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Honduras to hold partial re-count of votes; BTG Pactual raises $500M

* Honduras' election tribunal has accepted a request by the Organization of American States to re-count 4,753 ballot boxes in the country's presidential election, Reuters reported. Results of the disputed election are still unknown nearly two weeks after the Nov. 26 vote.

* Banco BTG Pactual SA raised $500 million through the issuance of five-year bonds, Valor Econômico reported.


* DBRS confirmed Mexico's long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings at BBB (high), with a stable outlook. The action reflects gradual improvements in the country's credit fundamentals amid rising economic and political risks.

* Panamanian stock exchange BVP lifted its suspension on three classes of common shares registered by Balboa Funds 1513 Inc. The lifting of the suspension follows the conclusion of the reorganization of Balboa Securities Corp., which serves as the investment manager of the funds.

* In a joint statement, Mexico's central bank and CNBV securities commission pledged to implement Basel III post-crisis regulatory reforms that were approved by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

* A bill to regulate Mexico's financial technology sector, which was recently approved by the Senate, will not be debated in the lower house of Congress until 2018, El Economista reported. Lawmakers cited by the publication said the bill requires a thorough analysis.


* Banco Bradesco SA's executive board proposed a 4.82 billion reais payment of interest on own capital complementary to the company's shareholders. The figure corresponds to a net amount of about 64.13 centavos per common share and 70.54 centavos per preferred share.

* Brazil's consumer default rate fell 3.3% annually in the 11-month period through November, according to credit research firm Boa Vista SCPC. The default rate for the month of November alone declined 2.4% from the prior month on a seasonally adjusted basis, and fell 11.2% from the prior-year period.

* Brazil's government has agreed to postpone a lower house vote on a crucial pension reform bill to the week of Dec. 18, Reuters reported, citing lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia.

* Brazilian central bank Governor Ilan Goldfajn said the bank has not yet identified any risks originating from the use of cryptocurrencies, Reuters reported. The central bank recently issued a warning that cryptocurrencies do not fall under official regulation.

* Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social CEO Paulo Rabello de Castro said the bank could sell at least 10% of unit BNDES Participações SA's investment portfolio, including part of its stake in scandal-plagued meatpacking firm JBS, Reuters reported. The gradual sale of the portfolio will start in 2018, he said.

* Eduardo Marco Modiano, the former president of Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social between 1990 and 1992, died Dec. 7 at the age of 65, Folha de S.Paulo reported.

* Caixa Econômica Federal is searching for a foreign investor to become a minority partner in the state-run bank's instant lottery arm, called Lotex, in an auction due to be held in 2018, Valor Economico reported.


* Fitch Ratings revised its outlook on La Previsora SA Cia de Seguros to negative from stable, reflecting the pressure that the company's loss ratio has exerted on its total profitability.

* Data published by Venezuela's opposition-led Congress showed that consumer prices in the country increased 1,369% between January and November, Reuters reported.

* Peru's Congress passed a law that aims to promote the development of the country's capital markets and make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to issue debt, El Comercio reported. The legislation also includes changes to the regulations governing stock brokerages.


* Argentine consumer defense association ADUC filed a class-action lawsuit against BBVA Banco Francés SA over alleged hidden fees on transactions made abroad through debit and credit cards, including purchases made on the internet. The bank said the lawsuit will not have a significant impact on its assets and activity.

* Argentine bank consumer association ACUBA filed a class-action lawsuit against Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires SA. The lawsuit seeks to nullify increases in certain rates such as commissions on service maintenance of accounts. The bank said an unfavorable result in the case would not have a serious impact on its operations.

* S&P Global Ratings maintained the ratings of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Chile SA on CreditWatch with developing implications. The CreditWatch listing will be resolved once regulators approve the sale of a majority stake in BBVA Chile to Bank of Nova Scotia.

* Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has been indicted for treason for allegedly hiding Iran's possible role in an attack on a Jewish community center in 1994, Reuters reported. A judge has asked for her arrest, but since she is a senator, Congress will first have to strip her of parliamentary immunity. Fernandez has denied any wrongdoing.

* Chile's draft banking law reform has been passed at the parliamentary committee stage and will now move to the lower house, Pulso reported. However, opposition lawmakers have reiterated concerns about rules on banking secrecy and said further amendments were likely.

* Analysts expect Chile's central bank to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.5% at its next monetary policy meeting scheduled for Dec. 14, Pulso reported.


* Europe: UK, EU in Brexit breakthrough; Basel rules deal reached; Swiss Re names new CFO

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Helen Popper contributed to this article.

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