SQN Latina's Management Team has a Proven Track Record in Latin American Specialty Finance

SQN Latina's executive team has extensive experience in specialty finance and merges local Latin American knowledge with global experience to bring international best practices to Mexican specialty finance.

The team has a track record of building and sourcing capital to Specialty Finance Platforms and has originated and structured equity funding and asset-backed programs for a broad range of specialty finance companies in the US and Latin America across a wide range of asset types.


  • Prior to SQN Latina, Mr. Zentay spent 20 years as a top tier management consultant focused on financial institutions where he led teams on organizational & process optimization, advanced analytics & big data, system integration, cost savings and financial reporting at firms such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, AIG Insurance, and GreatWest LifeCo, among many others.
  • He also served as temporary COO and CFO for several clients with tasks including restructuring & team building, strategy, budgeting, forecasting, fundraising, financial controls and audit & tax.
  • On behalf of the court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Mr. Zentay restarted the financial systems of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, and assisted in the recovery of $2B in assets.
  • He holds a B.A. in History from Duke University.


  • Prior to SQN Latina, Mr. Helayel, was the founder of Finclusion, an acquisition company focused on rolling up distressed microfinance institutions (“MFIs”) in Mexico. Finclusion acquired and merged 3 MFIs thereby creating the 7th largest independent MFI in Mexico and then exiting to Te Creemos which upon buying Finclusion, became the 2nd largest independent MFI in Mexico.
  • Mr. Helayel, prior to Finclusion, co-founded Velifin, a wholesale structured credit lender to specialty financial institutions in Mexico and PAES, a loan portfolio analytics system for EM financial institutions. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Helayel spent his career focused on distressed financial institutions and financial asset investing at Fortress Investment Group and Madison Capital.
  • Mr. Helayel started his career at Lehman Brothers where he focused on CMBS and ABS structuring.
  • He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Sonny Tabares joined SQN Latina as part of the underwriting team. Before SQNL, Sonny Co-founded CTKapital, a boutique Mexico City family office which makes select investments in the real estate, technology and retail industries.
  • Mr. Tabares began his banking career in Bankaool (previously Agrofinanzas), the premier agribusiness-focused bank providing financing in Mexico. During his tenure at Bankaool, Sonny concentrated in cash flow management, acquisition and related valuation, and the transition to obtaining a bank charter.
  • Sonny holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he graduated with honors. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute®.