2017/2018 LAVCA Scorecard

LAVCA first published the Annual Scorecard on the PE/VC Environment in Latin America in 2006, establishing an important benchmark on the region’s markets for investors, fund managers and policymakers.

Produced in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit and with the support of FOMIN and Baker McKenzie, the Scorecard ranks countries based on indicators including taxation, minority shareholder rights, restrictions on institutional investors, and capital markets development.

Since the publication of the last edition of the bi-annual LAVCA Scorecard in mid-2016, Latin America has seen major shifts in political leadership and the macroeconomic environment. Both Argentina and Peru elected pro-business presidents, albeit by narrow margins, who are ushering in ambitious reforms and whose cabinets include officials with private equity resumes. In Brazil, the fallout from a massive corruption investigation led to the impeachment of one president, and her replacement, who was implicated in bribery schemes, is struggling to remain in power in order to pass much needed reforms. Despite progress in the implementation of energy, telecom, and other reforms, Mexico has been buffeted by a political shift in the US which is forcing a  renegotiation of NAFTA. And Colombia signed a long-awaited peace agreement with the country’s largest rebel group.

The environment for private equity and venture capital has also shifted, with decreased fundraising for both country level and regional funds in 2016. At the same time, institutional investors pursuing direct investments such as Canadian pension plans and sovereign wealth funds have significantly increased their investments in Latin America’s major markets.

As in past editions of the Scorecard, both Chile (71) and Brazil (69) lead the regional ranking, despite downgrades on the indicator for restrictions on local institutional investors. In the case of Chile, popular uprisings against the existing pension fund system have led to a broad review of the regime’s viability going forward, further dampening the appetite of Chilean pension funds for participation in local PE/VC funds.

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The 2017/2018 Scorecard was produced by LAVCA and the EIU with support from the FOMIN and Baker McKenzie. It ranks 14 countries based on the following indicators:

  • Laws on PE/VC fund formation and operation
  • Tax treatment of PE/VC funds and investments
  • Protection of minority shareholder rights
  • Restrictions on local institutional investors investing in PE/VC
  • Protection of intellectual property rights
  • Bankruptcy regulation
  • Capital market development and feasibility of local exits (ie, initial public offerings)
  • Registration/reserve requirements on inward investments
  • Corporate governance requirements
  • Strength of the judicial system
  • Perceived corruption
  • Quality of local accounting/use of international standards
  • Entrepreneurship

LAVCA collaborated with law firms, PE funs, association, and individuals in the production of the 2017/2018 Scorecard, including:

Argentina: Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal (Diego Krischcautzky, Hernan Slemenson); Brown Rudnick (Alejandro Fiuza), ARCAP
Brazil: Veirano Advogados (Carlos Alexandre Lobo), ABVCAP
Chile: Carey (Francisco Guzmán, Cristian Eyzaguirre); Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Constanza Rodriguez) 
Colombia: Brigard & Urrutia Abogados (Carlos Fradique, Luis Gabriel Morcillo), ColCapital
Costa Rica: Batalla Salto Luna (Rodrigo Zelaya, Alejandro Batalla)
Mexico: KPMG (Victor Esquivel)
Peru: Baker & McKenzie (Liliana Espinosa, Oscar Trelles, David Shepard)
Spain: Uría Menéndez (Eduardo Rodriguez Rovira)
Uruguay:  Brown Rudnick (Alejandro Fiuza)