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Latin America M&A’s Fall 27 Percent

Brazil dominates mergers and acquisitions in Latin America, with Mexico and Colombia trailing behind.



The $6.3 billion acquisition of Brazilian meat processor Bertin by its larger rival JBS was Latin Americas top deal last year, according to the fifth annual ranking of Latin Americas Top 100 M&As from Latin Business Chronicle and Thomson Reuters.  

Other top deals included the purchase of
food company Sadia by its larger rival Perdigao and France-based communications company Vivendis acquisition of GVT, Brazil’s fourth-largest high-speed Internet provider.


As expected, 2009 was a bad year for mergers and acquisitions globally and Latin America was no exception. The value of announced deals in the region fell by 27.1 percent to $106.4 billion. That decline was smaller than what areas like Eastern Europe, Russia and India saw, but higher than those of Asia Pacific, including China.


Brazil, which continued to dominate Latin America’s M&A sector, saw a decline of 26.5 percent to $72.5 billion.


Brazil also dominated the 100 largest deals, accounting for ...


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