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Gonçalo Capela Godinho


Experience Summary

Graduated from Universidade de Lisboa School of Law in 1999, Gonçalo is academic and professionally trained in the US. Gonçalo worked for Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett (London and New York), 2004-2006, and obtained his LL.M. from Duke University School of Law '03. From 2008 through 2011, he was a partner at Cardigos e Associados (Lisbon), responsible for the M&A group of the firm. In 2011, Gonçalo joined Vale S.A. as Manager responsible for M&A, joint ventures and Global Exploration. Gonçalo focuses on M&A and private equity.


  • 2017: Towerbrook Capital Partners, Torreal, and Peninsula Capital in the acquisition of 70% of Aernnova, from Springwater Capital and other shareholders, for approximately EUR 1 billion. FERBASA - Cia. de Ferro Ligas da Bahia in the acquisition of BW Guirapá I and indirect acquisition of seven power plants from Santander Investimentos and Brazil Wind for BRL 811.7 million. CMA CGM in the acquisition of Mercosul Line, a Brazilian subsidiary of A.P. Möller-Maersk. Owens-Illinois in the sale of plants in Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, as well as in the transference of its trademarks and patents to Nadir Figueiredo.

  • 2016: VINCI Highways in the acquisition of the Peruvian concessionaire LAMSAC from Línea Amarilla, a wholly owned subsidiary of Invepar, for approximately BRL 4.5 billion. VINCI Highways in the acquisition of PEX Perú from Invepar, for approximately BRL 35 million. Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in connection with a 50/50 joint venture Golar Power with Golar LNG. Stonepeak invested approximately USD 290 million. Ecorodovias in the sale of Elog Logística Sul to Multilog for BRL 115 million. Oncologia Rede D'Or in the acquisition of the total capital stock of Clínica Salus.

  • 2015: GIC in the acquisition of 11.9% stake in Rede D'Or São Luiz, the largest Brazilian hospital chain, from BTG Pactual. GIC in the acquisition of 15% stake in Rede D'Or São Luiz from the company's founders and BTG Pactual. GIC in a follow-on acquisition of 1% stake in Rede D'Or São Luiz from BTG Pactual. CRH in the acquisition of assets from Lafarge/Holcim, for EUR 6.5 billion.

  • 2014: Generali in the USD 1.7 billion sale of BSI to BTG Pactual. Vesuvius in the acquisition of Ecil. Vale Fertilizantes in the acquisition and development of its major fertilizers (potash) project in Argentina (Project Rio Colorado). Vale Fertilizantes in its logistics JV with VLI (wholly owned by Vale). Vale Fertilizantes in several transactions with Mosaic and Bunge Fertilizantes in Brazil and Mozambique, respectively.

  • 2013: Vale in Vale's divestment of portion of its equity stake in VLI for approximately BRL 5 billion to Brookfield Asset Management (26.5%), Mitsui & Co. (20%) and Fundo de Garantia por Tempo de Serviço – FGTS (15.9%). Vale in the divestment of Vale's oil & gas assets in Brazil, including the sale of Vale's 25% equity stake in the concession BM-ES-22A in the Espírito Santo Basin to Statoil Brasil and the sale of 20% stakes in two natural gas exploration blocks in Brazil's Parnaiba basin to GDF Suez.



  • 2003: LL.M. from Duke University School of Law, North Carolina, U.S
  • 1999: LL.B. from Universidade de Lisboa, School of Law, Lisbon, Portugal


Portuguese; English

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