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Michael Jordan

Building liquidity for your Business

With a diverse management team in international banking and finance, Savel Capital Partners is globally stationed to provide flexible services. The Savel Capital Partners team has expansive experience in the wealth management business and financial markets.

Meet our team

“Savel Capital Partners team is comprised of a group of seasoned professionals who have an unrelenting commitment to maximize value for our clients. Collectively, the team has advised several transactions around the world. Much of the team has been together since shortly after the firm was founded more than a dozen years ago. Several partners have held global C-level and senior operating roles in relevant industry sectors. This deep operating experience combined with extensive transaction expertise enables Savel Capital Partners to provide an unparalleled level of strategic and financial advice to our clients as well as execution capability in nearly every conceivable situation. Our team has an extensive track record of success during which we have built strong relationships that allow us to unlock shareholder value for our clients.”

João Pedro Fonseca Costa

Principal & Founder

João Pedro Fonseca Costa

Principal & Founder

João is Portuguese by birth and has lived more than 30 years in Brazil. He is vastly experienced in International Finance and has developed an extensive global network.
João’s career includes executive assignments with household name companies in Brazil and Latin America. Additionally, he was responsible for several large Projects in Brazil as an Executive Officer from 1996 to 2005, with Banco Efisa S.G Warburg, a Portuguese Investment Bank.
He has over 20 years of experience in finance, including 15 years working in Brazil. His experience spans multiple facets of finance including commercial banking, M&A, debt restructuring, corporate finance, Project Finance and brokerage. João is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal from where he runs his Latin Americas focused office.

Simon Foster

Partner & Board member


Simon’s experience and expertise has been gained in large corporate and commercial  banking, holding positions in Barclays and Anglo Irish Bank, amongst others. He has achieved an eclectic mix of skills from providing working capital to SMEs, financing football player transfers, underwriting multi-asset based lending and trade finance lines, to structuring off balance sheet solutions for household names. Motivated, multi-skilled, and entrepreneurial, Simon focuses on sustainable business models producing strong returns whilst maintaining acceptable levels of risk.

Luciano Bravo

Country Executive Officer & Business Developer for Brazil


Living and working in São Paulo, with immense expertise in Business Development,
Luciano is a business consultant, public speaker and entrepreneur, with a vast
success story of building client-focused relationships. Luciano’s resumé includes 25
years of extensive experience in Project Development in several fields such as
power, renewable energy to industrial plants, Agro businesses, Mining and
Infrastructure. He runs SAVEL Capital Partners operations in Brazil.

Miguel Elias

Head of Finance Operations - Brazil


Miguel graduated in Business Administration and has, under his belt, over 35 years
of experience in foreign exchange, structured and trade finance transactions.
Miguel has developed his career in international banks such as Lloyds Bank PLC
and Deutsche Bank as well as Private Advisory for Bank Boston, ABN-Amro and
CESCE- Brazil (shareholders CESCE, Santander, BBVA and Munich Re).
He is currently a partner at FX Partners and SR Partners in São Paulo – Brazil and Advisory Board Member at the Global Chamber Chapter Joinville – Santa Catarina – Brazil.

David Paget

Associate Partner

David is an experienced invoice finance and banking professional. He has held senior positions, including for Bibby, Operations Director; Close Brothers, Regional Sales Director and International Factors, a Senior Account Management Role. Fully qualified in terms of banking and invoice finance qualifications, he also brings a wealth of experience winning and managing clients as well as the associated risks and pricing.
David is currently a Director of Atlas Trade Finance, an independent brokerage with strengths in Invoice and Trade Finance.

Stephen Coherton

Associate Partner

Stephen has almost 50 years’ experience in international trade finance having worked for major international banks including BNP, LloydsTSB and Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, London. This has embraced letters of credit, documentary collections but mostly open account credit insured receivables and the commodities sector. 
As senior manager at International Factors Limited, he was responsible for the creation of new funding products that worked alongside global trade insurance – an Industry first. This development led to IFL becoming the largest international factoring company in the world based on import and export transactions. 
In 1998 Stephen established Atlas Trade Finance. For some 10 years Atlas managed credit insurance policies and this product was accepted by major banks as it enhanced the security for funding international trade transactions.  His career has encompassed worldwide travel, particularly to South America and Africa.

Catarina Duarte

Head of Finance Assistant Coordinator


Having studied English at the Wall Street Institute, Catarina held, previously,
positions with FNAC, Infocapital S.A. and Efisa Warburg Bank. She is a valuable
asset in the coordination of operations between Europe and Brazil.