AFLG Invests US$50m in Brazil’s Quimatec

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(Tampa Bay Business Journal) AFLG, a Tampa-based private equity firm, invested an initial US$50m in Quimatec, and plans to raise as much as US$250m. Within five or six years, AFLG expects to take Quimatec public through an initial public offering. Read more

In Latest Deals Investor Kaszek Ventures Doubles Down On Women Entrepreneurs

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(TechCrunch) Latin American powerhouse investors Kaszek Ventures have kicked off 2015 with back-to-back investments in startups founded and run by Brazilian women — Dress & Go, a luxury apparel rental site, and Love Mondays, an employer review site. Read more

Brazil’s BNDES to Disburse US$19.4b for Infrastructure

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(The Rio Times) Brazil’s Social and Economic Development Bank, BNDES, announced this week it would allocate approximately R$60b (around US$19.4b) from a total of R$170b (approximately US$55b) of disbursements planned for 2015 towards the infrastructure sector. The volume of disbursements for the sector, forty percent of the total made by the Bank, is similar to that seen in 2014, despite the overall deterioration of Brazil’s economic scenario this year. Read more

Aqua Capital Announces Investment in Grand Cru, a Wine Store Retailer in Brazil

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(Press Release) Aqua Capital, a private equity fund focusing on medium-sized agribusiness, food, and logistics companies in Brazil and the Southern Cone has just acquired a majority stake in Grand Cru, Brazil’s largest wine retailer. Read more

Ontario Teachers’ Returns 12 Percent on Private Equity

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(Bloomberg) Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada’s third-largest pension fund manager, may open an office in South America as it continues to scour the globe for infrastructure and other long-term assets. Read more

Rock Content Receives Investment of R$6m from e.Bricks and Digital News Venture (em português)

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(E-Commerce News) Rock Content, a marketing content start-up, announced receiving an investment of R$6m from e.Bricks and Digital News Ventures. With the new round of investment, the business will expand operations, accelerate growth, make strategic relationships and develop new business streams. Read more

Confrapar Invests R$3m in ChefsClub (em português)

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(Startupi) Confrapar, an investment firm specializing in technology business, concluded negotiations to invest in ChefsClub, a major gastronomy player in Brazil. Chefsclub connects more than 100,000 customers with 1200 restaurants in 20 cities. Read more

Brazil’s FIR Capital Makes a Control Investment in SolarVolt (em português)

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(Época NEGÓCIOS) FIR Capital, one of the most prominent tech investment firms in Brazil, will announce an investment in SolarVolt, a solar panel installation company. Financial details were not disclosed, but FIR Capital will be the majority stakeholder in the company. Read more

Accel Invests US$100m in QMC (em português)

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(Valor Econômico) A group of investors led by american private equity firm Accel Partners made an investment of US$100m in QMC Telecom International, a company that builds and manages mobile phone towers. Read more

Advent International Acquires Brazil’s Faculdade da Serra Gaúcha

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(Press Release) Advent announced that it has agreed to acquire Faculdade da Serra Gaúcha (FSG), a leading private higher education company located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Read more