•Gabriel Varella before joining Riza Capital, was a Director in the Investment Banking Department at BTG Pactual. Gabriel has more than 10 years of experience in the market and has also worked in the Asset Management Department at BTG Pactual.
•Throughout his career, Gabriel has been involved in several M&A and Equity Capital Market transactions in different industries, including some of the most relevant transactions in Brazil in the education and financial services sectors, such as:
–2014: Advisory to Kroton in the acquisition of Anhanguera Educacional for USD 2.0 billions (all-stock deal), Advisory to GetNet shareholders in the sale to Banco Santander for USD 700 million, Advisory to Banco do Brasil in the joint venture with Cielo for Arranjo Ourocard for USD 4 billion; 2015: Sale of Uniasselvi to Carlyle Group and Vinci Partners for USD 400 million; 2016: Advisory to Estacio in the hostile acquisition of Kroton for USD 1.7 billion; Advisory to Embratec shareholders in the merger with Edenred for USD 800 million; among other transactions in industries such as consumer, retail, metals&mining, utilities, etc.
•Mr Varella holds a BA in Civil Engineering at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC – Rio), and also studied at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at the United States