The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has opened an office in Sao Paulo to focus on investment opportunities in Latin America.

“Latin America is expected to be a leading source of global growth in the decades ahead,” says Mark Wiseman, CPPIB’s president and CEO.

The CPPIB already has significant investments in the region, with nearly $5 billion invested in real estate, public and private equity, and infrastructure investments. He says proximity to its growing portfolio of global investments and partners helps its ongoing asset management objectives.

“Sao Paulo is the financial capital of Brazil and a business hub for Latin America,” Wiseman adds. “We have seen the value of establishing a strong regional base with our offices launched in 2008 in London and Hong Kong, which helped CPPIB to successfully complete over 85 global investment transactions in our latest fiscal year alone.”

From its Latin American headquarters in Sao Paulo, the CPPIB will focus primarily on the five key markets of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru to seek investments that align with the long-term horizon of the CPP Fund.

It also opened a small office in New York City in January 2014 in midtown Manhattan.

The CPPIB now operates offices in five international markets, including Toronto, London and Hong Kong. The Sao Paulo office, which is located in the heart of the city’s Faria Lima financial district, will be operational in April 2014.

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