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Mossack Fonseca – The Panama Files

The Facts about Panama and other tax Havens like the  United States Let’s review the facts of offshore asset protection: It’s not illegal. There are plenty of reasons to open a bank account or a corporate structure in another country, like a limited liability company (LLC), in an offshore jurisdiction, especially if you are in a lawsuit-prone profession like medicine or have investments that the investors come from different tax jurisdiction. One of the valid reasons for operating offshore is if you just…

Mercosur and the European Union Free Trade Negotiation

The Brazilian crisis and a new Argentine government offers ‘window of opportunity With South America’s giant Brazil rocked by an economic and political crisis that may well lead to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and with a new business friendly president in Argentina — Mauricio Macri,  Buenos Aires is upping its profile and may function as a lever for the Mercosur bloc and the European Union (EU) to ink a free-trade deal that has been delayed for years. Both blocs are scheduled to exchange…

Zuccardi Family Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina

ARGENTINA’S ZUCCARDI FAMILY WINES At the foot of the Andes Mountains ( in the Uco Valley ), in the vast desert province of Mendoza sits Familia Zuccardi, Argentina’s largest family owned winery as well as one of the leading exporters of Argentine’s premium wines. For over 40 years, Zuccardi family has produced wines of exceptional quality and value from the soils of Maipu and Santa Rosa. Every wine at Zuccardi is from estate grown, hand-picked fruit and is estate produced in a state-of-the-art…

South American Country Risk Comparisions

SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY RISKS FOR INVESTORS This is a current snapshot of the health or otherwise of Latin America Countries.  Remember it is historical so recent events in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay could alter this picture dramatically going forward.   The International Property Rights Index for Latin America (index is for 2015) The International Corruption Index puts Latin America under the spotlight   This is a cost of living indicator: The figure shows how much how much a bundle of…

Chilean Blueberries facing strong competition

CHILEAN BLUEBERRIES It has been a very good season for Chilean blueberries. Despite production not growing as initially estimated because of unfavorable weather this year, Chile almost achieved the same volumes it had last season and exported more than 90,000 tons of fresh produce. “The main varieties that we export are our own, they were developed by our genetic programs with the aim of providing the best quality and taste to the world. Chile exports 70% of its production to the United States, approximately…

Chilean Blueberries: Challenges posed by competitors

CHILEAN BLUEBERRIES It has been a very good season for Chilean blueberries. Despite production not growing as initially estimated because of unfavorable weather this year, Chile almost achieved the same volumes it had last season and exported more than 90,000 tons of fresh produce. “The main varieties that we export are our own, they were developed by our genetic programs with the aim of providing the best quality and taste to the world. Chile exports 70% of its production to the United States, approximately…