Equity markets: A matter of size

Equity markets: A matter of size

Latin America’s equity capital markets are unrecognizable from the late-1980s. What started as a few Chilean banks raising less than $100 million via SEC listings has in recent years unleashed some of the world’s biggest deals. Multi-billion dollar issues are now common, with domestic and international investors participating in ever more sophisticated offerings. Companies in the region have issued more than $20 billion in each of the last eight years, up from annual volumes of less than $10 billion in the 1990s. The rise has hardly been a smooth one, however. In the 1990s, a US registration was needed to raise any funds. A few Chileans, Brazilians and others headed abroad – even Venezue

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