TWO OF AMIT WADHWANEY’S passions are international stocks and ethnic restaurants. That he is an avowed value investor is no surprise, given that Third Avenue Management, his employer, was founded in the mid-1980s by famed bargain-hunter Marty Whitman. Wadhwaney’s duties include running the Third Avenue International Fund (TAVIX). Barron’s recently caught up by Wadhwaney by phone.
Although investors in other parts in Latin America have started investing in Colombia, there is very a long way to go. On the plus side, there is a lot more de-risking that is taking place in Colombia on the ground level in terms of security, which is resulting in the opening up and starting up of new businesses. Consider, for example, the world of resources. Exploration in Colombia over the years for things like hydrocarbons, base metals, precious metals and coal was nonexistent. You didn’t dare do it because you wouldn’t come out of the bush alive. Now, on the other hand, there is a whole industry building—and not just because of the better security. It’s also because of the tremendous legal infrastructure that is in place to protect foreign investors—something lacking in many other countries in the region.