BlackRock to Launch First LatAm Infra Fund

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(Reuters) BlackRock targets 2016 launch for LatAm infrastructure fund. BlackRock Inc is accelerating its push in Latin America, making plans for its first launch of a private equity infrastructure fund targeting that market. Read more

New Argentine VC fund AR Fintech Raises US$5m (en español)

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(La Nacion) New Argentine VC fund AR Fintech has raised US$5m, the stakeholders of which include eight private banks. Read more

H.I.G. Capital Closes Brazil and Latin America Fund Above Target

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(Businesswire) H.I.G.-Capital-Closes-Brazil-Latin-America-Fund”>Businesswire) H.I.G. Capital announced hte closing of H.I.G. Brazil & Latin America Partners at US$740m, exceeding its US$600m target. Read more

CFN Designates US$48m Toward Ecuador’s First Venture Capital Fund (en español)

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(El Telegrafo) In Latin America, Ecuador is possibly one of the countries with the most ventures. Nevertheless, the vast majority of those ventures rarely ever prosper and supersede early stages and grow in to mature businesses. For this reason, the Corporación Financiera Nacional (CFN) will designate US$48m to form Ecuador’s first venture capital fund as announced by the institutions President, María Soledad Barrera. Read more

Brazilian Private Equity Firm Said to Raise US$188m

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(DealBook) Aqua Capital, a private equity firm based in São Paulo, has raised US$188m for its second fund, according to two people briefed on its efforts. Read more

Atlas Discovery Looks to Issue New CKD (en español)

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(El Econimista) Private equity firm Atlas Discovery Mexico plans to issue a new CKD with on the Mexico Stock Exchange for MXN$5,000m to invest in the education, health transportation, logistics, consumer and manufacturing sectors. Read more

H.I.G. Capital Bets on Small Businesses (em português)

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(Valor Econômico) Following an investment in Brazilian low-cost fitness center Self It, H.I.G. Capital will The firm is raising its second fund and will be opening offices in Colombia and Mexico. Read more

LIV Capital Raises US$170m in First Close of Mexico Growth Fund IV

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(LAVCA) LIV Capital (formerly Latin Idea Ventures) held a first close on LIV Mexico Growth Fund IV on December 23, 2015. It raised a Mexican CKD of MXP$2,880 million (approximately US$170m), which will represent the Mexican investment vehicle of Fund IV. LIV is targeting US$250m for the total fund and is currently fundraising the parallel international Limited Partnership vehicle. Read more

Alta Ventures Raises Fund for US$200m (en español)

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(El Economista) Venture capital fund Alta Ventures Mexico plans to raise a new fund for US$200m this year, through which it aims to invest in high-growth tech companies. Read more

Beamonte Investments Launch a Venture Capital Fund for Mexico and Colombia

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(Press Release) Beamonte Investments announced the launch of Venture Academy Fund, a Venture Capital Fund (“VAF”) targeting opportunities in Mexico and Colombia. Read more