Team

We have a team recognized as a reference in M&A in the country and a group of renowned specialists in various sectors as senior advisors

Luiz F. Bessa

Founding Partner

Before founding Grafin Partners, Luiz Bessa was a partner at Zaxo and was responsible for making the company the leader in Anbima’s ranking among M&A advisors based in the south of the country for three consecutive years since 2017 and the third largest in Brazil. He is the advisor with the most transactions in the South of the country and the 14th in Brazil since 2017, according to the specialized publication Transactional Track Record (TTR).

Bessa started his career in M&A in 2003 and led dozens of transactions worth more than R$ 3 billion. Among the most recent are included, the sale of control of Pelissari to Cast Group, the sale of control of Indyxa to MV, the capital raising with a private equity fund for Grupo Implus and the total sale of Volk do Brasil to Bunzl, a British multinational company.

He has a degree in Business Administration from UFPR, an MBA from ESPM and extension courses from FGV-SP and Wharton in corporate finance.

bessa@grafin.com.br | +55 41 99222-6824

Leandro Muniz

Founding Partner

Before founding Grafin Partners, Leandro had more than 15 years’ experience as an executive in Finance, Operations and Project Management.

Leandro started his career in project management at Siemens and Votorantim Cimentos. He led investment and improvement projects at Votorantim Cimentos and was responsible for the financial management of the companies of the group. He also had experience leading assessment processes, improving governance in family businesses in sectors such as Industry, Logistics, Energy, Food and Agribusiness.

After working in Mexico, Leandro returned to Brazil to become a partner at Zaxo, an M&A boutique.

He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from PUC-PR and an MBA in Finance from IBMEC.

leandro@grafin.com.br | +55 41 99595-2560

Felipe Ditzel

Associate

Before joining Grafin Partners, Felipe was an associate at Zaxo where he started his career in M&A. Prior to that, he worked in companies such as Banco do Brasil, PepsiCo and Ambev.

Felipe participated in several transactions, including the sale of control of Indyxa to MV Informática, a leading company in health management software in Brazil, and the total sale of Volk do Brasil to Bunzl, a British multinational company.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UTFPR, a postgraduate degree in finance from FAE Business School and an extension course in M&A from Columbia Business School and TTS University.

Felipe Mafra

Associate

Felipe Mafra was a trainee at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and has been working for more than 3 years as an analyst in mergers & acquisitions projects for companies.

He has deep technical experience in the preparation of valuation and materials to approach the market, in conducting due diligence processes and in the analysis of financial reports.

Participated in an operational leadership role in important transactions in the Paraná market, such as the sale of Hospital Pilar to the Care Group and the acquisition of the transport company Translovato by BBM Logística.

Felipe has a degree in business administration from UFPR, where he was a Consultant at JR Consultoria and Monitor of the Teaching Initiation Program. Today he is pursuing an MBA in Corporate Finance at UTFPR and is a graduate student in Strategic Management at HSM University.

Senior Advisors

We have a powerful team of senior advisors with deep experience and a network of contacts in their respective sectors. We are able to add even more value to our clients through the contribution of those who have already endeavored and executed in practice, including former clients who endorse our quality and long-term commitment.

Alcides Troller Pinto

Telecom and Strategy

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Economist, master in Organizations, studied Innovation Management and M&A at INSEAD. After experiences at Grupo RBS, Claro and was an EVP of Marketing, Sales and Operations at GVT, where he led the growth strategy and participated in the IPO. He is a specialist in family businesses, where he is a board member and develops projects of governance and value creation.

Alexandre Berger

Health

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For 12 years he was CEO of Implus Participações, where he led the company in expressive growth and value creation over 30 times, making it one of the largest groups in Health Management in Brazil. After this growth, he led the capital raising process with a private equity fund. Graduated in Medicine from UFPR and MBA from FGV. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Allan Costa

Technology and Inovation

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Entrepreneur, speaker, writer, biker and musician. He was Superintendent Director of Sebrae-PR, president of Cooper Card and Celepar. Specialist in entrepreneurship and start ups, he co-founded Curitiba Angels and is an investor and mentor of more than 10 start ups. He is one of the creators of the AAA innovation platform. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x

André Perez

Logistics

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He built a career in ​​Logistics and Supply Chain as Director and VP in companies such as Siemens, Volkswagen, Whirlpool / Embraco, Renault and Yara. He served as Executive Director at Tertium, responsible for valuation, creation and sale of companies. Graduated in Economics and MBA from GW University.

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Danilo Angst

Agribusiness, Energy & Finance

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Built a career at Banco do Brasil for 30 years, having served in several statutory positions as Vice President of Credit, Risk and Internal Controls. In addition to being president of an important energy trading company, Danilo has accumulated experience in relevant Boards of Directors. He is a reference in agribusiness in Brazil.

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Eduardo Fontana

Technology, Media and Strategy

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With a background in institutions such as the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, a career built in sectors such as Telecom, Consulting and Media, Eduardo has deep experience as a member of Boards, in evaluation and investments in innovative businesses and value creation. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Rodrigo Luchtenberg

Technology

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With a solid career in the technology sector, he founded the company Teiko in 2004, focused on database solutions. In 2016, it merged with OpenUX, forming Indyxa. In early 2019, it sold a stake in the company to MV, Brazil’s largest hospital management software company. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

José Damigo Neto

Consumer Goods

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More than 20 years of experience as CEO and General Director of local and multinational organizations of companies in the consumer goods industry, such as Nutrilatina and Racco, with a focus on marketing and multichannel. He has a solid track record of achievements in value creation, M&A, turnaround and change management.

Ricardo Cipullo

Industry

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With a career in important industrial companies such as Ford, Iochpe Maxion and Brose, where he started the operation in Brazil and led the company for 11 years as president. He is currently a partner at the Renaissance Executive Forums and an advisor to industrial and consumer goods companies. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Léo Jianoti

Technology, Innovation, Start-ups

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Graduated in Economics with a Masters in Bioenergy, he has solid experience advising Family Offices. Angel investor for many years, he co-founded Curitiba Angels, invested and supported several successful start-ups such as Contabilizei, James Delivery and Troco Simples. Advisor and Advisor to companies, he is an expert in economic evaluation and new business management.

Roberto Rissi

Agribusiness                                                                     .

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Ph.D in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Iowa State University, Agronomist and Master from ESALQ-USP. Built a career at Syngenta, Cargill, Monsanto and Pioneer, where he was President for 10 years and led an expressive growth. He had a great influence on the increase of corn production in Brazil. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx