October 14, 2014 by wilsonneelynyc
Many of the top private equity and venture capital firms plan to expand their presence in Latin America in the second half of 2014. In the first half of the year, the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) reported some $3.5 billion in collected funds for the region. Looking forward, LAVCA expects an additional $4.5 billion in private equity fundraising, which would position the year-end total of $8 billion as the highest since 2011.
Among the leaders in Latin American investment, KKR and Bain Capital are currently overseeing major deals in the fast-growing Brazilian market. Bain recently purchased the health insurance operator Intermedica, while KKR acquired the data center company Acquire Aceco TI. KKR plans to continue its Latin American investment in the coming months, particularly in sectors such as agriculture and health care.
Information technology ranked first among all sectors for capital investment, representing 30 percent of all investment in Latin America.