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  • Bradesco Named LatinFinance Bank of the Year Nov 4, 2008

    Banco Bradesco has been named LatinFinance’s...

  • Best Bank − Colombia: Banco de Bogotá Nov 1, 2008

    Mighty Challenger The executive suite of Banco de Bogotá’s headquarters has one of the best views of Colombia’s capital. Alejandro Figueroa Jaramillo, the bank’s president, has just delivered first half performance figures to the board, which includes members of Grupo Aval, the majority owner of the bank and Colombia’s largest financial conglomerate. As he sits down for a rare interview – his aides say Figueroa does not speak to local press – he is interrupted by an urgent note from his assistant.

  • Monsanto Harvests Brazilian Biotechs Nov 4, 2008

    Monsanto has agreed to acquire Aly...

  • Best Bank − El Salvador: Banco Agrícola Nov 1, 2008

    Bridge to Salvador Banco Agrícola is the centerpiece of Bancolombia’s strategy to establish a meaningful presence in Central America. The May 2007 purchase earned the Colombian powerhouse a solid footprint in a highly sought after region, and just in time.

  • Itau, Unibanco Form Biggest LatAm Bank Nov 4, 2008

    Itau, Brazil’s second largest private sector...

  • Eletrobras Migrates ADR to NYSE Nov 3, 2008

    Brazilian utility Eletrobras is upgrading its...

  • Votorantim Scoops up Peru’s Atacocha Nov 3, 2008

    Brazil’s Grupo Votorantim’s continues to amass...

  • S&P Slashes Argentina Rating Nov 3, 2008

    S&P has lowered the Argentina’s rating...

  • Magnesita Scores Cheap, Long Dated Funds Nov 3, 2008

    Brazilian refractory materials producer Magnesita has...

  • Anglo Dishes out BRL3bn to Buy Subsidiary Nov 3, 2008

    Anglo American’s Brazilian subsidiary has launched...

  • Magnesita Set to Clinch German Competitor Nov 3, 2008

    Brazil’s Magnesita Refratarios, the region’s leading...

  • PERU RETAIL: Dear Prudence Nov 1, 2008

    Expansion in Peruvian retail banking will likely be slowed by the global meltdown. But a rise in thrifts opens up new frontiers to offset contraction.

  • PANAMA REPORT: Stiff Upper Lip Nov 1, 2008

    Panama is defiant in the face of the global storm. However, inflation is a problem and its positioning as a hub may end up backfiring.

  • PANAMA REPORT: Spending in the Balance Nov 1, 2008

    The canal seems a done deal, but Panama has plenty of other infrastructure projects lined up. Amid crisis, some may not see the light of day.

  • PANAMA REPORT: Canal Banks on Funds Nov 1, 2008

    Global evaporation of liquidity has put several large LatAm infrastructure projects on ice. The Panama canal says it can continue unhindered, with the help of multilaterals.

  • STRUCTURED FINANCE: Playing with the Variables Nov 1, 2008

    Despite horrific market conditions plaguing every brand of issuance, Mexico has seen recent flow that demonstrate limited signs of life.

  • Banks of the Year 2008: Bradesco tops roll of honor Nov 1, 2008

  • Local Investment Bank − Chile: Larrain Vial Nov 1, 2008

    Golden Opportunity Larrain Vial, one of Chile’s most active investment banks, believes it will fare well after the recent turmoil on Wall Street, which should diminish competition. And it does not think the reputation of investment banking generally has been tarnished.

  • Telmex Internacional Preps Local Bonds Nov 4, 2008

    Telmex Internacional, the unit of Telmex,...

  • Best Bank − Ecuador: Banco Pichincha Nov 1, 2008

    Bucking the Trend Ecuador’s Banco del Pichincha is clinging on to a AA+ rating from Fitch subsidiary Bank Watch Ratings, despite global financial crisis and a government that many foreign investors would not have on their shopping lists. In fact, Bank Watch lists political risk as one of the main threats to Pichincha.

  • Local Investment Bank − Brazil: Itaú BBA Nov 1, 2008

    Bank to Beat? After establishing itself as a leading homegrown regional investment bank franchise, over the past couple of years Itaú BBA has begun to occupy a niche as a hub for anything Brazil-related. A marginal player just five years ago, it has become the investment bank to beat in LatAm’s biggest economy.

  • Fed Lines Designed to Ease Dollar Drop: Ashmore Nov 4, 2008

    Recent Federal Reserve measures to extend...

  • Best Bank − Chile: Banco Santander Nov 1, 2008

    Outstripping the Population Chile’s Santander, the country’s biggest deposit-taking bank, has seen its client base jump to three million people, an increase of 40% during the past three years. It has a network of 2,016 ATMs and 468 branches, the biggest reach in the country, according to the bank. Its total deposits amounted to $22.3 billion at the end of June.

  • Vale Cuts Production Amid Global Slump Nov 3, 2008

    Brazilian miner Vale is cutting its...

  • Local Investment Bank − Mexico: Citi-Banamex Nov 1, 2008

    Diverse for all Seasons Most of the large institutions operating in Mexico fail to convince across all investment bank lines. BBVA Bancomer is the debt leader by volume this year, but it lacks the same commitment to M&A, as does Santander.

  • Cemex Enters Junk Territory Nov 3, 2008

    Cemex, once one of LatAm’s bluest...

  • Bradesco Recedes as Competition Join Forces Nov 4, 2008

    Bradesco is unlikely to recover its...

  • Best Bank − Bolivia: Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz Nov 1, 2008

    BMSC Wrestles Conflict Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz (BMSC), Bolivia’s biggest bank, says the recent social unrest has not yet impacted on the economy or the banking system. However, the bank, which has 235,000 clients and 57 branches throughout Bolivia, believes that could change.

  • Best Bank − Argentina: Banco Santander Nov 1, 2008

    Positioned to Survive Santander Río, Argentina’s leading bank in terms of number of clients after the two public ones, is one of the most profitable financial institutions in the country. All banks in Argentina had their reputations tarnished during the 2001 economic crisis but Santander Río has one of the best images locally.

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