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Private equity firms invested a record amount in infrastructure in Latin America this year

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Private equity firms invested a record amount in infrastructure in Latin America this year

Private equity investors will commit a record amount to infrastructure-related deals in Latin American in 2013, according to a proprietary report published today by The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Compared to US$3.3b invested in 2011 and US$1.7b invested in 2012, preliminary findings show a total of over US$3.5b deployed by private equity investors in infrastructure in Latin America in 2013. Activity in the last few months has been accelerated by major deals in the oil & gas sector.

In 2013, buyout firms invested more than $3.5bn in deals in the transport, logistics, oil, energy and telecoms sectors, more than double last year’s total of $1.7bn.

The amount spent on Latin American infrastructure this year is equally to nearly half the total funds private equity invested in the region last year, according to the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.