(Exame) The chain of menswear stores Aramis signed on Thursday the sale of a minority stake of 30% to private equity fund manager 2bCapital – controlled by Banco Bradesco and Banco Espírito Santo, according to people in the retail market. With revenues of about R$200m, the company founded in 1995 currently has 34 locations in 12 states. The deal was advised by boutique investment firm Target Advisor, who also advised in the sale of retailers VR Mensware, Bobstore and Mandi to Inbrands, the fashion arm fashion of fund manager Vinci Partners. Read more
(Valor) Shoe retailer City Shoes sold 50% of its capital to Leblon Equities. The partnership aims to accelerate the company’s expansion, especially the interior of the country, and restructure its distribution and online sales. Transaction details were not disclosed, but market sources estimate that the new partner will inject around R$30 million into the Brazil-based company.
(Valor Econômico) Gávea Investimentos, private equity fund manager founded by former Central Bank President Arminio Fraga, has closed a new investment round in Camisaria Colombo, the largest retailer of menswear in Brazil. Gávea also converted into shares its initial investment, made in 2011 in the form of debentures, and became a partner in the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the estimate is that the contributions adds up to at least R$ 150 million. Read more
(Startupi) The entrepreneur Alexandre Veiga, known as Bio Veiga, announced today that he raised a round of investment for his new fashion company, Basico. The investment comes from Initial Capital and Guilherme Soarez, former senior executive at C&A in Brazil, investing together a total of BR$ 1million. Read more
The R$108m (£36.7m) deal is part of an expansion by the UK-based private equity group in Latin America’s largest economy that stands in contrast to its restructuring efforts in its traditional markets. Read more