Senior Managing Partner and Board Member


Patria Investments

Otavio Castello Branco has been a member of PATRIA INVESTMENTS Board of Directors since 2010, and Chairman of PATRIA’s executive-level Infrastructure Investment and Divestment Committee. Mr. Branco is also a Senior Managing Partner of Patria Investments Limited and an Executive Director of Patria Holdings Limited. Mr. Branco joined PATRIA in 2003, initially as a Managing Partner responsible for the M&A/Advisory division. Since 2006, Mr. Branco led PATRIA into the Infrastructure and Energy private investment funds, creating one of the leading Latin American managers in this asset class.

Prior to his role at PATRIA, from 2001 to 2002, Mr. Branco was appointed as Executive Managing Director at the Brazilian federal development bank – BNDES – responsible for the Infrastructure and Energy Department. While at BNDES, Mr. Branco was also an executive member of the federal government Energy Crisis Committee (the federal committee created to manage the 2001 power shortage), a member of the board of directors of one the world’s largest mining conglomerates – VALE – and a member of the board of directors of the state-owned power utility – ELETROBRAS. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Branco led J.P. Morgan’s investment banking unit in Brazil, and was appointed co-country head in 2000. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Branco was the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the executive committee at Grupo CAEMI , one of Brazil’s leading mining conglomerates at that time. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Branco worked at J.P. Morgan in Brazil as an investment banker. Since 2021, Mr. Branco joined the board of ULTRAPAR S.A. – one of Brazil´s leading conglomerates on the fuel distribution and infrastructure sectors. Mr. Branco holds a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from Escola Politecnica da Universidade de São Paulo.