While 1,000 guests banqueted on Mexican delicacies last week at the
fashionable Hotel Maria Isabel in Mexico City, a small group of men
spread out far to the south into the vastness of Yucatan and Quintana
Roo. Banqueters and scouts had something in common: the Bank of London
and Mexico, Mexico's oldest bank. The guests were celebrating the
bank's 100th birthday and ogling a group of visitors that included four
Cabinet members. The scouts were hard at work searching for new bank
sites in the sparsely populated southeast, thus demonstrating the
determination that has helped their bank survive half a...
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