The recent explosion at an oil pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Central-Eastern Mexico, took the lives of 114 people and dozens more were left with severe injuries. The blast brought Mexico’s ailing oil and gas infrastructure back into focus just as the new president sets on a path to revitalise the industry by undoing some of his predecessor’s reforms to liberalise it. But will he succeed?
8 Feb 2019
The Canadian oil company navigated a challenging market backdrop to place an upsized USD350mn bond, its first in the USD market, to finance its operational investments in the Andean region, refinancing all of its outstanding 2021 notes in the process.
28 Jan 2019
Since its establishment in 1960, OPEC has seen its proportion of global oil production gradually decline. With the formation of OPEC+ in 2016, which saw OPEC agree to cut production alongside a number of other producers, and Qatar’s recent exit from the bloc, questions have been raised about the cartel’s waning influence – leading some to seriously consider what a world without OPEC would look…
21 Dec 2018
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.
18 Dec 2018
Nedbank and ABSA Bank were instrumental in helping Enel’s Green Power Division secure ZAR14bn financing for 5 wind farm projects across the country, enhancing the deal with innovative features including a tailored shareholder structure and cross-collateralization between the sub-portfolios.
10 Dec 2018
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.
4 Dec 2018
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.
15 Nov 2018
The United Arab Emirates among other GCC nations has set its sights on the cultivation of a well-diversified, mature economy built on strong, sustainable, globally-integrated businesses. For many borrowers looking to get in front of the trend, the shift will entail a radical transformation in corporate culture and approach to funding.
13 Nov 2018
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.
9 Nov 2018
Oil prices continue to stay elevated above the USD 80/b mark, the highest level in the last four years, led by tightening supplies in the global oil market. Supply-side factors once again continue to sway oil prices as it did in 2014 when crude prices started declining as US shale players pumped oil unabated.
8 Nov 2018