November/December 2015

  • TECH CENTRAL AMERICA: Expanding with care Nov 9, 2015

    As the international contingent pulls out, competition builds between homegrown banks for regional market share. IT innovation is proving a critical element to winning over customers. By Aaron Weinman

  • TECH RETAIL BANKING: Big data, new problems Nov 9, 2015

    Rapidly advancing banking software is increasingly opening the door to cross-border retail services. But compliance risks still cast a shadow over the industry’s growth. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • TECH CYBER CRIME: Homegrown menace Nov 9, 2015

    As Latin Americans take to online banking, Brazil is scoring records for the wrong reasons. By Patrick Ferguson

  • NEWS BONDS: Sovereign flavors Nov 9, 2015

    Latin American sovereigns lead the way for primary issuances from the region, as deal flow thins before the holidays. By Patrick Ferguson

  • COVER STORY: Pulling it all together Nov 9, 2015

    As Latin American governments look to infrastructure development to boost growth over long and short term horizons, they are finding that traditional sources of capital are falling short of what is needed. While bank lending will play a fundamental role in financing projects, a broader range of investors are being called upon to complete the packages. By Sara Rosner & Jennifer P. Roig

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  • ROUNDTABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Engineering the solution Nov 9, 2015

    Borrowers and financiers are encountering a diverse, developing set of funding resources. LatinFinance convened a group of leading project sponsors and bankers to discuss the changing infrastructure financing environment at a roundtable in New York in September.

  • NEWS LOANS: Lowering the volume Nov 9, 2015

    Borrowers are finding significant liquidity and attractive terms, as lenders look to put capital to work in a quiet market. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • INVESTOR PERCEPTION STUDY BRAZILIAN LAW: Compliance as a growth industry Nov 10, 2015

    As companies come to grips with the Petrobras fallout, their legal advisors are preoccupied with governance. By Andrew Short

  • PARTING SHOT: Fighting back Nov 10, 2015

    MSCI kept Peru’s stock exchange in its emerging market index in September, but will re-evaluate a switch to frontier market status next year. Christian Laub sets out the Bolsa’s plan to avoid the downgrade

  • NEWS PEOPLE: Managing change Nov 10, 2015

    Investment banks make strategic moves in structured finance, while a former central banker lands at a commercial bank. By Patrick Ferguson

  • SME INNOVATION CROWD-FUNDING: Channeling money to customers Nov 10, 2015

    Individual investors hunting for returns are finding a growing array of peer-to-peer lending opportunities as Latin America’s SMEs turn to crowdfunding for growth capital. By Lucien Chauvin

  • INTERVIEW: Daniel Schydlowsky Nov 10, 2015

    The head of Peru’s banking regulator, the SBS, talks to LatinFinance about the risks of transformations to the financial industry

  • SME INNOVATION DATA: Passing the test Nov 10, 2015

    Lenders are turning to new pools of data and fresh analysis techniques as they rethink the creditworthiness of small and medium-sized enterprises. By Lucien Chauvin

  • SME INNOVATION BANKING DISRUPTION: In line for change Nov 10, 2015

    Latin America and the Caribbean are proving ripe for an overhaul of traditional banking models, as technology opens the way for safer credit to small and medium sized companies. By Lucien Chauvin

  • SME INNOVATION VENTURE CAPITAL: Running the numbers Nov 10, 2015

    Venture capital or participation from angel investors is often the initial hurdle for a start-up to get off the ground. For LatAm’s tech firms, attracting such equity can be tough. By Lucien Chauvin

  • INTERVIEW: Santiago Pérez Nov 10, 2015

    Bancolombia’s vice president for SME and consumer lending discusses how traditional banks are set to change with the tech revolution

  • INTERVIEW: Hernán Fernández Nov 10, 2015

    The co-founder and managing partner of Angel Ventures Mexico spoke to LatinFinance about the role of venture capital and angel investors in Latin America.

  • AWARDS BANKS OF THE YEAR 2015 Nov 10, 2015

    The leading financial institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean say a focus on efficiency and fresh technology has kept them ahead of the pack in a difficult year for many economies

  • Bank of the Year & Bank of the Year Honduras Nov 10, 2015

    As international lenders retreat from Central America, one local bank is aggressively seizing the opportunity to gain market share

  • Bank of the Year Mexico Nov 10, 2015

    In a tough year, the winner upped its customer-service quotient and took efficiencies across the board

  • Bank of the Year Brazil Nov 10, 2015

    Business diversification is proving the key to resilience in a difficult Brazilian market

  • Bank of the Year Argentina Nov 10, 2015

    Argentina’s stressed financial situation has made life tough for the banking sector, but one lender stands out for maintaining a solid balance sheet

  • Bank of the Year Colombia Nov 10, 2015

    By focusing on client satisfaction and innovation, the lender has cemented its leadership in the Colombian financial sector

  • Bank of the Year Venezuela Nov 10, 2015

    Efficiency rules for this lender, giving it the edge over competitors in a difficult economy

  • Bank of the Year Peru Nov 10, 2015

    Following its parent company’s strategies of streamlining and attention to customers, this bank is growing quickly and catching up to its bigger competitors

  • Bank of the Year Chile Nov 10, 2015

    Success in 2015 comes from two seemingly disparate strategies: combining a conservative portfolio with investing in technology to simplify the consumer’s experience

  • Bank of the Year Ecuador Nov 10, 2015

    The Ecuadorian lender maintains a diversified pool of funding sources

  • Bank of the Year Uruguay Nov 10, 2015

    Uruguay’s dominant bank grabbed a bigger share of the country’s consumer banking market as the country’s economic growth stagnates

  • Bank of the Year Paraguay Nov 10, 2015

    As Paraguay’s economy is hit by low commodity prices and troubles in Brazil, one bank has managed to keep expanding

  • Bank of the Year Bolivia Nov 10, 2015

    Amid new banking legislation, the country’s largest lender outperformed

  • Bank of the Year Panama Nov 10, 2015

    A deep dive into retail banking, counterbalanced with a move into the corporate capital markets, positions this bank for regional expansion

  • Bank of the Year Central America Nov 10, 2015

    With a broad regional presence, this bank is taking advantage of changes to Central America’s financial services industry

  • Bank of the Year Guatemala Nov 10, 2015

    This institution has grown market share among both retail and corporate clients. Next on its agenda: its own IPO

  • Bank of the Year Costa Rica Nov 10, 2015

    Despite a weak economy and state competition, the lender is beefing up its transaction services offerings

  • Bank of the Year El Salvador Nov 10, 2015

    A standout lender and issuer proves global investors want exposure even in a lethargic country

  • Bank of the Year Nicaragua Nov 10, 2015

    By embracing international connections and standards, the bank stakes out a path to stability and growth

  • Bank of the Year Dominican Republic Nov 10, 2015

    The biggest bank in this Caribbean country posted strong growth in profits without losing focus on customer services

  • Bank of the Year Trinidad & Tobago Bank of the Year Caribbean Nov 10, 2015

    This Caribbean lender is aggressively pursuing an inorganic strategy for expansion

  • Bank of the Year Jamaica Nov 10, 2015

    The island’s largest bank is growing customers through technology and boosting profits through efficiencies

  • Investment Bank of the Year Brazil Nov 10, 2015

    A diversified product offering in Brazil’s capital markets sets this investment bank apart from its peers

  • Investment Bank of the Year Mexico Nov 10, 2015

    The Mexican investment bank has worked on some of the country’s most important equity and debt transactions

  • Investment Bank of the Year Colombia Nov 10, 2015

    Strong client relationships and synergies with its parent group have propelled this investment bank in the past year

  • Investment Bank of the Year Chile Nov 10, 2015

    The dramatic fall in copper prices has had widespread ramifications for Chilean companies’ strategies. One bank is leaping at the new opportunities the economic changes bring

  • Multilateral Development Bank of the Year Nov 10, 2015

    The regional lender has increased its loan disbursements already this year, and expects further demand as weak growth takes hold in Latin America

  • Microfinance Institution of the Year Nov 10, 2015

    From small beginnings, this microfinance lender has grown its customer base across Colombia

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