The Rise of Private Equity in Latin America: Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Private Equity Conference

October 28, 2011 by wilsonneelynyc

Presented by Wilson Neely

A Senior Partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for two decades, Wilson Neely has extensive experience in private and public M&A, securities, and private equity. He has worked with a number of major private clients, including The Blackstone Group L.P. and Centerbridge Partners, L.P. On September 22, 2011, Mr. Neely participated in Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Private Equity Conference. Mr. Neely was a member of a panel on trends in the private equity sector.

The 2011 Private Equity Conference, which took place in New York City, focused on the expansion and success of private equity throughout Latin America since the end of the global financial crisis. In just one year, between 2009 and 2010, private equity deals in the region increased fivefold; by the end of 2010, Latin America had seen $17 billion worth of deals. As the middle class continues to expand, the trend shows every sign of continuing. Latin America has strengthened its infrastructure and implemented a number of beneficial regulations in recent years, further bolstering interest in the region.

In addition to its focus on the rapid expansion in this field, the conference addressed a number of considerations for private equity professionals, such as balancing risks and rewards, overcoming overpriced assets, and handling the changing market as attention increasingly focuses on opportunities in Latin America.

Specialists from various professions spoke at the conference, including bankers, attorneys, and government officials. Throughout the day, well-regarded experts in the private equity field delivered keynote speeches. The conference, sponsored by Aguilar Castillo Love and Veirano Advogados, featured panels on technology, banking, fundraising structures and regulations, and balance sheet management, as well as trends.

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