Inspire

Inspire Capital Partners is a corporate finance advisory firm specialized in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising (equity and debt) and advice on strategic and corporate matters.

In 2009, the partners created the firm with a purpose to put their long experience as senior investment banking professionals at major global banksat the service of our clients, with no conflicts of interests and with the objective of maximizing value creation through an independent and focused corporate finance service focused solely on the client’s interests.Our goal is to advice Shareholders and/or companies in their decision making process regarding third party Capital, be it via an M&A, IPO, fund raising (debt or equity), or strategic corporate restructuring transaction. Our commitment and proposal is to offer senior involvement, high level of technical capabilities combined with an ethical approach aimed at a long term relationship with our clients.

Since 2009 Inspire Capital Partners has proven the success of its proposition by proudly leading some of the recent most successful and important corporate finance transactions in Brazil.

• The largest sugar and ethanol merger in the world
• The largest pharmaceutical transaction in Brazil
• The largest Coca-Cola bottler transaction in Brazil which was also Latin America’s second largest

These transactions and other deals conducted by Inspire add to a number of other M&A deals, IPOs, and local and international debt issuances, performed by Inspire’s partners in their previous careers.

Profile

Our Focus

Advice in corporate finance is the core of our business. We identify and implement business alternatives and strategies that involve:

Mergers and acquisitions

Corporate finance and business plans

Corporate restructuring

Capital raising

Preparation for IPO

Preparation for issuance of bonds

TRANSACTIONS

Client Counterparty Description
Jan/2020 | Confidential Amount | Acquisition | Health

Advisory to José Seripieri Filho in que acquisition of 100% of Qsaúde Operadora de Planos de Saúde Ltda from Qualicorp Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros S.A.

Dec/2019 | Confidential | Sale | Pharmaceuticals Distribution

Advisory to the shareholders of Expressa Distribuidora de Medicamentos Ltda. in the sale of 100% to CM Hospitalar S.A., a DNA Capital investee.

Aug/2019 | Confidential Amount | Sale | Health

Advisory to José Seripieri Filho in the sale agreement of shares representing 10% of Qualicorp Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros S.A. to Rede D’Or São Luiz S.A.

May/2019 | R$ 170 million | Acquisiton | Health

Advisory to Grupo Fleury in the acquisition of Lafe, a clinical analysis provider in Rio de Janeiro.

Dec/2018 | R$ 15,5 million | Acquisiton | Health Management

Advisory to Grupo Fleury in the acquisition of SantéCorp, a health management services provider.

Oct/2017 | US$ 400 million | Bond Advisory | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to the management of Aegea Saneamento e Participações S.A in the 1st Issue of Senior Unsecured Notes, structured in category 144A / RegS, in the international market.

Aug/2016 | R$ 125 million | Capital Raising | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to the shareholders of Equipav Group in the capital raising process for its controlled subsidiary Aegea Saneamento e Participações S.A. together with IFC, member of the World Bank Group, and with GIF Global Infrastructure Fund linked to IFC.

Apr/2016 | Confidential Amount | Sale | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to the controlling shareholders of Equipav Group in the sale of an additional minority interest in its controlled subsidiary – Aegea Saneamento e Participações S.A. – to GIC, Singapore´s sovereign wealth fund.

Dec/2015 | Confidential Amount | Sale | Building Materials

Advisory to the shareholders of Friuli Venezia Giulia Participações S.A., holding of Papaiz Nordeste Indústria e Comércio Ltda. and Papaiz Udinese Metais Indústria e Comércio Ltda., in the sale of 100% to Assa Abloy Group.

Nov/2015 | Confidential Amount | Merger | Fleet Management

Advisory to the shareholders of Salute Group in the merger with Let’s Rent a Car S/A.

Oct/2015 | Confidential Amount | Sale | Healthcare

Advisory to the controlling shareholders of Fleury Group (Core Participações S.A.) in the sale of 13% of Fleury Group to Advent International.

Oct/2013 | US$ 1,9 billion | Sale | Beverages

Advisory to the controlling shareholders of Spaipa S.A. Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas in the sale of 100% to Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V.

Sep/2013 | R$ 300 million | Capital Raising | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to the controlling shareholders of Equipav Group in R$ 300 million capital raising exercise for its controlled subsidiary Aegea Saneamento e Participações S.A. with GIC, Singapore´s sovereign wealth fund.
Inspire Capital acted as strategic and financial advisor to the shareholders of Equipav and Banco Itaú BBA S.A. acted as financial advisor to Aegea Saneamento.

Dec/2012 | R$ 130 million | Debt Advisory | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to Águas Guariroba S.A. in its 1st Issuance of Debentures structured under CVM Instruction 476. Itaú BBA S.A. acted as Leading Coordinator and HSBC Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários S.A. acted as Coordinator.

Dec/2011 | R$ 160 million | Debt Advisory | Infrastructure / Roadway Concession

Advisory to Sistema Univias, formed by Convias S.A. Concessionária de Rodovias, Metrovias S.A. Concessionária de Rodovias and Sulvias S.A. Concessionária de Rodovias, in a debt raising process.

Mai/2011 | U$ 47 million | Debt Advisory | Water and Sewage Services

Advisory to Prolagos S.A. – Concessionária de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto in its 1st Issuance of Debentures structured accordingly to CVM Instruction 476. HSBC Corretora acted as Leading Coordinator.

Jan/2011 | R$ 2,5 billion | Sale | Pharmaceutical / Consumer

Financial advisory to the controlling shareholders of Mantecorp Group in the sale of 100% of Mantecorp to Hypermarcas, through a combination of newly issued shares and cash.*

Aug/2010 | R$ 4 billion | Reestructuring | Infrastructure / Engineering

Advisory to the controlling shareholders of the Equipav Group on the segregation of assets owned jointly with the Bertin Group at CIBE Participações.

Jul/2010 | R$ 450 million | Sale | Bioenergy / Sugar & Ethanol

Strategic Advisory to the controlling shareholders of the Equipav Group on the sale of control of its Sugar & Ethanol subsidiary to Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd. through subsciption of newly issued shares totally R$ 450 million.

Apr/2010 | US$ 740 million | Acquisition | Bioenergy / Sugar & Ethanol

Economic and Valuation advisory to Petrobras Biocombustível S.A. in relation to its capitalization of Acúcar Guarani.*

Mar/2010 | US$ 49 million | Capital Raising | Agribusiness

Financial Advisory to Grupo Maeda’s in its capital raising of US$ 49 million.*

Nov/2009 | Confidential Amount | Capital Raising | Logistics

Advisory to Standard Logística in its capital raising exercise which resulted in acquisition of a 38% participation in the company by BRZ Fundo de Investimento (“BRZ”).*

Oct/2009 | US$ 4 billion | Merger | Bioenergy / Sugar & Ethanol

Advisory to Loius Dreyfus Bionergia in its US$ 4 billion merger and acquisition of control of Santelisa Vale resulting in the formation of LDC-SEV Bioenergia.*

Team

Managing Partners

Alexandre Rezende

Alexandre Leonel de Rezende, Managing-Partner and  member of Inspire since April 2009. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Rezende spent 14 years in various positions at ING Bank N.V. in Brazil, including most recently as Managing Director, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, including the areas of Client Coverage, Products and Investment Banking. In such position Mr. Rezende was a Statutory Director of the bank and a member of the Executive Managing Board of ING in Brazil and a member of different management committees of the bank. Mr. Rezende joined ING Bank in July, 1995 as an Assistant VP and then VP, Director, Head of Client Coverage then Managing Director. Along his experience as a banker at ING, Mr. Rezende was able to originate & execute some of the most prominent transactions in several sectors such as Retail, Renewable Energy, Consumer Products among others not just in Mergers & Acquisitions but also in Capital Markets, such as the USD 2.0 billion merger between Santa Elisa and Vale do Rosário, the US$ 240 million capitalization of CNAA by Riverstone and other funds, the sale of Mercadorama supermarket chain to Sonae (Portugal), the US$ 860 million sale of Cervejarias Kaiser to Molson Inc., the acquisition of PlusVita/Pullmann on behalf of Bimbo S.A. de C.V., in addition to many other advisory and capital markets transactions.

Mr. Rezende holds a BA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA in Finance from The Stern School of Business of New York University.

Marcos Rezende

Marcos Ferraz de Rezende, Managing-Partner and  member of Inspire since April 2009. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Rezende spent 12 years in various positions at ING Bank N.V. in Brazil, including most recently as Managing Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Rezende joined ING Bank in July 1997 as Associate and then VP, Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions then Managing Director. Along his experience as a banker at ING, Mr. Rezende was able to originate & execute transactions in sectors such as Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, and Renewable Energy, as well as to lead the team responsible for the Mergers & Acquisitions transactions of ING Bank in Brazil. Mr. Rezende advised on several of the prominent transactions in Brazil over the last decade, including advising Petrobras on its merger with Petroquisa, the US$ 2.0 billion merger between Santa Elisa and Vale do Rosário, the US$ 450 million acquisition of Eni LPG Business in Brazil by Petrobras, the restructuring of the activities of Schering Plough Corporation in Brazil, resulting in the creation of Mantecorp, the US$ 860 million sale of Cervejarias Kaiser to Molson Inc., advisory to Odebrecht Group in the acquisition of Copene Petroquímica, in addition to many other advisory transactions.

Mr. Rezende holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the Escola Politécnica – Universidade de São Paulo and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Gustavo Castilho

Gustavo C. Teno Castilho, Managing-Partner and  member of Inspire since March 2017. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Gustavo Castilho spent 9 years in various positions  at Credit Suisse Brazil, including as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division, where he was head of healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, sugar & ethanol and oil & gas industries. Along his experience as a banker at Credit Suisse, Mr. Castilho was able to originate & execute some of the most prominent transactions in Brazil including the US$ 5 billion sale of Amil to UnitedHealth Group, the sale of Notre Dame Intermédica to Bain Capital, the sale of a controlling stake in Qualicorp to Carlyle, the US$ 590 million IPO and the US$ 365 million Follow-on of Qualicorp, the sale of Grupo Fernandes Vieira’s hospitals to Amil and Rede D’Or, the sale of a minority stake in Pague Menos to General Atlantic, the US$ 265 million sale of Big Ben to Brasil Pharma, the US$ 700 million sale of CNAA to BP, the merger between Trip Airlines and Azul Airlines, the US$ 250 million sale of Embraport to Odebrecht Transport and DPW, the US$ 250 million IPO of JSL, the US$ 656 million IPO of Ecorodovias, the US$ 378 million IPO of Multiplus and the US$ 650 million IPO of Smiles. He also worked at Santander Brazil in the Corporate Finance Division and at Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, and Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo, law firms.

Mr. Castilho is a Bachelor of Laws from Faculdade de Direito – Universidade de São Paulo and holds an Executive MBA in Finance from Insper.

Partners

Karl Windisch

Karl Windisch, Partner and member of Inspire Capital since November of 2009. Prior to Inspire, Mr. Windisch worked at Rabobank’s Corporate & Structured Finance team, at Votorantim Celulose e Papel’s Strategy & M&A team, at BDO Trevisan Consultores in M&A and Strategy Consulting. He also worked for two years in the ​​Corporate Banking area at ABN AMRO. His experience in mergers and acquisitions includes advisory transactions in industrial, utilities, pulp and paper, bioenergy, animal protein and healthcare sectors. Mr. Windisch served in strategic consulting projects in bioenergy, beverages and cooperative agribusiness sectors

Mr. Windisch holds a degree in Public Administration from Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – EAESP/FGV.

Bruno Salvoni

Bruno Salvoni, Partner and member of Inspire Capital since June 2016.  Prior to Inspire, Mr. Salvoni worked for 6 years on the Investment Banking division of Citigroup in Brazil, where he was a director, originating and executing transactions in many sectors, such as infrastructure, oil and gas, logistics and transportation, petrochemical and consumer goods.  He also worked for 5 years in the Investment Banking division at BNP Paribas Bank and for 4 years at  Itaú BBA Bank, in various areas. Selected transactions include: acquisition of Innova Pretrochemical by Videolar, IPO of Fundição Tupy, acquisition of the Brasília Airport by the Inframérica consortium, sale of Webjet to Gol Linhas Aéreas, acquisition of minority shareholdings in MMX by Wuhan Steel, sale of Sascar to GRV Solutions, among others.

Mr. Salvoni holds a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and Postgraduate in Economics of the Financial Sector from FEA/USP.

Vanesca Rocha

Vanesca Rocha, Partner and member of Inspire Capital since April 2009. Prior to Inspire, Mrs. Rocha worked at ING Bank’s team in São Paulo. Mrs. Rocha is responsible for organization and control of management and financial activities of the company, as well as the relationship with the external auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers – PWC.

Mrs. Rocha has a BA in Communication and Postgraduated in Project Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV.

Lucas Scherholz

Lucas Scherholz, Partner and member of Inspire Capital since May 2015. Prior to Inspire, he worked at Pactor Finanças Corporativas with M&A, at Creta Planejamento with Project Finance, mainly in the infrastructure sector, and in the Treasury Sales Unit in Citibank Brazil. Lucas has experience on transactions in a range of sectors such as infrastructure, water utilities, education, healthcare and manufacturing.

Mr. Scherholz is a CFA® charterholder and holds a BA in Economics from Faculdade de Economia e Administração, at the Universidade de São Paulo (FEA/USP)

Contact

Rua Campos Bicudo, 98 – cj. 151, Jardim Europa 04536–010 - São Paulo - SP
+55 (11) 3074.5050