January/February 2016

  • JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2016 FRONT NOTES: Fickle fortunes Jan 15, 2016

  • NEWS PEOPLE: Fresh start Jan 15, 2016

    Argentina’s incoming president has been restocking his administration, while fallout from Brazil’s corruption scandal continues to impact the country’s largest firms. By Miluska Berrospi

  • NEWS BONDS: New year, new market? Jan 15, 2016

    An interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve has buoyed the market with certainty, and bond market intermediaries are hopeful for a busy start to 2016. By Patrick Ferguson

  • NEWS LOANS: Relationship tests Jan 15, 2016

    As bank lenders remain liquid and corporate creditworthiness weakens, the direction of pricing in the LatAm loan market is up for debate. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • NEWS EQUITY/M&A: Changing hands Jan 15, 2016

    Mexico is set to lead the way in equity markets this year, while mergers & acquisitions are expected to increase as investors with long-term ambitions eye Brazilian assets. By Aaron Weinman

  • COVER STORY: A new direction for investment banking Jan 15, 2016

    As Latin America’s capital markets issuers grappled with an increasingly cool reception from international buyers, investment banking revenues nosedived in 2015. Now, intermediaries are re-examining their strategies for the changing global cycle and looking at new business areas for profit. By Patrick Ferguson

  • WEALTH MANAGEMENT FAMILY OFFICES: Growing force Jan 15, 2016

    Latin American family offices are increasingly emerging in different corners of the financial markets, as they recalibrate their investment strategies in a bid to maximize wealth. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • CAPITAL MARKETS CENTRAL AMERICA: Strength in numbers Jan 15, 2016

    After more than a decade of discussion and planning, Panama and El Salvador are preparing to integrate their stock exchanges as the rest of Central America looks on. By Lucy Conger

  • AWARDS: DEALS OF THE YEAR 2015 Jan 15, 2016

    A nimble, innovative approach to fickle markets helped Latin America’s most impressive institutions raise capital and execute strategic transactions in 2015. LatinFinance recognizes the stand-out deals and dealmakers for their resounding success during a difficult year

  • AWARDS: Sovereign Issuer & Sovereign Bond of the Year Jan 15, 2016

    The sovereign set records and precedents for cross-border bonds across billions of dollars of issuances

  • AWARDS: Corporate Issuer, Quasi-Sovereign Bond & Financing Innovation of the Year Jan 15, 2016

    The oil company once again led the way for Latin American issuers with a breadth of transactions, from the very large to the very novel

  • AWARDS: Corporate High-Grade Bond Jan 15, 2016

    The Mexican food company overcame split ratings and a six-year hiatus from the bond market to score investment grade terms

  • AWARDS: Corporate High-Yield Bond Jan 15, 2016

    A sub-investment grade issuer found strong demand for the first hybrid perpetual bond from Colombia

  • AWARDS: Sovereign Liability Management Jan 15, 2016

    The Caribbean sovereign stands out for a savvy transaction that significantly improved its debt profile

  • AWARDS: Corporate Liability Management Jan 15, 2016

    Timing, significance and novelty highlight the protein producer’s transaction in a challenging market for Brazilian borrowers

  • AWARDS: Equity Follow-On, Cross-Border M&A Jan 15, 2016

    Latin America’s largest follow-on this year financed a jumbo cross-border acquisition during a turbulent backdrop in Brazil

  • AWARDS: Initial Public Offering Jan 15, 2016

    Latin America’s largest IPO of 2015 weathered the storm of a potential default in Greece, providing some light during a dark year for the equities market

  • AWARDS: Private Equity Jan 15, 2016

    After a six-year investment, this Colombian fund made a highly profitable exit in a deal that underscores the rise of LatAm’s own buyside

  • AWARDS: Domestic M&A Deal Jan 15, 2016

    An Argentine acquisition illustrates the impact of the country’s changing political landscape for corporates looking to capture growth

  • AWARDS: Syndicated loan Jan 15, 2016

    A complex financing structure drew plaudits from rival bankers for its sophisticated execution and success in attracting new lenders

  • AWARDS: Restructuring Jan 15, 2016

    This low-income homebuilder carried out a multi-billion dollar restructuring under new legislation, negotiating with thousands of creditors to reduce debt

  • AWARDS: Local Currency Deal Jan 15, 2016

    The Andean sovereign increased its investor base, extended its maturities and pre-financed debt in this remarkable liability management exercise

  • AWARDS: Structured Financing Jan 15, 2016

    This issuer became the first South American airline to employ a complex financing tool, overcoming untested legal ground in multiple jurisdictions to significantly upsize this landmark transaction

  • AWARDS: Trade Finance Jan 15, 2016

    One borrower has bucked a trend of credit weakening in Brazil, underscoring its strengthening profile with a heavily-subscribed term loan extension

  • AWARDS: Law Firm: Latin America Jan 15, 2016

    Participation on a wide variety of successful deals across the region set this practice apart

  • AWARDS: Law Firm: Brazil Jan 15, 2016

    While emphasizing long-term client relationships, this firm is targeting a growing volume of mergers and acquisitions

  • AWARDS: Law Firm: Mexico Jan 15, 2016

    This firm blends experience, with an emphasis on relationships and technical sophistication to maintain and grow its stable of clients that includes some of Mexico’s largest issuers

  • AWARDS: Law Firm: Andes Jan 15, 2016

    Creativity, expertise and collaboration characterize this firm’s approach to clients and transactions

  • AWARDS: Bond House Jan 15, 2016

    As a lack of issuance from Brazilian borrowers last year drove bond volumes across the region down to their lowest levels since 2009, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch emerged to lead debt capital markets activity

  • AWARDS: Equity House Jan 15, 2016

    A significant leap in this year’s league tables coupled with a wide-reaching network makes this bank stand out during a weak year for Latin American equities

  • AWARDS: M&A House Jan 15, 2016

    A global presence and a willingness to embrace complexity has propelled this bank to award-winning advisory roles

  • AWARDS: Loan House Jan 15, 2016

    The lender’s breadth and volume of activity throughout Latin America is complemented by a strategy that aims to include mid-size corporate clients and transactions

  • AWARDS: Investment Bank Jan 15, 2016

    Blending the right amount of local, regional and global expertise has helped this firm shine in LatAm debt, equity capital markets and M&A

  • PARTING SHOT: Building strength Jan 15, 2016

    Finishing the canal expansion on-time and exiting the Financial Action Task Force gray list are top priorities for Panama this year, says Dulcidio De La Guardia

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