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Morgan Stanley Private Equity Partners With OSF in Brazil Push

Morgan Stanley’s private-equity business formed a partnership with Sao Paulo-based OSF Merchant Banking to seek investments in Brazil, the world’s second-biggest developing economy after China.

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity, which has invested $8 billion since 1985, will work with OSF to find growth companies with “sustainable” operating margins, the firms said today in a joint statement, without mentioning if they were targeting specific industries.

“Brazil has entered a cycle of abundant opportunity and unprecedented capital flow,” Hans Apostel, head of OSF’s investment committee, said in the statement. “Private equity firms are now presented with the challenge of identifying and structuring investments in a very competitive environment that does not typically rely on leverage as a fundamental piece in transaction finance.”

Morgan Stanley Private Equity, based in New York, in January recruited Jesus Reyes Heroles, the former chief executive officer of Mexico’s state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, “to build a leading regional energy company.”

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