We have built a team of experienced consulting, management, advisory and investment professionals.
The strength and depth of our team allows us to pursue advisory and investments challenges, always with the objective of MAGNIFYING investment opportunities.
António Vieira da Silva
Founder and Managing Partner
António is founder and managing partner of Business Setting and of Magnify. During the past 18 years, he has worked as an International Consultant in Business Development and/or Turnaround projects, in more than 30 countries. He is also an invited associate professor at the IJL – Business School.
With +30 years experience, he has carried out the following functions among others: Advisor to the Chairman of the BoD and Executive Committee of Galp Energia; Business Turnaround Manager, Royal Dutch / Shell Group, based in The Hague; Member of the Board of Directors of Shell Portugal and Iberia; and has been member of the BoD of several companies.
David Braga Malta
Managing Partner – Private Equity
Dr. David Braga Malta is a Life Sciences Entrepreneur, Inventor and Investor, i.a. founded Cell2B BoostPharma and Neurimm, where he served as president director , and CEO respectively.
He joined Vesalius Biocapital Fund 3 as Venture Partner domiciled in Lisbon and Paris. Before that, David was Venture Consultant for Caixa Capital, helping to establish a Life Sciences investment policy for Portugal.
He was nominated a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, being currently the curator of the Lisbon Hub. David holds a PhD in Bioengineering from the MIT Portugal Program and a M.Sc. Degree in Biological Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal.
Partner – Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Graduated in Economics and holding an Executive MBA diploma, Renato was previously a Partner of Deloitte in Financial Advisory Services for several years in Portugal, and regional senior executive member for the promotion of the Global Infrastructure & Capital Projects in EMEA region.
Over 20 years of professional experience focused on Financial Advisory, namely M&A / Private Equity deals and Investment Vehicles structuring, Project Finance / PPPs, Business Modelling and Asset Valuations, with wide cross-industry expertise and international experience.
Renato is Partner at Magnify, with responsibility in the areas of M&A Advisory and other Financial Advisory Services.
A career Corporate Banker, with track record in all kinds of corporate loans and services : Structured Finance, Leverage and Acquisition Finance, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance, Commodities Finance, M&A, IPOs, Private Placements, as well as Bad Debt Recovery and Bankruptcy Prevention. With BNP Paribas and Banque Indosuez.
All this in overseas assignments: New-York, London, Stockholm, Singapore and Hong-Kong.
Retired from BNP Paribas in December 2015, still a member of the Board of BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. Investor in, and Advisor to start ups.
Since 2018 is a Senior Advisor to Magnify
Partner – Business Development
Graduated in Economics, João developed his career mainly in the financial sector. At Millennium BCP he spent 5 years divided between Audit and Corporate Banking. Subsequently, and already in ABN AMRO, João was Corporate Director for 4 years and Private Banking (Geneve) for 6 years.
After 2004, he was a director of Valor Alternativo, managing director of Hedge Funds, managing director of Golden Hill AG, a management company in Zurich for 4 years and later working for the managers of Lynx Asset Managers.
Currently, João is Partner at Magnify, with responsibility in the areas of Real Estate Investments and Wealth Management.
Manuel Alegria Azevedo
Manuel began his career in 2009 at Banco Espírito Santo/Novo Banco, where he spent 8 years and worked as a Corporate Banking account manager and a credit risk analyst. Since 2017 he has been working as a senior consultant for Business Setting and Magnify in multidisciplinary projects including Financial/M&A Advisory, Digital Transformation and Cost Reduction. Manuel holds a BSc degree in Economics from NOVA SBE and a MSc in International Management from ISCTE Business School.
Pedro Ortigão Correia
Former Board Member of a specialist Asian bank based out of Lisbon and currently working as independent investment banking advisor. With a major in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, he joined Merrill Lynch in London in 1998, working as an analyst in different functions, until becoming Director on the asset management side and responsible for the Portuguese coverage. In 2005, he joined Fidelity as a Director, responsible for opening up the Portuguese office. Later in 2009, started an independent consultancy firm, working with Robeco, Credit Agricole and Dimensional before becoming Managing Partner of ASK, a multi family office with offices in Lisbon, Sao Paulo, Luanda and Macao. He then became Vice President of AICEP, the Portuguese trade and investment government agency, reporting directly to the Vice Prime Minister.
Jonathon K. Gowen
Jonathon has extensive experience in serving the needs of global entrepreneurs through a bespoke combination of private bank and investment banking services. Former Senior Partner responsible for asset origination and relationship management two Multi-Family Offices with offices in London, Geneva, Zurich and Prague. Key advisor to family business owners internationally and on multi-generational governance issues. Jonathon started his career in London in 1999 with JPMorgan Chase at their Private Bank, servicing Ultra High Net Worth individuals from Western Europe. In early 2007, he joined Barclays Wealth in their International Division where he swiftly became one of their youngest Director Bankers and top producers covering Russian, CIS and EE regions in addition to the Developed Markets.
Jonathon is a dual UK and French citizen who graduated from the Rouen Graduate School of Management, France and from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.