Private equity group Riverstone Holdings Ltd. and Miguel Galuccio, a former CEO of Argentine state-owned oil company YPF SA (NYSE: YPF), aim to raise $500 million in Mexico's first-ever stock market listing of a special purpose acquisition company or SPAC, according to two people familiar with the plan.
Vista Oil & Gas, the SPAC vehicle, intends to purchase energy E&P assets in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil within two years of its listing, tentatively planned for a month from now, according to an investor presentation.
The stock market listing would be the first to take advantage of a 2013 constitutional change that opened Mexico's energy production and exploration to private investors for the first time in 75 years.
Reuters could not immediately reach a Riverstone spokesman.
SPACs raise money from investors and then go shopping, betting that their management teams will find attractive deals at suitable prices.
They have gained ground in U.S. shale oil and gas because they hold cash that can be invested quickly, and because their publicly traded shares are more liquid than private equity investments.
Riverstone, a private equity group founded in 2000, has committed over $35 billion in 130 investments in the energy industry.
Credit Suisse and Citi are managing the listing of Vista Oil & Gas, according to its prospectus.