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Manuel Medina-Mora

November 6, 2006

Five years after a big bank acquisition, it is a rare deal that is viewed as an unmitigated success. But that is what has happened in the case of Citigroup’s purchase of Mexican bank Banamex.

Agustín Carstens

November 6, 2006

He was Mexico’s deputy finance minister in the first half of President Vicente Fox’s administration, pushing for fiscal reform and credited with doing an excellent job, particularly in his handling of the country’s fractious Congress (not, as bankers point out, something at which the Fox administration in general has been very good).

Friendly foreigners or alien invaders?

November 6, 2006

Mexico’s chief banker is not alone in criticising foreign banks’ inroads and influence on nascent markets. But do they really do more harm than good? Karina Robinson weighs up the arguments.

Reform optimism rises

October 2, 2006

Marcos Martínez, head of the Association of Mexican Banks and CEO of Santander México, believes reforms will be back on track soon, now that a vote recount has confirmed conservative Felipe Calderón as the country’s new president.

Loan arranging at a hole in the wall

July 3, 2006

Susana Fernández Caro details how some banks have tapped into
the potential for making loans available exclusively through ATMs.

BBVA exploits Mexican remittance market through Texan acquisitions

July 3, 2006

Forty-four per cent of Spanish bank BBVA’s 2005 attributable net profit came from Latin America. There is both a downside to this – excessive dependence on a risky region – and an upside – an incredible opportunity to leverage a strong franchise.

Profitability and lending boom under threat

May 2, 2006

Karina Robinson canvasses the CEOs of four of Mexico’s top five banks as the country looks increasingly set to elect a less banker-friendly president.

On the brink of disaster?

May 2, 2006

A crisis lies in waiting for Mexico in the shape of its frontrunning presidential candidate. Karina Robinson reports from Mexico City on the likely risk scenarios.

Bankers drag their feet on microfinance front

April 3, 2006

Despite international progress on microfinancing initiatives and good results in Mexico’s microcredit industry, Mexican banks are still not keen to lend to the poor. Monica Campbell reports from Mexico City.

Job creation is a work in progress

March 6, 2006

Luis Ernesto Derbez, Mexico’s foreign minister, tells Karina Robinson of the lessons learned by the outgoing administration of Vicente Fox.

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