MIAMI - At the second annual conference on Latin American securitizations, speakers offered hardheaded wisdom born of tragedy, but a more visceral mood of delight also made the rounds. "We've really finally put the crises of the last few years behind us," said Michael Lucente, director of the Latin America structured finance group at Merrill Lynch.

The climate in the cross-border market has decidedly turned from the first time Euromoney and LatinFinance held this conference, last October, when Brazilian elections and lingering fallout from the Argentine default hung in the air.

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