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Brazil: Despite a Challenging Outlook, the Local Market Grows Leaps and Bounds

It has not been an easy 12 months for Brazil’s corporate sector, which faces a multitude of challenges, both internal and external. Bolsonaro’s victory in the elections, though divisive, at least provided some reprieve from the political uncertainty that has weighed on Brazil’s markets in the run up to the vote. Still, many questions remain around the direction of policy, and the new government’s ability to push it through congress, as well as broader shifts in the macro-economic environment.

Turkcell CFO: Building Resilience to Market Volatility is Core Treasury Objective

After enduring significant volatility in 2018, many Turkish corporates are struggling to keep their balance sheet in order and retain access to affordable financing. Some, however, like Turkcell – the country’s largest telecommunications operator – are bucking the trend. Bonds & Loans speaks with Osman Yilmaz, Chief Financial Officer of Turkcell about the company’s shift towards an asset-light business model, hedging strategies, and green borrowing.

4G Capital CEO Talks Co-opetition with Traditional Lenders in East Africa

East Africa continues to be a world leader in the mobile banking space. Consumers across the region are now able to access an array of financial products through their smartphone, from online payment services to micro loans, enhancing financial inclusion for a largely underbanked population. Bonds & Loans speaks with Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, CEO of 4G Capital, a FinTech providing a combination of business training and unsecured instant access credit for working capital, about the company’s strategic vision, FinTech regulation, and partnering with banks.

Scrapped New City Airport, Struggling Pemex Dominate Discussions at HSBC Mexico Roundtable

Mexican borrowers are gradually adjusting to the new market environment that has emerged since the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and amid broader emerging market volatility driven by the rise in global interest rates. Nevertheless, CFOs at a Breakfast Roundtable hosted by HSBC and Bonds & Loans in Mexico in February have raised important questions about some of the new administration’s policy decisions, highlighting the need for clear, consistent and transparent decision-making as essential in their bid to secure stronger growth and investment.

SA Institute of Race Relations CEO: Financial Innovation at the Heart of South Africa’s Turnaround

With a potential credit downgrade in the offing, yawning fiscal gaps to fill, and an election on the horizon, South Africa has found itself at yet another critical junction, forcing government and state-owned companies to weigh short-term wins against long-term objectives. In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk event in Cape Town in March, we speak with Dr Frans Cronje, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations about the upcoming election, policy reform, and the role of financial innovation in transforming the country’s nascent and increasingly important services sector.

Vive Energía CEO: Securing Cost-Competitive Funding for Wind still a Challenge in Mexico

Mexico has made significant strides in developing and deploying renewables in recent years, but recent regulatory uncertainty has cast a pall over the sector and may start to weigh on the bankability of transactions. Bonds & Loans speaks with Benny Villareal, Chief Executive Officer at Vive Energía about the company’s corporate funding strategy.

GCC CFOs Look Towards ECA Market, Eastward, as Tenor Appetites Stretch Out

Borrowers based in GCC countries are increasingly looking to new pools of liquidity in a bid to satisfy growing demand for longer-term funding. But deepening concerns around the implementation of VAT, rising interest rates and softening demand for emerging market assets continues to weigh on credit markets, according to feedback from borrowers at an exclusive Breakfast Briefing hosted by HSBC and Bonds & Loans at the 2018 Project, ECA and Structured Finance event in Dubai.

Terrafina Maintains Well-Balanced Accounts Ahead of a Volatile 2019

Mexico-based real estate investor Terrafina has grown at a considerable rate over the last five years, supported by a well-balanced business model that ought to help it reap the benefits of the rapid growth of Mexico’s property markets during that same period. But market uncertainty and tough external conditions are pushing the company to adjust its plans, says the company’s CFO Carlos Gomez.

Bonds & Loans Latam CFO Survey: Smoothing Out the Volatility

Latin America’s CFOs, Treasurers respond to rising uncertainty by shifting back to loan markets, prioritise liability management.

MTP CFO: Scrapped Airport Project Precipitates Uncertainty for Mexico Corporates’ Funding Plans

Top-tier corporates like Mexico Tower Partners are fairly well-capitalized, with a relatively healthy balance sheets and robust funding plans in the pipeline. But as the new government continues to renegotiate terms with bondholders for the new Mexico City Airport financing, uncertainty in the corporate space lingers. We speak to Gonzalo Cornejo, Chief Financial Officer, Mexico Tower Partners, about the Treasury’s focus areas for the next year.

 

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