The 12th Annual Private Equity Latin America Forum is Latin America's leading private markets investment conference.
The forum brings together investors, fund managers, and advisers for a two day meeting to discuss sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in Latin America and around the world.
The investor focused event provides a due diligence forum for international and South American pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of funds, family offices, wealth managers, consultants, and sovereign wealth funds interested in direct research on private investment opportunities.
Session topics cover the entire spectrum of private equity investments, from sector specific sessions on venture capital investments in Brazil and LatAm to discussions on global buyout opportunities, and roundtables of the biggest global LatAm institutional investors discussing their specific investment appetites.
Mark Mobius, Founding Partner, Mobius Capital Partners
Dr. Mobius is seen by many as the founder of the emerging markets asset class. He has a reputation as one of the most successful and influential managers over last 30 years. In May 2018 with two ex-colleagues, he launched Mobius Capital Partners. The firm utilizes a highly specialized active investment approach with an emphasis on improving governance standards in Emerging and Frontier Market companies. Prior to this, Dr. Mobius was employed at Franklin Templeton Investments for more than 30 years, most recently as Executive Chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group. His career and influence has earned him numerous industry awards. He received his Ph.D. at MIT and has studied at Boston University, University of Wisconsin, Syracuse University, Kyoto University and the University of New Mexico.
Mark Yusko, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management
Mr. Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management and is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets. Morgan Creek Capital Management was founded in 2004 and currently manages close to $2 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets. Morgan Creek Digital is an early-stage investor in blockchain technology, digital currency and digital assets through the firm’s Venture Capital and Digital Asset Index Fund. Prior to founding Morgan Creek, Mr. Yusko was CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company, where he brought the Endowment Model of investing and contributed to significant performance gains. Before that, he was Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office. Mr. Yusko received a BA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.
Martín Escobari, Co-President, Managing Director, Head of Latin America, General Atlantic
Mr. Escobari is Co-President, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in Latin America. Martín is Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and also serves on the Management and Portfolio Committees. Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Martín was a Managing Director at Advent International where he focused on the financial services sector. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer that went public on the Bovespa and was sold to Lojas Americanas in 2006. Martin started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, Infrastructure Minister, Brazil Ministry of Infrastructure
Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas is the Brazilian minister of infrastructure. He was previously the coordination secretary at the Investment Partnerships Program (PPI), legislative adviser at the Chamber of Deputies, deputy director and executive director at National Department of Transportation Infrastructure (DNIT), general auditing coordinator in Transportation, among many other titles. Gomes de Freitas has a master’s in transportation engineering, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a bachelor’s degree in military sciences and a specialization in project management and military sciences.
João Doria, 37th Governor, State of São Paulo
João Doria is the 37th and current Governor of São Paulo and has been in office since January 2019. He previously served as the 52nd Mayor of São Paulo from January 2017 to his resignation on April 6, 2018. He was the first mayor in 24 years to be elected in the first round. Governor Doria is a member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and is known for having hosted the TV show O Aprendiz. He studied social communication at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) and headed federal tourism agency Embratur from 1986 to 1988 during the presidency of José Sarney. In 1992 he founded Grupo Doria, a group of six companies.
Wilson Warren, Partner & President, Lexington Partners
Mr. Warren is the President of Lexington Partners and Co-Chair of the Secondary Investment Committee. Mr. Warren is primarily engaged in the management of Lexington’s investment operations and oversight for the secondary and co-investment funds. During 24 years at Lexington, he has been actively involved in more than 100 completed secondary transactions – including complex partnership portfolios, direct secondary investments, hedge fund private equity assets, institutional equity co-investments, and GP solutions transactions, committing more than $18 billion of invested capital including syndications to LPs and other investors. Prior to joining Lexington in 1994, Mr. Warren was an associate at Landmark Partners and prior to that he was an analyst in investment management at LaSalle Partners. Mr. Warren graduated from Williams College with a BA in economics.
Elie Horn, Chairman, Cyrela Brazil Realty
Mr. Horn is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Cyrela, the most prestigious residential real estate developer in Brazil. Founded in 1962, the company is the largest publicly traded developer of high-end residential buildings in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro operating in 17 states and 66 cities. Mr. Horn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Since 2006, Mr. Horn has been on the list of Forbes billionaires and is also known to be the only Brazilian entrepreneur to join The Giving Pledge, a select philanthropic billionaire club founded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett.
Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Minister of Finance (2016—2018), Brazil Ministry of Finance
Mr. Meirelles was the longest-serving president of the Central Bank of Brazil between 2003 and 2011; a period of economic growth, job creation and inflation control. Mr. Meirelles pulled Brazil out of the deepest recession in its history with institutional advances made between 2016 and 2017 with the public spending limitations, new State-Owned Companies Law and labor reform. In the private sector, he worked for 28 years at the Bank of Boston and is the only Brazilian to hold the role of Global President. He was also Chairman of the investment bank Lazard Americas, Senior Advisor at KKR, and Chairman of Lloyds of London. In 2002, he was elected as the most voted congressman in the history of his home state of Goiás. In 2018, Meirelles ran for the Brazilian Presidency, receiving 1.3 million votes all over the country. He graduated from the University of São Paulo (USP), with a master’s degree in economics and master’s degree in administration from the UFRJ.
Drew Guff, Managing Director & Founding Partner, Siguler Guff & Company
Mr. Guff is responsible for directing the Firm's private equity investment strategy. As Chair of Siguler Guff’s Executive Committee, he leads strategic decision-making related to existing funds, new product initiatives, the Firm’s management and significant internal matters. Mr. Guff has over 35 years of private equity experience. In addition to his oversight of the Firm, he leads Siguler Guff’s emerging markets investment strategy and the direct investment activities of Russia Partners, an affiliate of Siguler Guff that manages more than $1 billion of private equity investments. Prior to founding Siguler Guff, Mr. Guff worked in PaineWebber’s M&A and Merchant Banking Groups from 1985 to 1995, including four years as assistant to the President of PaineWebber. Mr. Guff holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
Patrice Etlin, Managing Partner, Advent International
Mr. Etlin joined Advent International in 1997 and started the firm’s investment activities in Brazil. As one of Advent’s global Managing Partners and member of the Executive Committee, he helps oversee the firm’s strategic direction and investment activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Patrice has 23 years of private equity experience and has led, co-led or participated in over 30 investments in the region. Before joining Advent, he was a partner at International Venture Partners in São Paulo and previously, he was a general representative for Brazil at Matra Marconi Space. He received an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from the University of São Paulo, a master’s in industrial engineering from École Centrale de Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.
Alexandre Saigh Managing Partner & Co-Founder Patria Investments
Piero Minardi Managing Director, Head of Brazil Warburg Pincus
Sebastian Popik Managing Partner Aqua Capital
Amaury Bier Chief Executive Officer, Private Equity Unit Head Gávea Investimentos
Adi Blum Managing Director, Energy & Power Infrastructure BlackRock
David Holmgren Chief Investment Officer Hartford HealthCare Pension & Endowment Fund
Carolyn Weiss Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer The New York Community Trust
Rodolfo Spielmann Managing Director, Head of Latin America CPP Investment Board
Cristiano Lauretti Head of Private Equity Kinea Investimentos
Álvaro Gonçalves Managing Partner Stratus Group
Gordon Hargraves Partner Private Advisors
Cintia Guimarães Managing Director Cadillac Fairview
Alexandre Campos Managing Partner NEO Investimentos
Dan Slack Executive Director Colorado Fire & Police Pension Association
Marcus Storr Head of Alternative Investments FERI Trust
Oscar Fahlgren Head of Brazil Mubadala Investment Company
Wolfgang Schwerdtle Managing Director; Head, Direct Investment Group, Latin America GIC
Kadu Guillaume Co-Founder & Managing Partner Confrapar
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Global Private Market Investing
How are leading Latin American and global fund managers taking the offensive amidst these difficult times? Additionally, how are they working alongside existing portfolio companies to navigate through the headwinds caused by COVID-19?
Portfolio Optimization & Value Creation—What Tools & Strategies are Leading Funds Using to Support Growth in Their Portfolio Companies?
How are private equity firms navigating their portfolio companies through the headwinds caused by COVID-19? What strategies are GPs utilizing to preserve liquidity, reduce costs and prepare for an extended downturn?
Technology, Security, & Intelligence Influence in Private Equity
How are alternative asset firms managing data and cybersecurity risks? Additionally, how are firms utilizing and leveraging technology to improve firm, portfolio company and limited partner relationship management and transparency.
A Spotlight on ESG Management: Navigating Growing Expectations
What’s truly driving the trend toward “sustainable capitalism”? How are GPs responding to LPs ESG agendas in private equity? How are LPs and GPs making a difference and driving profits?
Sourcing, Practicing Efficient Due Diligence & Downside Risk Mitigation
Amidst the pandemic, investors needed to adapt to dealmaking while simultaneously social distancing and implementing new technology for working from home and video conferencing. Panelists discuss how their due diligence strategies have changed in the last several months and share thoughts on best practices for the future.
LP Perspective on Global Private Equity Markets
Are local and global LPs willing to increase their allocations to these long term illiquid strategies in Latin America? How have these recent market conditions affected their allocation preferences, fund structure considerations, or geography preferences?
Private Credit—Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities
The disruption caused by COVID-19 has significant implications for private credit lenders, who are preparing for potential bankruptcy or work-out scenarios, or term amendment discussions. What changes are leading managers seeing in the private credit markets and what are their outlooks on the future of the asset class?