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27 March 2012

Leopard plans $75m Haiti fund as post-earthquake recovery continues $

news_leopard_lrg Frontier markets investor Leopard Capital plans to raise a $75m fund to invest in Haiti as the country continues its recovery following a devastating 2010 earthquake.

22 March 2012

Latin America booming through limitations in other emerging markets $

south-america-map Latin America is becoming a powerhouse of private equity as it lacks China’s opacity, India’s over-regulation and Russia’s corruption, the head of the regions private equity body LAVCA has said.

21 March 2012

Scramble to emulate Brazil successes boosts South American fundraising $

Private equity firms swarming into Brazil on the back of others’ successes caused a record $10.3bn of fundraising in South America in 2011.

19 March 2012

Argentinian biofuel company Keclon nets seed capital

argentina_lrg Argentina-based biodiesel technology developer Keclon has completed its seed financing round.

15 March 2012

Morgan Stanley ready to invest in Mexican energy sector

Morgan Stanley’s private equity arm is ready to tap into the relatively untouched Mexican energy market after hiring the former director general of Petróleos Mexicanos as an advisor.

5 March 2012

Redpoint, eVentures to set up VC firm in Brazil

Silicon Valley growth investors Redpoint and eVentures have partnered to establish a venture capital firm in Brazil.

2 March 2012

Carlyle Group takes majority stake in Brazilian toy chain Ri Happy

The Carlyle Group has acquired an 85 per cent ownership in Brazil’s largest retail toy chain Ri Happy.

29 February 2012

Brazilian homebuilder Gafisa rejects private equity takeover bid

Sao Paulo and New York-listed luxury homebuilder Gafisa has rejected a takeover offer from Latin American private equity firms GP Investimentos and Equity International, according to a recent filing with CVM, the securities and exchange commission of Brazil.

29 February 2012

Skype founder’s venture firm makes first investment in Brazil

news_logo_skype_lrg Skype founder Niklas Zennström’s international venture capital firm has made its first two investments in Brazil following recent activity in other Latin American countries.

23 February 2012

Carlyle mulls sale of $500m stake in Brazilian insurance broker $

Global private equity firm Carlyle could sell half of its stake in Brazilian health insurance broker Qualicorp, in a deal that could fetch around BRL850m ($500m).

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