November/December 2014

  • FRONT NOTES: Decline and fall Nov 1, 2014

  • NEWS EQUITY: Back to life Nov 1, 2014

    Issuance in the Mexican equity market started to recover, but volatility forced a number of companies to put plans to issue stock on hold. By Eduardo García

  • NEWS BONDS: Corporate shift Nov 1, 2014

    Negative rating actions on Brazil and Costa Rica put a dampener on a busy first half of September in the sovereign market, after which focus turned elsewhere. By Andre Puglie

  • NEWS LOANS/PEOPLE: On your marks Nov 1, 2014

    Conditions look good in the loan market, amid bank leadership changes, and a new Peruvian finance minister. By Patrick Ferguson and Katie Llanos-Small

  • NEWS M&A: Mining buyer Nov 1, 2014

    The Lundin Group made two minerals acquisitions in October, amid a series of consumer-related deals. By Katie Llanos-Small

  • COVER STORY: Small money becomes big business Nov 1, 2014

    After a period of rapid growth, microfinance is facing its toughest years yet. But as the region’s biggest banks step up their involvement, the industry has become an ever more integral part of Latin America’s financial mainstream. By Lucy Conger

  • Capital markets: Managing mismatches Nov 1, 2014

  • BANKING - CREDIT: Muted Ambitions Nov 1, 2014

    Latin American banks are cutting risky lending, as slower growth cuts into household incomes. But there is scope for expansion, particularly in mortgages, Mexico and infrastructure. By Dominic O’Neill

  • INVESTOR REPORT TRANSACTION BANKING: Tapping growth Nov 1, 2014

    Technology and new regulations are shaking up banking operations in Latin America, for every customer from the smallest farmers in the Andes to the biggest corporations

  • TRANSACTION BANKING OUTLOOK: Bright spot Nov 1, 2014

    High hopes for Mexico’s exports and Latin American corporate growth are fueling a scramble for banks toward the opportunities in operations. By David Wigan

  • TRANSACTION BANKING MOBILE MONEY: Going digital Nov 1, 2014

    Widespread cellphone ownership in Latin America is bringing banks new clients — and new competitors. By Andre Puglie

  • TRANSACTION BANKING REMITTANCES: New entrants Nov 1, 2014

    Increased competition and regulatory oversight are creating a tough environment for retail money transfer operators. By Raúl Gallegos

  • OBITUARY EMILIO BOTíN: Hard act to follow Nov 1, 2014

    A foresighted decision to enter Latin America, where Santander is now the region’s biggest bank, created a new powerhouse in global banking. By William Chislett

  • PARTING SHOT: Think again Nov 1, 2014

    The decision on Argentina’s restructured debt exposes a large gap in the international financial architecture, says economist José Antonio Ocampo

  • AWARDS: Banks of the Year 2014 Nov 1, 2014

    Despite predictions that the operating environment will get tougher in the short term, banks in Latin America continue to invest, raise capital and grow. LatinFinance highlights the institutions that have done so most impressively.

  • BANK OF THE YEAR, BANK OF THE YEAR MEXICO Nov 1, 2014

    Strong growth and a successful follow-on offering mean the bank is well-placed to benefit from structural reforms

  • BANK OF THE YEAR BRAZIL Nov 1, 2014

    Amid an environment of slower lending growth, this institution stands out for a solid balance sheet

  • BANK OF THE YEAR ARGENTINA Nov 1, 2014

    The bank has grown profitability and focused on improving retail services. It remains hopeful of an improvement in the local environment

  • BANK OF THE YEAR COLOMBIA Nov 1, 2014

    As Colombia’s banks gear up for organic growth, one bank took the first move in replenishing capital after an acquisition spree

  • BANK OF THE YEAR VENEZUELA Nov 1, 2014

    Strong capital levels and high profitability made this bank stand out in a tough environment

  • BANK OF THE YEAR PERU Nov 1, 2014

    After years when banks have grown rapidly in riskier areas of retail lending, this bank maintains exceptionally good asset quality

  • BANK OF THE YEAR CHILE Nov 1, 2014

    With an impressive array of funding operations under its belt, solid growth and stronger capital, this bank stood out

  • BANK OF THE YEAR ECUADOR Nov 1, 2014

    This bank has led the way amid a rebound in profitability among Ecuadorian banks, after setbacks over the previous two years

  • BANK OF THE YEAR URUGUAY Nov 1, 2014

    The acquisition of Citi’s local unit provided Uruguay’s third-largest bank with a rare opportunity to speed up growth

  • BANK OF THE YEAR PARAGUAY Nov 1, 2014

    Increasing branches and ATMs has helped the bank grow faster, and more profitably, than its competitors

  • BANK OF THE YEAR BOLIVIA Nov 1, 2014

    New regulations have cut into the bank’s profits, but credit demand from homebuyers peaked in 2013

  • BANK OF THE YEAR CENTRAL AMERICA, BANK OF THE YEAR PANAMA Nov 1, 2014

    Strong capital and healthy rises in profit, loans, and deposits come alongside a push for diversification in funding and retail banking

  • BANK OF THE YEAR GUATEMALA Nov 1, 2014

    Rising capital, falling bad debt, and growing profits mark a year that also saw a debut cross-border bond, and a new pact with a regional leader

  • BANK OF THE YEAR COSTA RICA Nov 1, 2014

    A debut in the cross-border bond market underscored this lender’s efforts to build a following internationally

  • BANK OF THE YEAR EL SALVADOR Nov 1, 2014

    New initiatives in areas like remittances show optimism in the local market, despite slow economic growth

  • BANK OF THE YEAR HONDURAS Nov 1, 2014

    Falling bad debt and increasing capital levels give this firm an edge over rivals, but the sale of Citi’s local subsidiary will make for a worthy rival

  • BANK OF THE YEAR NICARAGUA Nov 1, 2014

    Growth in capital and profitability outpaced rivals, and the winner’s bad debt fell, despite fast loan growth

  • BANK OF THE YEAR CARIBBEAN, BANK OF THE YEAR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Nov 1, 2014

    A shift to businesses, without forgetting the bank’s traditional strengths in consumer, is bringing success

  • BANK OF THE YEAR TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Nov 1, 2014

    Growth in areas such as wealth management and mortgages have helped bring record profits

  • BANK OF THE YEAR JAMAICA Nov 1, 2014

    Jamaica’s biggest bank bounced back from the volatility of a sovereign debt restructuring, and is even expanding regionally

  • INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR BRAZIL Nov 1, 2014

    Retaining the top market share at home, with strength across products, gives a good base for growing in markets abroad

  • INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR MEXICO Nov 1, 2014

    A policy of nurturing and retaining talent has proved successful, as reforms herald a boom in deal-making in sectors like telecoms and energy

  • INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR COLOMBIA Nov 1, 2014

    The bank had a leading position in a number of important deals in the country, including a follow-on deal for the parent

  • INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR CHILE Nov 1, 2014

    A strong local position coupled with links to a global group put Banchile-Citi at an advantage at a time of flux for Chilean investment banking

  • MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE YEAR Nov 1, 2014

    Plans to build on success in encouraging private investment into infrastructure projects, with the “transformational” creation of a dedicated new entity

  • MICROFINANCE INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR Nov 1, 2014

    The Mexican industry leader lowers non-performing loans during a difficult time for the industry

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