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André is responsible for leading private equity investments in the CPP portfolio. Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board, André managed a private equity portfolio in financial services, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors for another Canadian pension plan manager. Before entering private equity, André spent several years with a leading telecommunications company mostly as a senior officer responsible for corporate development and legal affairs.
Christopher Meyn: Joined Gávea Investmentos in January 2006 and is the Partner responsible for the day-to-day management of the Gávea Investment Funds (Private Equity) Group. Previously, Christopher served as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member for Latinvest Asset Management and its US-based parent, Globalvest Management Company, one of the largest independent asset managers with a focus on value investing in Latin American equities. At Globalvest, Christopher was responsible for the firms’ private equity and venture capital initiatives in Latin America. Prior to this, Christopher worked as a Vice President for Dick Clark International Cable Ventures specializing in acquisition and development of telecom licenses in Latin America, as the Vice President – Finance for The Marks Group, Inc. a US-based telecommunications holding company, and as an investment banker in mergers & acquisitions for Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.
Greg is co-founder of PBA Capital, a strategic and capital markets consultancy firm based in São Paulo. PBA Capital advises family offices, financial institutions and corporates on how to best access financials markets in order to achieve long term objectives. PBA Capital has advised three Brazilian families in the setup of their single family office structure, governance and investments. Greg was a trader, structurer and risk manager at Dresdner Kleinwort in London, New York and São Paulo.
Jesús Argüelles joined Teachers' in 2013 and is part of the senior team responsible for fund investing and portfolio management, focusing on the Americas. Prior to Teachers', Jesús was a Portfolio Manager in the Private Equity (PE) Program of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). During his 10 years at CalPERS, he was responsible for sourcing, investing and managing private equity investments globally, with an emphasis on emerging markets. In addition, Jesús was member of the senior leadership that managed the PE Program's team and organizational development.
Mr. Bonchristiano is a member of the board and CEO of GP Investments. He joined the firm in 1993 and has been a managing director since 1995. Prior to joining GP,
Mr. Bonchristiano was a partner at Johnston Associates Inc., a finance consultancy based in London, and worked for Salomon Brothers in London and New York. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AMBEV and Apen.
Fernando Borges is a Managing Director and the Head of the Carlyle South America Buyout. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Borges was a Managing Director at AIG Capital Partners and CEO of AIG Capital Investments do Brasil. From 1994 to 1999, he was a Director at Bozano-Simonsen Private Equity, where he was responsible for managing a private equity fund sponsored by Bozano Simonsen and Advent International.
Patrice Etlin joined Advent International in 1997 and started the firm’s investment activities in Brazil. As one of Advent’s 13 global Managing Partners, he helps oversee the firm’s strategic direction and investment activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Patrice has 19 years of private equity experience and has led, co-led or participated in 13 Advent investments. 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. Patrice is also the Chairman of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA).
Andrea is a Managing Director and head of the firm’s global private growth research team that covers markets and managers in private equity, growth equity, venture
capital, distressed investments, private credit, secondaries, and funds of
funds. Her private equity career spans over 20 years, starting in the Leverage Buyout Group at Prudential Insurance. Andrea was named one of the 100 most influential people in private equity by Private Equity International magazine.
Mr. Costabile joined the firm’s predecessor company in 2000 and is the Managing Director of the Private Funds Group. He serves on the Developed Markets Fund Investment Committee, Secondaries Investment Committee and Asia Private Equity Investment Committee. His current responsibilities include overseeing all private funds investments in the developed and many emerging markets, as well as sourcing, due diligence, monitoring product development and marketing.
Founding partner and CEO of Stratus Group, Álvaro Gonçalves leads the firm´s Investment Committee and has extensive experience in the Brazilian investment environment. Formerly MD of Pactual Electra Capital Partners, a private equity fund jointly sponsored by Electra (UK) and Banco Pactual (Brazil), he previously led turnarounds and several acquisitions and divestitures in corporate officer capacities (CEO/CFO) and also served on Boards of Directors in Brazilian and multinational companies. His carreer path includes highly regarded organizations such as Duratex, Pão Pullman, Banco Pactual, Lacta and Pactual Electra.
Nicolas Wollak, Founder and Managing Partner of Axxon Group, has some 20 years of private equity investment experience in South America. Prior to founding the Axxon Group in 2001, Mr. Wollak was a Partner at BISA, a private equity firm sponsored by the Bemberg Group, one of Latin America’s leading industrial conglomerates.
Prior to joining BISA, Mr. Wollak was an Executive Director of InverCapital, a
London-based private merchant bank specializing in the acquisition of middle-market companies.
Martín Escobari joined General Atlanticin 2012. He is head of the firm’s São Paulo office and leads our investment program in Latin America. Martin was previously a managing director at Advent International, having joined the firm in 2007. He led Advent's investment in Cetip, Latin America's largest central depository of private securities and OTC derivatives. Before that, he was co-founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer which went public on the Bovespa and was sold in 2006.
Francisco Alvarez-Demalde heads Riverwood Capital Partner’s efforts in Latin America and its New York office. Riverwood manages more than $2 billion, and makes private equity investments in high-growth businesses, primarily in the global technology, technology-enabled and related growth industries. Prior to establishing
Riverwood, Mr. Alvarez-Demalde was an investment professional at Eton Park
Capital Management, where he focused on a variety of private equity investments
in Latin America. Previously, he was an investment executive at KKR.
Since joining IFC in early 2006, Ralph Keitel has been responsible as regional lead for IFC’s private equity fund activities in Eastern Europe/Russia (2006-2008), Africa (2008-2011) and, since 2011, Latin America. Prior to joining IFC, Ralph was with Caisse de Dépot et Placement de Québec (CDP) in Montréal. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the World Bank Group’s private sector arm. IFC’s private equity funds department has invested more than US$ 3 billion in over 180 emerging markets private equity funds.