Mr. Marcelo Cecchetto has over ten 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, Mr. Cat, LG, Elekeiroz, Tecfil and Office Total.
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 Managing Director based in H.I.G. Capital´s Rio de Janeiro office. Rodrigo is responsible for investment sourcing, transaction negotiation, and portfolio company value creation and has more than 14 years of experience and 23 transactions concluded in the Private Equity space in Brazil.
Since joining H.I.G. Capital’s Brazil and Latin America Group in 2013 and throughout his career, Rodrigo worked directly with investments, monitoring and divestments in several sectors, including: information technology, consumer services, business process outsourcing, retail, internet, media, real estate and healthcare. Currently, Rodrigo serves on the board of directors of Grupo NZN, Selfit Academias, Eletromidia and Grupo Meridional. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Rodrigo co-founded Agroshop, a start-up focused on selling agribusiness related product located in the mid-west of Brazil. Pior to that, Rodrigo worked for 5 years as a private equity professional at Patria Investimentos, a firm backed by Blackstone in Latin America. While at Patria, Rodrigo led or participated in 15 transactions, including two of the most successful investments of the firm: Tivit and Grupo Bioritmo. Before Patria, Rodrigo worked as a management associate at Citibank in the Corporate and Investment Banking division.
Rodrigo holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD (Singapore/France), a Bachelor in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (EAESP-FGV) with an extension from Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka of Prague and a Bachelor in Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP). 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.
Marcos is a Principal based in H.I.G. Capital’s São Paulo office. He is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing real estate transactions in Latin America. Marcos has more than 7 years of experience in the Brazilian real estate market.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Marcos was a Vice President at GIC (the Singaporean Sovereign Wealth Fund) for 5 years. At GIC, Marcos was a member of the real estate investment team, leading more than 15 transactions in Brazil across RE sectors: commercial, industrial, retail and residential, both in the private and public spaces. He was initially based in the New York office and helped opening the GIC Brazil office in São Paulo. Earlier in his career, he worked at RB Capital as an Associate, focused in the agribusiness sector.
Marcos holds an MBA from the University of Berkeley's Haas Business School and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas de São Paulo (EAESP/FGV). He is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Marcelo Hudik F. de Albuquerque
Marcelo Hudik F. de Albuquerque joined H.I.G. Capital in 2017 as a Managing Director of the private equity team in Brazil. With more than 17 years of experience in Private Equity in Brazil, Marcelo worked directly with investments, monitoring and divestments in several sectors, such as: consumer, services, food & beverages, retail, financial services, insurance, energy, oil & gas, infrastructure, real estate, IT, telecom, health, agribusiness and pulp & paper.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Marcelo was a senior partner and member of the Investment Committee of Gavea Investimentos and Head of Execution of the proprietary private equity department of Santander Bank in Brazil, where he worked for 8 years and was responsible for building and managing the investment team. Before that, Marcelo worked for Angra Infra and spent 6 years at Icatu’s Private Equity and Illiquid Strategies Group.
Marcelo was a member of the Board of Directors of Energisa S.A. (ENGI3), CSS - Cell Site Sollutions S.A., Santiliana Group, Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica S.A (TAEE11), Sete Brasil Participações S.A., Brasil Comercio & Turismo, Ambievo S.A. and American Glass Products Ltd. He was also a member of the Investment / Supervision Committee of Credito Corporativo Brasil – FIDC (long term credit fund raised by Credit Suisse and Santander Bank).
Marcelo graduated with academic excellence in Business Management from the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets (IBMEC) in Rio de Janeiro, where he also earned an M.B.A. with a focus on Finance. Marcelo 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, 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.
Thiago is a Principal based in H.I.G. Capital’s Rio de Janeiro office. He is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including deal sourcing, transaction structuring and negotiation, financing, and execution of post-closing growth and operational strategies.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Thiago worked as a private equity investment professional for Mubadala Capital, GP Investments and Permira. He served as either member or observer on the boards of directors of Centauro, Tempo Assist and Porto Sudeste. Earlier in his career he worked for nearly 5 years at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)’s São Paulo and London offices as well as for J.P. Morgan in London.
Thiago holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Master's of Science in Engineering from École Centrale de Lyon, and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP, with honors. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and French.
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 Managing Director 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.
Fabio Saad is a Principal at H.I.G. Brazil & Latin America Fund. With over 10 years of private equity investment experience in Latin America and other emerging markets, Fabio heads up H.I.G. Capital’s Bogotá office and the firm’s investment program in the Andean Region. He is responsible for investment sourcing, transaction negotiation, and portfolio company management.
Since joining H.I.G. Capital’s Brazil and Latin America group in 2014, Fabio has participated in over 8 transactions in various sectors, including healthcare, media, technology and consumer services. Fabio currently serves on the board of directors of Digital Ware, Clínica AMO, Grupo Meridional, Selfit Academias and Eletromidia. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Fabio worked for 5 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, in Washington, D.C. and in São Paulo. At IFC, Fabio was involved in several investments in Brazil and in other Latin American, African and Asian countries, focusing in the real estate, manufacturing, retail, clean tech sectors, among others.
Fabio holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Studies focused in Latin America from The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas de São Paulo (EAESP/FGV) and a Bachelor in Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Born in Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
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.