Chile’s DesRueda.com Raises US$130k to Expand Services to Latin America (en español)

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(Pulso Social) Chilean startup DesRueda.com, an online platform that allows users to hire car mechanics, has raised CLP$90m (~US$130K) from new Chilean VC fund Dadneos Ventures and Start-Up Chile. The startup plans to expand operations in LatAm. Read more

Start-Up Chile Launches Pre-Accelerator For Female Founders

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(TechCrunch) Start-Up Chile, the government-backed accelerator program that’s funded over a thousand international startups in the past four years, is launching The S Factory, a pre-accelerator for female founders. Read more

SparkLabs Global invests in Dating LATAM

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(PEHub) SparkLabs Global Ventures said Tuesday it invested in Dating LATAM, an online dating startup founded in Lima, Peru. Financial terms weren’t announced. Read more

Linzor Capital Raises US$621m Latin America Focused Fund

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(Press Release) Linzor Capital Partners (“Linzor”) is pleased to announce the final closing of its third fund, Linzor Capital Partners III, L.P. (“LCP III” or the “Fund”), held on May 14th with $621 million in aggregate capital commitments. Read more

ECOSolar and KIF Announce the Acquisition of Vicuña Solar

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(Press Release) ECOSolar and the Danish Climate Investment Fund (KIF) announced the acquisition of Vicuña Solar, which is composed of two separate solar photovoltaic companies called “SOL” and “LUNA” of 3,378 kWp each for a total of 6,756 kWp capacity. Read more

SCL Energia Activa Raises US$241m for Americas Energy Fund II

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(Dow Jones) Chilean firm SCL Energia Activa has raised US$241m of third-party commitments for a sophomore fund to invest in Latin American energy assets. The firm initially targeted up to US$300m for Americas Energy Fund II LP. Including the general partner commitment, Fund II’s final tally is US$247m, according to a person with knowledge of the fundraising. Fund II is a follow-up to Americas Energy Fund I LP, which closed at US$160m in 2013. 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

Abengoa Announces Final Agreement With EIG for Investment in Abengoa Projects Warehouse 1

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(Globalnewswire) Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, announces that Abengoa and the energy and infrastructure investor, EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”), have signed the Investment and Contribution Agreement, reaching therefore the final Abengoa Projects Warehouse 1 (APW-1) agreement to finance the construction of the projects that will be transferred to APW-1. Read more

Latin America-focused Linzor Registers US$366m for Fund III

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(Alt Assets) Chile-based Linzor Capital Partners has pulled in US$366m for its third Latin American private equity fund via 33 LPs. The target for the vehicle has not been stated in Linzor’s filing with the US securities regulator, although Monument Group has been named as placement agent. Read more at Alt Assets

ECOSolar Closes the Purchase of a Minority Stake in Project “Maria Elena”

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(Press Release) ECOSolar, a unique solar company active in Latin America with in depth knowledge and experience of the solar sector and the region, and solar investment arm of Grupo ECOS, announced the purchase of a minority stake in the project “Maria Elena.” Read more