Paulo Passoni

Managing Partner New York, USA

Paulo is a Managing Partner at Valor, responsible for the firm’s Growth Equity business. He is an investor with 16 years of experience. His areas of focus are growth equity and special situations. He has invested in private and public companies in a variety of asset classes: tech, listed companies, private equities, private credit, public credit, infrastructure and real estate. 

Previously, Paulo was a Managing Investment Partner of SoftBank’s LatAm Funds ($8Bn). He helped build that effort from 7 people to a team of 60 investment and business professionals. Paulo served on the boards of Quinto Andar (prop tech), VTEX (e-commerce software; publicly traded), Creditas (fintech), Olist (commerce software), Afya (education; publicly traded), MadeiraMadeira (e-commerce), CRM & Bonus (software), InCode (onboarding software), Unico (onboarding software), Descomplica (education), Pet Love (e-commerce), Buser (transportation), and a board observer of Loggi (logistics), Glorify (social media) and Hashdex (fintech).

Prior to SoftBank, Paulo was a Managing Director responsible for Emerging Markets investments at Third Point where he built a very successful franchise of helping companies go public, identifying them early and assisting CEOs and owners in the process alongside Third Point’s investments. He invested across the capital structure in public equity and debt securities. 

Before joining Third Point, Paulo helped build the Eton Park special situations effort in Latin America where he sourced, executed and monitored private minority investments in the region. He served on the board of ERSA, a renewable energy platform, SDI, a warehouse real estate joint-venture, and RCB, a consumer credit platform. 

Paulo started his career at Morgan Stanley doing mostly M&A transactions in Brazil. After he did a joint-degree at Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar) and the Kennedy School. He obtained his undergrad from FGV in business and finance in São Paulo. 

He is married and resides in NY. Paulo has a daughter and a son and is an avid kite surfer, enjoys tennis, biking and volleyball. Paulo serves on the board of LALA – Latin American Leadership Academy and is an active participant of Fundacao Estudar.