One company is high on ambition. The other is deep in
distress. The owners of Mexico’s top railroad now are feuding over
deal gone bad involving a choice asset.
The country has regained the confidence of investors
and but Brazil still faces considerable challenges that the markets
have ignored for too long.
Brazil’s trade and industry minister has been in the
job barely a year and already has something to show for his time in
government. But Luiz Furlan still has much to do before the country
emerges as a major trading nation.
Mexico’s pension fund managers soon will be able to
invest overseas. Debaters at a LatinFinance conference in November
looked to the future of offshore investing.
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has
achieved a lot in his first year in office. His reform agenda next
year promises to be as challenging as it has been in
Money is moving into Latin American technology
ventures in Brazil. But entrepreneurs and their backers still face
Brazil’s Banco Bradesco locked in its lowest rate ever
in a subordinated debt issue. More banks are lining up to follow
Bradesco into a market hungry for Brazilian risk.
China has become one of Brazil’s biggest trading
partners, driven by its voracious demand for commodities. Bankers
LatinFinance presented the Mexican Pension Fund Forum
as a vehicle for learning and a catalyst for change in the Mexican
markets as new doors are opened for pension fund investments. In
case you missed this event, access the complete speaker
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Ricardo Handley personifies the wheeling and dealing that characterized Argentina in the 1990s. Now, after years in obscurity, he is back in the public eye.
Under the command of Roberto Setúbal, Brazil's Banco Itaú has moved into a league of its own. Itaú is the most profitable and most valuable bank in Latin America.
LatinFinance's inaugural Brazil Conference, held in
September in Rio de Janeiro, attracted a star-studded cast of
speakers from academia, the private sector and the federal
Bolivians threw out a government over plans to export natural gas. Bolivia and other gas-rich Latin American countries risk forfeiting forever the North American market that is theirs to lose.
The Mexican cellular operator has gobbled up competitors in South America in a bid to be a top player in every market where it operates.
Argentina extracted a favorable deal from the IMF but its victory could be short-lived if the country fails to address critical policy weaknesses.
Relatively unknown by investors outside of its home region, LanChile is growing and profitable at a time when the world's mightiest airlines have faltered.
Pedro Aspe, the former Mexican finance minister who resurrected the country's finances in the late 1980s, raises money for small- to medium-sized companies starved of capital.
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