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Due Diligence, South American Style For Farms

Due Diligence, South American Style For Farms This week again we have clients in Paraguay doing due diligence on another undeveloped farm we have conditionally sold, to be used for a farm syndicate for smaller to medium sized investors. This involves considerable work and expense for the client. Apart from checking legal titles etc, they will be using…

La Moraleja: Industrial Lemon Production in Salta, Argentina

La Moraleja is the world largest irrigated drip feed Lemon Production farm showing the most striking power of man over nature to generate food and jobs and generate good profits at the same time. Where there was Salteño Forest previously today there are 3000 hectares of lemons watered by drip feed, with a processing factory that by industrialization…

Brazil makes it easier for foreigners to buy farmland again

The chairmanship of the Agriculture Caucus in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies  aims to turn back the clock on the rules concerning foreign ownership of his country’s farmland. Five years ago, Brazil’s Attorney General Office issued a new interpretation of an old, business-friendly rule that made it harder for foreign companies to buy the country’s…

Buenos Aires illegal markets boom as Argentina’s economy stagnates

While Buenos Aires sleeps, La Salada roars to life. By 3am, shoppers are chaotically barging their way through the narrow passageways of Latin America’s largest informal market, hauling sacks bulging with anything from fake branded clothing to pirate DVDs. “Look at this, just 135 pesos!” exclaims a satisfied Rodrigo Vega as…

Chile – Tax reform implications for foreign investors

The enacted tax reform legislation introduces significant changes to Chile’s tax regime with measures that, among other items, are intended to increase tax revenue. Foreign shareholders will want to consider the effect of making certain elections (described below) and of making adjustments to their current structures, to address the potential…

Australian Utopian dream in Paraguay – A ticket to Paradise

Book for the Week – A ticket to Paradise In the wilds of Paraguay live blue-eyed South Americans with surnames like Smith and McCreen. This is the intriguing story of their ancestors, an idealistic Australian journalist called William Lane, and a colony called New Australia. In 1893, Australian journalist William Lane dreamed of creating…