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Private equity investors advisory Capital Dynamics, a Swiss company, opens office in Brazil

Capital Dynamics, the major European equity manager reported Thursday it had opened a new office in the Sao Paolo state in its growth plans. The new office is seen as Capital Dynamics most current approval of the buyout industry in the Latin American market, that most investors are hopeful will provide unique global, promising growth opportunities.

 

Capital Dynamics is a Swiss company that offers advise to private equity investors and has thus far, advised funds summing up to over $21 billion under its management. The company reported Thursday it will commence its Sao Paolo operations with an office to be headed by its Vice President, Filipe Cerqueira Caldas. Currently, the Swiss company has seven other offices and expects that its new operations will enable it get co-investment and clean energy investment opportunities, in addition to building links with other domestic fund managers.

 

The Latin American market has attracted interest from many funds such as the May investment by UK based Apax Partners with the acquisition of a 54.2% stake in Tivit Terceirizacao de Tecnologia e Servicos. The $485 million investment in the Brazilian Stock Exchange Listed information technology and outsourcing Services Company marked Apax entry into the Latin American market.

 

In the meantime, co-founder and managing director, The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein said emerging markets like Brazil’s are currently very attractive areas for private equity investments, with Advent International concluding its fifth fund worth $1.65 billion in Latin America in April, marking the Continent’s biggest fund to date.  At the same time, reports surfaced that an American buyout company, Warburg Pincus plans to re-introduce its presence in the country with an office opening in Sao Paolo. The company closed its Brazilian operations office in unknown circumstances.

Capital Dynamics Head of the new Brazilian Sao Paolo office, Caldas said the office is proof of the company’s growth expectations, reiterating the company’s confident nature on Latin America’s vast opportunities, coupled with its commitment to the continent. He said that the office, together with its domestic investment professionals in the country will enable the company recognize and expand domestic business networks.

 

In April, the Latin America Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) reported in a survey that private equity and venture capital investment in the continent fell less in 2009 when compared to other global markets. According to LAVCA, Latin American investments peaked at $3.3 billion in 2009, a 29% fall from 2008, whereas fundraising fell 43% to $3.6 billion.

 

15 July 2010.