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Grupo Chartwell was founded in 1994 by Carlos Gerardo Ancira Elizondo, whose goal was to develop hotels in Mexico. A partnership was created with the Fisher and Getty families in 1996, which brought the Hilton franchise back to Mexico after a 25-year 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 Krystal brand. That same year the hotel Continental Plaza located in Guadalajara was purchased and renamed Hilton Guadalajara. Through a partnership with Goldman Sachs, in 1999 Grupo Chartwell acquired the Quinta Real hotel chain. In 2000, the group was hired by Strategic Hotels and Resorts to be its representative and to negotiate the purchase of the Four Seasons Punta Mita. In 2001 the group joined NH Hotels in developing the NH Hotels brand in Mexico and in other Latin American countries. That brand now has 2,072 rooms at 13 properties in Mexico. After working together for five years in an agreement with NH Hotels, Chartwell exercised its right to exit the investment, and the two companies parted ways, resulting in an internal rate of return (IRR) of 34%. Grupo Chartwell has structured partnerships with Kimco Realty Corporation to develop malls, The Related Group of Florida, and ABILIA Inteligencia Inmobiliaria (formally known as BCBA Impulse Ingenieria Inmobiliaria), to develop 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.