November/December 2016

  • Front notes: Bumpy path Nov 14, 2016

    Roads between Colombia’s major cities are notoriously difficult to traverse: narrow, winding thoroughfares that make a journey far longer than it should be. The 4G highway building program now underway hopes to change that, but it has been a long time coming. The experience, however, is perhaps an apt metaphor for the country’s path to peace.

  • COVER STORY: Seasonal Shift Nov 14, 2016

    As Latin America’s biggest bank by market value prepares for a leadership transition, the operating environment is rapidly evolving with new competitors, a new political backdrop and major economic changes. Katie Llanos-Small examines Itau´ Unibanco’s plans for the years ahead.

  • Jane Fraser: Metamorphosis Nov 14, 2016

    Citi is refining its focus as it rebalances its business in Latin America.

  • Venture capital: Fueling growth Nov 14, 2016

    An incubator for entrepreneurial ventures is part of a Chilean government drive to make it easier to do business. Already it’s finding success.

  • Venezuela: Walking away Nov 14, 2016

    Multinational companies are increasingly looking to sell their Venezuelan operations to local players as the government struggles with its economy and debt load. By Robert Shaw

  • Felaban: Giorgio Trettenero Nov 14, 2016

    Latin America’s financial institutions have weathered the tough economic times well. Global regulations and rapidly evolving technology will keep them focused in the years ahead, says the secretary general of the region’s banking federation.

  • Fintech: Gaining traction Nov 14, 2016

    Hundreds of Brazilian startups are snapping at the heels of the country’s biggest banks, but a top-heavy market, complicated regulations and a lack of funding pose hurdles.

  • Microcredit: Blazing a path Nov 14, 2016

    For years, Bolivia has pushed to make microfinance a part of the country’s financial mainstream. Now, several Latin American nations are trying to follow in its footsteps.

  • Payments: Gaining clarity Nov 14, 2016

    Swift, the global financial messenger, is hoping to inject a much-demanded dose of transparency into the cross-border payments system.

  • Equity/M&A news: Mexico, Brazil take off Nov 14, 2016

    After a long wait, some of the region’s largest equity and M&A trades have finally arrived.

  • Loans news: A fresh push Nov 14, 2016

    Bankers hope a new pipeline financing for Mexican borrower Fermaca will reinvigorate the market, as infrastructure developers appear to favor mini-perms.

  • Bonds news: Wrapping up Nov 14, 2016

    Debt capital markets are expected to maintain pace for another few weeks, but may shut up shop for the year early.

  • People news: UBS makes LatAm push Nov 14, 2016

    Swiss bank raids competitors to build up regional capital markets footprint.

  • Banks of the Year 2016 Nov 14, 2016

    Leading financial institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean have successfully negotiated a tricky economic background and now have their sights set on the digital revolution

  • Parting Shot: Pushing forward Nov 14, 2016

    Despite losing the referendum on its peace agreement, Colombia’s government maintains the political capital to undertake necessary reforms, argues Mauricio Cárdenas

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Argentina Nov 10, 2016

    Investors have flocked to the lender’s shares as it maintained an extended run of profit growth while the political backdrop shifted course

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Bolivia Nov 10, 2016

    Amid a tough regulatory environment, the institution has grown profits and assets

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Caribbean & Bank of the Year Dominican Republic Nov 10, 2016

    A shift in emphasis has started to pay dividends, as BanReservas fortifies its capital base and focuses on lending to the private sector

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Central America & Bank of the Year Honduras Nov 10, 2016

    Ficohsa has consolidated its position as the top bank in Honduras as it continues to expand across the rest of Central America

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Chile Nov 10, 2016

    With a solid funding base and steady lending growth, Santander Chile is prepared to keep growing despite tighter regulations

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Colombia Nov 10, 2016

    The oldest financial institution in Colombia has outshone peers despite a tough political and economic backdrop

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Costa Rica & Bank of the Year Panama Nov 10, 2016

    This year’s winner shone above its peers in Panama and grew its loan portfolio in Costa Rica

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Ecuador Nov 10, 2016

    The Ecuadorian lender has bounced back from a lending dip in 2015

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year El Salvador Nov 10, 2016

    In a down year, Banco Agrícola has managed to limit its losses and remain at the top of El Salvador’s banking sector

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Guatemala Nov 10, 2016

    The lender managed political turbulence and continues to set its sights on a US initial public offering

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Jamaica Nov 10, 2016

    The Jamaican financial institution is expanding in regional capital markets and insurance

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Mexico Nov 10, 2016

    Amid a difficult year, this year’s winner diversified its revenue sources, posted improved numbers and rolled out new options for its customers

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Nicaragua Nov 10, 2016

    Capitalizing on sustained growth in the local economy, Lafise Bancentro has lifted profitability

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Peru Nov 10, 2016

    Few banks in Peru rode the country’s heady growth in recent years like this one

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Trinidad & Tobago Nov 10, 2016

    The lender kept profits and lending strong despite a tough period for the local economy

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Uruguay Nov 10, 2016

    The undisputed market leader in Uruguay has posted another strong year

  • AWARDS: Bank of the Year Venezuela Nov 10, 2016

    In a highly challenging market for financial institutions, this year’s winner stands out for controlling costs and advancing digitally

  • AWARDS: Multilateral Development Bank of the Year Nov 10, 2016

    The regional lender leveraged its investment grade status to raise debt in multiple currencies, while increasing its loan portfolio

  • AWARDS: Investment Bank of the Year Chile Nov 10, 2016

    Despite losing key executives this year, Banchile-Citi remains a leader in debt and equity capital markets transactions in Chile

  • AWARDS: Investment Bank of the Year Colombia Nov 10, 2016

    This bank leveraged its capabilities across markets to lead important capital raising exercises for local companies

  • AWARDS: Investment Bank of the Year Mexico Nov 10, 2016

    Despite currency volatility and uncertainty over monetary policy and US elections, this bank has carved out some landmark transactions

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