MINT Guide 2015

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Economists' fondness for emerging markets acronyms may occasionally grate, but it's difficult to argue against the latest incarnation, the MINT economies. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey have all shown thrilling growth rates since Jim O'Neill, formerly of Goldman Sachs, adopted the phrase in 2013.

The countries' economic development is causing a fundamental realignment in the global balance of economic and political power. While the traditional powerhouses are still suffering the lag of the global financial crisis, the MINT economies continue to thrive. Whether it's Indonesia's booming infrastructure demands or Mexico's liberalising investment regime, opportunities abound for foreign investors and corporates.


"While the traditional powerhouses are still suffering the lag of the global financial crisis, the MINT economies continue to thrive"


There are dangers attached to all jurisdictions, of course. The MINT economies are suffering from variously: a mixture of political instability, a rise in authoritarianism and Islamic fundamentalism or a drop in oil prices. But investors will still be lured by such growth stories, and sound legal advice will be crucial to doing deals in the countries.

With this in mind, IFLR's inaugural MINT Guide will provide readers with crucial insight in order to navigate the nuances of the emergent group's economic climate and financial agenda.

As well as overviews of market conditions in each of the four jurisdictions, the guide features Q&As with some of the leading market participants on the ground, from Standard Chartered's in-house counsel in Nigeria, to leading investors in Indonesia and Mexico. But critically we have insight from local counsel, those responsible for structuring deals and navigating regulatory uncertainty. We're sure you'll find their advice invaluable, and this guide indispensable.

Tom Young
Managing editor
IFLR