During the past 10 years, M&A activity in Latin America has pushed into the forefront. The region has seen the emergence of Latin American multinationals, home-grown private equity firms and U.S.-based private equity firms all vying for deals. Investors are attracted to the region for various reasons, but mainly economic growth opportunities coupled with investor-friendly policies. Private equity and venture capital firms committed $10.39 billion to investments in Latin America in 2014, exceeding the previous record of $10.27 billion in 2011, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Most M&A investors in Latin America are building businesses across the region rather than in a single country. But some countries, such as Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, are garnering more interest from investors than others. Also, some specific industries, including energy, financial services, health care and telecommunications, are stealing the spotlight.