RIO DE JANEIRO & MIAMI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--H.I.G. Capital, LLC ("H.I.G."), a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $13 billion of equity capital under management, announced today that the Global M&A Network awarded the firm with the South America Private Equity Firm of the Year in Small Mid Markets and the South America M&A Deal of the Year in Middle Markets award. These prestigious awards were announced at the Americas M&A Atlas Awards gala and dinner held in New York City on October 24, 2013. These wins follow H.I.G.’s distinction as the North American Private Equity Firm of the Year award received from the Global M&A Network in 2012.
H.I.G. won the South America Private Equity Firm of the year award based on its significant transactions completed in South America for the September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013 time period and the South America M&A Deal of the Year award for its acquisition of Cel-Lep, a leading educational company in Brazil, in September of 2012.
H.I.G. Managing Director and head of H.I.G. Latin America, Fernando Marques Oliveira, commented, “We are honored to receive these awards for our recent notable transactions in the following four companies: Cel-Lep, a leading English language teaching network; Creme Mel, one of the largest ice cream producers in Brazil; LG Sistemas, a provider of human resources software solutions; and Eletromidia, an innovative outdoor advertising company. Since the opening of our office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the beginning of last year, H.I.G. has been one of the most active investors in the region, with four completed transactions and a much larger list in our pipeline. Building on H.I.G.’s long-standing tradition of being a value-added partner to promising companies, we have quickly established ourselves as a leader in the small and midcap segment, and are very excited about continuing to build the H.I.G. franchise in the region.”
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $13 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. H.I.G. invests in management-led buyouts and recapitalizations of profitable and well managed manufacturing or service businesses. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than 80 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.