Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene

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(TechCrunch) It doesn’t take an advanced finance degree to understand why Mexico is projected–by Goldman Sachs, among others–to represent the world’s fifth largest economy by 2050. Read more

BlackRock, First Reserve to Acquire Equity Stake of US$900m in Mexican Pipeline

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(Press Release) BlackRock and First Reserve have entered into a definitive agreement with P.M.I., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos, to acquire approximately forty-five percent equity interest in two natural gas pipelines, Los Ramones Phase II North and Los Ramones Phase II South. Upon closing, these will be the first major PEMEX-sponsored midstream assets to be built in partnership with foreign capital since the approval of Mexico’s historic Constitutional Energy Reform in 2013. Read more

Colombia’s Playvox Receives US1.5m from FCP Innnovación (en español)

(El Espectador) PlayVox, a Colombian firm that designed software used in six countries for increasing sales and motivating call center employees, receives US1.5m from FCP Innnovación, the venture capital fund for EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellín). 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

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

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

Netshoes Receives US$45m Investment from Riverwood Capital & the IFC (em português)

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(E-Commerce News) Netshoes announced receiving a third investment of US$45m from Riverwood Capital, a venture capital fund specializing in technology, and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank. Read more