Investment One seeks niche in busy Brazilian finance space
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Investment One seeks niche in busy Brazilian finance space

Bernardo Parnes opens IB and wealth management boutique; consultancy aims to differentiate by seniority of advisers.

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From left: Investment One's Raphael Zagury, Bernardo Parnes and Fabio Jung


Bernardo Parnes, co-founder and CEO of financial boutique Investment One Partners, says there is “clearly space” in the Brazilian market for independent consultancies such as his, which opened its doors at the beginning of this year.

Parnes, who was CEO of Deutsche Bank’s Latin American investment banking franchise until the German bank decided on wholesale withdrawal from the region, decided to establish his own firm after leaving in August.

His new firm will focus on two areas: financial consultancy for corporates looking to restructure, move through M&A transactions or who want independent advice on other transformational transactions such as IPOs.

The other “lateral” will be a wealth management service focused on ultra-high net-worth individuals and families – those with a minimum of R$50 million. Investment One will offer aggregation management advice for these clients who typically have their assets at multiple onshore and offshore banks.

Investment One Partners is based on Faria Lima in São Paulo and has 12 full-time employees. It has completed its first mandate, advising União Química Farmacêutica in its acquisition of Zoetis’ (formerly Pfizer) plant in Brazil, and Parnes says the bank is talking to other companies about potential M&A transactions, both on the buy side and the sell side, and he says he has one potential pre-IPO mandate.



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