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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 farmland. They did it in reaction to growing concerns that foreigners were slowly taking over that vital national resource. Frustrated and well-meaning…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Airbnb exploring long-term Residential Rentals as an option

Airbnb has quickly become a favourite destination for travellers looking for somewhere to stay on vacation. Now the home-sharing startup is interested in doing the same for people who want to find a place to live. Airbnb is considering an expansion in the long-term rental business and has asked McKinsey & Co. to research the market, said two people familiar with the matter. The consulting firm’s work involves conducting competitive analysis of Craigslist, said the people, who asked not to be identified…

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