Latin America

Will Moody’s Downgrades Affect Latin American Banking Operations?

July 15, 2012 Brazil

Moody’s Investors Service on June 21, 2012 downgraded more than a dozen major banks as they grapple with declining profitability and a weakening global economic environment. Q: Will the downgrades affect the banks’ businesses in Latin America and their customers in the region? Will the downgrades create opportunities for smaller financial institutions in Latin America? […]

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Eligio Cedeño v. Castillo | Case Dismissed

January 27, 2012 United States

In New York, NY, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case against Venezuelan government officials and businessmen accused of violating U.S. RICO statutes. The appellate court determined that the allegations in the complaint, which alleged conduct occurring almost entirely in Venezuela, did not trigger U.S. jurisdiction. The case, Eligio Cedeño v. Castillo, […]

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Brazil’s Importance to South Florida’s Economy and the Chinese Avalanche

June 8, 2011 Brazil

By Michael Diaz, Jr. – Managing Partner Andre Linhares – Attorney First publication on The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida The U.S. is taking its relationship with Brazil for granted, and that may hurt South Florida’s economy. Consider the facts. In 2009, China became Brazil’s primary trading partner, surpassing the U.S. for the first […]

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Federal Court’s Decision Limits RICO’s Reach Outside U.S

August 26, 2010 Financial Fraud

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 25, 2010 Federal Court’s Decision Limits RICO’s Reach Outside U.S. Yesterday, a federal court in New York dismissed a RICO lawsuit brought by one of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s most vocal critics, Eligio Cedeno. Mr. Cedeno, a fugitive from the Venezuelan justice system who is currently in Miami, Florida, sued […]

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China Opens Miami Free Zone “Manufacturers Mall” to Help Latin American Buyers

August 12, 2010 China

Burgeoning China-Latin American trade got a boost August 10 with the opening of the China Sourcing Center, a 76,000-square-foot, duty-free “manufacturers mall” at the Miami Free Zone in Doral. As reported in The Miami Herald, the center enables Latin American commercial buyers to view a range of Chinese products—from building materials to electronics to consumer […]

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Asian and Middle Eastern Business Ethics Hit Latin America

July 20, 2010 China

Beware when doing business in Latin America. Thanks to growing Chinese and Middle Eastern investment there, fraud and bribery are growing as well. Business practices considered unethical, fraudulent and illegal in the United States, such as bribery and financial “favors,” are largely tolerated and thriving in the developing regions of the Western Hemisphere, with little […]

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The World Expo in Shanghai China Expected to Draw 70 Million People Worldwide

June 18, 2010 China

Largest event ever in the 150 history of global expositions. The World Expo in Shanghai China is expected to attract over 70 million people worldwide who will visit exhibitors from more than 200 countries. The six-month world exhibition, which is themed “Better City, Better Life,” runs May 1-Oct. 31, 2010, and will be located on […]

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Colombia Post-Uribe: Predicting the Impact on Business

June 13, 2010 Colombia

Friday, June 25 / 8-9:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables With an election run-off on June 20th in Colombia between Juan Manuel Santos, a former Colombian defense minister (and strong ally of the current pro-Washington, security-conscious Álvaro Uribe), and Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of Bogota known […]

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Freezing Argentina Assets

June 12, 2010 Argentina

While perhaps not as egregious a ploy as Ponzi schemes à la Madoff and Stanford, the Argentine bond swindle hurts investors just the same. Argentine Government’s Refusal to Meet Bondholder Obligations The Argentina government’s refusal to meet bondholder allegations for years—without any justification—ranks as international financial malfeasance demanding remedy. Luckily, after a half-decade legal struggle, […]

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