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Grupo Chartwell was founded in 1994 by Carlos Gerardo Ancira Elizondo, with the intention of develop hotels in México. An association was made with the Fisher and Getty families in 1996, which brought the Hilton franchise back to Mexico after 25 years of absence, with the opening of the Hilton Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México. In 1998 Grupo Chartwell acquired a portfolio of hotels located in Cancun, Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City, all operated under the brand Krystal. That same year the hotel Continental Plaza located in Guadalajar was purchased and renamed Hilton Guadalajara. Through an association with Goldman Sachs, in 1999 Grupo Chartwell acquired a hotel chain called Quinta Real. In 2000, the group was hired by Strategic Hotels and Resorts to be their representative and negotiate the purchase of the Four Seasons Punta Mita. During 2001 the group joined NH Hotels to develop the brand NH Hotels in México and in other Latin american countries, said brand now has 2,072 rooms across 13 properties (buildings) in Mexico. After 5 years of working together, Chartwell in agreement with NH Hotels, exercised their exit right and parted ways, the negotiation left an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 34%. Grupo Chartwell has made associations with Kimco Realty Corporation for the development of malls, The Related Group of Florida and ABILIA Inteligencia Inmobiliaria (formally kwon as BCBA Impulse Ingenieria Inmobiliaria), for the development of residential areas in Mexico.
Walton Street Capital, L.L.C. is a private equity real estate investment firm. Since its founding in 1994, affiliates of Walton Street Capital have received total equity and loan commitments of approximately $12 billion from public and corporate pension plans, foreign institutions, insurance companies and banks, endowments and foundations, trusts, and high net worth individuals. Affiliates of Walton Street Capital have invested and/or committed to invest over $10 billion of equity in more than 350 separate transactions.