2018 LAVCA Industry Data and Analysis summarizes the results of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association’s tenth annual survey of nearly 400 fund management firms active in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Driven by increased venture capital and mid-market activity, Latin America saw a record number of deals in 2017. Private equity and venture capital investors executed 424 transactions (up from 352 in 2016, 310 in 2015, 306 in 2014, and 233 in 2013), representing the fourth consecutive year with a record number of deals in the region. PE/VC transactions totaled US$8.4b, the second largest amount on record only behind the US$8.9b deployed in the region in 2013.
Information technology was the dominant sector in 2017 with US$1.3b deployed through 218 transactions. The telecommunications sector ranked second by capital invested due to a handful of large-cap deals, followed by renewable energy. Consumer/retail deals ranked fourth by amount invested.
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