Latin America: Global Investors’ New Fintech Frontier

Insights from Leading Banks, Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

White Paper • 2019

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What is this paper about?

Latin America is home to over 1,100 fintech startups. This year, the market reached an inflection point, with investors based outside the continent injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in equity and debt and creating unicorns. This paper shares the perspective of global VC and PE firms and bank innovation funds who are evaluating market conditions, guiding startup strategies, picking winners, and forging partnerships.

The research will be of significant interest to investors considering entry into the region; fintechs seeking global capital; and others following global fintech trends. Includes listings of top funds and deals. Co-authored with Finnovista.

Key Points:

  • Includes a listing of top global funds investing in the region, and most prominent deals this year
  • Global funds are influencing investing dynamics in LatAm, providing later stage equity and early investor exit options, as well as debt financing
  • While Brazil and Mexico dominate, growing investment opportunities exist in countries including Colombia, Argentina, Chile & Peru
  • Challenges to fintechs' success need deeper consideration: future macro-economic volatility probably has been overemphasized, while the cost of expanding from country to country has been underestimated
  • Independent funds and bank-associated corporate funds have distinct goals that should be considered before a fintech accepts investment

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