Currently, 76 private equity fund managers are headquartered in the South American region, according to Preqin’s comprehensive Fund Manager Profiles database. Forty-seven of these firms are based in Brazil, 11 in Argentina, six in Columbia, six in Peru, five in Chile and one in Uruguay. Collectively, these firms have raised $20.2bn in capital over the last 10 years and have an estimated $10.3bn in available dry powder. Brazil-based funds accounts for the largest of activity in the region, making up 71% of total funds raised and 69% of dry powder held. Thirty South America-based private equity fund managers consider a buyout strategy as part of their overall investment criteria, while 32 firms consider venture capital investments.
The top five South America-based private equity fund managers currently are Gavea Investmentos, Southern Cross Group, Patria Investimentos, BTG Pactual, and Vinci Capital Partners.
Gavea Investimentos operates in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. It has a growth investment strategy and primarily invests in Brazil with a diversified industry focus. The firm has raised $4bn in capital commitments over the last decade and has an estimated $1.3bn in dry powder.
Southern Cross Group operates in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, and the US and primarily invests in Central and South America. It generally targets buyout investments and has a diversified industry focus. Southern Cross Group has raised $2.6bn in capital over the last 10 years and has an estimated $1.5bn in dry powder. Patria Investimentos, a firm operating in Brazil and London, also has a buyout strategy. With a key focus on the education, healthcare and technology industries, it has raised $2.3bn in capital over the last 10 years and has an estimated $1.3bn in dry powder.