Latin America Upstream M&A - poised to bounce back

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Report summary

Latin America M&A fell back in 2012. Brazil is seeing a re-rating of value; Argentina is seeing a re-rating of political and fiscal risk. Despite the challenges, Latin America offers a wealth of opportunities for companies of all shapes and sizes. There are deals to be done, if buyers and sellers can come together. Increased deal flow in 2013 hints at a turn-around.

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Table of contents

  • Regional M&A Outlook
    • Successful Licensing Round Bodes Well for Future M&A
    • Pre-salt
    • Petrobras
    • OGX's financial strain
    • Anadarko
    • Vaca Muerta tight oil
    • Energy market liberalisation helps, but costs need to come down
    • Political risk
    • BP content to stay
    • Petrobras wanting to go
    • Canadian juniors and domestic players dominate the market
    • NOCs potentially interested in Colombia
    • Large Cap interest in Colombia is limited
    • Few opportunities in oil
    • Large Caps may provide asset liquidity
    • Potential EOR opportunities for niche players
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia
  • Falklands/Malvinas
  • Historic M&A
    • Scope of coverage
    • Implied Long-Term Oil Price Methodology

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:


  • Major Latin America focused deals in 2012
  • Trends in Latin America focused M&A


  • Strategic fit of Latin American interests within the Majors' and Large Cap IOCs global portfolios
  • Implied Long-term Oil Price, deal-by-deal vs. Brent oil price (Latin America focused deals highlighted)
  • Weighted average ‘per barrel' acquisition costs
  • Share of global M&A
  • Implied Long-term Oil Price
  • Total resource traded
  • Buyers & Sellers 2012
  • Annual upstream M&A spend (by deal type)

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