by Sam Allard
A story in what passes for this morning's PD outlines the details of Villareal's fund — WW Capital III. Basically, a bunch of Mexican oil drilling operations are poised to join forces with a major Texas firm and will then seek a substantial contract from the Mexican state-run oil company.
WW Capital III could own as much as 10 percent of that combined entity. Theoretically, that's big bucks for the Clevelanders who shelled out $50,000 - $1 million in initial investments, but now that the FBI and SEC are allegedly involved in investigating Villareal's fund, the Texas team might be reluctant to follow through.
So it's dicey and potentially calamitous. It's all very sleazy and white-collar. I mean this kid Villareal lives in Gates Mills and seduces potential investors with a pipe organ (he's evidently a pianist of non-negligible talent). It's just hard to muster sympathy for "philanthropists" whose aim in investing millions is making 15-25 percent profits on Mexican oil.
According to Naymik and Larkin at the PD, some investors are simply calling their investment a "bad bet." Others are demanding answers. Still others intend to go down to Mexico themselves.