BankBoston Corp. has a long-time attachment to international banking. But under the leadership of Henrique de Campos Meirelles, 52, the bank's Brazilian-born president, the ties are getting even stronger.

BankBoston, which generates about a fifth of its revenues from Latin America, intends to pump about $100 million into the region over the next year to expand branch networks mostly in Brazil and Argentina. The goal: to generate as much as a third of the company's revenues from Latin America by 2001.

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