From inflation to currency depreciation and government meddling, banks across the region have had to contend with a broad range of economic, financial and political hurdles over the past year. LatinFinance recognizes the ones that have stood out
A conservative banking strategy that has nevertheless sought out growth opportunities is paying off for Itaú, Latin America’s largest bank
Despite slowing growth in Mexico, Santander México has not only withstood the challenge but also managed a landmark IPO and bond debut
Banco Macro has grown its balance sheet and kept its financial metrics sound over the past year
Ratings agencies may have frowned on Corpbanca’s Colombian acquisitions, but with a strong financial set-up, the bank is confident it has a formula for success, its chief executive says
BCP is growing its retail businesses and expanding consumer lending
Fiscal reform in the republic has put pressure on bank profitability
In a difficult year for Ecuadorean banks, one lender stands out for making the best of a tricky situation
Central America’s shifting landscape for banking offers opportunities for local participants
Dominating Uruguay’s banking system, Banco de la República has outperformed the market in terms of profitability, but it faces many of the same difficulties as its competitors
Flows of speculative capital to Costa Rica present both risks and opportunities for local banks
Opportunities abound for banks in in Panama, with a fast-growing economy and regionalizing banking system
Staging a complicated debut in the international debt market in 2012 makes Paraguay’s largest bank stand out
Bolivian lawmakers have ushered in changes that have hurt banks’ profitability. More pain is in store
The island’s biggest and most profitable bank is looking across the Atlantic for growth
As El Salvador’s largest and most profitable bank, Agrícola has held up well against the country’s
As trade between Central American countries picks up, one bank is poised to take advantage of the growth
A strong regional reach and global perspective to operations makes Scotiabank stand out
BBVA Bancomer is playing a prominent part in Mexico’s booming primary capital markets
Already a league table leader, Bancolombia plans to extend its investment banking capacities
With its cross-LatAm credentials firmly in place, the firm formerly known as Celfin is keen to grow its investment banking reach
With a focus on infrastructure, the multilateral lender has expanded its loan book and is prepared for greater demand as markets turn sour
Latin America’s central banks have had a tough year navigating volatility amid slowing growth, falling currencies and capital outflows. Over the past year, Mexico stands out for its handling of the challenges
As infrastructure needs grow in Latin America, so the funding opportunities are becoming broader, deeper and more sophisticated. LatinFinance recognizes the stand-out deals in a year of industry firsts
Attracting international investors into a local currency bond to finance expansion of a toll road has broadened the investor base for Mexican infrastructure
A toll road deal advanced Brazilian project funding when it sold the first large, widely-marketed infrastructure debenture to international accounts
Local bond investors and banks put forward strong support for Peru’s largest project bond, funding a toll road through Lima
Bond investors proved better placed to pick up construction risk for a Mexican power plant than bank lenders, opening the way for more infrastructure debt sales
Financing two wind farm projects in southern Mexico was hard work, but the deal stands out for attracting bond investors to a new type of risk
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