Infrastructure Finance: Hope eternal
Latin governments are scrambling to plug the region’s infrastructure gap as years of under-investment come back to bite
By John Rumsey
Many were predicting a tough year for Latin infrastructure
markets at the start of 2012. But in a year marked by swings in
global capital markets, retrenchment of investment banks, and
corporate cash hoarding, the region's industry fared relatively
well, especially from a demand standpoint.
Governments are keen to improve infrastructure and have
helped shepherd deals to market. Perhaps, more surprisingly,
private oil and gas and mining deals continue to provide a
solid base. Financing has, however, proven tortuous (see Into
the Void, page 68).
Bankers, rating agencies and investors see last year as a
solid if not a vintage year and are cautiously optimistic for
this year. Project finance deal volumes and numbers grew around
20% last year and are likely to increase by similar amounts
this year, says Mexico City-based Javier Martín Robles,
managing director at Banco Santander, one of the most active
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