Moelis & Company To Open An Office in São Paulo as Part of the Firm’s Global Expansion and Appoints Three Leading Industry Bankers

São Paulo and New York, March 11, 2014

Moelis & Company, the leading global independent investment bank, today announced its plan to expand into Brazil with the opening of an office in São Paulo and the appointment of three industry leading bankers.

Otávio Guazzelli, Jório Salgado-Gama, and Erick Alberti will join Moelis & Company having worked at BR Partners and Citigroup, with Mr. Guazzelli and Mr. Salgado-Gama to be Co-Heads of Brazil Investment Banking.

Mr. Guazzelli was a Senior Partner and Head of Investment Banking at BR Partners and formerly Co-Head of Investment Banking for Citigroup Brazil. During his career, Mr. Guazzelli has advised on a wide variety of transactions in the Brazilian and Latin American markets across the telecom, consumer, agribusiness and industrial sectors.

Mr. Salgado-Gama was a Senior Partner and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at BR Partners and previously worked for 12 years in Investment Banking at Citigroup in Brazil and New York. Mr. Salgado-Gama’s broad advisory experience includes a variety of transactions across the healthcare, industrials, chemicals and financial services sectors.

Mr. Alberti was a Partner at BR Partners and previously a Vice President in Investment Banking for Citigroup in Brazil and the United States where he focused on the technology, education, media and telecom sectors.

Ken Moelis, Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company, said, “I am delighted that we are expanding into Latin America through our planned office in São Paulo as clients are increasingly looking for global connectivity from an information and advisory perspective so adding a presence in Brazil gives us even greater global reach.”

Mr. Moelis added, “We have appointed three of the highest caliber bankers in Brazil who will oversee our expansion in this important market and region. Our clients will benefit from their independent financial advice on both domestic and international cross-border deals.”

Mr. Guazzelli said, “Moelis & Company’s Brazilian platform will allow us to provide leading Brazilian entrepreneurs, investors and businesses with independent advice that combines deep local knowledge with global reach and expertise, and to offer international clients valuable insights into the Brazilian market and strong advisory capabilities.” Mr. Salgado-Gama added “We are thrilled to be joining the leading global independent investment bank, and adding to its global footprint an important market, where we see significant local and cross-border opportunities over the next few years and in the long-term.”

About Moelis & Company
Moelis & Company is a leading global independent investment bank that provides financial advisory, capital raising and asset management services to a broad client base including corporations, institutions and governments.  With 600 employees, Moelis & Company serves its clients around the world through its offices in New York, Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Palo Alto, Paris and Sydney.  For more information, please visit