Bringing together Latin America and Central Europe: takes from day one

The idea of bringing together companies from two very different regions is either right and tricky. Right because the Latin American market is large and needy and the Central and Eastern Europe companies have a lot to offer, mainly in the technology related sectors. Tricky for the magnitude of the task. This is day one. Let’s seeContinue reading “Bringing together Latin America and Central Europe: takes from day one”

Should one worry about Brazilian democracy?

One of the pillars of Brazilian good economic phase is a political stability built over more then 30 years. A turnaround case from the dark 70ths when democracy was “constrained” by the military regime.  Now, signs of concern arise as recurring news about corruption raises the yellow flag. The issue got the attention of CNN.Continue reading “Should one worry about Brazilian democracy?”

Brazilian pharma targets internationalization

Brazilian pharmaceutical companies announce plans of internationalization. Latin America is primary target. The idea is to build partnerships, license  and distribute branded products,  but investment of investing in green field abroad is also a possibility. This is the case Hypermarcas, that has in the second half of this year begins to develop a plan for growthContinue reading “Brazilian pharma targets internationalization”

Newsweek: Americans should learn Portuguese

International press has been paying more attention to Brazil. Newsweek’s latest edition has an article about how Brazilian companies are becoming more international. Banco do Brasil, Marfrig, JBS-Friboi and Petrobras are among Brazilian companies expanding abroad. Bottom line: Americans should learn Portuguese.  We have talked about Brazilian banks “going shopping” abroad in the past. BanksContinue reading “Newsweek: Americans should learn Portuguese”

Brazil’s Foreign Policy

As a former US military officer, I look at this issue of Brazilian involvement with a possible military opponent with a certain amount of careful distance. It could be friends and former colleagues who are on the other side of these issues. On the other hand, as a Harvard graduate (along with Hildete), I recallContinue reading “Brazil’s Foreign Policy”