South America-Based Private Equity Firms

by Cindy Smith

  • 14 Sep 2011
  • PE

Preqin’s extensive research shows there are currently 60 private equity firms located in South America. The latest data from the Fund Manager Profiles database shows that collectively these firms have raised USD 21.2 billion in capital commitments over the last 10 years and have USD 11.1 billion available in dry powder. Of these 60 firms, 35 are based in Brazil, accounting for 58% of all South American private equity firms.

The top five fund managers located within South America, in order of total capital raised over the last 10 years, are Gávea Investimentos, GP Investments, Southern Cross Group, Patria Investimentos and BTG Pactual.

Gávea Investimentos is an asset management firm based in Brazil with offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Founded in 2003, the firm invests within a diverse range of industries and sectors focusing specifically on Growth stage development within Brazil. Gávea Investimentos has raised USD 4.1 billion in the past decade and currently has an estimated USD 1.5 billion available in dry powder. 

GP Investments is a Latin American private equity firm headquartered in São Paulo. The firm, founded in 1993, concentrates investment within mature, mid-sized buyouts transactions with a focus on companies based in Brazil. Over the past decade, GP Investments has raised USD 2.7 billion and currently has an estimated USD 636 million available in dry powder. 

Southern Cross Group is a private equity firm with offices across South America. The firm invests throughout the region with portfolio companies based in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Mexico. Southern Cross is not a sector specific investor but will invest in opportunities in which they can leverage their management skills to generate value for their investees. The firm has raised USD 2.6 billion in the past decade and currently has an estimated USD 1.6 billion in dry powder. 

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