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CAF Promotes Mexican SMEs Through Venture Capital Funds

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CAF –development bank of Latin America– signed agreements with three Mexican investment funds to promote SMEs, as part of a strategic alliance with NAFIN and other Mexican development banks. Funding recipients are Mexico Fund of Funds II, Adobe Social Mezzanine Fund I and Evercore Mexico Capital Partners Fund III, in which CAF will make equity investments.

For 18 years, Mexico has been pursuing a policy of promoting entrepreneurship, venture capital and SMEs, all areas in which CAF has vast experience in Latin American countries.

The three agreements were signed during CAF President Enrique Garcia's official visit to Mexico City, where he attended the inauguration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Garcia said CAF's participation in investment funds is part of the institution's policy of supporting SMEs in Mexico and Latin America. "This activity has a positive impact on economic growth, as this type of capital investment promotes the creation of new businesses, new products and services, jobs and the emergence of entrepreneurs," he said.

Equity investment in Mexico Fund of Funds II

The first agreement to be signed was on CAF's equity investment in Mexico Funds Fund II, which will be managed by Corporacion Mexicana de Inversiones de Capital (CMIC), formed by Nacional Financiera, Banobras, Bancomext and FOCIR, and whose mission is to promote investments in venture capital in Mexico.

The agreement was signed by CAF President Enrique Garcia; Nacional Financiera Director General Hector Rangel; and CMIC Director General Felipe Vila. The signing ceremony was attended by officials from the Ministry of Finance and NAFIN.

CAF will invest $40 million and will have a seat on the fund's investment committee. This is intended to encourage the growth of venture capital funds in Mexico, often overlooked by independent investment managers.

The fund of funds' structure will allow the issuance of certificates of deposit, in which Mexican pension funds, AFORES, can purchase.

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