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Solidus Capital logo

Boutique Asset Management and Advisory Services for HNWIs, SHNWIs, Capital Groups, Family Offices, and Portfolio Management. We advise on crypto investments, equity opportunities in the blockchain ecosystem and large-scale digital infrastructure projects related to mining.

Solidus Markets logo

Latam & Spain's leading Crypto OTC for Institutional-sized Buy/Sell orders, providing liquidity in both directions for the exchange of digital assets in crypto/fiat and crypto/crypto pairs, including BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, XRP, LTC, ADA, ZEC, XML, XMR, EOS and many more.

Crypto Vault logo

Digital Investment Fund. Executes active Long/Short multi-strategy crypto portfolio management based on Fundamentals Valuation, Quant Tools, Event-Driven Catalyst and Qualitative Research.

Our team


Carlos Mosquera

Carlos Mosquera

CEO

Carlos Mosquera

CEO

He is the co-founder and general partner of Solidus Group, including Solidus Capital - Digital Assets Management and Advisory, CryptoVault - Investment Fund, and Solidus Markets - OTC Desk.


He started investing and mining bitcoins in late 2013. He also co-founded Venture Hash, which deployed the largest bitcoin and Ethereum industrial scale crypto mining operations both in the United States of America and Venezuela. Subsequently, he co-founded Blockchain Ignite, a consultancy firm whose target are banks trying to bridge the gap between the traditional finance world and the disruptive new financial order. In mid-2015, he founded a proprietary trading business, which notably outperformed Bitcoin through an event-driven strategy. Furthermore, he is a Certified Bitcoin Professional expert by the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium. Since 2015, he is part of the Satoshi Roundtable. He frequently participates as a panelist in top-tier crypto and blockchain events in Singapore, Mexico City, and San Francisco.


He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 14 years of experience in startups inception (3 exits) and capital fundraising, both in Latin America and Europe. He is the founder of WebBiz Group, a software development boutique with more than 35 staff engineers specialized in small and medium banking industry clients. He also serves as a board member in a few family-owned companies across Latin America and as an advisor to several crypto initiatives around the world.

Carlos Mosquera

John Edge

Head of Strategy

John Edge

Head of Strategy

John is a serial entrepreneur who operates as an executive and board advisor to high growth technology companies. Currently, he is a Connection Science fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on the potential value of decentralized data networks.


He also serves as Solidus Group's strategy director & partner. He is the co-founder and chairman of ID2020, a global public-private alliance that brings decentralized technologies to solve digital identity challenges. He is the chairman emeritus of the Whitechapel Think Tank, a public-private forum for the UK Government, Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority, and the industry to explore the potential for Distributed Ledger Technologies.


He is also the co-founder and executive chairman of DISC Holdings, a platform that enables digital currencies and assets to exchange for fiat currencies. Before he focused on decentralized systems, he was a FinTech entrepreneur who founded Red Kite Financial Markets, a data analytics company that provides regulatory compliance solutions to Capital Markets. Before that, he led electronic trading innovation at the capital markets groups of investment banks including J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and UBS.


He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Horacio Gandara

Head of Operations

Horacio Gandara

Head of Operations

He is a founding partner of Solidus Group. He currently serves as COO of the group and as business development head of Solidus Markets.


At the age of 22, he launched a clothing retail chain in Venezuela that reached more than USD 10MM on yearly sales. He is a sophisticated investor who has executed arbitrage strategies across different markets and currencies. Since 2013, he is a real estate investor in Mexico and Venezuela. Attracted by its disruptive technology, he started a Bitcoin mining operation in 2016 and got accredited as a Certified Bitcoin Professional. He acts as a special counsel for an investment banking firm. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela.

Federico Linares

Head of Europe

Francisco Linares

Head of Europe

Federico is a telecommunication engineer, executive MBA, serial entrepreneur, and early Cryptocurrency adopter and advocate. He was trained on Cryptography at Stanford University. He turned a personal crypto portfolio into a 300x investment return while providing holistic advice on Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies' macroeconomic fundamentals to European capital groups.


He has a vast experience with Bitcoin trading and mining operations; especially in Latam, UK, Germany, and Spain. He is also the founder of Mercabitcoin.com, a project oriented towards setting up a cryptocurrency exchange in Spain. In Spain, he works for his own company and in management positions for Oracle and open-source software companies like Sleepycat, among others.

Rui de Castro

Advisor to the Board

Rui de Castro

Advisor to the Board

Tomas Rui has over 20 years of experience advising boards, c-suites, investors, and creditors of the industry-leading corporations and financial institutions on strategic and financial matters involving the U.S., Latin America, and EMEA.


He played key leadership roles at prominent Wall Street banks, including Wells Fargo, where he served as head of Latin America Investment Banking with responsibility for designing and executing build-out of its investment banking and capital markets coverage and product capabilities. Prior to Wells Fargo, he was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, where he was instrumental in rebuilding its Latin America investment banking platform. Before he was managing director of Corporate Strategy & Development at Bank of America with oversight and senior management responsibilities over its Latin American retail and commercial banking franchise and served as chief executive for the Bank’s majority interests in two international wealth management joint ventures. Prior to that, he was an executive director at Morgan Stanley with responsibility for senior client coverage of financial institutions and leading the execution of mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions across Europe and Latin America.


He began his post-graduate career at Skadden as a corporate and securities attorney after earning a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He also earned a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University where he was a University Scholar.

Miguel Benatuil

Advisor

Miguel Benatuil

Advisor to the Board

Miguel is an investor and serial entrepreneur. He has been involved in cryptocurrency investments since 2014. He was a former CANTV director and CTO for more than 12 years as well as CANTV.net CEO responsible of over 6,000 employees. He also served as Tech vice president at Banco Santander of Venezuela. Currently, he is a board member of Banesco Seguros Venezuela. He also serves as board member and advisor to several technology companies. Previously, he used to be a board member of Credicard Consortium. He is the cofounder of Siscotel, a software and integration development firm focused in the banking industry with more than 40 high-level staff. Likewise, he co founded Venture Hash, a large-scale mining operator both in Venezuela and USA. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar de Venezuela and was awarded Best National Tech Development in 1980 and 1984. He attended Duke Advanced Management Program.

Press


Profit & Loss

Profit & Loss series: Cryptocurrencies across Latam.

Carlos Mosquera Benatuil, the CEO of Mexico-based Solidus Group talks to Profit & Loss about why cryptoassets are more than just a vehicle for speculation in Latin America.

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Bloomberg

Latin America’s Wealthy Families Are Buying Up Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency craze suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy in countries that know a thing or two about hyperinflation.

But even the biggest crypto bulls advise caution because digital currencies are probably the most volatile tradeable assets out there. “This is an asymmetric investment where we recommend putting in 1 percent of the portfolio,” says Solidus’s Mosquera. “If there’s a doomsday scenario and in three years you lose 1 percent of your assets, you can make up for that with the 99 percent in a couple of months. But the potential upside of that 1 percent can be much greater than what the 99 percent can do in a decade.”

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Financial Times

‘Crypto’ hedge funds spring up in crowded field. Managers lured by soaring value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Solidus Capital, a crypto hedge fund that holds funds offshore and currently has its headquarters in Mexico City, opened to family offices and high net-worth individuals from the Latin America region in May. It holds six types of cryptocurrency with third-party custodians, but also does some limited margin trading during major macroeconomic events, and plans to offer a vehicle for ICO investment.

Carlos Mosquera Benatuil, a Solidus general partner originally from Venezuela, declined to disclose assets under management, but did say that the passive strategy offered to outside investors had returned some 25 per cent to date.

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Bloomberg

Markets: Bitcoin Takes Bigger Wall Street Stage With Smooth CME Debut.

“We were waiting for the launch of the CME futures because the price is more robust and the exchange trades much larger volumes,” Jose Miguel Nascimento, head trader at cryptocurrency fund Solidus Capital, said in a telephone interview from Mexico City. “Futures are a very positive development for the bitcoin market, as it will help everyone from miners to traders hedge risk, and having a price curve will help limit price swings.”

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City Wire

Bitcoin believers: LatAm’s wealthy back crypto play as new safe haven.

'Most of these families already have between 4% and 7% of their worth in gold,’ said crypto hedge fund manager and Venezuelan native Carlos Mosquera Benatuil. 'They are getting more educated about crypto and they are getting to know that bitcoin could possibly become the gold of the 21st century. It’s like gold with more advantages and fewer obstacles.’ Mosquera Benatuil, who deals with family offices based in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

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Bloomberg

Big Investors Circle Telegram’s ICO While Veteran Crypto Insiders Pass.

The coin offering valuations have become too irrational, said Carlos Mosquera, who has invested in Bitcoin since 2013 and now runs Solidus Capital, a cryptocurrency fund, and also skipped on the offer.

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Profit & Loss

Crypto-Assets: Too Big to Ignore, Too Challenging to Trade?

But despite this potential utility value, Mosquera Benatuil explained that crypto-assets are still regarded as high risk investments and therefore many of the more institutional sized players only want to hold a small amount relative to their overall portfolio.

“This is a super high risk investment for institutions, and that's why we're recommending to treat it as an asymmetric investment. So these firms usually invest one to two percent tops from their traditional portfolio in these assets. In the region in Latin America region we’ve actually seen some families divest from gold and invest that same amount of money into crypto, so they clearly feel like it is a new store of value. But like any new asset class, they only invest in it as a small percentage of their total portfolio,” he said.

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Forbes

Telegram ICO: Scam Among Cryptocurrency Scams.

We’ll let Carlos Mosquera Benatuil, General Partner at Solidus Capital have the final word. “The supposed adults in the room are getting into these ridiculous deals, getting their chips in just in case,” Mosquera says. “It’s casino money.”

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Bloomberg

Digital Tokens Rise Even as SEC Bears Down.

Carlos Mosquera, who runs crypto hedge fund Solidus Capital, said he’s waiting to see which projects the SEC subpoenaed. To him, if it’s the scams or projects that clearly sold equity-like tokens, it will be a positive development. If it’s what he considers legitimate token projects, then there are more reasons to be concerned.

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