A New Urgency Around ESG

A New Urgency Around ESG

An increasing number of private equity investors active in Latin America are focused on ESG – the environmental, social, and governance impact of their investments. Like PE firms in other regions, fund managers in LatAm are targeting ESG now in response to investor demands; but in practice most LatAm GPs are used to managing ESG related issues as an inevitable part of backing companies and projects in emerging economies. Read more

Member Profile: Miguel Ángel Olea, Head of Latin America, Abraaj

Member Profile: Miguel Ángel Olea, Head of Latin America, Abraaj

Member firm, The Abraaj Group, to learn more about their strategy to invest in consumption-driven growth markets, how their approach to fundraising has evolved in response to demand from institutional investors, and recent exit activity in Latin America. Read more

LP Profile: Andrea Kramer, Manager Director of Hamilton Lane

LP Profile: Andrea Kramer, Manager Director of Hamilton Lane

LAVCA caught up with asset manager Andrea Kramer, Managing Director of Hamilton Lane, for insight into their Latin America investment strategy and which countries are of particular interest right now. Read more

Entrepreneur Profile: Angela Cois, LastRoom

Entrepreneur Profile: Angela Cois, LastRoom

Angela Cois, Founder and COO of Lastroom, a Mexico-based travel manager specifically tailored for SMBs, was the winner of last year’s WeXchange pitch competition, a Latin American forum focused on connecting and empowering female entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses. 2014 WeXchange is coming up Dec. 11-12 in Miami. Read more

Foreign investment in LatAm – Opportunities and Challenges

Foreign investment in LatAm – Opportunities and Challenges

Cate Ambrose, president and executive director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), moderates a discussion on opportunities and challenges for foreign investment in Latin America between Alejandro D. Fiuza, a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, Jaime Mercado, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and Richard L. Winston, founder of Richard L. Winston P.A. Read more at Financier Worldwide

Executive Briefing: New Momentum

Executive Briefing: New Momentum

This is a month of momentum for the LAVCA team – September kicked off with the announcement of mid-year fundraising and investment data, and the month closes out with hundreds of PE and VC investors converging in NY for LAVCA Week activities. Read more

LP Profile: Fiona Yung, Investment Manager of Carnegie Mellon University

LP Profile: Fiona Yung, Investment Manager of Carnegie Mellon University

LAVCA caught up with institutional investor Fiona Yung, Investment Manager for Carnegie Mellon University, to learn how their success with fund of funds in other emerging markets will color potential allocations to Latin America. Read more

Member Profile: Roberto Velarde, Managing Director, Darby Private Equity

Member Profile: Roberto Velarde, Managing Director, Darby Private Equity

Roberto Velarde, Managing Director, Darby Private Equity, shared insights with LAVCA on LP appetite for exposure to Latin America and what unique actions they are taking to add value to their portfolio companies. Read more

Entrepreneur Profile: Gary Urteaga, Cinepapaya

Entrepreneur Profile: Gary Urteaga, Cinepapaya

Gary Urteaga, Co-Founder of movie information and ticket sale portal Cinepapaya, spoke with LAVCA about the company’s beginnings in Peru and the biggest opportunities and challenges for creating and growing a business in Latin America. Read more

4 Stages of Conducting a Compliance Due Diligence

4 Stages of Conducting a Compliance Due Diligence

By Philip T. von Mehren, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Private equity funds operating in Latin America are increasingly focused on ensuring that the fund and its portfolio companies comply with relevant compliance laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act and new anti-bribery legislation in various target jurisdictions, such as Brazil and Mexico. Several factors account for this increased focus by funds. A slew of corruption cases have hit Latin America hard over the last few years raising awareness and making corruption a central issue in many deals. Wal-Mart, Bionet, Orthofix and BizJet are all well known examples, many involving fines of millions of dollars. Read more