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Adecoagro is looking to expand in Argentina and Brazil

Adecoagro revealed that executives had been "travelling all around" southern Brazil investigating potential sugar acquisitions, and was mulling growth in the likes of rice, dairy and beef, after slashing its debts in a "milestone" year. Mariano Bosch, chief executive of the South American farm operator - of which George Soros's Soros Fund Management is a major shareholder - said that it had been looking at "many, many mills that are for sale in Brazil" with a view to expanding a sugar and ethanol division which…

Argentina and Brazil will have high rates of growth this year

Expect more good news than bad when it comes to global growth this year, led by recoveries in several of Latin America’s largest economies, a pickup in the U.S., and continued robustness from China and India. The expectation is that 62 economies are slated for an improvement compared with last year, while 33 will see a deterioration, according to an analysis of the latest Bloomberg consensus outlook. Near the top of the list are Argentina and Brazil, both set to shift from contraction to expansion, along…

Uruguay Farmland boom has turned to a bust with prices down dramatically

Prime Uruguay farmland used for grain agriculture has experienced a boom in the past few years, even surpassing beef as the country’s main export item, reaching a price plateau around two years ago when top cropping farms, with irrigation, topped  12,000 USD per Ha in favoured locations. However many of these operations can be traced to money looking for safe havens, given the earlier world financial crisis, and not necessarily increasing production or looking for high yields. Therefore renting farmland…

8 Common Issues and Hurdles with Early Start-Up Business Development in Latin America

Harris Gomez Group has been helping companies enter the Latin American market for 15 years. Throughout the years, we have worked with hundreds of companies, from small to large, as they have tried to enter the Region, all with varying strategies. We like to say around our offices that we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. We often run into companies that are interested in developing the different Latin American markets for their products/services. The problem is that many companies end up doing…

Argentina: Private – Public Partnership Regime Overview

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The Argentine government has issued new regulations for public-private partnership (PPP) contracts in the public works sector, which are expected to streamline the process and bring at some US$40bn in infrastructure investments, according to state news agency Telám. Since Macri assumed power in Argentina, he has lifted currency controls, cut subsidies and brought the country out of a 15-year default by settling with holdout creditors. Now, he needs foreign investment to compensate for the decline in weaker…

The Key to Protecting Your IP in Latin America

Written by Andrea Dawson, Senior Lawyer and IP Specialist. Owners of intellectual property (IP) have many ways to protect their valuable assets. Perhaps, the most obvious way is to register intellectual property in the relevant jurisdictions and then enforce those IP right against third party infringers. When it comes to doing business in which your IP is involved, specially in Latin American countries, two key points should be taken into account: (1) that your IP rights be registered before the relevant governing…