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            Thursday, March 12, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 050


                            Headlines



A N T I G U A  &  B A R B U D A

LIAT: St. Lucia Prime Minister Optimistic About Future


B R A Z I L

PETROLEO BRASILEIRO: Moody's Says Probe Weakens Brazil's Sectors


C A Y M A N  I S L A N D S

COLONNADE INVESTMENTS: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 20
DOVER OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
EATON VANCE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
EDDYSTONE OFFSHORE: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 23
LION INVESTMENTS C: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 27

OLOOK LTD: Shareholders to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 19
P MANAGEMENT COMPANY: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 18
PASSIONFRUIT TRADING III: Member to Hear Wind-Up Report on April 1
WASHINGTON LOAN: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 20


D O M I N I C A N   R E P U B L I C

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Leader Wants Zero LatAm Trade Barriers


T R I N I D A D  &  T O B A G O

REPUBLIC BANK: To Pay Over US$.2MM for Breaching Takeover Code


V E N E Z U E L A

VENEZUELA: "Is Not Threatened by US Sanction," Ambassador Says


X X X X X X X X X

LATAM: Tax Revenues Remained Stable in 2013 says IDB


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A N T I G U A  &  B A R B U D A
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LIAT: St. Lucia Prime Minister Optimistic About Future
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The Daily Observer reports that St. Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny
Anthony has expressed optimism about plans by the regional
airline, LIAT, operating as Leeward Islands Air Transport, to
streamline operations to cut costs and become more efficient.

"The changes do provide a basis for optimism.  I think some
courage is finally being applied to deal with the situation with
LIAT," Anthony told reporters, according to The Daily Observer.

The report notes that the airline recently announced plans to cut
180 jobs, dispose of its Dash 8 fleet and reduce the number of
aircraft based in Antigua and Barbuda.

The plans are aimed at putting more capacity into Barbados with
two additional aircraft from the end of October 2015, resulting in
fewer flights out of Antigua, the report relates.

"Obviously it is not going to be easy for the government and
people of Antigua, but they have to understand that governments
cannot continue to pump money year after year into LIAT, despite
the carrier's losses," the report quoted Dr. Anthony as saying.

The report relays that Dr. Anthony said LIAT's shareholder
governments have understood that the time has come to take
"dramatic action" to deal in a deliberate way with the problems of
the carrier.

"Caribbean people need LIAT badly," Dr. Anthony said, adding that
decisive action was necessary to restore the loss-making airline
to viability, notes the report.

LIAT recently announced that it would re-locate four of the
airline's new ATR aircraft at the Grantley Adams International
Airport in Barbados, while Antigua will have two, the report
relays.  The remaining two aircraft will be based in Trinidad.

                           About LIAT

LIAT, operating as Leeward Islands Air Transport, is an airline
headquartered on the grounds of V. C. Bird International Airport
in Antigua.  It operates high-frequency inter-island scheduled
services serving 21 destinations in the Caribbean.  The airline's
main base is VC Bird International Airport, Antigua and Barbuda,
with bases at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados and
Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago.

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As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Dec. 2, 2014, Caribbean360.com said that chairman of the
shareholder governments of the financially troubled regional
airline, LIAT, operating as Leeward Islands Air Transport, Dr.
Ralph Gonsalves said while he is unaware of the details regarding
any possible retrenchment of employees, the airline needs to deal
with its high cost of operations.

The TCR-LA on March 10, 2014, citing Caribbean360.com, reported
that LIAT said it will take "decisive action" to deal with
unprofitable routes as the Antigua-based airline seeks to make its
operations financially viable.

On Sept. 23, 2013, the TCRLA, citing Trinidad and Tobago Newsday,
reported that there's much upheaval at the highest levels of LIAT
-- the Board and the Executive. Following the sudden resignation
of Chief Executive Officer Captain Ian Brunton, David Evans
replaced Mr. Brunton as chief executive officer.


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B R A Z I L
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PETROLEO BRASILEIRO: Moody's Says Probe Weakens Brazil's Sectors
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The corruption investigation into Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
(Petrobras) will negatively affect parts of the public and private
sectors, but government support for the company is likely to help
contain the credit-negative impact, says a report from Moody's
Investors Service.

Petrobras' problems will negatively affect Brazil's oil and gas
production chain, its construction and infrastructure sectors,
real estate in Rio de Janeiro state and the companies that support
these sectors.

Petrobras' heightened liquidity risks as a result of the delays in
delivering audited financial statements as well as its reduced
spending will impact the engineering and construction companies
under indictment, but also larger infrastructure investment
groups, according to the report "Petrobras Setbacks Worsen Hazards
in Brazil's Public and Private Sectors."

"Low oil prices will exacerbate the deterioration in Petrobras'
liquidity position in the mid-term," says Marianna Waltz, a
Moody's Associate Managing Director. "It will also spread the
negative effects down the supply chain, weakening the financial
and operating performance of the vessels that are part of
Petrobras' vital offshore production effort."

To counter its weakening liquidity, Petrobras has implemented
spending cuts that will also have widespread implications for a
variety of sectors in Brazil, including the public finances of Rio
de Janeiro state.  Highly dependent on oil, the drop in tax
revenue and royalties from oil would affect everything from
engineering & construction and oil & gas companies to real estate
development in the state.

In addition, the probe could result in lower bank earnings,
especially if public banks, already grappling with lackluster loan
growth, have to support Petrobras to prevent wider economic
fallout.

Given Petrobras' influence on the economy, the federal government
is likely to be willing to support the company, financially,
though it is less clear whether the government would be able to
muster the very large amounts that might be required in the short
time needed to avoid default.

"Petrobras plays a key role in long-term investment projects in
Brazil," says Waltz. "A severe deterioration in its credit quality
would put Brazil's banking sector, domestic capital markets and
broader economy at risk."

The immediate implications for the sovereign's credit profile are
limited.  Moody's does not expect that government support to
Petrobras would lead sovereign debt to exceed 70% of GDP under any
scenario.  The implications for the sovereign would principally
depend on the credibility of the government's fiscal and economic
policy response.

Moody's downgrade of all ratings on Petrobras on Feb. 24, 2015 and
the agency's downgrade of the ratings on several Brazil E&C
companies since November 2014 reflect these risks.


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C A Y M A N  I S L A N D S
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COLONNADE INVESTMENTS: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 20
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The members of Colonnade Investments Limited will hear on
March 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Richard Parsons
          Harneys Services (Cayman) Limited
          Harbour Place, 4th Floor
          103 South Church Street
          P.O. Box 10240 Grand Cayman KY1-1002
          Cayman Islands


DOVER OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Dover Offshore Fund II, Ltd. received on
March 10, 2015, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Mourant Ozannes Cayman Liquidators Limited
          c/o Morna Chisholm
          Jo-Anne Maher
          Telephone: (345) 814-9255
          Facsimile: (345) 949-4647


EATON VANCE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Eaton Vance EMLIP Commodity Subsidiary, Ltd
received on March 11, 2015, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Boston Management and Research
          c/o Barnaby Gowrie
          Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110
          USA
          Telephone: +1 (345) 914 6365


EDDYSTONE OFFSHORE: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 23
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The members of The Eddystone Offshore Fund, Ltd will receive on
March 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Maricorp Services Ltd.
          c/o J. Andrew Murray
          Telephone: 345-949-9710
          P.O. Box 2075 Grand Cayman, KY1-1105
          Cayman Islands


LION INVESTMENTS C: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 27
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The shareholder of Lion Investments C Limited will hear on
March 27, 2015, at 8:45 a.m., the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Intertrust SPV (Cayman) Limited
          190 Elgin Avenue
          George Town
          Grand Cayman, KY1-9005
          Cayman Islands
          c/o Jennifer Chailler
          Telephone: (345) 943-3100


OLOOK LTD: Shareholders to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 19
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The shareholders of Olook, Ltd. will hear on March 19, 2015, at
10:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Andre Nobre De Sousa Beisert
          c/o Campbells Corporate Services Limited
          Willow House, Floor 4, Cricket Square
          P.O. Box 268 Grand Cayman KY1-1104
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: +1 (345) 949 6258
          Facsimile: +1 (345) 945 2877


P MANAGEMENT COMPANY: Members to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 18
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The members of P Management Company Ltd. will hear on March 18,
2015, at 10:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's
wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Charles Pilotaz
          Telephone: +41 79 137 1329
          Harbour Place, 4th Floor
          103 South Church Street
          P.O. Box 10240 Grand Cayman KY1-1002
          Cayman Islands


PASSIONFRUIT TRADING III: Member to Hear Wind-Up Report on April 1
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The sole member of Passionfruit Trading III (Cayman) Limited will
receive on April 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the liquidator's report
on the company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Lion International Management Limited
          P.O. Box 71 Craigmuir Chambers
          Road Town, Tortola
          British Virgin Islands


WASHINGTON LOAN: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on March 20
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The shareholder of Washington Loan Funding Limited 2014-1 will
hear on March 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on
the company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Intertrust SPV (Cayman) Limited
          190 Elgin Avenue
          George Town
          Grand Cayman KY1-9005
          Cayman Islands
          c/o Jennifer Chailler
          Telephone: (345) 943-3100


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D O M I N I C A N   R E P U B L I C
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Leader Wants Zero LatAm Trade Barriers
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Dominican Today reports that President Danilo Medina said the
Central American Integration System (SICA) or any other Latin
American integration initiative will succeed only if trade
barriers within the region are eliminated, which in his view will
help create wealth and jobs.

The Dominican leader, speaking in the XLV SICA Summit of Heads of
State and Government, also lauded Spain's push to consolidate
integration, according to Dominican Today.  "A good example of
what's the way forward is our organization's collaboration with
Spain, which has become one of the major contributors of our
integration system," the report quoted Mr. Medina as saying.

The report notes that Mr. Medina stressed SICA's key programs,
such as support for tourism and for MSMEs to access regional
market. "SICA's agenda also strengthens our information systems in
tourism," he said.

                  Public-Private Partnership

Speaking to a group of business leaders from Central America,
Spain and Dominican Republic, Mr. Medina said a public- private
partnerships is the best way to deal with the challenges and
opportunities of development, the report adds.


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T R I N I D A D  &  T O B A G O
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REPUBLIC BANK: To Pay Over US$.2MM for Breaching Takeover Code
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Trinidad Express reports that the Republic Bank has agreed to pay
a settlement of US$285,000 for breaching Ghana's takeover code
with regard to the bank's acquisition of shares of HFC Bank in the
African country.

Ghana's Securities and Exchange Commission cleared Republic Bank
of allegations of insider trading even though it ordered the bank
to pay GHS1 million for breaching the code, according to Trinidad
Express.

The report notes that the allegations surfaced last year when
Republic was acquiring HFC shares from Union Bank of Nigeria.

The report relates that the Republic Bank Managing Director David
Dulal-Whiteway confirmed the bank will settle the claim but
stressed that the bank "unintentionally" breached the takeover
code.

Republic owns 40 per cent of HFC Bank.

In May 2014 HFC Bank took legal action against Republic and
Ghana's SEC, claiming breaches of the SEC code, the report notes.

The SEC on March 3 ruled that Republic unintentionally breached
some rules of the takeover code, the report recalls.   Mr. Dulal-
Whiteway told the Express that the bank expects to get SEC
approval and HFC remains a "good acquisition".


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V E N E Z U E L A
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VENEZUELA: "Is Not Threatened by US Sanction," Ambassador Says
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The Daily Observer reports that the Venezuelan Ambassador to
Antigua & Barbuda, Carlos Perez is adamant that a recent US
sanction on his country will not adversely affect relations with
the nation.

The United States declared Venezuela "a national security threat"
and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the South
American country, in the worst bilateral diplomatic fall out since
socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013, according
to The Daily Observer.

The report notes that Ambassador Perez said the declaration by the
United States threaten diplomatic ties with its affiliate
countries.

The report relates that Ambassador Perez said, "So far many
countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have expressed
support to Venezuela."

The diplomat said the only foreseeable, international backlash
will be weakened diplomatic relations with the US, the report
notes.

The report discloses that Ambassador Perez said the US's recent
sanction, for what they call breached of the democratic processes
among other accusations, "is clear interference."

"We totally reject the executive order of the United States. . . .
It's almost a kind of provocation to Venezuela, because what
country has the right to qualify another one regarding internal
issues," Ambassador Perez queried, the report relays.

US government officials have indicated that declaring any country
a threat to national security is the first step in starting a
sanctions program. The same process has been followed with
countries such as Iran and Syria, the report discloses.


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LATAM: Tax Revenues Remained Stable in 2013 says IDB
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Tax revenues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have
remained stable in 2013 and continue to be considerably lower, as
a proportion of national incomes, than in most OECD countries.
Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 1990-2013
(fourth edition) shows that the average ratio of tax revenue to
GDP in the 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries covered by
the report was 21.3 percent in 2013, 0.1 percentage point above
the ratio in 2012. The tax-to-GDP ratio rose from 19.5 percent to
21.2 percent over the 2009-12 period.

The report, produced jointly by the Inter-American Centre of Tax
Administrations (CIAT), the Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) and the OECD's Development Centre, was launched during the
XXVII Regional Seminar on Fiscal Policy,held at ECLAC headquarters
in Santiago, Chile.

It shows that tax revenues rose significantly across the region
over the 1990-2013 period, pushing the average tax to GDP ratio up
by 7 percentage points, from 14.4 percent to March 10's 21.3
percent level.  While this revenue boost has provided governments
in the region increased capacity to improve spending on social
programs and physical infrastructure, the tax to GDP ratio is
still 13 percentage points below the OECD average of 34.1 percent,
according to the report.

Wide national variations exist across LAC countries. In 2013, the
tax to GDP ratios for the 20 LAC countries included in the report
range from Brazil (35.7 percent), which is above the OECD average,
and Argentina (31.2 percent), to 14 percent in the Dominican
Republic and 13 percent in Guatemala.  The corresponding range in
OECD countries was from 48.6 percent in Denmark to 19.7 percent in
Mexico.

The share of tax revenues collected by local governments in Latin
America is small in most countries and has not increased,
reflecting relatively narrow fiscal autonomy compared with OECD
countries.

The report includes two special chapters.  The first measures the
usefulness of taking into account non-tax revenues from natural
renewable and non-renewable resources, on top of all mandatory
contributions to private health and pensions, in addition to tax
revenues traditionally covered.  The second describes trends since
2000 in revenues from non-renewable natural resources in the LAC
countries whose economies are driven by natural endowments, with
aggregate projections up to 2014.

Falling crude oil prices in the second half of 2014 are expected
to drag down revenues, by as much as 1-1.5 percent of GDP in
Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico.  In general, fiscal revenues from
non-renewable, natural resources continue to be very important as
a percentage of the total revenues in many countries across the
region, and in some cases, such as Venezuela and Ecuador, account
for more than 30 percent of the total fiscal revenues.

A full text copy of the press release is available free at:

                          http://is.gd/ydTtaM

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Monday's edition of the TCR-LA delivers a list of indicative
prices for bond issues that reportedly trade well below par.
Prices are obtained by TCR-LA editors from a variety of outside
sources during the prior week we think are reliable.   Those
sources may not, however, be complete or accurate.  The Monday
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for actual trades are probably different.  Our objective is to
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or sell any security of any kind.  It is likely that some entity
affiliated with a TCR-LA editor holds some position in the
issuers' public debt and equity securities about which we report.

Tuesday's edition of the TCR-LA features a list of companies with
insolvent balance sheets obtained by our editors based on the
latest balance sheets publicly available a day prior to
publication.  At first glance, this list may look like the
definitive compilation of stocks that are ideal to sell short.
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net of depreciation may understate the true value of a firm's
assets.  A company may establish reserves on its balance sheet for
liabilities that may never materialize.  The prices at which
equity securities trade in public market are determined by more
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