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Latin American Private Equity Cases: Transforming Business Culture

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 8, 2014


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As the private equity industry matures in Latin America, it is now possible to witness the impact of a generation of deals. AS/COA will host its sixth annual private equity and venture capital panel in partnership with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Participants will highlight some of the most exciting investments in recent years and will examine how private equity firms create and preserve value in the companies with which they partner, including environmental, social, and governance efforts. These cases provide compelling evidence of an industry that continues to develop as it becomes a more integral component of Latin America’s economic landscape.

Access LAVCA’s latest publication:
The Latin American Private Equity Deal Book & ESG Cases.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas


  • Cate Ambrose, President & Executive Director, LAVCA


  • Martin Diaz Plata, Managing Partner, Capital Group Private Markets
  • Sebastián Villa, Partner, Southern Cross Group
  • Jarlyth Hancock Gibson, Director of Business Operations and Risk Officer, Advent International
  • Carlos de la Fuente, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group
  • Michael Rogers, Global Deputy Private Equity Leader, E & Y (Moderator)

Registration Fee:
$50.00 for AS, COA and LAVCA members; $70.00 for non-members

Note: Complimentary registration available for students and Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) members.
E-mail Juan Serrano-Badrena at to register.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Maria-Theresa Sanchez | | 1-212-277-8378
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014

Cate Ambrose

President and Executive Director, Latin American Venture Capital Association

Cate Ambrose is president and executive director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). She speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America and is a regular commentator on CNN En Español. Ambrose is also a special advisor to the board of the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AMEXCAP).

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Martín E. Díaz Plata

Managing Partner, Capital Group Private Markets

Martín E. Díaz Plata is a managing partner of Capital Group Private Markets with primary responsibility in Latin America.  He is a member of the Investment Committee and the Private Markets Management Committee. Mr. Díaz Plata serves on the board of directors of El Tejar Limited, Eaton Towers Africa Holdings UK Limited, Vetra Holding Sàrl, Tanner Servicios Financieros, Latin American Venture Capital Association, and the British Colombian Chamber of Commerce.

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Sebastián Villa

Partner, Southern Cross Group

Sebastián Villa is a partner at Southern Cross Group as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He serves as a board member for HotelDO, MMCinemas, Planigrupo, Javer, MorePharma, and the Port of Barranquilla. Prior to joining Southern Cross, Mr. Villa worked at Three Cities Research, a New York based private equity firm. Before then, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group's Buenos Aires and Santiago offices as well as for Royal Dutch Shell in Buenos Aires. Mr.

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Jarlyth Hancock Gibson

Director of Business Operations and Risk Officer, Advent International

Jarlyth Hancock Gibson is director of Business Operations and risk officer at Advent. She has over twenty years of experience in various areas of the investment management business, ranging from developing a treasury function to managing a trading process to building a global compliance program. Ms. Hancock Gibson is currently responsible for supporting Advent’s business operations and risk management strategy as well as working with the management of Advent’s portfolio companies on their governance and risk management capabilities on a global basis.

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Carlos de la Fuente

Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

Carlos de la Fuente is a managing director at The Abraaj Group. He is based in Mexico City as head of the Abraaj Performance Acceleration Group (APAG) in Latin America, focused on value creation for partner companies and responsible for the ESG function.  Before joining the Abraaj Group, Mr. de la Fuente was the strategic planning director for The Coca-Cola Company in Mexico.   Previously, he worked as Hotel Investments director for Grupo Posadas.  Mr.

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Michael Rogers

Global Deputy Private Equity Leader, Ernst & Young (Moderator)

Michael Rogers is global deputy private equity leader at Ernst & Young. He is responsible for building the Global Private Equity Center’s key initiatives for all client teams and strengthening connections in the emerging and frontier markets. Mr. Rogers was most recently in London, responsible for driving go-to-market strategies across Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice globally. He started with Ernst & Young as managing director in the US Corporate Finance practice in Atlanta. Prior to joining the firm, Mr.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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