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Investment Banking in Latin America: Never-Ending Internships or Never-Ending Bonuses?

Should you go straight to the source? In other words, if you cover emerging markets such as Latin America or Africa, is it better to be based in those regions, or to work in the nearest financial center, such as New York or London? You might think it pays to be local, but that’s not […]
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Investment Banking in Brazil: Finally

This one is the interview that I could never quite lock down – until now. We’ve managed to cover almost every emerging and frontier market, but my attempts at featuring Brazil kept falling through. But when I sent out an announcement asking for interviews last year, I received over 200 responses, with quite a few […]
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Latin America M&A and Restructuring: Family-Owned Businesses Meet Sovereign Defaults?

If you want to work in finance and never get bored, there’s a simple solution: go to Latin America. Or at the very least, work in a US-based coverage team for Latin America. You’ll get to deal with stubborn business owners with delusions of grandeur, unreliable information, and even the occasional sovereign default. On the other […]
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Investment Banking in Mexico: Win Bulge Bracket Offers Without an MBA or Previous Finance Experience?

The finance industry in developed markets hasn’t exactly made a strong “recovery” post-financial crisis (if you want to be bold and label it a “recovery”). Sure, hiring is up and more deals are getting done… but most teams have not expanded quickly in major markets like the US and UK. But banks have been growing […]
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How to Advise on a Mega M&A Deal in Latin America and Survive in One Piece: A Story from the Inside

You might say that working on deals in emerging markets is a little bit… different. Not only do you value and analyze companies differently, but you have to deal with all sorts of other fun: Possible government coups, hostile takeovers (from the government), and general instability. Complicated ownership structures that make the plot of Inception […]
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Emerging Power or Emerging Bubble? What You Do in the Latin America Coverage Group at an Investment Bank

Investors like growth. And now that they aren’t getting it in developed economies, whether they’re looking at industrials, consumer retail, or other sectors, they’re turning their attention south and east – to the BRIC countries and other emerging markets. We’ve been through what to expect in China and India multiple times, but Brazil hasn’t received […]
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