Company Profile

FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE is a Venture Capital fund focused on Financial Services and Life Sciences and sponsored by the individual partners of its manager, FinHealth Gestão de Recursos Ltda.

As a “company builder”, FINVEST mostly employs business concepts developed in-house and always works alongside management to effectively run the company, also providing corporate services through its Shared Services Center with centralized cash management and venture loans, when applicable.

Altogether, since its inception, FINVEST invested in 25 companies with 10 successful exits thus far

In early 2021, FINVEST launched real estate investment advisor, FINVEST Real Estate, which will allow it to return to its real estate private equity activities that had been on hold since 2016. due to a non-competition clause following the sale of a real estate affiliate.


João Paulo Vasco Poiares Baptista

João Paulo is a senior partner of FinHealth Gestão de Recursos Ltda (manager of FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE) and Head of its Healthcare Strategies. He graduated in Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and started his career in 1982 as an analyst for the Department of Industry of Economy Services (SE) in Macau, acting as the economic authority of the Territory. In 1986, after leaving public service as Sector Chief, he joined the consulting firm Asiatec Consultadoria a company active in Macau, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China, in particular in the Special Economic Zone of Zuhai. In 1987 he joined Pacific Infotech Corp (PIC), an investment group with focus on technology-based companies, to serve as an analyst in Los Angeles, USA, and served as General Director for Europe.

In 1999, having moved to Brazil, João Paulo founded MVP – Mercatto Venture Partners Ltda., one of the pioneers in venture capital in Brazil focused in technology-based companies. Joao Paulo participated actively in the conception of the Projeto INOVAR from FINEP (Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology), and was responsible for the design of the Venture Fórum Brazil and led nine of its editions. Still with Inovar, he created and developed the first forums in partnership with stock exchange BOVESPA. As an consultant for BOVESPA, João Paulo supported companies to ready for investor presentations under the program BOVESPA Mais. João Paulo was also one of the founders of the former ABCR – Brazilian Association of Venture Capital, currently ABVCap, and was member of this committee for three consecutive terms. In 2005, Joao Paulo became an Executive Director of Rio Bravo Venture Partners, created by the merger of MVP with the Venture Capital and Private Equity division of Rio Bravo Investimentos. In July 2009, João Paulo left Rio Bravo to found a company focused exclusively on healthcare and life sciences investments, now FinHealth, where he is the president being also responsible for fiduciary administration as per CVM regulation

Luis Claudio Garcia de Souza

Luis Claudio Garcia de Souza is the founder and senior managing director of FINVEST Holdings and head of its Financial Services strategies.

Luis Claudio Garcia de Souza is a senior partner of FinHealth Gestão de Recursos Ltda (manager of FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE) and Head of its Financial Services strategies.

He has a Civil Engineering degree from Pontificia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in systems engineering (transportation and logistics).

After graduation, in 1975, Luis Claudio started working at Grupo BBM (former Banco da Bahia) in Rio de Janeiro as a financial planning associate in the petrochemical division of the Group.

In October 1977, for family reasons, Luis Claudio moved to New York and worked at Banco Real as a Corporate Banking Manager until July 1981.

Back in Brazil, as Deputy Director of Corporate Banking, Luis Claudio was responsible for Banco Real’s multinational clients until he rejoined BBM in 1981, as the Executive Director for the São Paulo region and the South of Brazil, conducting mostly Middle Market credit operations. At the BBM Group, Luis Claudio was also the Superintendent Director of the group’s insurance company.

About 11 years later, in 1992, Luis Claudio joined Banco Pactual initially to set up UBF Seguros, a company that became the leader in credit and guarantee insurance now Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil. He then held various positions at the bank such as head of origination, head of distribution and head of structured finance and became a member of the bank’s executive committee and controlling group of partners in 1997.

Leaving Banco Pactual in October 1999, Luis Claudio focused on Private Equity investments and together with partners from the financial sector, and, together with Securitas Capital, Swiss Re’s Private Equity arm, created a fund manager called Rio Bravo Investiments where Luis Claudio was the investment director as per CVM regulation until 2008.

In 2008, the partners of the Rio Bravo group spun-off its alternative credit division whereby Rio Bravo Securitizadora was renamed RB Capital and became one of the main structured credit companies with a focus on real estate and infrastructure, where Luis Cladio was the CEO/Executive Chariman until it was sold to the Japanese group Orix in 2016. At this point Luis Claudio became exclusively dedicated to managing FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE.

Luis Claudio was a Board Member of BOVESPA (currently B3) from 1985 to 1989) appointed by institutional investors. He is currently a member the Advisory Board, Inovar EPM, the innovation of Escola Paulista de Medicina/UNIFESP. And he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Museum of São Paulo as well as a member of the Katharine Dexter McCormick (1904) Society (MIT) and of The Cathedral of Learning Society (University of Pittsburgh)

Since March 2017 Luis Claudio has been responsible for fund management at FinHealth as per CVM regulation.

Marcelo de Andrade

Marcelo Andrade is the Chief Financial Officer of FINVEST Holdings He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidade São Judas Tadeu and a postgraduate degree in Controllership and Finance from FIPECAFI – USP.

Prior to FINVEST, Marcelo was the Chief Controller (2012-2018) and Strategic Planning Corporate Manager (2009-2012) at Mover Participações S.A.

He also served as Strategic Planning Corporate Manager at Coelho da Fonseca Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda. (2008-2009) and as Corporate Planning and Budget Manager at Santista Têxtil S.A. (1997-2008).

A Certified Board Member by IBGC-Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa, Marcelo was a member of the Fiscal Councils of CPFL from 2011 to 2017 ) and Alpargatas S.A. (2011-2015). He is currently a member of the Fiscal Council of CCR - Concessão de Rodovias Group.

In March 2020, Marcelo became the Chief Financial Officer of FinHealth and also serves as the CFO of various FINVEST affiliates in accordance with the Shared Services Center provided by FINVEST to its portfolio companies.

Marcio Garcia de Souza

Márcio Garcia de Souza is a senior partner of FinHealth Gestão de Recursos Ltda (manager of FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE) and Head of its Real Estate Private Equity strategies.

He has a Production Engineering degree by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from Columbia University.

Previously to FINVEST, Márcio was partner of Baring Private Equity Partners and held various corporate positions such as CFO of Lojas Americanas and Bunge Alimentos.

In terms of board experience, Marcio was the Chairman of the Board of Alpargatas S/A and Camargo Correia Desenvolvimentos Imobiliários, both listed at Bovespa and Tavex Corporation, listed in the Madrid Stock Exchange.

In March 2017, Marcio became a managing director of FinHealth being responsible for Risk & Compliance as per CVM regulation

Matias Vidal

Matias Vidal is a partner of FinHealth Gestão de Recursos Ltda, manager of FINVEST Capital Partners FIPMIE, and has been seconded to Securitas Biossciences Group, FINVEST’s venture builder in Life Sciences, which he co-founded, as an Executive Director.

Mr. Vidal has led the formation and organization of Securitas and attracted key human resources; a diverse interdisciplinary group of scientists, doctors and executives. Mr. Vidal oversees Finvest Group’s investments in Biotech and Healthcare. In 2013, Mr. Vidal co-founded Finvest’s group first initiative in the biotech sector, VirTech Bio, and led the company as CEO until August 2019. Mr. Vidal has an extensive international career, with over 25 years experience in consulting, Investment Banking, M&A, and portfolio management. Mr. Vidal began his career in Cooper&Lybrand (Buenos Aires and London office), in the Telecom, Media and Technology team. He then began a career in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, based in London and New York, and then moved to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He joined Rio Bravo Investimentos in 2003, and has been with FINVEST since 2007.