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  • Argentina IDs accounts in alleged tax evasion Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 3:21 PM ET

    The agency's revelation came a day after it charged HSBC bank with helping Argentines evade taxes by stashing about $3 billion in the secret accounts. It said that the money was handled by intermediaries through a network of offshore accounts and that it got its information from France, where HSBC was placed under formal investigation last week for possibly...

  • Argentina charges HSBC with aiding tax evasion Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts. AFIP said it got its information from France, where HSBC was placed under formal investigation last week for possibly aiding tax evasion. AFIP charged the local branch of HSBC and its...

  • Private firms filling Latin America's security gap Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. The phone chatter and chirping two-way radios sounded like a police dispatch, but this was the emergency response room of International Private Security, a Mexico- based company that helps clients like PepsiCo, Audi...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 10- A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that Citigroup Inc could process an $85 million interest payment by Argentina on bonds issued under its local laws following its 2002 default. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York said Citigroup could process the Dec. 31 payment it receives on U.S. dollar-denominated Argentine law bonds. Citigroup has said it faces...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- Argentina, already in default, could see its financial troubles worsen as creditors holding billions of dollars in debt prepare to demand immediate payment, new court filings in New York show. District Judge Thomas Griesa granted to U.S. hedge funds that spurned Argentina's debt restructurings in 2005 and 2010, and then sued for full repayment of...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 3- Procter& Gamble said on Monday it had temporarily suspended operations in Argentina after the country's tax authority, which has accused the company of tax fraud, said it started meetings with the world's No.1 household products maker. On Sunday, Argentina accused the company of hiding income and over-billing $138 million in imports to get...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the debt dispute between Argentina and holdout creditors, has been given broad authority to grant other investors a seat at the negotiating table in an effort to agree on a comprehensive settlement. District Judge Thomas Griesa issued the order on Monday giving Pollack, known officially as the...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- Cristina Fernandez, president of Argentina, is the sort of populist political leader financial markets love to hate. Oil output has been falling, from a peak of more than 900,000 barrels per day in 1998 to a little over 700,000 bpd in 2013, and Argentina became a net petroleum importer in 2012.. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates...

  • Nov 2- Argentina has accused Procter& Gamble, the world's No. 1 household products maker, of tax fraud and said it suspended its operations in the South American country, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the country's AFIP tax authority. Argentina accused the company of over-billing $138 million in imports to get money out of the country, according to...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Oct 31- Argentina's debt default spread to its Par bonds on Friday after the country failed to complete an interest payment, raising the risk that creditors could demand that the country's cash-strapped government immediately repay all of its debt. Argentina deposited a $161 million payment with a newly appointed local trustee last...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Oct 31- Argentina's debt default spread to its Par bonds on Friday after the country failed to complete an interest payment, raising the risk that creditors could demand that its cash-strapped government immediately repay all of its debt. Argentina had already defaulted in July on its Discount notes, but holders of the Par bonds are more...

  • City of Buenos Aires mulls financing options Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- The city of Buenos Aires is sounding out foreign investors on short-term funding as it looks to refinance upcoming maturities, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the meetings. US dollars would allow it to build a buffer to meet international bond maturities without draining Argentina's dwindling foreign exchange reserves.

  • MONTEVIDEO, Oct 27- Leftist ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez is in a strong position to win Uruguay's presidential election race after taking a big lead in the first round of voting, official results showed on Monday. Although he fell short of the 50 percent majority needed for an outright win, he had a bigger than expected lead over his closest rival, Luis...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23- Persistent government intervention in Argentina's stagnating economy means oil and gas firms will remain cautious even if Congress backs a proposed law offering sweeteners to attract new investments worth tens of billions of dollars. Argentina needs to ramp up production from its vast but barely tapped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 8- Argentina's state-run energy company YPF said on Wednesday it had not struck a confidential natural gas production deal with Russia's Gazprom despite a statement earlier in the day from the industry ministry saying that it had. The ministry had said Cabinet Minister Debora Giorgi received assurances from Gazprom head Alexey Miller in a...

  • Oct 8- Brazil, Argentina and the United States have tightened port entry procedures for ships that have sailed from West Africa in a bid to control the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread has become a global concern-- with worries for trade, which could affect the...

  • LONDON, Oct 6- The International Monetary Fund on Monday urged a rethink of how sovereign bonds should be structured to avoid future debt restructurings turning into a repeat of Argentina's disruptive court battle with a few disgruntled creditors. This follows a ruling by a U.S. court that two hedge funds not party to Argentina's debt restructuring were...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3- Argentina has defaulted on its debt, the economy is stagnant, inflation is soaring and its market-friendly central bank chief has just been forced out. President Christina Fernandez this week publicly blasted the trading as unpatriotic, accusing those involved in it of trying to pull down her government and ordered an investigation into...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S.-traded shares of Argentine companies were sharply lower on Thursday after the government in Buenos Aires appointed a new central bank chief. Bank stocks were among the worst hit, with ADRs of Banco Macro down 6.1 percent and BBVA Banco Frances down 6.8 percent. Other Argentine stocks falling sharply on Wall Street included Petrobras...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 2- Argentine stocks and bonds slid on Thursday as the government left markets guessing about policy direction after the appointment of a new central bank chief viewed as sympathetic to the government's ramped-up interventions in the economy. Bond prices also fell as investors digested the nomination of Alejandro Vanoli as the bank's new...