Thursday, August 2, 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.
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