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November / December 2015

Investment Bank of the Year Chile

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The dramatic fall in copper prices has had widespread ramifications for Chilean companies’ strategies. One bank is leaping at the new opportunities the economic changes b...

Investment Bank of the Year Colombia

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Strong client relationships and synergies with its parent group have propelled this investment bank in the past year

Microfinance Institution of the Year

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From small beginnings, this microfinance lender has grown its customer base across Colombia

Multilateral Development Bank of the Year

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The regional lender has increased its loan disbursements already this year, and expects further demand as weak growth takes hold in Latin America

Bank of the Year Costa Rica

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Despite a weak economy and state competition, the lender is beefing up its transaction services offerings

Bank of the Year Dominican Republic

Corporate & Sovereign Strategy Bonds

The biggest bank in this Caribbean country posted strong growth in profits without losing focus on customer services

Bank of the Year El Salvador

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A standout lender and issuer proves global investors want exposure even in a lethargic country

Bank of the Year Jamaica

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The island’s largest bank is growing customers through technology and boosting profits through efficiencies

Bank of the Year Nicaragua

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By embracing international connections and standards, the bank stakes out a path to stability and growth

Bank of the Year Trinidad & Tobago Bank of the Year Caribbean

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This Caribbean lender is aggressively pursuing an inorganic strategy for expansion

Investment Bank of the Year Brazil

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A diversified product offering in Brazil’s capital markets sets this investment bank apart from its peers

Investment Bank of the Year Mexico

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The Mexican investment bank has worked on some of the country’s most important equity and debt transactions

Bank of the Year Bolivia

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Amid new banking legislation, the country’s largest lender outperformed

Bank of the Year Central America

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With a broad regional presence, this bank is taking advantage of changes to Central America’s financial services industry

Bank of the Year Chile

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Success in 2015 comes from two seemingly disparate strategies: combining a conservative portfolio with investing in technology to simplify the consumer’s experience

Bank of the Year Ecuador

Corporate & Sovereign Strategy Bonds

The Ecuadorian lender maintains a diversified pool of funding sources

Bank of the Year Guatemala

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This institution has grown market share among both retail and corporate clients. Next on its agenda: its own IPO

Bank of the Year Panama

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A deep dive into retail banking, counterbalanced with a move into the corporate capital markets, positions this bank for regional expansion

Bank of the Year Paraguay

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As Paraguay’s economy is hit by low commodity prices and troubles in Brazil, one bank has managed to keep expanding

Bank of the Year Uruguay

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Uruguay’s dominant bank grabbed a bigger share of the country’s consumer banking market as the country’s economic growth stagnates

Bank of the Year Argentina

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Argentina’s stressed financial situation has made life tough for the banking sector, but one lender stands out for maintaining a solid balance sheet

Bank of the Year Colombia

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By focusing on client satisfaction and innovation, the lender has cemented its leadership in the Colombian financial sector

Bank of the Year Peru

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Following its parent company’s strategies of streamlining and attention to customers, this bank is growing quickly and catching up to its bigger competitors

Bank of the Year Venezuela

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Efficiency rules for this lender, giving it the edge over competitors in a difficult economy

Bank of the Year & Bank of the Year Honduras

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As international lenders retreat from Central America, one local bank is aggressively seizing the opportunity to gain market share

Bank of the Year Brazil

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Business diversification is proving the key to resilience in a difficult Brazilian market

Bank of the Year Mexico

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In a tough year, the winner upped its customer-service quotient and took efficiencies across the board

AWARDS BANKS OF THE YEAR 2015

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The leading financial institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean say a focus on efficiency and fresh technology has kept them ahead of the pack in a difficult year f...

SME INNOVATION VENTURE CAPITAL: Running the numbers

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Venture capital or participation from angel investors is often the initial hurdle for a start-up to get off the ground. For LatAm’s tech firms, attracting such equity ca...

INTERVIEW: Hernán Fernández

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The co-founder and managing partner of Angel Ventures Mexico spoke to LatinFinance about the role of venture capital and angel investors in Latin America.

Interview: Bancolombia's Santiago Pérez and the tech revolution

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Bancolombia’s vice president for SME and consumer lending discusses how traditional banks are set to change with the tech revolution

SME INNOVATION BANKING DISRUPTION: In line for change

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Latin America and the Caribbean are proving ripe for an overhaul of traditional banking models, as technology opens the way for safer credit to small and medium sized com...

SME INNOVATION DATA: Passing the test

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Lenders are turning to new pools of data and fresh analysis techniques as they rethink the creditworthiness of small and medium-sized enterprises. By Lucien Chauvin

INTERVIEW: Daniel Schydlowsky

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The head of Peru’s banking regulator, the SBS, talks to LatinFinance about the risks of transformations to the financial industry

SME INNOVATION CROWD-FUNDING: Channeling money to customers

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Individual investors hunting for returns are finding a growing array of peer-to-peer lending opportunities as Latin America’s SMEs turn to crowdfunding for growth capital...

NEWS PEOPLE: Managing change

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Investment banks make strategic moves in structured finance, while a former central banker lands at a commercial bank. By Patrick Ferguson

PARTING SHOT: Fighting back

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MSCI kept Peru’s stock exchange in its emerging market index in September, but will re-evaluate a switch to frontier market status next year. Christian Laub sets out the ...

INVESTOR PERCEPTION: Compliance as a growth industry

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As companies come to grips with the Petrobras fallout, their legal advisors are preoccupied with governance. By Andrew Short

NEWS LOANS: Lowering the volume

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Borrowers are finding significant liquidity and attractive terms, as lenders look to put capital to work in a quiet market. By Jennifer P. Roig

INFRASTRUCTURE ROUNDTABLE: Engineering the solution

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Borrowers and financiers are encountering a diverse, developing set of funding resources. LatinFinance convened a group of leading project sponsors and bankers to discuss...

FRONT NOTES: Crunch time

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For Argentine companies and international investors, the potential upsides to a win for Macri are huge.

COVER STORY: Pulling it all together

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As Latin American governments look to infrastructure development to boost growth over long and short term horizons, they are finding that traditional sources of capital a...

NEWS BONDS: Sovereign flavors

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Latin American sovereigns lead the way for primary issuances from the region, as deal flow thins before the holidays. By Patrick Ferguson

TECH RETAIL BANKING: Big data, new problems

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Rapidly advancing banking software is increasingly opening the door to cross-border retail services. But compliance risks still cast a shadow over the industry’s growth....

TECH CYBER CRIME: Homegrown menace

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As Latin Americans take to online banking, Brazil is scoring records for the wrong reasons. By Patrick Ferguson

TECH CENTRAL AMERICA: Expanding with care

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As the international contingent pulls out, competition builds between homegrown banks for regional market share. IT innovation is proving a critical element to winning o...