Hugo Miranda

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Hugo Miranda is co-founder and managing partner at Blue Tagus. In addition to managing real estate investments, Hugo is specifically focused on return-boosting strategies based on the application of adequate methodologies designed to derive additional value from planning and legal frameworks. He specialises in alternative sector opportunities and income-generating portfolios.

Before Blue Tagus, Hugo worked as a Board Advisor at a construction company, being responsible for the diversification of the company’s areas of business and the optimisation of the company’s real estate portfolio. Before that, for several years, he was a Managing Director at a wine-producing company, where he was responsible for placing award-winning wine products on the market.

In addition to his professional activities, Hugo is a member of the Portuguese Association of Real Estate Investors and Developers and participates in the industry’s lobbying efforts.

Hugo holds an LL.M. (Honours) from the University of Coimbra and an MBA from INSEAD and is fluent in English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and French.

Katja Pazelskaya

Co-Founder & Managing Director

In 2013, following a decade of experience in the real estate financing sector, Katja (Ekaterina) Pazelskaya became a co-founder and managing director at Blue Tagus. Katja is focused on translating investment strategies into tailor-made investment programmes, managing acquisitions, as well as designing products adequate to the economic and market cycle. She is also responsible for the firm’s general management.

Before co-founding Blue Tagus in 2013, Katja had extensive experience in structuring and placement of funding and capital solutions for real estate loans portfolio. Based in Europe, she was an Executive Director at ABN AMRO, overseeing a €120 billion real estate loan book.

In addition to that, Katja has worked on several projects involving restructuring, nationalisation and merger in the banking sector. She has also completed several international funding programmes. She was a member of the Master of Finance supervisory committee and a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

Katja holds a degree in Economics from Holland International Business School and she completed the executive program at INSEAD business school in Singapore and France. She is fluent in English, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese.

Pedro Crespo


Pedro joined Blue Tagus in 2018 and his main responsibilities involve origination, analysis of investment opportunities, financial investment modelling, database development, and management reporting of projects in progress.


Previously, he worked at BNP Paribas – Corporate and Institutional Banking, where he was part of the commodity derivatives trading contract management team (OTC) for the entire group.


He holds a Degree in Economics from ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics & Management and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Leicester. In 2022, he concluded a postgraduation in Real Estate Management and Valuation from ISEG Executive Education.

Natércia Simões

Business Support Associate

Following many years of experience at multinationals, Natércia Simões strengthened the Blue Tagus team by supporting the company’s business across all projects and domains. She is responsible for all aspects of administration and support of operations associated with investment team activities. She implements the firm’s technological solutions and administrative procedures required to diligently run acquisitions and investment management efforts.

With more than two decades of experience in the Business Support area, Natércia has developed her career in industries as varied as auditing, luxury cosmetics, and technologies.

While working with large corporations, she has successfully embraced responsibilities in diverse business areas, such as HR, Marketing, and Finance.

Natércia holds a Degree in Management Advisory from ISLA and a postgraduate degree in Image, Protocol and Event Organisation. She also completed the European Executive Assistant International Studies at ESA – European Schools for Higher Education in Administration and Management. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and also speaks French and Italian.

Francisco Pinto


Born and raised in Macau, Francisco joined the Lisbon-based Blue Tagus team in 2022 as an Analyst. Within the company, Francisco’s focus is on market research and data management. Besides this, Francisco follows closely capital markets activities and market investment cycle.

With a financial background, he has previous experience in the banking sector where he did an internship at Banco Nacional Ultramarino. There, he worked on credit assessments, by analysing liquidity and other types of risks. He also worked in the media sector in Macau where he was responsible for creating and curating multimedia content for different operators.

Francisco graduated from ISCTE Business School, where he also presided over their Trading & Investment Club. He is currently undertaking a master’s degree in Finance, writing his thesis in Real Estate valuation, while also being a CFA Scholarship holder. He is fluent in Portuguese and English.

João Leite


João Leite joined Blue Tagus’ team in 2022 as an Analyst. His main duties involve market research and data management for current projects.

Formerly, he has worked on several academic projects regarding financial analysis and reporting, having analysed and forecasted the financial statements of some multinational companies.

João has a keen interest in data analysis and technology, especially in financial modelling and programming.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management, and he is currently completing his Master’s in Finance at the same institution. He is fluent in English and Portuguese.

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