Marcelo Castro Alves, CEFA, CIIA, CCO
Founder, Focus Investment Advisors
Marcelo Alves founded Focus in 2011. Prior to that, Marcelo was an independent advisor for three years with Genesis Investment Advisors group in Miami. Before joining Genesis, Marcelo was with Citi and Safra Private Bank during five years in Miami and since 1995 in Switzerland in the Global Private Client Division, primarily managing investment portfolios for high net worth individuals, Private foundations, and small to midsize corporations.
Marcelo graduated in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a degree in International Economics Science. After that, he obtained in 1998 the certified European Financial Analyst CEFA professional designation and the Federal Diploma for Financial Analyst and Portfolio manager, Swiss Federal License issued by AZEK Swiss Association of Financial Analysts and Portfolio Managers, Zurich, Switzerland. This designation of the Certified Financial Analyst promotes the highest standard of personal and professional conduct in the investment management consulting profession. Marcelo is fluent in Portuguese, German, English, Spanish and French in addition to good Italian knowledge.
Marcelo spent several years as a competitive long distance runner, racing several marathons as a top level amateur on the international circuit of New York, Berlin, San Francisco and Miami.
Marcelo Castro Alves is a member of the Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee “J” of the Florida Bar – Miami Court.
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Amir Arazi is the Managing Partner of Focus Investment Advisors LLC.
Amir started his Financial career back in 2003, as a Financial Services Representative with MassMutual. His financial background in the area of Wealth Management and Financial Planning also includes Investment Solutions, Investment Finance, and Banking. He worked for well-known institutions such as UBS, HSBC and Bank Hapoalim, where he was also Deputy Manager and Head of the Brazilian Desk. Most recently in 2010, he was a Senior Director Investment Advisor with Standard Chartered Bank.
Amir Arazi has over 15 years of experience in International Banking in Latin America and the US, advising and managing high and ultra-high net worth clients and families in the areas of Wealth Management, Investment Solutions, Asset Protection, Succession & Financial Planning.
Amir Arazi is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew and holds and extensive multicultural exposure in Latin America by both living and working in several different countries. He holds a B.A. from Florida International University and a MBA in International Business from Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to his arrival to Miami in 1995, Amir served honorably in the Israeli Navy completing his three year service as Sergeant Major and later in 1994 held a key position in the Security Department of the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Today, he lives in Aventura, Florida with his wife and two children Julia and Daniel.
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Oren Arazi is the Managing Director of Focus Investment Advisors LLC.
With over 10 years of experience in Private Banking and Wealth Management, Oren worked in renowned financial institutions such as Bank Leumi USA and Itaú Private Bank as Investment Advisor where he was responsible for managing over $300 million in client’s portfolios. He dealt directly with ultra-high net worth families from various countries in the areas of succession and estate planning, cross-border tax solutions, and wealth management.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oren lived in several countries throughout South America and the Middle-East, including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Israel. His multi-cultural experience and adaptability applies directly to his strong work ethic and collaborative approach with clients. Oren is fluent in English, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Spanish. He holds the Series-65 license as an Investment Advisor, as well as Health & Life Agent License (2-15). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Florida International University.
He is an avid athlete whom advocates the belief that sport directly influences one’s mental tenacity and drive.
Luigi Cattaneo, CFA
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Luigi Cattaneo has 17 years of banking and international financial markets experience. He started his career in 1996 at Accenture Milan as a business process engineer, working on IT restructuring projects and programming software applications in several languages.
In 1997 he moved to banking as a business analyst in the business development and strategy unit of BSI S.A, the former private bank of Generali Insurance Group and now part of Banco BTG Pactual.
After having completed his Masters Degree at London Business School in 2001, he moved to the Bahamas office of BSI S.A. where he focused on investment advisory and portfolio management for sophisticated clients.
In 2006 he joined York Group, a hedge fund company with offices in NYC, Nassau and Rio de Janeiro, where he covered several roles: he managed a global macro proprietary book, he set up the funds’ risk management and he was in charge of special projects.
Mr. Cattaneo has a Masters Degree in Management Engineering from Politecnico of Milan and is a CFA charter holder since 2004. He is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish.
Luigi is an avid kite surfer and tennis player.