The Carlyle South America Buyout group implements an opportunistic, multi-industry investment approach with an experienced and diversified team leveraging Carlyle’s global resources.

Carlyle South America Buyout Fund

Launched in 2009, this fund conducts leveraged buyout transactions in South America in targeted industries.

Investment Industry Invested Status
CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A.

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. is the largest tour operator in Latin America.

Consumer & Retail Exited
Estok Comércio e Representações S.A.

Tok&Stok sells a wide range of furniture and home décor products.

Consumer & Retail Current

FS VAS is a leading mobile media service provider in Brazil.

Telecom & Media Current
Grupo Liderman

Liderman is Peru’s prominent manned and electronic security and surveillance company with operations in Peru and Ecuador.

Technology & Business Services Current
Hermes Transportes Blindados S.A.

Detective and armored car services, Nsk

Transportation Current
Inca Rail

Train transporting passengers from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Transportation Current
Orguel Administração e Participações S.A.

One of the largest equipment rental players in Brazil.

Industrial Current
Qualicorp S.A.

Qualicorp Participações S.A. is the leading full-service provider of health benefits management services in Brazil.

Healthcare Exited
Rede D’Or São Luiz S.A.

Rede D’Or São Luiz S.A. operates hospitals in Brazil. It operates 27 hospitals with approximately 4,000 beds in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pernambuco, and the Federal District.

Healthcare Current
Ri-Happy Brinquedos S.A.

Ri-Happy is the largest specialty retailer of toys in Brazil.

Consumer & Retail Current
Scalina S.A.

Scalina S.A. is one of Brazil’s largest manufacturers and retailers of women’s hosiery and lingerie.

Consumer & Retail Exited
Tempo Participações S.A.

Tempo Participações S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides specialized assistance services in Brazil.

Technology & Business Services Current

Uniasselvi is a leading post-secondary Distance Learning (“DL”) player in Brazil with ~100k students (85k DL and 15k on-campus)

Consumer & Retail Current
Vasco Turismo S.A.

Vasco Turismo S.A., through Nuevo Mundo, Condor Travel, Destinos Mundiales and Bekton, is a leading provider of both inbound and outbound travel services, targeting both leisure and corporate clients, including small independent travel agencies. Principal business segments include tour operator on destinations, airline ticket consolidation, wholesale of vacation packages, and brick-and-mortar and online retail sales of tickets and vacation packages. 

Technology & Business Services Current

The Carlyle South America Buyout group implements an opportunistic, multi-industry investment approach with an experienced and diversified team leveraging Carlyle’s global resources. Carlyle established its South America Buyout investment operation in 2007, targeting investment opportunities primarily in Brazil and other select South American countries, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Carlyle’s approach in South America mirrors its method throughout the world: field a team of local investment professionals with intimate knowledge of the region and leverage the Carlyle platform, which features an extensive network, industrial expertise and operational know-how.

Solid Economic Fundamentals

The focus is on industries benefiting from what Carlyle believes to be solid economic fundamentals of the region:

  • Growing middle-class
  • Increasing disposable income
  • Long-term competitive advantages
  • Brazil is the world’s 7th largest economy with 2010 GDP of US$2.1 trillion (IMF, World Economic Outlook, April 2011)
  • Lower private equity penetration compared to other markets

Banco do Brasil

In 2009, Carlyle formed a relationship with Banco do Brasil, one of the largest financial institutions in Latin America, to source and make joint investments in South America.

The South America Buyout Team Approach

  • Value Creation Focus: Carlyle seeks to invest in sound companies and businesses with potential for value creation, supports their business and leads them to the next stage.
  • Corporate Partnership: Carlyle teams with strategic investors when the partnership will add value to the portfolio companies.
  • Mid- to Long-Term Investor: Carlyle investment professionals devote a significant amount of their time to maximizing the portfolio company’s value on a mid-to long–term basis.
  • Consistent and Disciplined: We believe a consistent and disciplined investment philosophy produces the highest consistent returns. The South America Buyout team focuses on industries it knows best and seeks to structure its transactions with appropriate amounts of debt.
Team Member Title Location Industry
Sebastian Barriga Director Lima, Peru
Fernando Borges Managing Director São Paulo, Brazil Generalist
Sergio Carneiro Principal São Paulo, Brazil
Andre Domingos Vice President São Paulo, Brazil
Andre Levy Vice President São Paulo, Brazil
Edson Peli Director São Paulo, Brazil Generalist
Eduardo Ramos Managing Director Lima, Peru
Daniel Sterenberg Managing Director São Paulo, Brazil