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Latin Infrastructure Index 2014: Addressing the deficit

The region made steady progress in addressing its infrastructure deficit, but more needs to be done.

Fiscal transparency: A new challenge for Latin America 

FATCA will affect how Latin America’s wealthiest invest, say prominent bankers.

Kroton, the best company in the region

Yura, Pinfra, Eztec, Plaza, Cerv. San Juan, and Enersur follow. The 100 Latin American Best Companies.

Best performers in Latin America

Four companies from Brazil, Mexico and Chile are the best performers in the first ranking released by Latin Trade.

Latin Infrastructure Guide 2014

Latin Business Chronicle compiles information on two dozen projects open for bidding, that are worth $36 billion.

Tech and traditional, global and national – how Coca-Cola finds the perfect combination in LatAm

Selman Careaga, VP Marketing for Coca Cola Mexico discusses the company’s marketing strategy in Latin America.

The Top 50 retailers

After a bleak 2013, Wal-Mart will probably recover in Mexico. Challenges for retailers in the region.

Paving the Way for Growth in Latin America

Juan N. Cento, Regional President FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division, explores the impact of infrastructure on a country’s economy and intra-regional and global competitiveness.

Growing risk of legal abuses in Latin America

A recent report from the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform warns of a growing risk of litigation in Latin America.

A lukewarm quarter for MNCs

The MNC Index falls in the second quarter, a reflection of the cooling of economic growth in key markets, as well as weakening currencies in the region.

Mexico’s Energy Reform Explained

Two lawyers from Baker & McKenzie look at the specifics of Mexico’s energy reforms, and opportunities for diverse sectors.

Top Businesswomen 2014

LBC presents its annual list of the Top 50 Businesswomen operating in or with Latin America for 2014.

Trade in the Americas

Major trends and opportunities open to U.S.exporters to Latin America. U.S.-Latin trade report.

Peru: Tourism Growth Champion

LBC’s latest Latin Tourism Index shows Peru experienced the strongest y.o.y. growth in tourist arrivals in 2013.

The Top 10 Growth Markets In Latin America

What are the hottest products selling in Latin America?

The 50 largest energy companies

2013 was a year to forget,but perhapsa good incentive to begin the task of improving business efficiency.

Where did remittances go?

Remittances continued to grow slowly this year – a sign of slow pick-up in developed economies.

Can Mexico Keep up the Tide of Reform?

LBC spoke with CEO of Bancomext, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero about Mexico’s economy, reforms, and aspirations.

Changes in the Role of the CFO: the view from Mexico

LBC spoke with two CFOs at our CFO Forum in Mexico City to get their insight on this topic.

Technology Changing the Mexican Market

The Mexican financial market is going through a period of technological changes and is set to see a dynamic year.LBC spoke with Jorge Alegría, CEO of Mexican Derivatives Exchange, MexDer, about what CFOs should expect in the near future, as well as the latest developments in the markets.

Korea-LatAm Trade: Korea Eyes the Pacific Alliance

New statistics from LBC show that almost half of South Korea’s trade occurs with the Pacific Alliance, a group the Asian country has highlighted as a priority.

Japan-LatAm Trade: On the up

Trade between Latin America and the world’s third-largest economy continued to grow in 2013, driven by stronger growth in Japan.

Addressing Latin America’s Gender Inequality through Business: WEConnect

LBC sat down with WEConnect’s Elizabeth Vazquez to discuss how the organization works, and why supporting women-owned small business is important – and good for business.

China-Latin American Trade: An end to the good old days

Year over year trade with China is slowing, but there are still some regional success stories.

Mexican PPPs: A Model for Latin America?  

A recently passed investment law for PPPs in Mexico should drive the infrastructure sector, and help it grow the country's economy.

Latin America 2014: A Mixed Bag So Far

There are reasons to be optimistic about Latin America this year – but temper that optimism.

Is slow growth Latin America’s new normal?

World Bank economist Augusto de la Torre warns it might be, but that the region has built a “better immune system” to absorb international shocks.

Latin America’s Investment Stars

LBC takes a look at how each country in the region fairs in attracting foreign investment.

Latin Hotel Index: Accor, Starwood See Gains

The two chains saw gains in their stature in Latin America this year.

How Does Latin America Manage Quality Improvement?

ASQ looks at quality improvement in Brazil and Mexico and shares its insights.

How Safe are Mexico's Border Cities for Business Travelers?

Cities along the nation's U.S. border have become markedly safer during the past couple of years, but the recent arrest of a drug lord could precipitate more violence.

Best to Invest: Latin America 2014

LBC looks at which countries provide the safest climate for investment this year.

Amid Regional Declines, Mexican CFOs Remain Optimistic

A year ago Latin American CFOs were the most optimistic in the world, but that positivity has been tempered, says John Graham of Duke University.

Security Index: Venezuela is the Most Dangerous Country in Latin America

Venezuela has replaced Haiti as the most dangerous country in Latin America in this year’s Security Index.

Latin America sees Trade Deficit with Europe for Another Year

After years of trade surpluses, Latin America now imports more from Europe than it sends back. Trade volumes fell 5.5 percent over 2012.

A Milestone Year for Latin America Private Equity

Private equity and venture capital continues to boom in Latin America, with 2013 a record year in many countries.

Sustainable cities in Latin America, a challenge or an opportunity?

Can sensible planning and better governance keep Latin American cities from falling through the cracks of social inclusion?

Empresas ICA: Ready to tackle Mexico’s infrastucture

LBC spoke with ICA CFO Victor Bravo Martín about how the company will take advantage of this exciting time for Mexico.

Technisys: offering clients multi-channel banking experience

MultilatinaTechnisys is making waves among the region’s financial institutions

Latin America’s Richest: Billionaires  2014

The combined wealth of the region’s richest fell 8.4 percent last year.

CFO of Bio Pappel: “We are in Mexico for the long-term”

LBC spoke with Bio Pappel CFO MayelaRincón about her company’s plans for the near future.

Measuring social impact, a necessary approach in philanthropy

Traditionally, donors had limited information to make difficult giving decisions. New trends in the way social cause organizations measure their impact is now helping donors get more “bang for the buck.”

Discussions with our Top Businesswomen

LBC spoke with eight of our Top Businesswomen on what advice they would give women in the workplace, and what they wish they had known starting out.

Chedraui CFO Contreras: “The Mexican Retail Sector is Changing”

Contreras spoke to LBC about his industry’s challenges and opportunities at Latin Trade’s CFO event in Mexico City. He was awarded CFO of the Year.

NAFTA at 20: a Discussion with Canada, Mexico, and the United States

LBC talked with top officials from the three NAFTA countries on what the trade agreement has achieved in 20 years, and what could be done to make it stronger.

Venezuelan Trade with the United States down 19 percent in 2013

LBC’s statistics on U.S.-Latin Trade evidence the strength of the Mexico-U.S. trade relationship, and that trade with Venezuela has continued to fall.

Latin America’s Top 50 Retailers

Revenues up 20 percent over previous year as companies ride consumer boom.

The Keys to Latin American Growth

A panel of experts agree female empowerment, entrepreneurship, and physical activity are the key factors in promoting growth

After strong 2013 growth, SAP places bets on 2014

Sales of cloud technology saw triple-digit growth

Emerging markets: the great reckoning

As pessimism grows around emerging markets, how will Latin America fare?

Oi’s Acquisition of Portugal Telecom: Top M&A of 2013

Petrobras also unloaded more than $4 billion in assets.

2014 Corporate Outlook

LBC provides the profit and revenue forecasts of 50 large Latin American companies.

Latin American Cities Must Learn to Access Global Financing

Helping cities to finance infrastructure is a major challenge

Latin Education Index 2013

Which countries do the best at giving their citizens a head start?

FedEx Ship Manager Lite, an easy shipping solution for SMEs in Latin America

Shipments can now be easily processed in Latin America and the Caribbean through a user-friendly online tool from FedEx Express

Latin Entrepreneur Index 2014

Our index evaluates the easiest places to start and grow a business in Latin America

Small companies in Latin America: a lack of innovation

How Miami is becoming a hub for innovation.

LBC 2014 Outlook: All Eyes on Mexico and Brazil

Read LBC’s predictions on what will happen in the region this year.

Angélica Fuentes: Empowering Women is Key to Sustainable Growth

Speaking with LBC at the Clinton Global Initiative in Rio de Janeiro, the CEO of Omnilife discusses her efforts to improve women’s well-being in Latin America.

CEMEX-Neoris: a partnership in innovation and efficiency

The Mexican IT giant helped the global cement company centralize systems, giving them more effective and efficient operations.

SAP: Latin America is an exciting an innovative market

CFO for SAP Americas Peter David talks with LBC about the opportunities in the region.

Latin America’s Top 10 CFOs of 2013

The names on our list head some of the best-performing companies in Latin America.

Powerful Lessons from the Mexican Government’s Shift to Electronic Payments

The government saves $1.27 billion a year by using new technology.

MNC Index: Let’s Go USA!

Amid a landscape of declines, U.S.-based companies generally performed well.

Multilatina Index: Food & Beverage rule the roost

Meanwhile, industrial and oil companies continued to see declines.

Argentina, Brazil lead declines in Latin Labor Index

Increased difficulty in hiring new employees was the main factor in the declines.

Mexico’s tax reform: a guide

Latin Business Chronicle spoke with Alfredo Álvarez and Enrique Pérez Grovas from Ernst and Young at the Latin Trade CFO Forum in Mexico City.

The challenges ahead: Mexico

Mexico continues to move toward the center of the global economic stage, but the day to day realities of business in the country create challenges that require informed and disciplined leadership.

Grupo Kaybee: pioneers of Latin trade

Education and infrastructure are the keys to boosting economic and trade relations between Asia and Latin America

Chile: Globalization star

Chile is the region’s only large economy to make the top 10. Mexico also shines.

Managing a complex region while maintaining quality

Starbucks CFO for Latin America and the Caribbean Carlos Mario Estefan highlights the importance of relationships in doing business.

Olam International: Una década maximizando el potencial de América Latina

Confianza, entendimiento cultural e inversión en las comunidades locales son los factores estratégicos para que los negocios asiáticos tengan éxito en América Latina.

Latin America’s Rising Stars of Legal

The 25 names on our list are lawyers to keep an eye on in the region’s legal sphere.

Olam International: a decade of maximizing Latin America’s potential

Trust, cultural understanding and investment in local communities are the strategic factorsfor Asian businesses to succeed in Latin America.

Latin America’s new trade routes

Increasingly, cross border commerce is being facilitated through the internet.

Panama leads 2013 Infrastructure Index

Despite improvements to ease of importing and exporting, Mexico dropped in the ranking.

A sweet future

Mars, makers of M&Ms, Snickers and Milky Way, launches astrategy to raiseconsumption of its products in the region,while supporting cocoa producers.

Google develops contest for Latin America’s developers

The contest will challenge the region’s developers to make innovative apps with Google software to improve the workings of SMEs.

Latin America’s Best 100 Companies 2013

The 100 companies on our list come from six countries, largely dominated by the Pacific economies.

FreeConferenceCall.com begins service in Latin America

Company is expanding to seven countries and expects global revenue growth of over 40 percent this year.

Latin America’s middling human capital development scores

The region ranks fourth globally for human capital development.

Latin Business Chronicle Infrastructure Guide 2013

Our annual guide to the region’s major upcoming infrastructure bids.

Mexico the newest magnet for private equity

A recent survey by Lavca and Coller Capital shows investor enthusiasm there outpacing Brazil.

Latin American GDP Growth Stats 2011-15

Panama, Paraguay, and Peru will be the region’s growth champions for the near future. Brazil should outperform Mexico.

A sweet spot in U.S.-Latin American trade

In an exclusive interview with LBC, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State José W. Fernandez discussed why this is an exciting time for U.S.-Latin American trade.

Latin American retail stays strong

The region’s retail sector saw the strongest growth this sector, but oil and gas brings in the highest revenues.

Coca Cola the Most Chosen Brand in Latin America

The U.S. beverage company places highly in the nine surveyed countries of Latin America – with Peru an interesting exception.

Autos and energy lead 2Q13 MNC Index

Nokia continues to see steep declines in revenues.

Latin America’s productivity challenge

The WEF’s latest competitiveness report lauds the region’s macroeconomic stability, but underlines productivity as a continued challenge.

Holland & Knight opens new office in Latin America

The new Mexico City office will help local and international clients who do business in the region.

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