Cesar Collier is a Managing Director of Siguler Guff and head of the Firm's São Paulo office. Mr. Collier, who joined Siguler Guff in February 2011, is a senior member of the emerging markets investment team and sits on the Investment Committees for the BRIC Opportunities Funds. He brings a valuable mix of private equity and operational experience to the Firm and plays an integral role in building long-term relationships with fund managers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, local intermediaries and government officials in Brazil and throughout Latin America.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Collier was a Senior Vice President at Standard Bank Private Equity where he sourced and analyzed a number of investment opportunities in the retail, consumer goods and logistics industries. Among other transactions at Standard Bank, he was heavily involved in the acquisition of CPQ Brazil S.A., the leading chain of Brazilian coffee shops. Mr. Collier began his private equity career at Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity (MLGPE) in 2007. Previously, Mr. Collier held senior management positions with Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Royal Ahold and Bompreço, serving these major retailers in both financial and operational capacities. Notably, as Vice President of Wal-Mart Brazil, he was responsible for five business units, five managing directors and more than 1,000 associates in 300 stores.
Mr. Collier graduated with honors as a Lieutenant of the Reserve of the Brazilian Army Infantry in 1993. He holds a law degree from Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco (UNICAP) as well as an M.B.A. and a post graduate degree from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). He was born and raised in Recife, Brazil, spent more than eight years in the United States and Europe, and now resides in São Paulo.