Category Archives: Latin Finance

Brazil Private Equity Takes One Step Forward

After taking a few steps back during the financial crisis, Brazilian private equity is reanimating. However botched IPOs present challenges and there are fundraising blocks. After a sluggish 2009, private equity (PE) fund managers are painting a picture of cautious … Continue reading

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Brazil Equity: Rally Hits Headwinds

A game of two halves is predicted for Brazilian equity, which started 2010 on shaky ground. New issuance is scheduled for the first half, but volatility will follow. After a 2009 of bountiful returns in Brazilian equity markets that stoked … Continue reading

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Brazil Elections: Battle of Bureaucrats

Brazilian elections will likely feature two competent, slightly dull bureaucrats. However, behind workaday exteriors lie tough personalities with ruthless political instincts. Investors tend to see Brazil’s elections – the first round of which are slated for October 3 – as … Continue reading

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Brazil Infrastructure: New Model Hopes Fade

The World Cup and Olympics offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Brazil to engage the private sector and foreign banks to update infrastructure. In 2007, after a plane accident in which 199 people died, a short-lived movement to protest Brazil’s woeful … Continue reading

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Petrobras Funding: Exciting, Uncertain Times

The government’s plans for development of the pre-salt fields in Brazil put Petrobras firmly centre stage. Presidential elections loom and detail is lacking, but oil experts are excited. Funding for the next stage of Petrobras’ $174 billion budget through 2013 … Continue reading

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Brazil Real Estate Equity: Back from Near Death

After a dizzying plunge in real estate shares, some Brazilian homebuilders are gingerly testing the market. Strong foundations come from single-digit rates and a low income-housing program. Just two years ago, Brazilian real estate was flying high on the back … Continue reading

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Brazil Equity Markets: Good days, bad ways

Brazil is firmly back on the world equity map, following a slew of blowout deals. Some fear a return to the reckless conditions of 2007, and investors are wary. Brazilian markets are again à la mode. The economy and consumer … Continue reading

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Brazil Macro Outlook: Too Much Stimulus?

Brazil’s rebound is impressive, though government intervention creates distortions that must be addressed. The election cycle destabilizes the operating environment. There is no mistaking a sentiment uptick in perennially optimistic Brazil. The government has trod a sensible path of fiscal … Continue reading

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Brazil Real Estate Equity: Back from Near Death

After a dizzying plunge in real estate shares, some Brazilian homebuilders are gingerly testing the market. Strong foundations come from single-digit rates and a low income-housing program. Just two years ago, Brazilian real estate was flying high on the back … Continue reading

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Brazilian Corporate Governance: Are New Rules Enough?

As regional default risk ticks higher, investors are looking much more closely at how companies are run. New Brazilian governance rules are welcomed, but will they prove toothless? Brazil’s financial market regulator is set to tighten up standards of disclosure, … Continue reading

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