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Latin America: As Brazil falls, private equity rises

Every cloud has a silver lining, and private equity firms are pretty good at finding them. Is that why they are now targeting crisis-hit Brazil? Have they learnt from their poor recent performance?

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- FILE PHOTO SEP99 - The statue of "Christ the Redeemer" is enshrouded in clouds atop Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Rio plans to spruce up and restore its emblematic monument with a $1.8 million facelift, which includes a thorough scrubbing of the 125-foot (38 meter) high statue and the addition of a panoramic elevator.The 1,000-ton statue was innaugurated in 1931. (BRAZIL OUT) ??» - RTXJ8LV
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The news that CVC was opening an office in São Paulo intrigued many in Brazil’s financial capital. The private equity firm has long been interested in the country, so its decision to open an office seemed important in terms of timing. 

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