Mr. Castillo is a Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital and leads H.I.G.’s office in Mexico. He has over 13 years of private equity experience sourcing and executing investment opportunities, as well as operational experience managing and leading portfolio companies. Before joining H.I.G., Mr. Castillo was a Managing Partner at Nexxus Capital, a leading Mexico focused private equity firm where he led investments in healthcare, financial services, retail, education and real estate. Mr. Castillo also previously founded Ictus Capital, a boutique private equity and advisory firm.
Mr. Castillo has served on the board of directors of several companies including Crédito Real (CREAL*), Olab Diagnósticos Médicos, Harmon Hall and Modatelas. He also served as member of the investment committee of Infonavit´s Housing Savings Fund. Mr. Castillo received an MBA from INSEAD and graduated with academic excellence from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
Mr. Marcelo Cecchetto has over six years of private equity experience in Brazil. Previously, Mr. Cecchetto worked at Group Icatu, a leading Brazilian family office, in the Illiquid Strategies Group. There he was responsible for monitoring private equity investments such as Mabel Alimentos, Mineração Caraíba, Grupo ABC and Icatu Seguros. He has also been responsible for successful investments and divestments in various industries such as real estate, media, fast food, healthcare and insurance services. Currently, he is on the boards of Cel-Lep Idiomas and Creme Mel Sorvetes.
Mr. Cecchetto is a CFA Charterholder and holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Born in Brazil, he is fluent in both Portuguese and English.
Rodrigo is a Principal based in H.I.G. Capital´s Rio de Janeiro office. Rodrigo is responsible for investment sourcing, transaction negotiation, and portfolio company value creation. Since joining H.I.G. Capital, Rodrigo led the investments and serves on the board of directors of Grupo NZN and Selfit Academias.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Rodrigo founded two start-ups: Agroshop and Favvi, where he acted as CFO/COO and co-CEO respectively. Before that, Rodrigo worked for 5 years as a private equity professional in Patria Investimentos, where he led or participated in more than 15 transactions, including the investment of Tivit, Zatix and Bioritmo. Before Patria, Rodrigo worked as a management associate at Citibank in the Corporate and Investment Banking division.
Rodrigo has a B.A. in Business from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (EAESP-FGV) with an extension from Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka of Prague, a B.A. in Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and an M.B.A. from INSEAD (Singapore/France). Born in Brazil, Rodrigo is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Felipe Franco has more than 20 years of experience in Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Consulting, and Operations. Before joining H.I.G. Brazil in 2017, he was the CEO of Cel Lep Idiomas for four years. Earlier in his career, he was IT and SSC Vice President at Anheuser-Busch Inbev in Eastern Europe, where he was responsible for the implementation of a Shared Services Center for Eastern Europe based in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Prior to that, Felipe worked in Stern Stewart implementing value-based management in some of the leading companies in Brazil and Argentina and monitoring the privatization of Brazil’s electric and telecommunications sectors by Unibanco.
Felipe has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is also a graduate of Fundação Getulio Vargas de São Paulo (EAESP/FGV) with a Bachelor in Business Management. Born in Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Thomaz Horta has more than 7 years of professional experience in private equity in Brazil. Before joining H.I.G. in January 2013, Thomaz Horta worked for General Atlantic, where he was responsible for analyzing several opportunities in the technology, education, internet, retail, engineering and healthcare sectors. Before that, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs focused on mergers & acquisitions for 4 years. At General Atlantic he actively participated in the investment and monitoring as a board observer of Linx (LINX3), Aceco TI and Peixe Urbano. Currently, he is on the boards of Bigsal, Halexistar and LG Sistemas.
Thomaz received a law degree from PUC-SP. Thomaz is Brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro, and is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Fernando Marques Oliveira
Mr. Marques Oliveira is a Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital and heads up H.I.G. Brasil and H.I.G. Latin America. Mr. Marques Oliveira has more than 20 years of experience in the Latin American private equity market and has led or co-led more than 40 successful investments in the region in various sectors such as Consumer, Industrials, Services, Healthcare, Media/Advertising, Software, Food & Beverage, Mining, Real Estate, Education, Pulp & Paper, Agribusiness, Internet, Retail and Financial Services.
Before joining H.I.G., Mr. Marques Oliveira was a partner at General Atlantic, where he headed up the Brazil & Latin America office and was a Member of its Global Council. Prior to that, Mr. Marques Oliveira had spent 11 years at Icatu, a leading Brazilian family office, where he was a partner and Head of the Illiquid Strategies Group. Mr. Marques Oliveira has served on the Board of more than 20 Brazilian companies, including Duratex (DTEX3), Qualicorp (QUAL3), Elekeiroz (ELEK4), Arapar, Mineração Caraíba, Mabel Alimentos, Grupo ABC, Conspiração Filmes, Casa França-Brasil Foundation, Parque Lage's School of Visual Arts and the NGO Pivô. He has also served as a Member of the Investment Committee at Itaúsa (ITSA4).
Currently, Mr. Marques Oliveira is on the Board of Cel Lep, Creme Mel, LG, Eletromidia, Office Total, Grupo NZN, Self It, Mr. Cat, Halex Istar and Bigsal. Fernando is also an Ambassador for Endeavor Brasil, a Member of the YPO (Young President’s Organization) and is a Patron of São Paulo's Pinacoteca Museum, Rio de Janeiro's Art Museum (MAR), Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB), and Inhotim – Institute of Contemporary Art and Botanic Gardens.
Mr. Marques Oliveira received his B.B.A. from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, with highest honors, J.P.C. Vieira scholar, and ranked first in his class. He was awarded by São Paulo's Business Council and also by Gastão Vidigal Foundation for Economic Studies. Fernando was also elected one of the “40 under 40” Brazilian Business Leaders. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Italian.
Andrés Marulanda is a Principal in the Private Equity team based in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining H.I.G. Capital, he worked at Advent International in Bogotá where he led the execution of a number of transactions.
Before that, Andrés worked at Colpatria Group, a Colombian conglomerate, in the private equity unit, where he also completed several successful transactions.
Previously, Mr. Marulanda worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, in Bogotá, and at Booz Allen Hamilton, in New York. He also worked at Unilever, in Bogotá, as a Trade Marketing Manager, and in New Jersey, at the Regional Finance Department.
Andrés earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Los Andes, in Bogotá, and holds an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Born in Colombia, he is fluent in Spanish and English.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Daniel is a Principal based in H.I.G. Capital’s Rio de Janeiro office. He is responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Latin America and has more than 12 years of experience in the Brazilian real estate market.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Daniel was a partner of GP Investments Real Estate, where he was responsible for commercial real estate investments. Earlier in his career, he worked for 4 years at Cushman & Wakefield as a Director. Daniel has led almost 20 Real Estate transactions in Brazil which totaled more than R$ 2 billion.
Daniel earned an M.B.A. from INSPER and is also a graduate of the Universidade Paulista with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering. Born in Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.