Globant Becomes First Latin American Software Company to Launch IPO on NYSE

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(WSJ) Argentina’s Globant S.A. became the first Latin American software company to launch a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, with the company’s stock rising as much as 30% after the opening bell Friday before giving back some of the gains. Read more

Kaszek Ventures Raises US$135m for Second Series of Funds

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(Alt Assets) Uruguay-based venture capital firm Kaszek Ventureshas raised US$135m for its second fund. The fund has secured $135m via three vehicles, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more

Riverwood Capital Raises More than $350m for New Fund

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(Alt Assets) Private equity firm Riverwood Capital has raised more than $350m for its latest fund, AltAssets has learned. Read more at Alt Assets.

Wayin Acquires NXTP’s Comenta TV

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(PulsoSocial) Just last month, Juan Melano sat down with PulsoSocial to discuss just how well things were going for Comenta TV after being selected as a technology partner by Twitter. Also at the heart of his dialogue was how the company’s pivot made the difference in its success. Read more

Riverwood’s Portfolio Company Globant Said to Plan IPO for First Quarter 2014

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(Businessweek) Globant, a Buenos Aires-based technology-services provider whose clients include Google Inc., plans to hold its initial public offering early next year, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Read more

Linzor Buy Propels Pagnifique Expansion

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(Latin Lawyer) Chilean private equity fund Linzor Capital Partners has bought 85 per cent of Uruguayan frozen foods company Pagnifique, with the help of Uruguay’s Guyer & Regules, Argentina’s Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h) and the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Read more at Latin Lawyer

FormaFina Raises US$1.4m Seed Round, Eyes Brazil

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(Pulso Social) FormaFina has announced a US$1.4 million seed round. TechCrunch broke the news, revealing that much of the funds will be directed towards the Brazilian market – something that shouldn’t come as a surprise given FormaFina Co-founder and CEO Nima Pourshasb’s comments in our interview. Read more

Argentine Sullair sells Solaris to Southern Cross

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(Valor) Private equity fund Southern Cross acquired 70% of Solaris, a company focused on equipment rental for the construction and related industries, with plans to make the business double in size in the next three years. Transaction values were not disclosed, but according to Valor Econômico, they were around BR $220 million. Read more at Valor

Some IPOs Aim for Small Investors

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(WSJ) Facebook Inc. FB +0.26% makes it easy for the social network’s 1.16 billion users to “like” funny photos, snarky comments and their favorite products. Next on the list: initial public offerings.

Globant SA, a Luxembourg company with operations based in Buenos Aires, filed Tuesday for a U.S. offering that would be the first IPO to use the system. Globant will set aside up to 1% of the shares in the technology firm’s IPO, which could come next month, for sale through a Facebook page or the Web. Read more

Buenos Aires’ Cygnus Capital is a New Player in LatAm’s VC Game

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(Pulso Social) Last month, a group of Argentine investors gathered in Buenos Aires to learn about an up-and-comer in Latin America’s venture capital community: Cygnus Capital. Spearheaded by Ignacio Plaza and Diego Gonzalez Bravo, Cygnus funds early-stage digital entities in Latin America. Currently, it’s in the process of raising the capital needed for its first round of investments. Read more