Thursday, January 29th, 2015


NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- The United Mexican States has been named Sovereign Issuer of the Year by LatinFinance in the publication's 2014 Deals of the Year Awards. The award recognizes the leading sovereign issuer in the debt capital markets between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Mexico stood out for its varied activity, issuing bonds in Japanese Yen, sterling, euros and dollars over the year. "United Mexican States displayed a sophisticated approach to international funding, issuing in a range of currencies through well-timed, well-executed transactions," said LatinFinance editor-in-chief Katie Llanos-Small.

Cemex has been named Corporate Issuer of the Year by LatinFinance, an award that recognizes the leading company from Latin America and the Caribbean in accessing capital markets. Cemex sold bonds denominated in euros and dollars twice in 2014, arranged a new credit facility with lenders, closed a financing package for a wind farm, and sold $200m of contingent convertible units.

"Cemex was exceptionally active in a wide range of capital markets areas over the year under consideration, using the debt, equity and loan markets to optimize its capital base," said Katie Llanos-Small, editor-in-chief at LatinFinance.

Citi was named Investment Bank of the Year by LatinFinance, an award that recognizes the institution that has performed most impressively across the spectrum of capital raising products for companies, banks and sovereigns. Citi's stand-out transactions included LatinFinance's Sovereign Bond of the Year, IPO of the Year, and Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year.

"Citi's leadership position across debt, equity and M&A for Latin American institutions made it stand out as Investment Bank of the Year for 2014," said Katie Llanos-Small, editor in chief of LatinFinance.

Other winners in LatinFinance's Deals of the Year 2014 Awards include HSBC, Credit Suisse, the Republic of Ecuador and Fibra Uno. See full list below.

LatinFinance Deals of the Year Award winners:
 The LatinFinance Deals of the Year 2014 acknowledge the most impressive transactions and institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Please click through for full details on the winner in each category.

Sovereign Issuer of the Year -- United Mexican States
Corporate Issuer of the Year -- Cemex
Investment Bank of the Year -- Citi
Bond House of the Year -- HSBC
Loan House of the Year -- HSBC
Equity House of the Year -- Credit Suisse
M&A House of the Year -- Credit Suisse
Law Firm of the Year: Brazil -- Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Law Firm of the Year: Mexico -- Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau
Law Firm of the Year: Andes -- Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados
Law Firm of the Year: LatAm -- Cleary Gottlieb
Sovereign Bond of the Year -- Republic of Ecuador bond sale
Sovereign Liability Management of the Year -- Federative Republic of Brazil
Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year -- YPF bond sale
Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year -- Coca-Cola Femsa triple-tranche bond sale
Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year -- Cemex dual-tranche euro/dollar bond sale
Corporate Liability Management of the Year -- Marfrig Global Foods tender and new issue
IPO of the Year -- Group Aval NYSE IPO
Follow-On Equity of the Year -- Fibra Uno
Private Equity Deal of the Year -- Enfoca sale of Maestro
Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year --  MMG acquisition of Las Bambas mine, Peru
Domestic M&A Deal of the Year -- Kroton acquisition of Anhanguera
Structured Financing of the Year -- Rioprevidência Oil & Gas Royalties Securitization
Syndicated Loan of the Year -- Sigma Alimentos term loan
Restructuring of the Year -- Lupatech
Local Currency Deal of the Year -- Findeter global-COP bond
Trade Finance Deal of the Year -- NEXI-supported loan to Amaggi
Financing Innovation of the Year -- Rioprevidência Oil & Gas Royalties Securitization

Notes for editors:
 Launched in 1991, LatinFinance's Deals of the Year Awards are recognized as Latin America's most prestigious and rigorously judged awards for excellence in investment banking, capital markets issuance and legal advice.

Selection process:
 The awards are selected by LatinFinance's editors. The selection process takes into account the market significance or strategic importance of deals as well as how they were structured and executed. Banks' and law firms' roles in these winning deals -- as well as the volume and diversity of trades they worked on and their execution role on particularly sophisticated, successful transactions -- went toward determining the winning institutions. For more information on the awards, click here.

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As the volume of information on the region grows, our role of cutting through the clutter to identify events of immediate significance and lasting importance to Latin America and the Caribbean becomes ever more vital. LatinFinance is the essential provider of news and analysis that cannot be found anywhere else.

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