SOURCE: LatinFinance


January 15, 2016 08:43 ET

Mexico Shines in LatinFinance's Deals of the Year 2015

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jan 15, 2016) - The United Mexican States and oil and gas company Pemex have taken top honors in LatinFinance's 2015 Deals of the Year Awards.

The United Mexican States has garnered Sovereign Bond of the Year, for its EUR 1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) century bond, and Sovereign Issuer of the Year. Pemex has won Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year for its triple tranche $6 billion issuance, Financing Innovation of the Year for its landmark MXN9 billion euroclearable bond and Corporate Issuer of the Year.

The winners of this year's awards employed sophisticated, creative strategies to secure funding during a particularly challenging year in the financial markets for Latin American issuers. From pioneering new documentation for Latin American sovereigns, to paving the way to new sources of capital, these issuers stand out for borrowing billions of dollars across multiple transactions, while demonstrating a keen sense of market timing, efficiency and excellence.

"The United Mexican States has once again risen above other sovereigns, navigating a variety of challenges across the globe to successfully tap investors in multiple markets," Katie Llanos-Small, Editor-In-Chief of LatinFinance, says, adding that this is the fifth consecutive year the sovereign has won the Sovereign Issuer category.

"Pemex has proven to be one of the leading issuers in the region, executing several transactions, from the very large to the very novel, while setting significant precedents that will benefit Latin American borrowers," Llanos-Small says.

The editorial team at LatinFinance selected the winners after a rigorous and detailed evaluation process. After receiving hundreds of nominations from sovereigns, banks, corporates, funds and firms across 28 categories, LatinFinance consulted market participants and conducted an extensive examination of data and research. The awards were revealed at a gala dinner in New York last night.

Other winners in LatinFinance's 2015 Deals of the Year Awards include Telefônica Vivo, Nemak, Gruma and Coltel. JPMorgan has won Investment Bank of the Year, while Cleary Gottlieb wins Law Firm of the Year: Latin America. A full list of winners is below and available at

LatinFinance Deals of the Year Awards winners:
The LatinFinance Deals of the Year Awards recognize transactions and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean that have demonstrated excellence in banking and the capital markets between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Please click through for full details on the winner in each category.

Sovereign Issuer of the Year United Mexican States
Sovereign Bond of the Year United Mexican States
Corporate Issuer of the Year Pemex
Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year Pemex
Financing Innovation of the Year Pemex
Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year Gruma
Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year Coltel
Sovereign Liability Management of the Year Dominican Republic
Corporate Liability Management of the Year BRF
Equity Follow-On of the Year Telefônica Vivo
Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year Telefônica Vivo
Initial Public Offering of the Year Nemak
Private Equity Deal of the Year Tribeca Asset Management
Domestic M&A Deal of the Year Grupo Clarín
Syndicated Loan of the Year Trafigura Beheer
Restructuring of the Year Corporaci�n Geo
Local Currency Deal of the Year Republic of Peru
Structured Financing of the Year Latam Airlines
Trade Finance of the Year Fibria
Law Firm of the Year: LatAm Cleary Gottlieb
Law Firm of the Year: Brazil Machado Meyer
Law Firm of the Year: Mexico Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau
Law Firm of the Year: Andes Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta
Bond House of the Year Bank of America-Merrill Lynch
Equity House of the Year Bank of America-Merrill Lynch
M&A House of the Year Goldman Sachs
Loan House of the Year BBVA
Investment Bank of the Year JPMorgan

Selection process:
The winners of the awards are selected by LatinFinance's editorial team. The selection process takes into account nominations from market participants, as well extensive evaluation of supporting documentation and relevant transactional and institutional data. For more information on the awards, please visit

About LatinFinance
Since 1988 LatinFinance has distinguished itself as a leading source of intelligence on the financial markets and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Published from New York and Miami, with a network of correspondents across the region, the Daily Brief delivers the latest news and deal coverage, while the magazine and data-intensive website,, add the further context and analysis required to do business in these fast-moving markets. Covering debt, equity, structured finance, syndicated loans, private equity and M&A, as well as multilateral financing, people moves and secondary trading, LatinFinance is the essential provider of news and analysis that can't be found anywhere else. For more information please visit

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