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Countries:
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Argentina
Banks:
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
  • Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)
Status: U
Bank Risk Rating: B
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Board Decision Date: 2016-10-04
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Borrower or Client: Telecom Personal S.A.
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Sectors:
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  • Communications
Investment Type(s): Loan
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Investment Amount (USD): $ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD): $ 500.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.

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Original disclosure @ IIC website
Updated in EWS: 2017-08-10
Disclosure Date: 2016-09-01
Telecom Personal S.A.
IIC-11975-01

Project Description
Incorporated in 1994, Telecom Personal S.A. (“the Company” or “Personal”) is a leading mobile network operator in Argentina with presence in Paraguay through its subsidiary Nucleo. The project aims to support the company’s capex plan for Argentina including the deployment of a nationwide 4G LTE network and for refinancing of short term debt.
Investment Description
The Company is 99.99% owned by Telecom Argentina S.A (“Telecom Argentina”), an operator of fixed (local and long distance), data and mobile voice and internet services. Telecom Argentina is one of the largest private sector companies in Argentina in terms of revenues and number of employees and enjoys a strong reputation in terms of integrity, governance and general operations. Telecom Argentina is majority owned by Nortel Inversora S.A. (54.7%), with most of the rest of the shares are listed in the Buenos Aires and the New York Stock Exchange. Nortel Inversora S.A. in turn is controlled by Sofora Telecomunicaciones S.A. (78.4%), which is owned by the W de Argentina – Inversiones S.A. (32%) and Fintech Telecom LLC (68%). This transaction has benefited from close coordinating and information exchange between the IIC and the IFC, involving the respective institutions’ origination and environmental and social (E&S) teams, with resulting process efficiencies and value added for the client.
Contact Information
For inquiries about this project, contact divulgacionpublica@iadb.org ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IDB/ IIC The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)-funded project. If you submit a complaint to MICI, they may assist you in addressing the problems you raised through a dispute-resolution process with those implementing the project and/or through an investigation to assess whether the IDB or IIC is following its own policies for preventing or mitigating harm to people or the environment. You can submit a complaint by sending an email to MICI@iadb.org. You can learn more about the MICI and how to file a complaint at http://www.iadb.org/en/mici/mici,1752.html (in English) or http://www.iadb.org/es/mici/mici,1752.html (Spanish).