Miguel Angel Arrigoni
First Corporate Financial Advisors
M&A Corporate
Chairman & CEO
25 de Mayo 596, piso 20 (C1002ABL)
Corporate Finance Advisers of the Year
Contact
Miguel.arrigoni@firstcfa.com
(+54-11) 4311-6014
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M&A Corporate

Biography

Mr. Arrigoni has more than 30 years of experience working in financial services and investments in Argentina and Latin America. He has led projects and transactions in a wide variety of industries working with major groups such as Citibank, Santander, Banco Galicia, ABN AMRO, HSBC, Blackstone, among others. Miguel has also been closely linked to the development of Argentina’s capital markets. He has been actively involved in several high profile M&A transactions in Argentina and the region, including ICBC’s acquisition of Standard Bank in Argentina. Mr. Arrigoni is a frequent speaker in conferences all over America, specialized in the financial industry and is the author of several articles published in high profile newspapers and magazines. He is an Accountant and earned a Masters degree in Systems Engineering, both from Buenos Aires

University. He has also completed Business Executive Programs in Harvard University

Firm

First Corporate Finance Advisors S.A. (FIRST) is a leading financial services group with more than 30 years of experience in the Argentinean and Latin American markets.

-        FIRST has 3 complementary business units that include corporate finance, capital markets and a specialized private equity business and team.

-        The private equity team is led by seasoned professionals with strong finance and operating experience in the region.

-        With a structure of more than 90 people, FIRST is one of the largest corporate finance and financial services advisory firm in the region.

FIRST has direct presence in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia and London. Our consolidated market position has been an advantage for deal origination and execution.

-        FIRST specializes in providing highly sophisticated services to a wide range of diversified clients comprising:

o   Major domestic and foreign company groups;

o   Family businesses;

o   National, provincial and municipal governments.

o   Private equity funds & Hedge funds

-        It is worth noting that FIRST has worked with more than 70% of Argentina’s top 100 domestic companies.

-        FIRST has advised on numerous high profile deals in Argentina and Latin America. Some of our key M&A clients include Unilever, BASF, Baumgarten, Mead Johnson, ICBC, Diageo, Alicorp, Dupont, Seguridad Argentina, Shell, among others.  FIRST has also been working closely with top private equity firms and hedge funds (domestic and international) looking to invest in Argentina.

FIRST has considerable experience working on engagements all across LATAM.

The ability to provide local market expertise in all the regions we work, while also understanding the needs and requirements of international investors, is a key component. Investors look for local market insights and opportunities that are generally not available in the local market, while also demanding economic stability and transparent market rules. Having an established local presence and understanding of regional and local trends creates a lot of value to the investors and companies we work with.

Some of our highlights include:

o   Participated in more than 60 M&A transactions.

o   More than 500 valuations done across the region in the past 10 years.

o   We have taken over 95 companies to the local capital markets.

o   Structured more than 1,400 series of trust securities valued at more than US$ 30 billion with an 80% market share. FIRST has been closely linked to the development of the local capital markets.

o   Advised on corporate restructuring deals worth more than US$ 3 billion.

In M&A and Private Equity we have the ability to:

·         Identify real business opportunities

·         Build and develop business cases not available to the general market

·         Develop co-investment strategies along with local players

·         Identify risks and implement mitigation strategies

·         Provide management and expertise in key industries

·         Monitor business performance and provide value added governance

·         Experience operating in different economic cycles

·         Apply capital markets expertise

·         Prepare companies to leverage the exit process

·          We have worked across and specialized in a broad range of industries in Argentina and have close contact with the main local players.

·          Local companies are usually family run, face professionalization challenges, and require capital to grow, in a local market that is becoming more dynamic. We help foreign investors understand and adapt to the local business context.

·          Valuations are another key item. Company valuations in Argentina have continued to be significantly below regional peers. As the economy gradually opens, and the M&A flow increases, valuations are expected to increase. Timing is a key component, we help our clients to anticipate changes and develop successful market entry strategies.

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