South American Real Estate News
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Adecoagro Data raises fears over Argentine farmland prices

Adecoagro, the South American farm operator backed by George Soros and Dwight Anderson, said that growth in the value of its huge land portfolio slowed to 5.6%, fuelling concerns over the impact of Argentine curbs on foreign investors. The farm operator in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay said that its 285,787-hectare landbank – an area bigger than Luxembourg – had been valued by independent surveyors at $938.0m, as of the end of September. Excluding disposals, that represented an uplift of $49.3m, or 5.6%,…

State of the art dairy farm in Uruguay with 8.000 milking cows and self generating power

A state of the art dairy farm with 8.000 milking cows that will export powder milk, create 300 qualified jobs and generate its own energy from the animals’ dung is scheduled to open its first phase next April in Durazno, Uruguay. demanding over 160 million dollars and belongs to Argentine tycoon Alejandro Bulgheroni who has been investing heavily in Uruguay. He also owns olive plantations, vineyards and a winery with his brand name. Durazno Mayor Benjamín Irazabal said that finally after two years all…

Famed economist Tim Harcourt talks Peru, Latin America

Luis Davelouis Lengua for El Comercio Around here, listening to visiting international academics telling us that Peru is going in the right direction, that it is an example and that there is still much to be done has become commonplace, and therefore, obvious and boring. The well-known Australian economist Time Harcourt (author of the best-selling Airport Economist) is a very nice guy, who seems, at first impression, unable to say anything negative about anyone, even Hitler. Appearances lie. In your presentation,…

The Brazilian Law on Money Laundering – take precuations!

        This article was written by Adler Martins, a law graduate from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and also an MBA graduate from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas,.and was published in October.) Brazil has recently altered its money laundering law. The new bill has tightened the government’s grip on most of the investment operations and has significantly broadened financial institutions’ and investment brokers’ duties to report suspicious activities. Since the reporting…

Is Brazil the reservoir of future agricultural productive capacity?

The following article was published by Dorvers, CattleNnetwork and refers to the agriculture potential of Latin America and Mercosur’s largest economy, Brazil. The column sources are Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.) Back in 2001, we estimated that Brazil could bring 200 to 300 million acres of land into agricultural production—an area equal to the US acreage involved in major crop production. Two years later the, USDA Foreign…

Hilton Hotels Makes Large Bet on Argentina’s Future

Darin Bifani In addition to creating the world’s first international hotel chain, one of the great accomplishments of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton was to lead his hotel properties through many periods of great economic difficulty. Building on its international presence and history of making investments despite difficult macroeconomic circumstances, it was announced that the Hilton will build its fifth hotel in Argentina. The hotel, Hilton Pilar Hotel & Residences, will be built in the Pilar…

Argentine ‘soybean king’ Gustavo Grobocopatel forecasts a new but “green industrial revolution”

Mercpress The man known in Argentina as “soybean king” said the country was facing a “new industrial revolution”, but factories now won’t have chimneys because they will really be “green factories”. We are facing a major challenge, the green industrial revolution and in that scenario Argentina has a privileged position and a significant part to play” said Gustavo Grobocopatel, president of the Los Grobo Group who is Argentina’s largest producer of soybeans, with the most planted hectares,…

Why are Apartment Hotels so Popular in Buenos Aires?

Firstly let’s describe the meaning of an “apartment hotel”: “the apartment hotels combines the flexibility of apartment living with the service of a hotel”. These hotel-like amenities consist of: Complimentary WIFI & satellite TV, Integrated kitchen and bathroom, Concierge Services, Business Centre, Fitness Centre, Solarium, Spa, and many more, bringing the hotel experience to a whole new level. There is no better way to describe Palermo Place. The location itself speaks for the quality of the…

GTSA – Urugugay Press Release: Savills and GTSA offer one of the most advanced Irrigated Dairy Farms in Uruguay for Sale

 Dairy Farms in Uruguay for Sale Savills and Gateway to South America – Uruguay are pleased to offer for sale a Large Scale Irrigated Dairy Farm (San Pedro), a 1042 hectare operational dairy unit in Western Uruguay, an area widely regarded as having some of the highest quality land in the country. Currently San Pedro is milking 1000 cows, and carries an additional 850 dairy young-stock. With further investment the farm could easily sustain 2500 milking cows, a number which will make most efficient use…

More firms forming special practice groups to capitalize the South American booming business market

Hot spots in the Latin American economy include tourism, agriculture and energy, according to Francisco Cerezo, chairman of Foley & Lardner’s new Latin America practice group. The firm recently announced that it was forming a special practice group to capitalize on its Latin American business, which is one of the bright spots in the economic downturn. Earlier this month, Foley & Lardner hired Cerezo away from Greenberg Traurig, where he was a shareholder, to head up the new practice group, which is…

New Tool to Help Farmers Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

The Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) unveiled the new Climate Module: Criteria for the Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change, developed in collaboration with allies at Guatemala’s Inter-American Foundation for Tropical Research (FIIT, for its name in Spanish); SalvaNATURA, a Salvadoran conservation organization; the National Coffee Association, Anacafé; the Efico Foundation; the Universidad del Valle (the Guatemalan research institution) and with financial support…

Tiny Uruguay outshines it’s neighbour Argentina with increased Investment

BY VINOD SREEHARSHA McClatchy Newspapers SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — For decades, Argentina treated its neighbor to the east, tiny Uruguay, as little more than a colonial outpost. In the eyes of much of the world, it endured a fate perhaps even worse: near-total obscurity. But the long-overlooked South American nation, which lacks Argentina’s flair for political melodrama and Brazil’s clout and ambition, finally is emerging from their shadows, becoming a darling among investors and even a model for…

Brazil retains its investor appeal due to stable Government Policies

A stable economy, a burgeoning domestic market and huge untapped reserves of natural resources have led foreign investors to become increasingly interested in Brazil as an investment destination although there are challenges to sustaining this attractiveness according to Ernst & Young’s first annual Brazilian Attractiveness Survey. The survey combines an analysis of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Brazil since 2007 with a survey of 250 global executives on their views on Brazil as a potential…

There is not enough farmland to feed the world

ABC By Lucy Barbour If you thought finding enough food to feed the world was a big problem, think again. An American agribusiness adviser the real issue is finding enough farmland to produce it. Philippe de Laperouse is the managing director of HighQuest Partners in St. Louis in the United States. He says the rising demand for high protein food from developing countries is putting pressure on production. “We’ve made some estimates where we think that anywhere between 65-80 million hectares of additional…

The Greening of of Uruguay – First of 500 Electric Buses Arrriving

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jul 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay, BYD, CTS and Buquebus officials signed a contract yesterday to begin bringing electric buses into Uruguay. “I am very pleased that Uruguay will have this environmental-friendly bus and new technology. I am looking forward to seeing electric vehicle technology in this country as we are very devoted to the protection of the environment,” said President Mujica. Mr. Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, President of Buquebus,…