Markets: South America

Private Equity Looking for Opportunities in Brazil

Private Equity Looking for Opportunities in Brazil

  Brazil is set to host the Olympic games next year with interest and excitement building on the streets of Rio. But at the same time, the Brazilian economy is faced with some massive challenges. Brazilian asset prices are plummeting, but analysts are calling for value investors to seek opportunities in the sector and perhaps help the economy get back [...]

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make Capital Deliver Super Returns

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make ...

A new breed of investor is pursuing a "triple bottom line" strategy, including in their due diligence an analysis of the social, environmental and governance  risks and impacts of investments. As result, there are new opportunities for investing in transportation networks, alternative energy infrastructure, textiles and even farmlands. The motivation is to make money on the deals but also to [...]

The Private Equity Job Market Is Hot In 2015

The Private Equity Job Market Is Hot In 2015

Trade press headlines from Hong Kong to London are  talking about a ‘War for Talent’ in private equity. In the past seven days, more than 440 jobs in private equity and venture capital were added to eFinancialCareers, which seems like a lot. It does not include the hundreds of open positions posted lately on LinkedIn or the websites of buyout [...]

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

The past few weeks have seen plenty of speculation that China might be about to devalue the yuan. Although private equity firms don’t typically need to worry about currency fluctuation and volatility, the prospect of devaluation could potentially cut of profit margins for many of the worlds PE funds. So how serious is the impact of currency volatility and what [...]

$5.6 Billion Private Equity Vehicle to Shake Up the Mining Industry

$5.6 Billion Private Equity Vehicle to Shake Up the ...

One of the mining industry’s most famous faces is looking to make a comeback with a bang. On Thursday, the ex-Xstrata boss, Mick Davis, announced his private equity vehicle has raised $5.6 billion and the fund is looking for lucrative deals in the industry.   Mick Davis is looking to partner with his old team and make some large-scale investments [...]

Telecoms Mega Deal in Portugal

Telecoms Mega Deal in Portugal

A rare PE club deal is underway for Portuguese assets of telecommunication operator Oi SA, led by Apax Partners, according to unidentified sources in a Reuters article. The size of the deal is substantial at USD 8.8 billion and Apax is said to be teamed with Bain Capital Partners, and possibly CVC. Oi is Brazil’s largest landline carrier and it [...]

Warburg Pincus Exceeds Expectations with its Energy Focused Private Equity Fund

Warburg Pincus Exceeds Expectations with its Energy ...

We’ve mentioned before that Warburg Pincus is focused on the energy sector, but Monday’s news about its newest fund exceeded expectations and confirmed that the energy sector is a lucrative market for private equity. The company announced it has raised $4 billion for its first energy-focused private equity fund.   Warburg Pincus had hinted earlier that it hoped to fundraise [...]

Why Brazil is a PE Dream Market

Why Brazil is a PE Dream Market

Brazil might be in the headlines because it’s hosting the World Cup, but it is in the private equity media news for different reasons. Brazil has become the darling of Latin America’s private equity market, despite slowing in Brazil fundraising last year. When asked to explain why in a Bloomberg TV broadcast, Cate Ambrose, President of Latin American Venture Capital [...]

BRIC’s Losing Share as PE Investors Look Elsewhere

BRIC’s Losing Share as PE Investors Look Elsewhere

The popularity of the BRIC countries within the private equity (PE) marketplace in recent years has been well documented. Brazil, Russia, India and China have enjoyed well over a decade of having the status of one of the countries to invest in if you’re looking for high returns.   However, with each of these four countries facing its own individual [...]

Hamilton Lane Bucks Trend with Brazil Fund

Hamilton Lane Bucks Trend with Brazil Fund

While private equity (PE) managers and investors seek opportunities outside of emerging markets and try to exit the investments they do have in these locations, Philadelphia headquartered Hamilton Lane is continuing its investment love affair with Brazil that originally began in 1997.   Private Equity News has reported on the closure of Hamilton Lane’s latest fund, dubbed a “fund of [...]

Investors Deserting Brazil for Alternative Latin Opportunities

Investors Deserting Brazil for Alternative Latin ...

While interest in the private equity (PE) markets of the BRIC nations has been strong in recent years, these countries are starting to see splits in how opportunities there are viewed. Russia and India continues to attract investment owing to the opportunities that still exist there.   While China’s economy is viewed as strong, many investors are turning away from [...]

Is the Smart PE Money All Heading for Europe?

Is the Smart PE Money All Heading for Europe?

One of the big debates when it comes to financial markets of any kind is always “where is the smart money headed.” In late 2013, we looked at whether the smart money was headed to the private equity (PE) marketplace.   While those holding the “smart money” have been keeping an eye on the PE industry for a while now, [...]

Global M&A Up Slightly in 2H2103 and PE Exits Improve

Global M&A Up Slightly in 2H2103 and PE Exits ...

Merger and Acquisition activity in the second half of 2013 was in a “strikingly similar position” to the same period in 2012, says mergermarket’s latest report on dealmaking. Value declined 3.3% year-on-year (YoY) to USD 1.2tn, while volume edged up 3.2% to 7,177 deals. Exit activity increased globally in the latter half of 2013 by 19% YoY by volume to [...]

Emerging Markets Help Drive LP’s Stellar Returns

Emerging Markets Help Drive LP’s Stellar ...

Your DealMarket Digest editor has an eye for smart money investing. An excellent source is Financial News, which this week reported that the asset management arm of International Finance Corporation  (IFC), which is a part of the World Bank, has mastered the art of selecting private equity managers in the world’s upcoming economic regions.   The emerging market veteran has [...]

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

We recently looked at the level of private equity (PE) capital that had not been invested in 2013. Although reported figures from Thomson Reuters and the UK Financial Times have the “dry powder” at a value approaching $800billion, within the PE marketplace analysts and commentators are talking of a “real” figure being nearer to $1trillion.   While fundraising has picked [...]