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Morgan Stanley PE arm latest industry giant to bank on Brazil

29 Mar 2012

Morgan Stanley’s private equity arm is the latest big private equity firm to make a push into Brazil to tap into the burgeoning growth of the country.

The firm has formed a strategic partnership with Sao Paulo-based financial services company OSF in an attempt to dig out investment opportunities in the emerging market.

OSF founding partner Hans Apostel said, “Brazil has entered a cycle of abundant opportunity and unprecedented capital flow.

“Private equity firms are now presented with the challenge of identifying and structuring investments in a very competitive environment that does not typically rely on leverage as a fundamental piece in transaction finance.

“We are delighted to be working with the Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity team and expect their focus on operational improvements will make them well-suited for investing in Brazil.”

Morgan Stanley GPE head Alan Jones said, “OSF has assembled a unique team of highly talented dealmakers and operating partners with both international private equity expertise and local market knowledge.

“The OSF organization and their approach to private equity investing are remarkably similar to ours, and we look forward to combining the resources and experience of both organizations.”

Earlier today Miami-based private equity firm HIG Capital was understood to have made its first moves into Brazil by purchasing stakes in two mid-market consumer and industrial firms.

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