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Find out about the Abadi & Co. team’s specialist expertise in emerging markets investment banking.

Emerging Markets

Although often unfamiliar or initially daunting to outside investors, the world’s emerging markets represent a large proportion of future growth and cover a huge share of the world’s population. Our multilingual, international team offers deep expertise in emerging markets, advising clients on a wide range of transactions which call upon specialist capabilities in this area. Focusing on Latin America, Emerging Europe and the Middle East, Abadi & Co. understands the challenges and opportunities which are inherent in emerging market transactions, while also being knowledgeable of the local circumstances and dynamics of individual markets.

Members of our team were pioneers in emerging markets in the 1980s and 90s, particularly within Latin America and Eastern Europe. During these two decades, in which the emerging markets debuted on the international stage, a small number of finance professionals were involved in developing what are now relatively commonplace asset class. The rich experience garnered by senior members of our team—including Carlos Abadi—during this period is invaluable to our clients. Carlos has been involved in the emerging markets for over three decades and has first-hand experience of the Latin American and Eastern European debt crises of the 1980s and 1990s, the Russia debt crisis of 1999, the massive Argentina default in 2001 and the recent European debt crisis–which can, to some extent, be characterized as an emerging market debt crisis. Our team has a strong voice in emerging markets and is frequently sought after for its knowledge and expertise. Senior team members have sat on emerging markets panels around the world and are quoted by respected industry publications, including Bloomberg, the Financial Times and Latin Finance.

Our clients are companies, governments and financial institutions, and typical assignments include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Debt & Equity Capital Markets issues
  • Recapitalizations
  • Restructurings and Special Situations

We are long-term partners to our clients and seek to maintain relationships over decades, ensuring that clients receive the senior-level attention they expect and deserve. Our goal is to become a trusted advisor and confidant to executives, government officials and board members, who are often facing complex and difficult challenges.

Global companies and institutional investors based outside of emerging markets also utilize our knowledge and skills when they seek to grow exposure to a new market, through an acquisition or other means of investment. They value our experience, our dynamism and the independence of our advice: we don’t cross-sell other financial products and services, eliminating a potential conflict of interest. Global clients and investors find our extensive relationships at the local level extremely useful, and they also recognize Abadi & Co.’s ability to bring to market unique and compelling opportunities. Our team guides our investor clients through the idiosyncrasies of individual emerging markets, managing complex investment processes and always serving as our clients advocate, protecting their interests.

Our Team’s Work in Emerging Markets

  • Minera Autlan (Mexico)
  • Covenant Renegotiation (US$80m)
  • Financial Advisor 2015
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  • Newland International Properties (Panama)
  • Chapter 11 (US$220m)
  • Plan Solicitation Agent 2013
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  • Non-Dilutive CET1 Capital Increase
  • Perpetual Convertible Sub Loan (US$100m)
  • Structurer/Placement Agent 2015
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  • EM Central Bank
  • Liability Mgmt Excercise (US$2bn)
  • Structurer/Placement Agent 2013
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  • MENA Bank
  • European Bank Acquisition
  • Buy-side Advisor (2016)
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  • Province of Mendoza (Argentina)
  • Debt Restructuring (US$500m)
  • Advisor/Restructuring Agent 2005
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  • Republic of Bulgaria
  • Liability Mgmt Exercise (US$300m)
  • Structurer/Buyback Agent 2004
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  • National Bank of Hungary
  • Liability Mgmt Exercise (US$200m)
  • Structurer/Buyback Agent 1990
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  • Vnesheconombank (Russia)
  • Debt Restructuring (US$31.7bn)
  • Joint Advisor to Russian Federation London Club debt 2000
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  • Kingdom of Jordan
  • Liability Mgmt Exercise (US$200m)
  • Structurer/Buyback Agent/Placement Agent 1991
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  • Alfa Group (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback and Debt-to-Equity Swap (US$120m)
  • Buyback Agent 1988
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  • Royal Dutch Shell (Chile)
  • Debt-to-Equity Swap (US$90m)
  • Arranger 1985
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  • Motorola
  • Debt-to-Equity Swap (Mexico)
  • Advisor and Arranger 1986
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  • Zenith Electronics
  • Debt-to-Equity Swap (Mexico)
  • Advisor and Arranger 1986
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  • Pilgrim's Pride (Mexico)
  • Debt-to-Equity Swap (US$15m)
  • Advisor/Arranger 1986
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  • Zagrebacka Banka (Croatia)
  • Debt-to-Equity Swaps (various)
  • Advisor/Arranger 1988-1991
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  • Splitska Banka (Croatia)
  • Debt-to-Equity Swaps (various)
  • Advisor/Arranger 1988-1991
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  • Ljubljanska Banka (Slovenia)
  • Debt-to-Equity Swaps (various)
  • Advisor/Arranger 1988-1991
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  • RJR Nabisco, Inc.
  • Divestiture of Uruguayan Subsidiary
  • Sell-Side Advisor 1986
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  • Vitro (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback
  • Buyback Agent 1980s
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  • Cydsa (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback
  • Buyback Agent 1980s
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  • IUSA (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback
  • Buyback Agent 1980s
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  • AXA (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback
  • Buyback Agent 1980s
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  • Grupo Salina (Mexico)
  • Debt Buyback
  • Buyback Agent 1980s
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Latin America

Members of our team have been active in Latin America for more than thirty years, making it one of our main areas of geographic focus. Our multilingual team is very much at home in Latin America and provides companies, governments, financial institutions and institutional investors with a range of investment banking services, covering mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity capital markets issues, recapitalizations and restructuring & special situations. Within the region we are particularly focused on Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. We are industry agnostic and have advised clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, energy, natural resources and agribusinesses. Our clients value our deep expertise in the region, alongside our strong relationships at both the local and international level. Our team is driven by a desire to fulfill our clients’ objectives through developing and implementing effective solutions.

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Middle East

Our team provides a range of investment banking services to companies, governments and financial institutions throughout the Middle East. It is a region which our CEO has been focused on since the early 1990s and where we have strong client relationships. We also advise foreign companies and investors looking to invest within the region, who value our regional and country-specific knowledge and experience. Our team serves clients from a broad spectrum of industries within the Middle East but focuses on financial institutions, working on a range of advisory assignments, including mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity capital markets issues, recapitalizations and restructuring & special situations. Our firm’s offering combines regional knowledge, expert advice and structuring acumen, to deliver compelling solutions to our clients.

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Debt & Equity Capital Markets

Our debt & equity capital markets advisory services are a core offering of our business and leverage our team’s extensive experience within this field. We are particularly well-known for our debt & equity capital markets work relating to financial institutions, emerging markets and restructuring & special situations. We advise companies, governments and financial institutions on a full-range of debt and equity transactions, both public and private. Our team analyzes each client’s alternatives in order to design an optimal financing solution specifically catering to their unique circumstances. Where necessary, we develop groundbreaking and first-of-their-kind transactions to ensure our client’s objectives are met. We deliver impartial advice to our clients regarding the best financing option that provides optimal terms and pricing.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

We advise buy-side and sell-side clients from around the world on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. These clients value our specialized expertise in transactions which touch upon emerging markets, financial institutions or restructuring & special situations. Our experienced team has extensive cross-border experience and advises on a wide-range of transactions, including highly-complex deals which utilize our team’s sophisticated structuring capabilities. Our boutique model ensures that we are unencumbered by many of the conflicts of interest faced by larger firms. We assist sell-side and buy-side clients with evaluating all courses of action. We also provide special advisory services to boards and other stakeholders.

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