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Vive Energia: ‘In Times of Crisis, All You Can Do is Push Ahead’

Vive Energia, a Renewable Energy Development Company and Consulting Firm, is going ahead with a number of wind and solar energy projects across Mexico, even as volatility engulfs global markets and liquidity drains out of EM assets. Jose Antonio Aguilar, Principal at Vive Energia, talks about pros and cons of project financing, the idiosyncratic challenges of the energy sector in Mexico and the…

17 Apr 2020

As Latin America Hunkers Down to Tackle Coronavirus, How Vulnerable is Brazil?

Latin American countries are hunkering down amidst an escalating pandemic, testing the resilience of businesses, banks, and investors, with many observers sharply focused on how one of the region’s largest economies – Brazil – will weather the storm.

16 Apr 2020

Additional Stimulus Measures Announced as Colombia Extends Nationwide Quarantine by Two Weeks

Despite the severe damage dealt to the fiscus from the global and local economic slowdown, a slower-than-expected spread of the virus in Colombia has provided much needed respite.

9 Apr 2020

Sovereigns, High-Grade Corporates to Drive Debt Capital Markets Revival in Latin America

Latin American markets have been among the hardest hit by the current global downturn even as many of these economies are only at the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. But a stabilization in global equity and bond markets will prompt sovereigns and the stronger corporate credits to return.

9 Apr 2020

Central Bank of Brazil Prohibits Dividends, Pay Rises for Banks

The National Monetary Council (CMN) of the Central Bank of Brazil has temporarily prohibited pay rises for financial institutions in the country until September 2020. The ban is aimed at ensuring that funds are used to maintain credit and to absorb any future losses that may occur.

6 Apr 2020

The Top 10: Latin America’s Deals of the Year

Bookended by a volatile 2018 and an exceedingly turbulent 2020, last year was one of the busiest on record for Latin America’s credit markets, impressing not just by volume and number of transactions but also by their increasing complexity and inventiveness of the structures deployed, making the selections for the Latin America Deals of the Year Awards tougher than ever. Multi-jurisdictional…

1 Apr 2020

Policy Measures to Soften the Blow for Latin America as Pandemic Enters New Phase - Scotiabank

So far, data on the spread of COVID19 in Latin America suggests the worst is yet to come, and the full economic impact on growth will be significant. But the measures already taken – and those being prepared – by governments in the region should soften the blow, a Scotiabank report suggests.

30 Mar 2020

Latin American Borrowers Brace for Volatility, Draw Down Credit Lines

Mexico’s Televisa and Brazil’s Vale are the latest corporates to make use of any credit available to them in what is likely to be a slew of regional and emerging market borrowers looking to shift into capital conservation mode in a turbulent market.

26 Mar 2020

Mexico Growth Outlook Sinks as Focus Shifts to Healthcare, Support for Most Vulnerable

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to generate a significant GDP contraction, BBVA analysis indicates, as care and support for the most vulnerable should be given priority over immediate fiscal objectives.

25 Mar 2020

Ecuador, Other Frontier Sovereigns Could Follow Lebanon as Spreads Widen

Huge capital outflows from emerging and frontier markets and surging borrowing costs have put a number of sovereigns in the “high risk” zone, but IMF support can provide some consolation.

23 Mar 2020

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