Private equity interest in Mexico remains solid despite Trump

3/22/2017 Financial Times

shutterstock_182486318Private equity and venture capital funds are “certainly not wholesale pulling out of Mexico” despite the uncertainty sparked by Donald Trump’s election, according to the region’s industry association.

Mexico saw a 46.5 per cent increase in the number of private equity and venture deals, to a total of 129 from 88 in 2015, writes Jude Webber in Mexico City. While the deals added up to only $1.8bn in 2016, down from $2.3bn recorded the previous year, it still placed Mexico second by capital deployed behind Brazil, and accounted for 22 per cent of investment in the region, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

“Brazil is typically the largest market for investment activity,” said Cate Ambrose, Lavca president. “It’s interesting that Mexico is top [by number of deals in 2016], particularly in the current context and given that [private equity and venture capital] is relatively underdeveloped given the size of the economy.”

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