Research company Frontier Markets Capital publishes report on Mergers and acquisitions in Colombia.
New York City, NY, January 20, 2013 – The mergers and acquisitions activity in Colombia has been impressive for the last year while slowing globally. In the first semester of 2012, 16 deals were closed for an approximately US$ 1.9 billion – This amount places Colombia as second in the regional ranking after Brazil in terms of deal volume. Most of the transactions were in the middle market range with deals valued $10 and 100 million. The year started with the acquisition by Bank of Nova Scotia , the third biggest bank of Canada, of 51% of Banco Colpatria, for US$ 1.011 billion.
The Colombian M&A market vitality is the testimony of several factors at play in the Colombian economy. European companies are divesting assets due to the global downturn, regional leaders, notably from Chile are establishing their footprint in the Colombian market. The security successes of the Uribe administration are paying their dividends now. The government has been able to provide an attractive environment for Foreign Direct Investment. The country sees more and more Private Equity funds, global and local.
"Colombia is the most attractive investment destination in Latin America after Brazil" says Melvin Manchau, President of Frontier Markets Capital. "The mix of good governance, sensible government activities and security improvement is attracting major investors from the region and globally”. "At Frontier Markets Capital we believe opportunities in the country are going to multiply in all sectors and that we will see more companies exchange hands in the coming years”.
The “ M&A in Colombia” report explores the recent deals that have been inked in the country. The report also digs into the fundamentals that drive the mergers and acquisitions market. The report explores the new regulations in place, the role of Private Equity and the impact of Foreign Direct Investment.
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