Two Latin American energy investors offer a behind-the-scenes look at two recent deals. Scott Swensen, Managing Partner of Conduit Capital Partners, describes an investment in a Peruvian solar project and why his firm already is getting exit offers; Russell Deakin, Managing Director of Rio Bravo Investimentos, gives a detailed account of how his firm won a government energy auction and why wind-energy assets are now so price- and energy-efficient. Topics also discussed: Why exit options are proliferating for Latin American energy assets, and why after once being a “dirty word,” among investors, Latin America is now viewed so favorably among emerging markets.
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Rio Bravo Investimentos
Russell Deakin is a Managing Director of Rio Bravo Investimentos, an independent asset management firm. With a total AUM of USD 2.5 billion, the firm specializes in Brazilian assets and long-term investment strategies. The firm has approximately 90 professionals based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Miami.
A private equity professional since 2001, Deakin recently joined Rio Bravo to set up its America’s office in Miami. Mr. Deakin is spearheading international fund raising activities for Rio Bravo, including the Rio Bravo Energy fund, a Brazilian private equity fund that invests in the Brazilian power sector, mainly in greenfield renewable projects.
Prior to entering the private equity arena, Deakin gained substantial international experience in the other sectors of alternative assets, such as real estate, where he was a CFO and partner for 11 years for a Brazilian real estate developer, and in capital markets with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in London.
A dual British and American citizen, Deakin is an economist from Tufts and Oxford University with a MBA in International Marketing and Finances from the Anderson Graduate School, UCLA.
Deakin Is a regular speaker at Private equity, family office and Latin America finance conferences and seminars in Brazil,; such conference include those of Super Return, Emerging Market Private Equity association, Latin America Venture Association, Dow Jones, The Economist, and others.
Conduit Capital Partners
Scott Swensen is the Chairman of Conduit Capital Partners, having formed the company in 2003. He has amassed a long career in private equity investing and global finance and most specifically, has spent the last 18 years as Lead Investment Manager of the Latin Power Funds. Swensen joined Scudder, Stevens & Clark (a predecessor company to Zurich Scudder Investments)