No region has commanded more of our focus over the years than Brazil and the Southern Cone. For over two decades, our team has advised foreign investors in this region on successfully managing challenging issues in industries as diverse as healthcare, agribusiness, fintech, oil & gas, retail, technology, and consumer goods, just to name a few.
In Brazil, MA has supported firms in navigating the challenging trade and investment environment, leveraging our experience and extensive network of contacts in Brasilia and among states. We’ve helped manufacturing firms tackle Brazil’s complex industrial policies, renewable energy firms to shape the regulatory environment, and technology firms to manage and mitigate political risk.
In Argentina, MA has worked alongside dozens of companies to navigate changing political dynamics to mitigate risk, resolve disputes, and advance business objectives. Thanks to our team’s on-the-ground experience in Buenos Aires, we are well positioned to provide access, political intelligence, and message-crafting tailored to diverse stakeholders. We have assisted firms to overcome tax, regulatory, and customs challenges, built industry coalitions to advocate for policy changes, and provided strategic support on market entry.
While Chile’s historic openness to trade and foreign investment has attracted firms seeking a toehold into Latin America, a changing political environment requires a new approach to government relations strategies. MA has a long track record helping investors in Chile on mergers and acquisitions, managing political cycles and accompanying policy changes, and navigating comprehensive industry reform efforts to help safeguard investments and advance business objectives.
Led by Gabrielle Trebat, a dual national of Brazil and the US, our Brazil & Southern Cone team has extensive experience operating throughout the region’s complex business and political environments. We are closely supported by McLarty Associates’ Chairman Mack McLarty, Managing Partner and founder of the Brazil and Southern Cone practice Kellie Meiman Hock, and our trusted Board of Counselors member, former Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan.
Latin America was our first practice area at McLarty Associates nearly 25 years ago. Since then, we have helped 150+ US and multinational companies in the region. Our firm’s leaders Mack McLarty, John Negroponte, and Nelson Cunningham have shaped US relations with the hemisphere as senior officials, long-term investors, and special envoys and they bring this experience to our client service.
We’ve lived in or worked on:
- Pacific Alliance
- US-Chile FTA
- OECD accession and multilateral banks
- Pan-American Health Organization