Latin America – October 2014

In October, the Latin American transactional market decreased its activity. A total of 128 deals were registered, both announced and closed, compared with 172 recorded in September. Brazil, Chile and Mexico were the most active countries, with 63, 18 and 15 transactions, respectively. Nonetheless, the two countries in which the M&A activity increased were Chile and Peru.
The investment volume generated this month, remained stable in all Latin American countries, and Chile registered the largest amount. Highlights include Italy-based Enel’s acquisition of electricity companies Enersis Chile and Endesa...

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Latin America - First, Second & Third Quarter 2014

The Latin American market continues to show significant activity. In the third quarter of 2014, there was a 14.3% increase in the number of deals, compared with the same period last year, increasing from 414 in 2013 to 473 in 2014. The most active country in Latin America was Mexico, with a 45.3% increase, followed by Argentina with 23.8%, and Brazil with 19.4%.
Regarding the investment volume, there was also a generalized increase throughout all the countries in Latin America, due to the closure of relevant transactions in the high-end market in deal size (> USD 500m). Highlights include Abbot...

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Latin America – August 2014

The Latin American transactional market’s activity continues to show recovery signs. In August, the number of mergers and acquisition increased for the third consecutive month. A total of 165 deals were registered, which represents a 15.4% increase compared with the same period last year. Brazil was once again the most active country, followed by Mexico, with 26 deals registered and Argentina (22). In addition, these three countries also registered the largest number of deals so far this year.
Regarding the investment volume, there was also an overall increase in all the countries in Latin America. One of...

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Latin America – July 2014

In July, the Latin American transactional market’s activity increased due to the growth in the number of mergers and acquisitions in Brazil and Mexico. A total of 138 deals were registered in Latin America; 79 took place in Brazil and 23 in Mexico.
On the other hand, the investment volume generated was similar to the previous months, with some significant deals registered. Highlights include the acquisition by Grupo Energía de Bogotá (EEB) of a 31.92% stake in Colombia-based Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI), held by US-based private equity Citi Venture Capital (CVCI), a subsidiary of Citigroup...

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Latin America - First & Second Quarter 2014

In the second quarter of 2014, the Latin American transactional activity continued to decrease, as far as the number of deals registered. However, Mexico and Peru resisted this downward trend. Both countries increased the number of transactions recorded by 32% and 88%, respectively, compared with the same period last year.
The investment volume generated did not have such a considerable decrease; several significant deals recorded. US-based pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories reached an agreement to acquire a 72.62% stake in CFR Pharmaceuticals, a Chile-based Company in the same line of business. The...

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Latin America – May 2014

In May, the Latin American M&A market registered a slight increase in the investment volume generated, compared with the same period last year. Nevertheless, the transactional activity is showing a downward trend, with the exception of Mexico that registered the same number of deals as in May 2013. This is the result of transaction agreements recorded in the high-end market in deal size (> USD 500m). Highlights include the acquisition proposal presented by US-based Pilgrim’s, controlled by Brazil-based JBS, to acquire Hillshire Brands. The deal value was USD 7.70bn. Furthermore, Abbott Laboratories, a...

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