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Brazil: The Composition of Growth Matters

One of the consequences of low growth is that the economic recovery is not widespread across sectors. Some continue to perform well in the midst of stagnation – and even contraction, in the case of many others.

1 Oct 2019

Paraguay’s PPP Projects Push Paves the Path to Prosperity

Having survived a rocky stretch following last August’s presidential elections and the Itaipu Dam scandal, Paraguay’s incumbent president Mario Abdo Benítez has embraced the country’s decade-long PPP programme as one of the key drivers in his reforms agenda. He’s piqued the curiosity of international investors – will he now get their full attention?

26 Sep 2019

CASE STUDY: Terrafina Prices Benchmark Bond Below 5% as Mexican Real Estate Charms Markets

Terrafina, one of Mexico’s top real estate investment trusts, issued a USD500mn 10-year senior unsecured international bond that saw 5x oversubscription at peak and priced at an impressive 4.962%, joining a spate of issuances from the real estate sector – one of the busiest in terms of volumes in Mexican fixed-income.

19 Sep 2019

CASE STUDY: Omega Geração Assurua Wind Purchase Financed with Innovative Four-Part Debenture Scheme

Omega Geração S.A., one of Brazil’s top renewables players, debuted in the local debenture markets earlier this year with a carefully tailored four-part transaction that could serve as a template for corporates looking to finance infrastructure by tapping the country’s diverse liquidity pools.

5 Sep 2019

Brazil: Curb Your Enthusiasm

One of the most important public issues in every country is Social Security. That is normal. Retirement is too serious a matter to be disregarded by the State. Human beings are not always rational and their choices might also be based on subjective factors, such as the importance given to social status. Individuals can choose to consume too much today and not save for retirement. The result would…

29 Aug 2019

Ashmore: The Path to Averting a Default in Argentina

Investors are suddenly much more concerned about the political transition in Argentina, but default is by no means a certainty, argues Ashmore's Gustavo Medeiros, and opportunities abound.

23 Aug 2019

Corruption, Political Deadlock Slow Peru’s Infrastructure Development Progress

As the Odebrecht scandal continues to resonate across Latin America, Peru remains one of the hardest hit regional economies, suffering the fallout both on its political establishment and subdued foreign investment at a time when the public sector is retrenching from key economic segments. The unexpected success of the referendum in January opened a path towards reform that could revitalize the…

19 Aug 2019

CASE STUDY: Multi-tranche Dual-currency Financing of Autopista Al Mar 1 Project Summons STRABAG

The unprecedented 6-tranche multicurrency project financing was one of the first post-Odebrecht transactions to close in Colombia, and saw the arrival to Latin America of the Austrian developer Strabag, for whom this was also one of the biggest deals of this type in its history.

15 Aug 2019

Azul Airlines Focussed on Brazilian Market and Fleet Revamp

Joelmir Baumgratz discusses increasing capacity for less cost, consolidation in the airlines market, oil price fluctuations driving complex hedging strategies and using air miles as collateral on financings to bring yields down.

13 Aug 2019

CASE STUDY: FUNO’s “Phone Roadshow” Brings Strong Oversubscription on USD1bn Issue

Fibra UNO, the first and largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in Mexico, was able to upsize its dual-tranche USD1bn bond with an innovative “long-distance” roadshow that saw over 4x oversubscription from a variety of international investors.

7 Aug 2019

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