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“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

— Henry Ford —

What We Do

Acero International is a full-service real estate development firm focused on projects in the infrastructure and real estate sector. The firm is active in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Acero has extensive in-house capabilities ranging from development, investment, leasing/brokerage, to property and asset management including the operations of a diverse range of infrastructure assets. Our firm is forward-thinking and highly entrepreneurial by nature yet we create value through combining these insights and instincts with execution excellence and institutional practices.

Acero is based in Miami, Florida with regional offices in Austin, Texas and Bogotá, Colombia. For more information, please contact us.

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ACERO LEADERSHIP

Robert Althuis

Founder & CEO

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Robert Althuis is founder and CEO of Acero Investment Partners LLC as well as Acero International Ltd, a full service real estate and infrastructure development firm. Mr. Althuis also serves as a Board Member of OTCA SAS and Colbrand International Corporation.

Mr. Althuis was formerly President and co-owner of Lynxs Group, a leading international transportation infrastructure development firm based in Austin, Texas. Prior to taking an ownership position in Lynxs in 2009, Mr. Althuis was a Senior Vice President in the Airport Infrastructure group of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). At GECAS, Mr. Althuis served as the lead originator for the Americas Region of the Airport Infrastructure group and was instrumental in structuring Global Infrastructure Partners, a $5.6 billion infrastructure investment fund sponsored by GE and Credit Suisse as well as the acquisition of numerous companies and ventures on behalf of GECAS where he also served as board member on behalf of GE. Mr. Althuis started his career at GE Capital in an executive management program in 2002 and joined GECAS on a full-time basis in 2003. In his initial role in GECAS, as a member of the structured finance team, Mr. Althuis closed in excess of $1.5 billion of aviation related debt and equity financings.

Mr. Althuis, who has dual nationality of The Netherlands and United States, holds a B.B.A., summa cum laude, with a major in Real Estate from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a M.B.A., with distinction, with a major in Finance & Management from Columbia Business School in New York City. In addition, Mr. Althuis is a certified member of the CCIM Institute and a licensed real estate broker in Florida, Texas, and Georgia. Mr. Althuis began his career in commercial real estate acquisition and development in 1995; his last position before joining GE was Vice President and Division Manager of the commercial real estate activities of a diversified real estate firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Peter Althuis

Partner

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Peter Althuis is President of Acero International Ltd. and responsible for all ongoing operations and projects of the firm.

Mr. Althuis was previously founder and CEO of Altazur B.V., a real estate company specialized in development and property management, with offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Roquebrune (France). He was also partner and co-founder of Costfocus B.V., a facility consultancy company based in Amsterdam, which he exited in 2008 through a successful sale to the firm’s employees. Prior to Altazur and Costfocus, Mr. Althuis was Project Manager at Blokker B.V., the largest Dutch retail chain for household goods and toys. Directly after the fall of the Berlin wall, he was responsible for the establishment of stores and warehouses in former East Germany. Mr. Althuis started his career at ABN-AMRO Bank, where he was a lease consultant.

Mr. Althuis has the nationality of The Netherlands, is fluent in 3 languages and proficient in 2, is a certified real estate practitioner in The Netherlands (SVM), holds advanced degrees in Automotive Management (IVA) and Marketing (NIMA-A).

Guiding Principles

At Acero, we’re deeply committed to integrity, respect and fair business. Our framework of guiding principles represents our core values and serves as our compass for our everyday actions and decisions.

  • IntegrityWe view unyielding integrity as the bedrock of our organization, it’s our compass as no gain is ever worth diluting our reputation

  • RespectWe strive to respect all we touch and encounter, it’s the fundamental element that guides all our interactions

  • ExecutionWe’re an organization of prudent and timely action, execution excellence is the driving force of realizing progress and positive results

  • QualityWe believe in high quality in all our output, never in the vain quest of perfection but always with the objective to deliver value through excellence

  • EfficiencyWe acknowledge resources are valuable and finite, efficiency and individual accountability is central to long-term prosperity

  • StretchWe embrace the challenge of live-long learning and improvement, our ability to move forward is born from intellectual curiosity

  • EdgeWe create value by doing more than is anticipated, expecting more than is considered normal, and believing more than is deemed practical

INVESTORS

Acero partners with equity investors to create durable investments with high quality earnings

Acero’s infrastructure and real estate projects and investments are capital-intensive and spread across many geographies. We therefore maintain close relationships with a range of equity investors and debt providers in the regions where we’re active. If investing in infrastructure or real estate projects is of interest to you, we welcome the opportunity to learn more about your investment criteria.

Acero operates and actively pursues transactions in North America, Latin America, and Europe. With a few exceptions, we tend to work with local or regionally focused investors with whom we develop deep ties over long periods of time. Because our investor model is relationship-driven, we tend to build enduring relationships with investors. With those investors interested in getting to know us and willing to devote time to learning about investing in our sector, we like to spend whatever time is necessary to establish trust in our firm’s capabilities and to tell our full story and, perhaps more importantly, to learn the full story of our investors.

Although Acero has successfully partnered with other developers, end-users, or port authorities in the past, in most transactions Acero serves as the exclusive operating partner providing development and management expertise.

In our experience, almost every project, geography, and investor has particular requirements that need to be addressed in the deal structure. We’re therefore flexible and pragmatic when it comes to how we structure transactions and have extensive experience in complex and sophisticated investment structures ranging from traditional partnerships and private-equity funds to joint ventures and public-private partnerships (PPPs). However, we never lose sight of the fact that although intelligent deal structures and savvy financial engineering can enhance an investment opportunity, they mean very little unless the project is successful, so we allocate our time and efforts accordingly.