Atheneum recently recruited members from its Financial Institutions Practice Group to participate in the PEVC in Brazil Forum. This investment conference was hosted by the Brazilian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (ABVCAP) and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex Brazil). The PEVC in Brazil Forum gathered leading European and Brazilian investors and advisors with a focus on Brazil. Various topics were discussed, including: the German and Brazilian investment environments, regulatory constraints, investment best practices and expert perspectives on future market growth in Latin America.
Brazil continues to be of high interest to General and Limited Partners worldwide, particularly attracting German investment in industrial production in Sao Paulo. However, concerns regarding strict regulation, high transport costs, inflation and a need for a tight knit local network to learn about untapped investment potential in Brazil, have kept many European investors apprehensive. The summit addressed these challenges, recognizing some and offering solutions while discrediting others.
In addition to leveraging its network of experts, Atheneum Partners’ CEO, Mathias Wengeler, moderated a panel on executing deals in Brazil, which included Federico Robalinho, CEO of Nova Investments; Luiz Abreu, CEO of NSG Capital; and Amaury Junior, CIO of Vision Brazil Investments.
Atheneum’s involvement with ABVCAP reflects our common objective to bring thought leaders together to drive informed decisions concerning investments in Brazil. The event provided an intimate forum for European and Brazilian professionals with an interest in learning more about each country’s potential for foreign investment to gather best practices, evaluate challenges and found a growing personal network that was frequently stressed during the panels as being so vital to Brazilian business.