Data & Intelligence

Building Vital Partnerships: How do private equity investors create value?

A joint study of private equity exits in Latin America by EMPEA and Ernst & Young

Our second annual study, looking at how PE investors create value in Latin American businesses, extends our research into PE’s transformational role in Latin America’s continued economic development. The results of this year’s study confirm our initial findings — PE firms are focused on growth and hands-on partnerships with entrepreneurs to transform companies into market leaders. Through extensive involvement, PE investors work with the entrepreneurs they back to identify and develop new products, expand geographically and exit profitably.

Our study looks at PE exits in Latin America between 2007 and 2012, a period of economic stability and prosperity unrivaled in a generation. In less than a decade, Brazil has surpassed the UK, Italy and Canada to become the sixth-largest economy in the world. In addition to Brazil, neighboring countries such as Colombia, Peru and Mexico have also come into the spotlight as the current rising stars of the region. This year, we’re seeing more PE interest in the region beyond Brazil.


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Rashad Kaldany | Executive Vice-President and Growth Markets, CDPQ

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