Green Energy Case Studies: Brazil, Peru (Privcap interview)

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Nov. 7, 2012 - PRLog -- Latin American Energy: Two Case Studies

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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Russell Deakin
Managing Director
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.​

Scott Swensen
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), in 1993 as Lead Investment Manager for Latin Power I. Prior to the acquisition of Scudder by Deutsche Bank in 2002, Swensen headed Scudder's Special Investments Group that included Private Equity, Private Debt, Closed-End Funds and Hedge Funds. Before joining Scudder, he spent eleven years in corporate and project finance at the Chase Manhattan Bank and subsequently nine years at Banque Paribas. His final position at Banque Paribas was as a Managing Director supervising a number of groups, including energy and project finance in North and South America, energy futures brokerage and commodity derivatives worldwide. While at BNP Paribas, Mr. Swensen made a number of private equity investments and was the CEO of a $40 million company for five years. Swensen holds a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Heat and Power) with High Honors from Stevens Institute of Technology (Tau Beta Pi) and an M.B.A. (ABD) degree from New York University. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a member of the Board of the Latin American Venture Capital Association and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association's Advisory Council.
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