Banco do Brasil in talks to buy 49 percent of Plural -Veja
SAO PAULO Oct 15 (Reuters) - State-controlled Banco do Brasil SA is in talks to buy a 49 percent stake in local investment banking firm Brasil Plural Banco Multiplo, its latest step toward creating a full-fledged securities and financial advisory unit, the online edition of Veja magazine reported on Tuesday.
Veja did not disclose details of the negotiations or say where it got the information. Banco do Brasil declined to comment on the report, and a Brasil Plural Banco Multiplo spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
In a May interview with Reuters, Paulo Rogério Caffarelli, senior vice president for wholesale and private banking and international operations at Banco do Brasil, said the investment bank aims to strengthen sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, advisory and credit, as well as equity research capabilities.
Plural was founded in 2010 by former partners of Grupo BTG Pactual SA, Latin America's largest independent investment bank. Plural, based in Sao Paulo, is led by Rodolfo Riechert and Andre Schwartz, both seasoned dealmakers who worked for BTG's predecessor, Banco Pactual SA, during most of the past decade.
Banco do Brasil is currently in talks with Banco Votorantim SA, of which it holds 49.9 percent of capital, on forming a specialized banking unit. The banks temporarily suspended those talks a few months ago.
Unlike counterparts in other emerging markets such as China, Brazilian investment banks have consistently bested their foreign rivals over the past three years at funding deals, forging stronger client ties and setting up distribution networks similar to those of global banks.
Banco do Brasil has lacked a specialized unit in that segment for years, partly because of pay and bonus restrictions facing state-run entities. It has considered two options to build a unit: through acquisitions or organic growth.
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