The 14th 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 platform 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 Latin America, to discussions on global buyout opportunities, and roundtables of the biggest global Latin American institutional investors discussing their specificinvestment appetites.
Renato Abissamra, Senior Partner, Spectra Investments
Mr. Abissamra joined Spectra in 2013 to direct fundraising, investor relations and portfolio monitoring. Renato has over 30 years of experience in the financial and capital markets, including 17 years of experience in the private wealth management groups of large banks in Brazil such as Credit Commercial de France, HSBC and BNP Paribas. Prior to joining Spectra, Renato was Chief Operating Officer and head of the Private Banking Client and Trading desk for Brazil at BNP Paribas. Renato holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, an MBA from FIA-USP and attended post-graduate programs at FGV and HEC – Paris. He is fluent in Portuguese and English and has intermediate-level fluency in French.
Pedro Parente, Managing Partner, eB Capital and Former Brazilian Minister, eBCapital
Co-Founder of eB Capital Parente joined eB Capital in 2019. Before joining eB Capital , Parente was CEO and Chairman of BRF (lately he remains as Chairman only), CEO of Petrobras, Bunge Brasil and Grupo RBS. He is a highly recognized and respected executive in Brazil.
Prior to his corporate experience, Parente had a long and successful career in the public sector, culminating as Chief of Staff of Fernando Henrique Cardoso's presidency.
Daniel Borghi, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Crescera Capital
Daniel Borghi is Co-Chief Executive Officer and partner co-responsible for the Private Equity strategy in the education and technology sectors and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Borghi has been with Crescera since 2008. Prior to joining Crescera, Mr. Borghi worked at McKinsey & Co, working mainly with financial institutions. Mr. Borghi was also an executive at Docas Participações, an investment holding company and was also a partner at Finance Ltda., where he dealt with M&A, Venture Capital and Restructuring strategies. Mr. Borghi holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Economics from IBMEC Business School, Rio de Janeiro, and a degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from PUC-Rio. Mr. Borghi served as a Board Member for Afya, Uniceplac and Wide and is currently a Board Member at Nelogica.
Romero Rodrigues, Managing Partner at Headline & Co-Founder, Buscapé
Mr. Rodrigues is currently in charge of the Venture Capital strategy at XP Asset Management, which has recently accumulated 916 million BRL worth of fundraising. He has over 24 years of experience investing in startups and cofounded Buscapé, one of the first startup companies in Brazil in 1998, of which he was CEO until 2014. In 2009, Buscapé was sold to Naspers for 374 million USD.
Gustavo Montezano, Chief Executive Officer, YvY Capital
Mr. Montezano, CEO of YvY Capital, dedicated to accelerating innovation and efficiency in economic, environmental and climate transitions. With a multidimensional approach to leading projects that aim to achieve significant results. During his recent tenure as CEO of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), he played a fundamental role in leading projects that positively impacted Brazil's infrastructure and the lives of millions of people. With a robust career at BTG Pactual, Montezano led several initiatives in the credit area, solidifying his reputation in this sector, also working in the Private Equity market at Bank Opportunity.
Adriana Barbosa, CEO, Feira Preta Hub
Diretora-Executiva da PretaHub, empreendedora social e considerada uma das negras mais influentes do mundo, fundou o Festival Feira Preta, maior evento de cultura e empreendedorismo negro da América Latina. Graças à visão e determinação, a Feira Preta cresceu ao longo dos anos, atraindo milhares de visitantes e se tornando um importante impulsionador da economia criativa e do empreendedorismo negro no Brasil. O festival também tem desempenhado um papel fundamental na valorização dos talentos e da diversidade cultural presentes na comunidade afro-brasileira. Em 21 anos, o evento reuniu mais de 200 mil pessoas e movimentou cerca de R$12 milhões com resultado da contratação de pessoas e venda de produtos e serviços voltados para o mercado de consumo da população negra.
Especialista em economia criativa, em seu currículo, Adriana acumula diversas homenagens e premiações: em 2017 foi homenageada como os 51 negros com menos de 40 anos mais influentes do mundo segundo o Mipad, premiação mundial reconhecida pela ONU; em 2020 foi reconhecida como a primeira mulher negra entre os Inovadores Sociais do Mundo no Ano, pelo Fórum Econômico Mundial; já em 2022 e 2023, foi reconhecida como uma das 500 pessoas mais influentes da América Latina pela Bloomberg Linea.
Henrique Meirelles, Finance Secretary, São Paulo State Government
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, and helped to pull Brazil out of the deepest recession in its history. 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 Chair-man of Lloyds of London. In 2002, he was elected as the most voted congressman in the his-tory 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.
Ricardo Scavazza, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity, Patria Investments
Mr. Scavazza is a Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investments Officer of Private Equity for Latam strategies. Mr. Scavazza is primarily responsible for the conduction of all Latam Private Equity strategy at Patria. Before taking over as CEO & CIO for Private Equity Latam, Mr. Scavazza served as the Head of Private Equity Strategy in Brazil. Mr. Scavazza joined Patrimônio in 1999, became a partner in 2005 and has worked on several new investments and acquisitions for the portfolio companies of Private Equity Funds I, II, III, IV and V. In addition, Mr. Scavazza worked as Chief Executive Officer at Anhanguera between 2009 and 2013, Mr. Scavazza was also Chief Financial Officer at DASA, in 2001, and at Anhanguera from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Scavazza holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and an MBA from Kellogg Scholl of Management, Northwestern University.
Tania Chocolat Managing Director, Head of São Paulo Office, Head of Active Equities Latin America CPPIB
Bill Cisneros President Primary Wave IP Investment Management
Jennifer McLeod Petrini Regional Lead for Funds and Venture Capital Investments for Latin America International Finance Corporation
Daniel Loria Director of the Extraordinary Office of Tax Reform Ministry of Finance
Arslan Mian Managing Director BlackRock
Marina Cançado Founder, Converge Capital—Forbes Under30 Future Carbon Group
Waldemar Szlezak Partner Infrastructure KKR
Pedro Meduna Co-Founder & Partner L4vb
Paulo Werneck Chief Investment Officer PETROS
Renato Abissamra Senior Partner Spectra Investments
Solange Srour Head of Brazil Macroeconomics UBS Global Wealth Management
Luiz Felipe Andrade Partner PRAGMA
José Carlos Lakoski Finance Director Fundação Copel
James Loveday Head of Asset Management Credicorp Capital
Dennis Kac Partner, Chief Investment Officer Brainvest
Cassiana Fernandez Chief Economist JPMorgan
Eduardo Farhat Managing Director, Infrastructure, Latin America Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
Fabricio Neciosup Head of Alternative Investments UNO AFP
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Private Market Investing in Latin America
The investors around the world are having to deal with a host of issues, including inflation, geopolitical conflicts, and the potential for a recession. In this panel, a group of leading fund managers discusses the challenges their firms are facing and the opportunities that lie ahead. They’ll also give their view on which geographic regions may or may not make sense.
Latin American Middle Market & Growth Investments
In this crowded private market, where high valuations are slowing the investment pace, GPs have been forced to be more creative in finding value. Increasingly, middle market firms are seeking more growth equity investment opportunities rather than traditional leveraged buyouts and GPs are seeking more control in minority investments. The middle market investors class also offers a range of opportunities in the retail and consumer sectors. How can managers align their strategies to optimize returns?
Value Creation Via Human Capital - How Leading Funds are Modifying Portfolio Companies
Beyond funding, how are leading managers working to create value in their portfolio companies? How can partners identify opportunities to boost innovation, productivity, and the bottom line? How has the landscape for value creation changed in the current economic uncertainties and how that will impact willingness to make loans and the impact on current loans? While some growth strategies may include rollup/consolidation plays or acquisitions, hiring outside consultants to identify new executive managers may produce the best results. Panelists discuss how human capital plays an essential role in the value creation process.
Investing in Latin America — Energy & Impact Sector Focus
As climate circumstances and international affairs disrupt traditional oil and gas markets, which regions present the best path forward? Renewable energy continues to grow in the world, and its consider one of the solutions to combat global warming, including solar and wind leading the way in capacity growth. Experts discuss the most promising and challenging outlooks on energy investing and how Latin America can surf the global wave.
Market Innovation – The “Sleeping Giant” Called Latin America
Latin America proves to be a unique market with enormous potential for innovation. Which sectors are being transformed within the region, and which sectors are still lagging behind? Where does the region lead, and where are other markets advancing ahead? With specific opportunity in renewable sources, along with legislative and regulatory advances on the electricity sector, how can Latin America become the leader in climate innovation for investors and managers alike?
Global Investments in Latin America & Emerging Markets
A conversation with leading global LPs allocating to emerging market private equity funds and covering key investment and monitoring themes influencing private market investments ranging from regulation reform, geopolitical concerns, co-investments, direct investments, developing a private equity team, valuations, ESG, and fund types from buyout to venture, private debt and real assets.
Corporate Venture Capital
Established companies investing in Venture Capital is an alternative to get in touch with what is most innovative in the market, in addition to diversifying the source of income. Understanding the growth trends and how investors will benefit from them.
Opportunities & Challenges Facing Private Equity in Latin America & the World
The pandemic hit harshly most Latin American countries, especially given underlying structural, political and economic factors that exacerbated the crisis’s impact. Following the acute phase of the pandemic, the world and the region are dealing with inflation, a war in Europe and potential for a recession in different regions of the globe. How are leading fund managers taking the offensive amidst these difficult times? Additionally, how are they working alongside existing portfolio companies to navigate through the headwinds?