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Investor Report Mexico: Hope springs

Sep 1, 2012

Managers are confident renewed international fervor for Mexico will carry over into private equity. More robust domestic investment should be a bigger driver in the short term

By Ben Miller

With a change of government and shifts in the global economy starting to favor its longer-term economic potential, Mexico has begun to look increasingly appealing to many international investors.

Public equity markets have risen along with fervor for Mexico, with the IPC index hitting a record in July. Mexico's debt issuers could also find it easier to take advantage of growing demand. Although the country lacks the number of issuers of Brazil, those that can bring transactions to market look set to see no shortage of interest.

But it may take longer for the foreign enthusiasm to show itself in the private equity sector, where again the funds raised and investments made pale in comparison to Brazil.

Opportunity knocks

General partners are starting to see more interest in Mexico. "We have seen an increase in calls from foreign limited partners who want to know the Mexican...

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