Patrick J. McGinnis
Founder of Dirigo Advisors 

Patrick McGinnis founded Dirigo Advisors in 2010 to provide strategic advice to investors and businesses operating in Latin America and other emerging markets. In addition to advisory services, Patrick has invested in both seed and venture capital deals in Latin America (NXTP Labs, Altodot, and WeHostels) and the United States (Learn Our History and ipsy). He serves as an Advisor at VoiceBunny and is a mentor at 21212, a Brazilian technology accelerator. Please see Investments for more information on these transactions. Prior to founding Dirigo Advisors, he was a Vice President of PineBridge Investments (formerly AIG Capital Partners) a global emerging markets investment firm managing over $5 billion. At PineBridge, Patrick sourced, structured, executed, and monitored growth equity investments in Latin America, Central Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Patrick also advised portfolio companies on matters including strategic and financial planning, capital structure, acquisitions, business development, and exit opportunities. In this capacity, he invested in and sat on the Boards of Directors of: • The Resource Group, a global business process outsourcer • Falcon Farms de Colombia and Falcon Farms de Ecuador, the Andean subsidiaries of the second largest fresh cut flower company in the United States • Asimco Technologies, one of the largest independent automotive components manufacturers in China • For You Bakim Ürunleri Magazalari, a start-up Turkish discount retailer, where he was Vice-Chairman Prior to joining PineBridge, Patrick was an investment professional at JP Morgan Partners working on the Latin America team in both New York and São Paulo. While at JPMP, he executed ten investments in the region, with particular focus on early-stage investments. These included Americanas.com, a spin-off of Brazilian retailer Lojas Americanas, and MercadoLibre.com, Latin America’s largest online trading platform. Other investments spanned travel e-commerce (Viajo.com now Despegar.com), sports media (SportsYA!), and Brazilian IT outsourcing (Tesla). He served on the Board of Directors of Hispanic Teleservices Corporation, a Mexican outsourced contact center and Freddo, S.A., Argentina’s leading artisanal ice cream retailer. Patrick started his career as an investment banker in the Latin America group of Chase Securities, Inc. Patrick graduated magna cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he served a one-year appointment as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid traveler, Patrick has visited more than 50 countries and blogs about travel for the Huffington Post. He also writes a column for the Latin America Venture Capital Association. Patrick sits on the Board of Trustees of the New York Youth Symphony, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Network of NESsT, a non-for-profit enterprise that develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and speaks conversational French.