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Company name

LAFISE Investment Management Ltd.

Project number

13320-01

FI-2 operations are those where the risk potential is considered medium: the FI’s current or future portfolio consists of or is expected to consist of, business activities that have potential limited adverse environmental or social risks or impacts that are few in number, generally site-specific, largely reversible, and readily addressed through mitigation measures; or includes a very limited number of business activities with potential adverse environmental or social risks or impacts that are diverse, irreversible, or unprecedented.

E&S category
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FI-2

Country

Regional

Sector

Investment Funds

Status

In implementation

Disclosed date

03/30/2021

Projected date at which a project will be put forward for the Board of Executive Directors’ approval.

Projected board date
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09/03/2021

Approval date

08/31/2021

Signed date

11/12/2021

Sponsoring entity

N/A

Team leader

Vargas Gomez, Felipe

Investment type

Syndicated amount

N/A

Financing amount

USD $ 10,000,000

Currency

USD

Project scope and objective

CASEIF IV LP (Central America Fund) (the "Fund" or "CASEIF IV") is a new regional private equity fund that will provide growth capital and structured financing (mezzanine debt) to mid-sized companies with high growth potential in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
CASEIF IV will be managed by LAFISE Investment Management Ltd. ("LIM"). Founded in 2000, with the support of IDB Lab (formerly MIF) and Norfund, LIM is the longest-standing Central American venture capital and impact investment fund manager dedicated to supporting the growth of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) in Central America.
CASEIF IV is expected to play an important counter-cyclical role in the midst of the severe Covid-19 crisis and the recent hurricanes that impacted Central America, with a target size of US$75 million and US$400,000 for technical assistance funds. It is expected to become the largest private equity fund ever created that focuses primarily on Central America and the Dominican Republic (at least 85% of the fund), with the objective of supporting the growth of medium-sized enterprises.
The Fund's investment philosophy focuses primarily on aiding the development of the regional private sector by supporting entrepreneurs with strong regional expansion plans, acquiring new technologies to increase productivity and/or penetrate new market segments, and capitalizing on nearshoring opportunities. The Fund will invest in approximately 12 medium-sized companies with high growth potential in all economic sectors (multi-sector fund), particularly focusing on those where LIM has built special capabilities and networks for value creation, such as agribusiness, food and beverage manufacturing and processing, education, and information technology (“IT”).

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Environmental and social review

IDB Invest conducts an environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) commensurate with the nature, scale, and stage of the project, and with its level of environmental and social risks and impacts. The ESDD will confirm the project E&S categorization and assess the project with respect to the client requirements in IDB Invest Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy. The results of the ESDD, including any identified gaps are described in the Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS) provided below. For projects approved as of 2016, any gaps with respect to IDB Invest's Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy at the time of the ESDD are addressed in the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) presented below, to comply with the date mentioned above.

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Client Contact

CONTACT NAME

Erik Lagos

POSITION

CEO

PHONE NUMBER

+505 22771111

EMAIL

erlagos@lafise.com

IDB Invest Contact

EMAIL

requestinformation@idbinvest.org

PHONE

+1(202)-566-4566

ADDRESS

1350 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

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