Country Awards for Excellence 2016: Latin America (including Caribbean and Central America)

Regional awards

Press release

View full 2016 results

 
 
Argentina  
Bolivia  
Brazil  
Chile
 
Colombia

 
Costa Rica

 
Dominican
Republic

 
Ecuador

 
El Salvador
Guatemala
 
Honduras  
Mexico

Nicaragua
Panama
 
Paraguay  
Peru
  .
Puerto Rico  
Trinidad &
Tobago
 
Uruguay  
Venezuela

Argentina

Best bank: Santander Río
Best investment bank: Citi

Banking in Argentina has been challenging in recent years. Increasingly stringent regulation has required banks to lend to certain segments at capped interest rates, while high inflation has complicated other transactional business. The banking system has, by and large, coped well with the poor business environment, and now (in private) bankers are optimistic about the money to be made in the country – from mortgages and retail lending to corporate loans, securitizations and capital markets.

Bank valuations have risen in Argentina but Enrique Cristofani, chairman and CEO at Santander Río, will not be seeking the IPO that...