AFLG Invests US$50m in Brazil’s Quimatec

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(Tampa Bay Business Journal) AFLG, a Tampa-based private equity firm, invested an initial US$50m in Quimatec, and plans to raise as much as US$250m. Within five or six years, AFLG expects to take Quimatec public through an initial public offering. Read more

In Latest Deals Investor Kaszek Ventures Doubles Down On Women Entrepreneurs

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(TechCrunch) Latin American powerhouse investors Kaszek Ventures have kicked off 2015 with back-to-back investments in startups founded and run by Brazilian women — Dress & Go, a luxury apparel rental site, and Love Mondays, an employer review site. Read more

Movile Capta Aporte de R$125m (em português)

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(Baguete) Movile, Brazil’s Brazil’s leading global mobile commerce platform, received an investment from Naspers, a shareholder in the company since 2008. This time, the investment totaled R$125m. Read more

ACON Investments Partners with Citla Energy

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(Press Release) Citla Energy S.A.P.I. de C.V., an independent oil and gas company with offices in Mexico City and Houston, Texas (“Citla”), announced today that it has partnered with affiliates of ACON Investments, L.L.C. (“ACON”) to actively explore opportunities to participate in the opening of the Mexican energy sector, with a focus on exploration and production (“E&P”) activities. Read more

Equity International-led Consortium Announces New Investment in Grupo Acosta Verde

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(Press Release) Equity International (EI), the privately held investor and builder of leading real estate companies outside of the United States, announced today the closing of a new investment in Grupo Acosta Verde, a family-owned developer, owner and manager of shopping centers in Mexico. Read more

KKR Appoints Luis Téllez as Senior Advisor

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(Press Release) KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the appointment of Luis Téllez, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of The Mexican Stock Exchange (MSE), as a Senior Advisor to the firm, effective immediately. Read more

ALLVP Speeds Up Medica Santa Carmen’s Growth with a MXN$100m Investment

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(Press Release) Through its second vehicle, Venture Innovation Fund II, and along with Nacional Monte de Piedad, ALLVP announced its investment in Medica Santa Carmen SAPI de CV. The US$7m (more than MXN$100m pesos) investment round will allow the company to grow from 3 to 25 clinics in 2019. Read more

Brazil’s BNDES to Disburse US$19.4b for Infrastructure

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(The Rio Times) Brazil’s Social and Economic Development Bank, BNDES, announced this week it would allocate approximately R$60b (around US$19.4b) from a total of R$170b (approximately US$55b) of disbursements planned for 2015 towards the infrastructure sector. The volume of disbursements for the sector, forty percent of the total made by the Bank, is similar to that seen in 2014, despite the overall deterioration of Brazil’s economic scenario this year. Read more

First Reserve Signs US$1b Energy Investment Pact With Pemex

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(WSJ) Private equity firm First Reserve Corp. signed an agreement with Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos to jointly invest $1 billion in energy projects, taking advantage of the recent opening of the country’s energy industry, the companies said Tuesday. Read more

Aqua Capital Announces Investment in Grand Cru, a Wine Store Retailer in Brazil

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(Press Release) Aqua Capital, a private equity fund focusing on medium-sized agribusiness, food, and logistics companies in Brazil and the Southern Cone has just acquired a majority stake in Grand Cru, Brazil’s largest wine retailer. Read more