Brazil is abuzz with talk of first-time issuers, as a number of ABS greenhorns either award mandates, send out RFPs or thoughtfully consider unsolicited pitches. These potential deals also carry the promise of new asset classes, a welcome change for those thirsty for more diversification.
In a sure sign that the market will keep branching out, Brazilian investors are more receptive than ever to receivable investment funds (FIDCs), the vehicle of choice for local ABS. "In the beginning the problem was on the investor side, but that's not an issue anymore," said Patricia Bentes, managing director of local boutique Hampton Solfise. "If anything demand outstrips supply."