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Franklin Templeton PE arm Darby hires Velarde to lead Latin America operations

20 Aug 2013

latin_america_map_170sqFranklin Templeton Investments’ private equity arm Darby Overseas has hired Latin American buyout veteran Roberto Velarde as a managing director to lead its business in the region.

Velarde has previously had stints as managing director and CIO with Grupo Inder, which has buyout investments in Chile, Colombia and Peru, and was the founder of North America Capital Partners.

NACP focused on financial advisory and private equity investment in the Latin American mid-market.

He had also worked as a principal at JP Morgan Chase and was a senior member of its Latin America regional fund and worked on its investment portfolio in the region.

Darby president Richard Frank, who will be Velarde’s boss in the firm’s Washington office, said, “A pioneer firm in Latin America private equity, Darby began its investment operations in the region in 1994 with its maiden Private Equity Fund.

“In addition to its three mezzanine and infrastructure funds the firm has raised and been actively investing five PE funds in Latin America.

“We are very pleased to have Roberto join the Darby team, assuming the leadership and responsibilities to build on this successful private equity franchise.”

Earlier this year Darby Private Equity invested $15m in Alta Rail Technology, a Brazil-based supplier of railroad technology products and service, through its Latin American Mezzanine Fund II.

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