Countries/Regions

  • BEST FOLLOW-ON EQUITY Jan 1, 2011

    Love it or hate it, there was no avoiding the giant, black, viscous elephant in the room of LatAm equity last year.

  • BEST PRIMARY EQUITY ISSUE Jan 1, 2011

    Investors could be forgiven for forgetting that Mexico had an equity market, or at least one with new issuers.

  • Uruguay to Reform Local Markets Jan 1, 2011

    Uruguay hopes to invigorate local capital markets with new legislation. The country’s vice president says public companies may soon list minority stakes locally.

  • BEST LAW FIRM -- CHILE Jan 1, 2011

    Chile’s Claro y Cía, established in 1880, is no stranger to complex M&A. In 2010 it acted as legal counsel for LAN Airlines in its merger with Brazil’s TAM that promises to be the largest airline in the region.

  • LatAm Syndicated Loans Outlook Jan 1, 2011

    Rekindling Loans International banks are eager to re-enter the LatAm bank market. But cost of funds, spread compression and better DCM terms will keep a lid on volume.

  • BEST CROSS-BORDER M&A DEAL Jan 1, 2011

    In a year of significantly increased Chinese buying of LatAm assets, CNOOC’s purchase of 50% of Bridas was one of the largest South-South deals.

  • DEALS OF THE YEAR RESULTS Jan 1, 2011

    Biggest, tightest, longest, cheapest. Superlatives abound when describing LatAm capital markets and advisory for the last 12 months, and many bankers expect the good times to continue rolling.

  • BEST STRUCTURED FINANCING/INNOVATION Jan 1, 2011

    The State of Mexico (Edomex) in August issued a much anticipated 4.1 billion peso 20-year local bond, the first securitization of future flows of income from residential property fees from a Mexican state.

  • Televisa Builds a Moat Jan 1, 2011

    Televisa’s partnership with Nextel may be off the table. But the Mexican media conglomerate is still expected to pursue mobile to unlock value in its content.

  • BEST LAW FIRM -- BRAZIL Jan 1, 2011

    The merger of Brazil’s two largest retailers – Casas Bahia and Globex, a unit of Pão de Açúcar – was no easy task.

  • Grupo Mexico: Running on Cashflow Jan 1, 2011

    Aggressive in expansion, conservative with financing, Grupo México aims to double copper output in the next five years. Its CFO does not expect fresh fundraising.

  • BEST LAW FIRM -- LATIN AMERICA/MEXICO Jan 1, 2011

    New York-based Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is no stranger to megadeals.

  • DCM: Pipeline Builds Jan 1, 2011

    Revived European debt woes put a lid on last year’s bumper DCM volume, which was fuelled by unprecedented fund inflows and tantalizingly low rates for borrowers.

  • PEOPLE: BoTM Beefs Up Jan 1, 2011

    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has named David Gruppo head of LatAm corporate and investment banking, a newly created position.

  • M&A: Consolidation Fever Jan 1, 2011

    In the year to November 29, a total of 1,221 M&A deals worth $244.6 billion involving a LatAm acquirer or target had taken place, according to Dealogic.

  • BEST LOCAL CURRENCY FINANCING Jan 1, 2011

    Colombia paved the way for LatAm issuers in April with an $800 million 2021 equivalent global TES bond. It braved the market to issue the first global local currency deal from LatAm since 2007, according to Dealogic.

  • COMMENT: Year of the Panda Jan 1, 2011

    China Investment Corporation’s involvement in a consortium buying part of Brazil-based BTG Pactual marks a shift into financial assets for China.

  • BEST QUASI-SOVEREIGN BOND Jan 1, 2011

    Brazil’s BNDES has become a regular in the DCM after returning in 2008 from a 10-year hiatus.

  • BEST SOVEREIGN ISSUER Jan 1, 2011

    A $1.5 billion dual-currency bond issue in July 2010 of dollar denominated and global-local notes marked the re-emergence of Chile, a historically infrequent issuer, and set a benchmark for its corporates.

  • EQUITY: Less Brazil, Please Jan 1, 2011

    After a turbulent 2010, equity bankers and investors are hoping for a smoother 2011, with continued strong volume.

  • BEST SYNDICATED LOAN Jan 1, 2011

    At a time when the syndicated loan market was still thawing from a deep, crisis-driven freeze, Americas Mining Corporation (AMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo México, provided an encouraging sign.

  • BEST CORPORATE ISSUER Jan 1, 2011

    América Móvil (AMX) is a frequent star of LatAm issuance, beloved by investors despite its razor thin spread and feared by bankers for its rigorous execution standards.

  • BR Expands Reach Jan 3, 2011

    BR Properties has acquired a portfolio...

  • BEST PROJECT FINANCING Jan 1, 2011

    In just three months of extremely choppy external markets, Project Jaguar scored a coup.

  • BEST CORPORATE BOND Jan 1, 2011

    Southern Copper Corporation (SCC) saw jumbo demand for a $1.5 billion April 2010 issue of new 10 and 30-year bonds, which were tightly priced but still traded up.

  • BEST EQUITY HOUSE Jan 1, 2011

    Late 2009 and 2010 will be remembered as a period when equity issuance returned to LatAm with mixed results.

  • BEST DOMESTIC M&A TRANSACTION Jan 1, 2011

    Braskem’s 2010 acquisition of Quattor Participacoes, Polibutenos and Unipar Comercial forges a new petrochemical giant in the Brazilian petrochemicals market.

  • BEST CORPORATE LIABILITY MANAGEMENT Jan 1, 2011

    After suffering derivative losses in the 2008-2009 crisis, Brazil’s Aracruz Celulose was purchased by Votorantim Celulose e Papel.

  • BEST PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL Jan 1, 2011

    In June, UK-based private equity giant Apax Partners, through its Dethalas vehicle, closed on its first investment in Brazil.

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