NEWS M&A: Ebb and flow

Jul 1, 2014

Acquisitions involving ex-LatAm buyers and targets have picked up, but intra-regional activity has slowed. By Katie Llanos-Small

Mergers and acquisitions involving an acquirer, target or seller from Latin American or the Caribbean have risen sharply year on year. Volume sat at $65 billon, with 645 deals in late June: nearly 35% up from the same period a year earlier, according to Dealogic data.

At the same time, intra-LatAm deals were at their lowest level since 2005, standing at $22.1 billion, down 17% year on year and a sharp fall from 2010, when such transactions topped $50 billion between January 1 and June 19.

A growing view that Latin America offers stable long-term opportunities is one factor behind the growth in international companies seeing targets in the region, said Alberto Pandolfi, head of investment banking coverage and M&A for Latin America at Citi.

"It stems from a...

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