Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 - 2 p.m. EST
The Brazilian finance sector has received a lot of attention lately with its dealmaking activity. In the first quarter of 2012, there were 10 deals worth $7.3 billion in the finance sector; the largest was Itau Unibanco Holding's offer of up to 11.7 billion reais ($6.8 billion) to buy outstanding shares of its credit card networking-services provider Redecard SA, according to Dealogic.
Join The Deal and its expert panel discuss the landscape of what's luring acquirers and investors to the Brazilian financial industry. We'll look at what subsectors within the finance industry seem particularly attractive as well as examine the due diligence and regulatory issues investors need to contend with to make a successful deal happen.
The Deal LLC
Suzanne Miller is senior editor, Corporate Dealmaker at The Deal LLC,
where she writes a column on M&A-related issues including corporate
deal strategies, risk management and M&A trends. She also oversees
the Deal's annual Most Admired Corporate Dealmaker awards and writes
about exchanges and derivatives. Some of her previous roles include
senior writer and editor at JPMorgan Private Bank and London bureau
chief at CBS MarketWatch. She has also written about capital markets,
emerging markets and banking for Institutional Investor magazine, The
Banker magazine and Euromoney, among other publications.
Director, Latin America
Denis Pedreira joined Actis in 2008 and is based in the São Paulo, Brazil, office. He is a member of Actis' financial services team and is the investment manager for XP Investimentos, a leading independent retail brokerage firm in Brazil, and has also been involved with the investments in Cia. Sulamericana de Distribuição SA and Gtex Brasil Ltda. Prior to Actis, Pedreira was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for nine years in Latin America and the U.S. At Boston Consulting Group, he assisted clients on strategy formulation and execution, corporate finance, organization and information technology. Pedreira also worked in sales and trading at Deutsche Bank AG and in asset management at Citibank NA. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Escola Politécnica da USP and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Co-Head of Investment Banking Brazil
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Hans Lin is co-head of investment banking Brazil. He joined the firm in 2008 and is responsible for covering Industrials. Lin, who is based in Sao Paulo, provides capital markets and strategic advisory services to clients. He has led several deals including advising Telemar Norte Leste SA on its R$14.2bn capital structure reorganization, advising Portugal Telecom SA on its ongoing sale of its 50% interest in Brasilcel NV to Telefonica and concurrently acquisition of a strategic interest in Telemar.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hans was a managing director at UBS responsible for the general industrials group and before that he was with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York, where he worked in various capacities in Latin American investment banking, emerging markets capital markets and leverage and corporate finance departments.
Hans holds an M.B.A from MIT Sloan School of Business and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Escola Politecnica - USP. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish and conversant in Mandarin
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Robert Ellison is managing partner of Shearman & Sterling's São Paulo office. He specializes in debt and equity offerings for non-US issuers and represents clients in cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. Recent transactions in which he was involved include Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.'s acquisition of Banco WestLB do Brasil and Mubadala Development Company's $2 billion investment in Eike Batista's EBX Group. He is regularly quoted in the Brazilian, regional and U.S. press, is ranked as a "leading lawyer" by both Chambers Guide to the Global Legal Profession and IFLR 1000 Americas - 2012 Edition, and was named as a "Latin America Legal Star" in 2012 by Latin Business Chronicle.