commercial manager in Mexico won Oil and Gas Investor’s Thirty Under 40 award for his part in making the initial contracts a reality, which were the first to be finalized since the 2013 Constitutional Energy Reforms there. In part due to his own efforts, Talos Energy had become the first foreign energy company to develop an oil well in Mexico since 1938.Headquartered in Houston, Talos Energy LLC is a private energy firm with a focus on exploration and production of oil reserves in the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The company is well funded with backing from Riverstone Holdings LLC, Apollo Global Management LLC, and their own management.

One of the questions that was given to Todd Lubar on Ideamensch was what is one failure that he had as an entrepreneur and how did he manage to overcome it. Mr. Lubar’s answer to that question was that he had a business deal that went wrong and that he had to start from scratch. He said he overcame this obstacle by getting up the next day and beginning to work from the very start all over to complete the deal successfully. He had to use a different strategy, renegotiate and put much more effort into the deal than he thought was needed. Lubar says that sometimes you need a little more umph, some luck and a different way of going about business to really succeed.

Ideamensch asked Todd Lubar if he had a business idea that he was willing to share with the readers of Ideamensch. Todd Lubar responded by saying that he believes there exists a major opportunity for a business to dominate the house finding website sector. He says that there are a lot of house finding websites on the web right now. Too many of them have information that is outdated or incorrect Lubar continued. This provides an opportunity for a business to come into this sector and become the Google or dominant player of house hunting on the web.

Next, Ideamensch inquired about a strategy that has helped Todd Lubar grow his business and how it has helped him expand his business. The response of Todd Lubar was that having a culture of trust and open and honest dialogue between members of the business has been absolutely vital for the success of his business. Lubar added that honesty and transparency have helped his business grow and overcome challenges. People trust each other and feel comfortable addressing their concerns at his company. This helps the business identify and solve problems quickly as well as effectively.

Todd Lubar is a businessman whose present venture is called TDL Global Ventures LLC. This business provides startups with capital as well as business advice and guidance to launch their business. Mr. Lubar has previously worked as a property developer, contractor and mortgage lender. He is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York.

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With thousands of NYC apartments for rent in the city, finding the right one for you is what TOWN Residential does best. In just five years, Andrew Heiberger, founder and director, has made TOWN one of the top luxury real estate firms in New York City. He began the firm with one office space in Manhattan, several excellent employees and his slogan that sums the focus and dedication of his team to their clients.


The Slogan: My Town, Our Neighborhood, Your Home expresses in six words that TOWN believes in NYC and is committed to the client. Heiberg has always focused his team on the best client services because he knows that finding a luxury NYC apartment for rent requires a special and unique talent and TOWN real estate has found the key to satisfied customers.


From Manhattan and Brooklyn, TOWN Residential has grown into 11 offices across NYC including the newest office in the trendy, meat-packing district where they obtained the entire floor with over 4,000 sq. ft. It takes a special talent to be successful in luxury real estate and with NYC apartments for rent, and TOWN does this with expert personnel who know NYC and place the client first. They have been recognized as a “Best Firm to Work For” and one of the “Top 50 Best Places to Work in New York City.”


Luxury NYC apartments for rent come in all sizes, locations and with beautiful luxury ammonites including a bike valet, indoor pool, studio space, billiards lounge, yoga studio and pet spas to name a few. These amenities can be found in locations that are strategic for the client such as near work, museums or music studios. Amazing extras add value to even the most spectacular condos or apartments, and TOWN is talented in finding exactly what you need and desire to lease in NYC.


There are amazing deluxe NYC apartments for rent in all areas of the city. If you are looking for a unique, luxury space with incredible amenities to lease, they are available in one, two, three, four and five bedrooms depending on your needs, and TOWN Residential will be pleased to show you a spectacular new home.


Danilo Diaz Granados has led a rather successful life up to this point in time. This accomplished individual has worked in the fields of business, real estate, fine arts and hedge funds among many others. The skill set that this individual possesses has allowed for him to experience a great sense of wealth in both monetary and non-monetary calculations. Below we’ll learn a little more about this individual and the successes of his many ventures.

Currently Danilo is an associate at Fireman Capital Partners. As an associate at Fireman Capital, Danilo works with individual companies and businesses to expand their potential. He helps these businesses with practiced insights and advice that allows them to embrace the consumer sector in both retail and online settings. He works with these companies on an individual basis to provide them with the tools they need to grow into larger corporations and experience the full sense of their worth in sales, marketing and overall business production.

In the past Danilo has worked as an accounting advisor for the firm titled Private Equity Investing. As a member of the Private Equity team Danilo became invested in many categories of business and investing strategies. As mentioned previously, his impact on this company was delivered through ventures in real estate, fine arts, hedge funds, energy efficiencies and other such qualified categories. Investment opportunities headlined his workload and he took the time to become knowledgeable in all categories of investment types.

Continuing on diversifying his portfolio, Mr. Granados founded Toys for Boys. This boutique specializes in luxury items and goods that include cars, art, and timepieces. Sticking to his Hispanic heritage, Danilo also founded Edge of Glory Films. He works as the primary production manager and narrows his focus of bringing Hispanic interest films and stories to the United States.  Follow his Vimeo feed for more guidance.

The wave of the transaction reported and the efforts of many hedge funds in the last quarter of 2015 allegedly according to Madison Street created a positive progress. The positivity in momentum has made 2016 to be referred to as the record year for many funds. All funds include the small hedge funds have been incurring liabilities and extra costs in the recent past making them create and adapt new efforts to increase their productivity. The small hedge manager funds are even operating on new portfolios to attract new capital investors in their funds. Others who are incurring extra costs are embarking on new alternatives to incorporate buyers and sellers without incurring more losses.

The Madison Street Capital sees that the hedge fund industry will be even stronger considering the 42 deals made in 2015 while in 2014 they were 32 from the transaction volume measured by AUM. That the industry will see find a bridge to production and distribution and they are working on many efforts to make buyers and sellers inclusive in the consolidation. Hedge funds have moved a notch higher from the use of traditional methods of transactions and M&A to PE stakes, PE bolt-ons and share revenue stakes. Deals this year will most definitely rise from the great analysis made by M&A and Madison Street Capital. The article can be found on pr.com.

Located in Chicago Illinois, Madison Street Capital LLP was founded in 2011 and has been the financial advisor of investors in the United States. Their other services include support for merger and acquisition, brokerage, giving financial opinions and providing valuation services for private and public businesses. The firm is known globally for investment banking expertise; it has been advising worldwide industries on private debt replacements, fairness and solvency opinions and participates in board committee and shareholdings in those industries. Professionals at Madison know how to match buyer and sellers with good deals, they can increase the potential of their clients, provide appropriate financing and even create capitalization structures for clients. Madison Street Capital is especially not a bank or a lending investment, but it offers the services.

Madison uses a distinct approach in all its negotiations for clients; currently, it is handling more than 100 deals. They have a large network of buyers and sellers in many projects with both domestic and international opportunities. They also work with confidential strategic objectives perfect for all customers and the firm too. Its professional expertise is approved by its membership to associations like MSC-BD LLC and financial industry regulatory authority (FINRA) with respect to all professional standards. Their advice on strategic buyers and raising finance capital for businesses have greatly helped many companies globally. Madison will make the business fall off competitors and dominate. Their expertise is recognizable in all financial industry sectors.

Source: PR.com

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Operating from the metropolitan city of London, Solo Capital Markets is a financial services company that has clients both within England and beyond, prioritizing proprietary investing, including professional sports teams, clubs and organizations, and consulting in financial matters. The proficiency of this company has made it a standout from its competitors in London’s competitive financial market, and this reputation is backed up by Sanjay Shah, who has accumulated more than £67 million in assets during his time with Solo Capital.

Still a controlling member and CEO of Solo Group Holdings, a holding company under Solo Capital, Shah has incorporated world travels with his career ambitions, having acted as an investor in the Cayman Island, the British Virgin Islands, Malta, Dubai, Luxembourg and over thirty other nations across the world.

This international presence also comes with insight as to the workings of international markets. Shah, in 2011, netted about £19 million by betting against European debt markets, insights that came from knowing the workings of EU countries and which allowed him to assume control and unify Solo Capital into one corporate body. This professional career, though illustrious and seemingly going nowhere but up, allowing him to accumulate a personal network of $280 million, he’s reduced his professional presence to two offices in London and Dubai.

He may have mastered the world of finance, but Shah had begun his professional life in the field of medicine. Eventually he discovered that life wasn’t of great interest to him, so he took on work as an accountant for Morgan Stanley, Credut Suisse and Merrill Lynch. Working for major investment banks would be the career goal for many people working in finance, but during the 2008 global recession, Shah saw the world of investment was pushed back on its heels. Rather than scramble to remain relevant in banks looking to restructure in the face of crisis, he instead choose to star his own brokerage company.

Work, however, isn’t Shah’s only concentration in life. He’s also found the time to dedicate towards many charitable causes. In the early years of his philanthropy, he chose to sponsor poor children in India, helping their upward mobility along. Yet this avenue of charity felt lacking, which coincided with the creation of Autism Rocks, a series of concerts that raises awareness for autism and money for research.

In 2011, Shah was informed that his four-year-old son suffered from a neurodevelopmental disorder. Around this time, during a meeting with famed rapper Snoop Dogg, Shah had the idea that conditions like one affecting his son could be remedied by uniting musical talent at various venues. After years in circulation, Autism Rocks has operated with the talents of musicians like Drake and Michale Bublè. Much of the money from donors has been handed over to Cambridge University’s Autism Research Center.

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Kyle Bass is well-known for his successful prediction of financial collapse concerning America’s housing market in 2008. Like many who didn’t have the platform Bass was privy to, Bass saw that poor practices were just defraying debt and eventually an event horizon would be reached. When he was right, suddenly everyone believed Bass was an authority to be trusted. This belief has continued in large part to the present day, despite a variety of poor financial decisions on the part of Bass.

For starters, Bass’ hedge fund just doesn’t do well. It has continuously under-performed hedge funds that are in the same class, and that despite Bass’ continual appearances across the mainstream media. In fact, there seems to be an inverse relationship to Bass’ appearances and his hedge fund: whenever Bass’ appears in the media, his fund tends to decrease in effectiveness.

It may not be the reason, but UsefulStooges reports that certainly it could be the reason Kyle Bass branched out into CAD. CAD stands for the Coalition for Affordable Drugs. It’s an organization Bass’ runs with the ostensible purpose of decreasing the cost infirm individuals have to pay for their medications. CAD attacks big-time pharmaceuticals, and when they lower the cost of their medicines, Bass short sells his holdings with them on the stock market. Naturally, a decimation of cost leads to a substantial devaluation of stock. In summation, Bass is legally manipulating the stock market with special interest group CAD, and making millions. It’s gotten so bad even congress has agreed to set aside party differences in an effort to stop Bass, but since his actions are legal, they’re against a wall.

Bass has strong ties to the socialistic president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Often described as a despot, de Kirchner has defaulted Argentina twice in thirteen years through poor financial decisions. It would make sense that she’s got it in for a high-profile capitalistic power like America, and since Bass only sings her praises when she’s mentioned in the mainstream media, his position as lackey to her cause is extremely evident.

The fact is, Bass’ revenue often come from the collateral of a massive economic implosion. Kind of like creatures at the bottom of the ocean feed from the carcasses of deceased marine life. But with the right terminology, even bottom-feeding can be portrayed in a positive light. Is Bass just a high-profile bottom-feeder? It’s a description that would fit the facts.

Charles Koch has surprised many by a taking a seemingly Liberal take on the justice system with his recent interview. It was an interview in which the billionaire was asked what his thoughts were on the current criminal justice system.

Charles Koch was sure that the current penal system is unsustainable. It punishes the disadvantaged.

Charles Koch has heavily criticized the current justice system that seemingly takes a less than ideal view of rehabilitation and prefers retribution. It means a person arrested and taken to prison will most likely not mend their ways but will adopt a less than favorable view of the system.

Charles Koch also questioned the wisdom behind spending $ 250 billion in a system that criminalizes smoking a joint. These inconsistencies have even seen some people taken to jail for mistakes they didn’t commit.

There was a recent case whereby employees were taken to court and jailed after the factory motors failed. They were not trained in using the engines, and the arrest and subsequent prosecution was viewed as a sham.

Koch also points out that prosecutors in America have too many powers. They have become the sole deciding party in a trial and are rarely impartial. It is because they already have vested interests with the judiciary.

Charles Koch says the current shootings of unarmed black teens by white police are as a result of the system. It is a system that has trapped the poorest members of the society in a cycle of poverty, A cycle that perpetuates its self every day and the most visible results are skewed racial compositions in prisons.

Charles Koch was speaking from a position of strength as he had been in charge of CATO Institute since 1973 when he founded. CATO finds policy direction in America and tries to shape them. It has been at the forefront of lobbying for the rights of Americans.

Koch has always used his money to make policy changes. He has done this by creating a sophisticated political system that has influences in all areas of American life. It has a budget of over $ 900 million annually and employs around 1200 people in 45 states. It has offices in 107 towns across America.

Charles Koch is a highly accomplished business leader. He is also a Ph.D. graduate from MITHe lives in Wichita with Liz, his wife of 42 years.

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Kyle Bass is the founder of Hayman Capital Management in Dallas, TX. Bass is renowned for his predictions of the mortgage crisis in 2008. He profited from betting on subprime mortgages. The hedge fund manager gives his take on how the economic situation in China will affect The US. His prediction is that growth in China is going to take a dive and affect other Asian markets. It will also have a sway on how the U.S does with her economy.

Banks Growing too fast

One reason Bass gives for this prediction is the banking system in China. With the banks growing too fast and surpassing the GDP, there is bound to be a “loan-loss cycle.” China has an economy of 10 Trillion and its assets in their banking systems are worth 35 Trillion. The 400% growth of the banking system translates to thrice the GDP! With such growth, he figures that there won’t be enough equity for banks. It is the same situation that European countries had to deal with because they were not in a position to handle their banking problems. Such a situation would mean loan losses and so investors should start worrying.

Potential Downturn for U.S

His take is that the US should expect to face a downturn of about 10-20%. The lack of growth in emerging markets is one factor that will influence the US stocks. East Asian markets connect with each other on various levels. China is responsible for a big fraction of trade activities in that part of the world. When Chinese banks start experiencing problems, this situation will spread to the other markets on that grid. Bass, however, is quick to reassure that the pending crisis won’t be as severe as the global financial crisis.

Oil and Argentina

Bass is famous across the financial industry for giving valuable insights. Some of the predictions he made include the Greece economic crisis in 2012 and Japan’s crunch in 2013. Bass is now showing interest in oil and Argentina. The key market players are pointing out the risks of investing in oil, but Bass is sure that change is coming. He claims to possess research to justify his position. Bass also sees a future in Argentina although others don’t agree with him because of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s economic policies. Bass is not as quick to dismiss the potential that Argentina holds in the not so far away future.

Taking on Drug Companies

The founder of Hayman Capital is also busy challenging pharmaceutical companies, which UsefulStooges has reported about Kyle Bass before. He says that it is about time that someone holds drug companies accountable. His aim is to bring down the cost of medication. Teaming up with Erich Spangenberg, Bass is challenging patents that pharmaceutical companies own, calling them questionable. It is not clear how the investment strategy is working out for Hayman Capital because Bass is keeping it a secret.

Eucatex formed in 1951. Its first panels factory began operations in Salto, and focused on producing and marketing linings and insulation from eucalyptus wood fibers. It did not take long for the business to take off. Today, Eucatex meets provides services for furniture manufacturers as well as smaller markets. They supply large industrial construction and packaging, along with cars and toys to large furniture manufactures and doors and plates to smaller businesses.

Eucatex operates in both the construction industry as well as the furniture industry. Its three factories are located in Salto and Botucatu, in addition to a forestry unit. The operations of Plates, Paints and Varnishes are located in in Salto, which opened its new industrial plant in 2010. Botucatu houses the operations of Panels and flooring. The Seedling Nursery is operated in the Forestry Unit.

The Maluf family owns Eucatex, and it is lead by family member, Flavio Maluf. Flavio Maluf has been the CEO of Eucatex for over a decade. Additionally, he is on the Board of Executive Officers at Eucatex, serving as the chairman. His bio page shows Maluf received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at completed his Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado.

Flávio Maluf is clearly entrepreneur in addition to his title as mechanical engineer, and his history as a financial strategist. In addition to being the president of Eucatex, he is also the president of GrandFood, which owns the companies Premier Pet and Golden). Flavio is the eldest son of Paulo Maluf, a successful politician.  Flavio also shares his knowledge with the public as well, frequently speaking about what up and coming entrepreneurs can do to improve their successes.

Eucatex is one of the biggest suppliers of MDP in the furniture industry. Two of their main materials are tamburato and wood fiber plates. Eucatex uses an advanced continuous system along with the most innovative technology and pure eucalyptus wood in the production of their products.

The sustainability of Eucatex is widely guaranteed in Sao Paulo. Eucatex holds international certifications, and has won awards such as being recognized by the best practices of sustainable development. The forests that Eucatex manages are up to standards according to the utmost most rigorous social, environmental, and economic criteria.

A notable accomplishment of Eucatex is that they were the first to create the implementation of a wood recycling line in South America on an industrial scale. Their processing capacity continues to grow.