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.
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.
The funding for the project, Lundin Gold’s sole venture in the country and its key source of revenue there, featured a one-of-a-kind structural solution that required extensive collaboration and negotiation between the financing parties and the sponsor.
With its substantial renewable energy ambitions telegraphed for years, industry practitioners often cite India as a potential major driver for the development of the sustainable finance and green bond segments among its emerging market peers. We speak with Vinod Kothari, a Kolkata-based structured finance advisor about why green bond volumes in India are down year-on-year, and the segments likely to drive issuance in the following financial year.
Despite a bumpy ride and political uncertainty still weighing heavily on the region’s biggest economies, Latin America remains one of the more rapidly developing regions and holds much promise for global banks. We speak to Willem Sutherland, Head Latin America for ING, about the opportunities and the risks he sees on the horizon in the region.
While Mexican markets remain on edge with regards to continuity of projects under the new regime, international players, like Blackrock, are encouraged by solid fundamentals and a busy infrastructure pipeline in Mexico and across the region. Bonds & Loans speaks to Juan Alberto Leautaud, the Managing Director, Real Assets and Infrastructure, at BlackRock Mexico.
The GCC is rarely known for doing anything in half-measures, and infrastructure projects – which have grown in number and size in recent years – are no exception.
With a tangible reduction in deal-flow from Africa on the international markets, infrastructure firms in countries like Nigeria this year have relied on the government and finance specialists to fast-track domestic capital market reforms, which ought to open up new sources of liquidity for the industry. We speak to Chinua Azubike, Chief Executive Officer of InfraCredit, the first 'AAA' rated specialised local currency infrastructure credit enhancement facility in Nigeria, about the state of infrastructure investing in Nigeria and the major influential factors influencing the sector’s outlook.
The Andean region has for years been viewed as an upstanding example for its Latin American neighbours in how to manage funding of government initiatives and projects. But corruption scandals and a political stalemate have disrupted the project pipeline, with many initiatives still in a state of arrested development. The challenge for the new administration is to jumpstart the infrastructure programme with a new, reworked concessions deal.
The first half of 2018 has seen a record-breaking volume of corporate consolidation across the globe, and Latin America has become a prominent setting for such activity. The latest slowdown in M&A activity is thought to be stemming from the peak of elections-related volatility, from Mexico to Brazil, and most expect business to continue as usual once the dust settles.
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