(Recasts with agreement to sell stake to GIC)
By Tatiana Bautzer and Guillermo Parra-Bernal
SAO PAULO Nov 29 Grupo BTG Pactual SA has agreed to sell its 12 % stake in Rede D’Or São Luiz SA, Brazil’s biggest hospital chain, to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte Ltd for virtually two.five billion reais ($ 633 million), a supply directly involved in the deal mentioned on Sunday.
An announcement could take spot early on Monday, mentioned the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the deal.
Executives at the São Paulo-primarily based bank had been negotiating exiting Rede D’Or because August, despite the fact that the arrest last week of BTG Pactual’s chairman, André Esteves, sped up talks, two other sources said.
Esteves was arrested as component of “Operation Auto Wash,” a probe into links in between ruling coalition politicians and firm executives who allegedly traded contracts at state firms for bribes and campaign donations.
He was detained on suspicion of obstructing a bribery investigation centered on Brazil’s state-controlled oil and gas company Petrobras, an allegation his lawyer, Antonio Carlos de Almeida Castro, has denied.
GIC paid 3.3 billion reais for a 16 percent stake of Rede D’Or in May possibly. The other partners in Rede D’Or are Brazil’s Moll family, which founded Rede D’Or in 1977, and Carlyle Group LP.
Carlyle purchased a four % stake in Rede D’Or from BTG in April, as properly as a 4 % stake from the Moll family. BTG had been discussing because August a divestment of an additional four % in Rede D’Or with Carlyle, the two sources stated.
According to one particular of these two sources, the Molls showed no interest in increasing their stake, and GIC not too long ago emerged as the preferred candidate.
BTG Pactual declined comment, as did representatives for Carlyle and GIC. Media officials for the billionaire Moll loved ones could not be reached for comment.
The Molls and BTG Pactual became partners at the finish of 2010.
Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, citing a person with expertise of the matter, that partners at BTG Pactual are in talks to acquire Esteves’ 28.eight % controlling stake in the bank right after his arrest.
($ 1 = 3.8446 Brazilian reais) (Editing by Leslie Adler)