Following its bold return to the debt markets in 2014, Ecuador has leaned heavily on external credit to meet its monetary and financing needs. Yet its options appear to be increasingly limited, with the prospect of a more aggressive deficit reduction programme or an IMF bailout becoming more likely by the day.
With a slowdown in the bond markets following a jittery 1H2018 for EM and Latin America in particular, loans – especially in local currencies – are coming back into fashion. We speak to Helena Radzyminski, Managing Director, Loan Syndications at Natixis about the bank’s biggest deals over the past year, and strategic initiatives in the region planned for the coming year.
Leading fertiliser and specialist nutrient producer GrowMax Resources Corp recently announced plans to bolster its presence in Brazil through an acquisition of Fertimar, part of a wider effort to pivot into complimentary business areas and completely reinvigorate the company’s balance sheet and management. Bonds & Loans speaks with Stephen Keith, CEO of GrowMax Resources Corp about that corporate revitalisation, managing risk while building businesses and projects in the Americas, and the direction of the commodity fertiliser market.
The legendary EM investor spoke to Bonds & Loans about his new brainchild, Mobius Capital Partners - an ESG-focussed EM asset management company, and explained why when it comes to investing in sustainable finance market corporates, bigger isn't always better.
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.
As a region often faced with political and currency volatility – this year more than others in recent time, perhaps – Latin America has seen impressive growth in the volume and range of investment opportunities across the region’s infrastructure landscape.
As the Odebrecht ordeal and numerous other corruption scandals continued to devastate governments and ravage large corporates in the continent’s biggest economies, from Brazil to Argentina to Peru, international law firms have been seizing the opportunity to bring their litigation expertise and conflict-resolution know-how to the table. We speak to Julissa Reynoso, the former US Ambassador to Uruguay and now a senior litigation and international arbitration partner with Winston & Strawn, about the firm’s focus in the region over the next 12 months.
Latin American economies are facing a range of complex challenges, both internal and external, as they power through the current election super-cycle – arguably the most significant in the region’s history. Bonds & Loans spoke to a number of Latin America-focussed debt capital markets bankers, rating agencies and law firms in the Americas to get a sense of the major themes and concerns that will dominate the agenda in coming months.
Bonds & Loans team spent some time on the ground in Colombia to meet with a broad range of local finance leaders in order to get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon in the Andean country.
Miguel Rubio, Country Manager, for Acciona Energy, a subsidiary of the Spanish renewable project developer Acciona, talks to Bonds & Loans about the company’s joint venture with Tuto Energy following their landmark USD264mn 18-year project finance deal, solar energy production growth, and strategic initiatives in Mexico and beyond.
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11 Dec 2018