Venture Equity Latin America Mid-Year Report Announced

Fund raising and private equity investment in Latin America are detailed in the Venture Equity Latin America's 2008 Mid-Year Report.

Concord, MA, October 17, 2008 --( Despite an uncertain international economic backdrop, $1.7 billion of private equity was invested in Latin America during the first half of 2008, according to the just released Venture Equity Latin America’s 2008 Mid-Year Report.

The amount invested compares to $2.3 billion during the first half of 2007 and $1.6 billion seen in the first half of 2006. The report documents 26 deals, with ten in Brazil and seven in Mexico. Areas attracting attention from investors were software and IT related services, finance services, transportation, private education services, and manufacturing.

Fundraising surpassed the level seen a year ago, totaling around $1.981 billion and there were 17 funds with closings. In the first half of 2007, there was around $1.5 billion in fundraising. Much of the fundraising activity was centered in Brazil, but there was also limited fundraising in Mexico and Argentina. Peru found itself the focus of multiple funds.

Venture Equity Latin America's Mid-Year Report provides detailed analysis in addition to data presented in an easy-to-use electronic format that will help the user to:

· Track and act on vital industry trends with macro-level year-to-year comparison data
· Stay on top of specific region(s) of interest with country-by-country wrap up analysis
· Gauge competitors' level of activity and markets of interest through a deal tracker feature
· Find out which fund managers have successfully raised new capital
· Understand what's working for others with a comprehensive listing of all known exits in the market for 2007.

Venture Equity Latin America is a twice monthly publication that delivers comprehensive information on the Latin American private equity and venture capital industry. The focus of the publication is on venture capital and private equity deal flow; new fund raising endeavors; exit activity; restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings impacting existing investments; and regulatory developments.

The publisher, WorldTrade Executive, Inc. also publishes Latin American Law and Business Report and Practical Latin American Tax Strategies, as well as other periodicals and reports covering international transactions. For more information on Venture Equity Latin America's Mid-Year Report visit or contact Jay Stanley at 978-287-0301.

Press Release Contact Information:
Jay Stanley
WorldTrade Executive, Inc.
2250 Main St.
Concord, MA 01742 USA

WorldTrade Executive, Inc.
Jay Stanley
978 287-0301