Rogerio Martins, managing Director- Brazil
Rogerio Martins leads a team of six agribusiness investing and operational professionals and works closely with the CIO, CRO and in-house legal team to originate, structure and support AMERRA’s portfolio of debt and equity investments in Brazil. He is driven by both his curiosity and desire to support the evolution of Brazilian agribusiness which has allowed him to develop significant expertise in various sectors.
A former pro tennis player, Rogerio brings the discipline and focus he developed on the court to his collaborations with the AMERRA team, portfolio companies and deep network of relationships in Brazil. Rogerio brings an entrepreneurial spirit, structuring expertise, and a keen eye for analyzing financial and operational performance, adding value to AMERRA’s various stakeholders. While based in New York City, Rogerio, a native Brazilian, spends a significant amount of time in Brazil visiting portfolio companies and connecting with industry professionals. This active on-the-ground presence has elevated AMERRA’s reputation as one of the go-to financial partners for middle market Brazilian agribusiness companies.
With respect to private equity investing in Brazil, Rogerio co-led the investment structuring and diligence process for Fiagril, a grain trader and inputs distributor. He was also instrumental in negotiating the sale of core operations two years later while carving out three niche business lines the Company’s founding shareholders had established, but not stabilized. Five years later, these businesses are fully operational and are currently being primed for their individual exits. He also successfully leveraged his financial and sector knowledge in the sugar and ethanol industries to assemble an operational team that is exceeding expectations and creating shareholder value in AMERRA’s investment in Rio Amambai.
Rogerio is a significant contributor to AMERRA’s successful turnaround and recovery effort in distressed sugar and ethanol operations, in one case coordinating a precedent setting legal win to liquidate agricultural land assets and recover capital for AMERRA’s investors. Rogerio sits on the boards of three portfolio companies: Tapajós Participações, Rio Amambaí Agroenergia and Bahia Etanol Holding.
Prior to joining AMERRA, Rogerio held positions at HSH Nordbank AG in New York and Natixis do Brasil. Rogerio holds a MBA and Post graduate degree from Pace University and BS in business administration from Webber International University. A native Portuguese speaker, he is also fluent in English and speaks German.
CHRIS CHAPMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR- DEBT
Chris leverages more than 30 years of experience to provide the financing needed for agribusinesses to thrive in underserved markets. This experience includes building investment portfolios across the capital structure from scratch at Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Societe Generale, as well as developing a commodity repo business at Merrill Lynch. His career in underwriting commodities and agriculture investments began at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. following formal credit training at Manufacturers Hanover.
Covering small and medium-sized businesses in markets where capital availability is scarce, Chris’s team makes it possible for ardent entrepreneurs to achieve their mission. The result of this partnering and dynamic engagement is a satisfying relationship where AMERRA and the companies that trust us mutually benefit. Chris’s drive to achieve a win/win with portfolio companies is one reason for AMERRA’s reputation as one of the most ethical and effective debt investors in the industry.
Chris joined AMERRA in 2018 and is responsible for debt investments outside of Brazil, currently spanning the U.S. down to Argentina. He holds an MBA from New York University with majors in Finance and Accounting and was named a Leonard Stern Scholar based on academic achievement. Chris received a BA from Cornell University in Psychology and Economics. Chris speaks fluent Spanish and rusty Portuguese.