Can Chile Get its Groove Back?

For more than three decades, Chile was the poster child of neo-liberalism, the country that followed diligently the IMF playbook. Such discipline was rewarded with impressive growth and the envy of its Latin American peers. By 2010, pundits predicted that Chile was but a few years shy of becoming Latin America’s first “developed” nation. The latest down-cycle, marked by both low copper prices and the flirting with expanded government, created a new set of obstacles for Chile. The question hovering over voters ahead of the Presidential elections in November is, “Can Chile get its groove back?”

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CASE STUDY: BancoEstado Clinches Two Firsts with JPY Women Bond

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CASE STUDY: Norilsk Nickel Digs Up US$1bn in Loan Participation Notes

Leading miner Norilsk Nickel spotted a window of relative calm in global markets to sell US$1bn in 6-year senior loan participation notes, enabling the company to extend its maturity profile and capture strong investment appetite from eastern lenders.

CASE STUDY: Santander Chile Breaks New Ground with Country’s First Corporate Formosa Bond

Banco Santander Chile became the first Chilean corporate to issue a Formosa bond, battling a fairly volatile global macroeconomic environment to secure aggressive pricing for the bank’s debut.

Top Dealmaker: Andreas Scheer, Commerzbank AG

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