South America: Our Team

Luiz I. Simões Lopes 
Senior Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management
Luiz Lopes is a Senior Managing Partner, head of Brookfield’s Latin America operations and Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Brazil. Prior to joining Brookfield in 1994, Mr. Lopes was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Magliano CTVM, as well as Managing Director of Fiat Leasing and Banco Fiat. Mr. Lopes is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Fundação Dom Cabral, a world renowned executive education center, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, a leading academic and research center. Both organizations are located in Brazil.

Ben Vaughan
Senior Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management
Ben is Senior Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer for Brookfield in South America. He joined Brookfield in 2001 as part of the corporate development team and in that capacity he focused on restructurings, financings, acquisitions and divestitures. From 2006 to 2012, Ben held a series of executive positions at Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. He holds a Chartered Accountant designation and is a graduate of Queens University.

Paulo Cesar C. Garcia
General Counsel, Brookfield Brazil
Paulo has been the General Counsel of Brookfield Brazil since 2005. Prior to joining Brookfield Brazil, he has occupied general counsel and associate general counsel positions for several companies including AMBEV, REXAM and CSN. Paulo also worked as a corporate and M&A lawyer at Pinheiro Neto Law Firm in Brazil. He holds a post-graduate degree in Corporate Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC) and graduated in Law from PUC.

Renato Cassim Cavalini
Managing Partner & Senior Vice President, Brookfield Brazil
As Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Brookfield Brazil and the head of Brookfield's agricultural operations in Brazil, Renato is responsible for several large farming operations totaling some 150,000 hectares (360,000 acres) and over 70,000 head of cattle. Renato was responsible for assembling this land portfolio and was instrumental in developing large-scale sugar cane farming operations in Brazil for the production of ethanol. He has been with Brookfield for 10 years. Renato is an agronomist and holds a first degree in Agribusiness from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral/INSEAD.

Sergio L. Campos
Managing Partner & Vice President, Brookfield Brazil
Sergio has been Managing Partner and Vice President of Brookfield Brazil since 2007. He began his banking career at the First National City Bank as senior analyst. Afterwards, he worked at Open S/A Corretora de Câmbio e Valores Mobiliários as manager for negotiable securities. Sergio was director and partner of Banco Graphus and Banco Fonte Cindam. He joined Banco Brascan as executive director, from where he left to work at CVC Opportunity for a short period and then returned to Banco Brascan as executive director and member of the Executive Committee. Sergio was president of SINDCOR (Broker-Dealers Union). He is graduated in Economics from UFF – Universidade Federal Fluminense.

Tim Formuziewich
Managing Partner, Brookfield Brazil
Tim has been working with Brookfield Asset Management since 2005 and is currently responsible for corporate development and transaction execution at Brookfield Brazil as Managing Partner. During 2006, he led the initial public offering of Brookfield’s Brazilian homebuilding operations. He previously worked with Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tim is a Chartered Accountant (Canada), a Certified Public Accountant (Maine) and a CFA charter holder. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Acadia University in Canada.

Brookfield Asset Management's South American Team