Columbus was founded at the end of 2004 as an investment banking firm by former senior officers responsible for Citigroup’s Investment Banking business in Argentina and Uruguay. This team has structured sophisticated financial products and deals focusing in Emerging Markets.
Extensive international “on-the-field” work experience (USA, Europe and Mercosur) in the investment banking Industry: over 350 deals for over US$ 40 billion.
Columbus partners have worked together for over two decades and have developed a strong “deal-making” track record in local and cross border M&A, Equity (Public & Private), Fixed Income, Syndicated Debt, Restructurings, Project Finance and Privatizations.
Columbus Team has successfully undergone all macro environments and capitalized from all these experiences.
More than 50 investment banking deals generated in the last few years with clients such as Village Cinemas, Procter & Gamble, Noble Grain, IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Macri Group, AES, ING, Telecom, Brasil Foods, Pampa Energía, Iplan Telecomunicaciones and Grupo de Narvaez, among others.
Columbus Merchant Banking acted as Financial Advisor to the shareholders of Novecento, in the sale of their operations in USA and the Caribbean
Columbus Merchant Banking acted as M&A Financial Advisor to Pepsico in the sale of Dilexis S.A.
Columbus has participated actively in the local and regional market since inception
First regional deal with an international company, Noble Grain First pitch in partnership with Rothschild for restructuring the province of Buenos Aires.
Ranked among the Top 5 advisors in Argentina by Thomson Financial.
Closed deals with top-tier companies such as Procter & Gamble and Village Cinemas.
Columbus was recognized as a Lead Top Player in Argentina by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Joined Global M&A. Closed several deals in M&A, Occupied the second position (#2) in Thomson Financial M&A rankings.
Despite subprime crisis, Columbus continued to be very active in M&A. Closed one of the principal transactions of private placement of the year in the agricultural segment, with a top tier international player (US$ 100 MM).
Ranked fourth (#4) in cumulative league tables for the past three years, overcoming top tier international financial institutions.
Closed several regional M&A deals and debt restructuring process with companies such as Fiplasto, Herix and Village Cinemas.
Closed M&A of Leader Price Argentina under the scope of Groupe-Casino’s divestiture plan, as well as financings for Palmero and Grupo Dashalmix.
Advised Pegasus on the sale of Musimundo and Nexus Partners on the sale of EKI.
Led the funding of Pluna 1 Trust, the first future flows securitization in Argentina in the last 5 years.
Advised companies like Rapsodia and El Tejar in their regional business plans.
Closed capital markets financing for Emgasud (Ar$ 90 MM)
Columbus continues to be one of the most active investment banks, leading the local market, also closed a financing for Cardón (Ar$ 20 MM), advised BASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange) and Petroleos Sudamericanos in a loan of US$ 60 MM for three oil blocks in Colombia and the sale of Recoleta Mall in 2014
Columbus has provided a fairness opinion from an economic and financial perspective on
the fairness of the price offered by Fintech Telecom under the Mandatory Public Offering
of Acquisition of Shares of Telecom Argentina S.A.
“Deal of the year”. Private debt restructuring: Transportadora de Gas del Sur (2004). Argentina
“Deal of the year” Latin American sovereign debt restructuring: Republic of Uruguay (2003). Uruguay
First “APE” and “debt to equity” restructuring: Autopistas del Sol (2003). Argentina
Corporate Debt Restructuring of Siderar for US$530 MM (2003). Argentina
Corporate Debt Restructuring of Perez Companc (2002). Argentina
20-year Sovereign Bond:
The Republic of Argentina, 20 year maturity (2000). Argentina
Largest corporate bond issue: Baluma (Conrad Resort) (1999). Uruguay
Biggest M&A in retail sector:
TIA (1999). Argentina
First credit card securitization: Aerocard (1997-1998). Argentina
Record M&A sell side:
Havanna (1997). Argentina
First corporate bond (ON): Pluspetrol (1989). Argentina
Bajo de la Lumbrera Project: Major Project Finance – US$$ 670 MM (1997). Argentina
First Mercosur project bond: IEBA (1997). Argentina
First private equity acquisition finance: Mandeville – Hicks Muse Tate & Furst (1995). Argentina
First corporate issue post-Tequila: Hidroeléctrica Piedra del Águila (1995). Argentina
First FRN: Edelap (1994). Argentina
First Latam consumer securitization: Trinity Trust (1993). Argentina
IPO: Grimoldi (1992). Argentina
First global IPO:
Telefónica de Argentina (1991). Argentina
First Euro CD:
Banco Rio NY Agency (1991). Argentina
First commercial paper: Bunge (1991). Argentina
Note(*): Deals done by our team of professionals before joining Columbus Merchant Banking.
Commitment: From the beginning the partners of Columbus are completely involved in the transaction, personally taking care of the clients’ necessities through the process.
Excellence: Superior execution capabilities by Partners under international standards.
Independence: Unbiased and unconflicted investment banking services.
Experience: Our Partners average more than 20 years in the investment banking industry, developed in leading global financial institutions at major financial markets.
Industry Knowledge: Columbus has thorough knowledge, relationships and experience in almost any industry. However, we are not industry specialists, we are deal specialists!
Global Coverage: Our presence in Argentina and Uruguay and partnership with Global M&A enhances our regional and international coverage and facilitates the maximization of business opportunities.
Reach: Superior access to a wide variety and type of investors in different markets.
Long-term Thinking: Columbus privileges developing long-term relationships with clients, delivering superior advisory services in any type of transaction and marketplace.
Teamwork: Is the most valuable asset of Columbus. The partners have a successful team work experience of more than 20 years and have lead transactions in every type of macroeconomic scenarios.
A deal cannot afford the cost of not having the right advisor…
Exclusive dedication by Partners.
Deal execution by top tier professionals.
Proven experience in closing deals under different market scenarios.
Unbiased and unconflicted investment banking services.
Efficiency and flexibility.
Regional and global coverage.
Execution by generalists – Seniors at mandate & closing only!
Huge deal teams with marginal dedication.
Lack of flexibility.
Evident conflicts of interest.
Best resources only dedicated to seven-digit deals.
Transaction focus lost among a wide array of corporate interests.