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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.

Felipe Bomfim: Common to Invest in Infrastructure After Recessions, Brazil Is Very Competitive

Bonds & Loans spoke to Felipe Bomfim, Director at Patria Infrastructure, on pensions reform, festering growth of local capital markets and why the glass is always half-full for investors doing business in Brazil.

Trump’s Trade Policies: Sacrificing Long-Term Gain for Short-Term Pain

Donald Trump’s willingness to replace long-term global political planning in favour of short-term political opportunism marks a departure from 70-odd years of US foreign policy. In a nutshell, after a long line of US presidents worked hard to build global political capital and the Trump Administration has now decided to spend it. What does this mean for investors and policy makers in other countries, including EM?

CASE STUDY: Acciona Formalizes First ESG-Linked Loan in Chilean Markets

Following a successful debut in the European ESG-linked loan space in February, Acciona repeated the move with a dual-tranche dual-currency transaction worth USD30mn in Chile, only the third ESG linked loan in Latin America.

Brookfield Americas Infrastructure Debt Head Sees New Opportunities in Telecoms, Renewables

Hadley Peer Marshall, Managing Director of Infrastructure Debt at Brookfield speaks with Bonds & Loans about managing local currency constraints when investing in infrastructure in Latin America, and new sectors generating investment opportunities.

Off the Record: Peru’s Miners See CSR, ESG, Innovation as Key to Unlocking Funding

As Brazil braces for another tailing dam collapse, Miners & Investors talked with Peruvian majors’ CFOs and their investors about the industry’s challenges and opportunities for the year ahead. Majors demonstrated healthy financing positions with low expansion pipelines; juniors, on the other hand, continued to explore alternative financing in a dry equity market. All made mention of social issues and a laborious permitting process.

Brazilian Borrowers Price Through the Noise to Win Big at Bonds & Loans Latin America Awards

While borrowers in Brazil were confronted with anaemic growth and a lack of political direction through much of last year, many still pursued innovative new funding strategies that took them into the domestic and international credit markets. We take a closer look at some of the transactions originating from the region that won top prize at this year’s Bonds & Loans Latin America Awards.

Latin America: China seeks to Diversify its Lending and Investment Practices

Chinese lending and investment to Latin America has exploded over the past two decades, with China consequently becoming the region’s largest creditor. But the scope and scale of Chinese activity is changing as it looks to invest in new sectors and countries, raising questions about its long-term presence in the region.

Penalise or Promote: Is ESG Rating a One-Way Street?

Scores and rankings of ESG – shorthand for environment, social and governance – factors has become supremely important for investors looking to funnel capital towards more sustainable activities, often on the basis that better ESG means more sustainable cashflow generation capacity and lower overall risk. But are there limits to the linkages that can be drawn between credit performance and ESG rankings?

Total Eren: ECAs Key to Argentine Power Funding as Banks Sit Out the Volatility

RenovAr, Argentina’s flagship solar and renewables programme, has struggled in recent months due to the severe macroeconomic challenges weighing on the country. But as the country’s markets stabilise, developers focused on the region remain cautious as upcoming elections later this year could result in a change of direction. We speak with Martin Parodi, Managing Director, Total Eren Argentina, one of Argentina’s leading solar and wind power players, about the outlook for the country’s power sector and the factors influencing the company’s funding strategy.

 

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