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Bonds & Loans Latin America Deals of the Year Awards 2018

The issuers, borrowers and mediators of the most innovative and outstanding debt capital market deals on the continent to be lauded at the prestigious awards ceremony.

BBH: Frontier Sovereign Rating Model for Q1 2018

BBH produced the following ratings model to assess relative sovereign risk in Frontier Markets. A country’s score directly reflects its creditworthiness and underlying ability to service its external debt obligations.

As Chile Elects a Conservative, is Latin America Cooling on Populism?

Chilean politics is often seen as a bellwether for deeper shifts occurring across the continent’s political scene. The recent election of the “old new” president Sebastián Piñera is in line with the apparent swing to the right seen in recent years – but, more importantly, indicates that politics in Latin America is becoming more nuanced, predictable and mature.

Emerging Markets and the US Dollar: What the Decline Means for EM Fixed Income

The decline in the Dollar versus Emerging Markets (EM) currencies began two years ago with more room to run, in our view. The unwinding of QE policies in the coming years will continue to weigh on the Dollar, and EM stands to benefit as capital inflows to EM ease important financial constraints. This should unleash stronger domestic demand and eventually more rate hikes than the Fed will deliver.

HSBC: If Sustainable Finance is to Really Work, Mainstreaming Needs to be the Priority in 2018

If volumes are anything to go by, 2017 was a watershed year for green bonds, with the market seeing more than USD130bn of these securities issued globally. Emerging markets saw their fair share of firsts, including Latin America’s first sustainability bond, and the first green bond in Africa, while China continued to dominate the supply pipeline

CASE STUDY: Renova Crushes USD410mn Loan with One of the Longest Tenors in Corporate Argentina

The IIC, IFC and Rabobank helped Renova, one of the world’s most competitive and highly efficient soy product producers, secure USD410mn financing package to expand capacity, stretch out its debt profile, and reaffirm investors’ interest in Argentina’s corporate credit universe.

Paraguay is the new Star in the Mercosur

I have covered Paraguay since 2004, when I was working for Merrill Lynch. At that time, to open a relationship in Paraguay and get all approvals from compliance was a nightmare. The ROI was amazing, but the headache given by the account was three times greater than any other country in the region, too. Since 2003, however, Paraguay changed a lot.

CASE STUDY: Invenergy Winds Up Uruguayan Market with 20-year Project Bond

Invenergy’s 70-megawatt Campo Palomas wind project, located in the Salto Department of Uruguay, launched an investment-grade USD135.8mn in the US Private Placement Market. Campo Palomas is Invenergy’s first project in Uruguay as it continues to expand its presence in Latin America.

Brazil: Reckoning with public debt and reshuffling responsibilities

The golden rule of the public accounts establishes that the federal government can only issue debt for investment and refinancing of the existing debt, not to pay current expenses. It is a good constitutional rule, because it forbids one generation from creating debts resting on future generations to pay for a profligate state.

CASE STUDY: Blackrock and Citi Conjure Up Dual Tranche Hybrid for Mexico Port Construction

The Lazaro Cardenas Port Logistics (LCPL) project’s complex financing structure, including dual bank and bond financings, allowed the borrower to navigate around construction risks and achieve the full 15-year tenor.

 

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