Doing Business in Latin America

The Latin American Regional Forum presents a comprehensive, innovative guide to doing business in Latin America, covering 17 jurisdictions:


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Argentina Bolivia Brazil
Chile Colombia Costa Rica
Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala
Honduras Mexico Nicaragua
Panama Paraguay Peru
Uruguay Venezuela  


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The guide focuses on the common pitfalls and cultural differences of doing business throughout the region. Each country has developed four different chapters, covering foreign investment, capital markets, rendering of public services and real estate regulations, while Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay each have an additional chapter about offshore companies services.

This is the second edition (2018) of a project that the Forum intends to update every two years. The Forum is grateful for the contributions from all participant firms, which made a tremendous effort not only to cover the legal aspects, but also to work together in the best interest of the legal community in Latin America.

This guide is an important tool for both investors and the legal profession when approaching certain critical aspects in Latin American jurisdictions.


The Doing Business in Latin America guide is a publication from the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association.
This work is a product of the participant firms and therefore, the International Bar Association does not necessarily own each component of the content included in the work.
The International Bar Association and the Latin American Regional Forum do not warrant that the use of the content contained in the work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. The risk of claims resulting from such infringement rests solely on the user of the materials contained there. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed are the product of the work of the different participant firms in their jurisdictions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the other participant firms, their governments, the Coordination Committee or the International Bar Association.
Neither the Coordination Committee nor the International Bar Association guarantees the accuracy of the data included in this work. The information included in the different maps, the boundaries, denominations, and other information shown in this handbook do not imply any judgement concerning the legal status of any territory or the endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries.
The information included in the different chapters has informative purposes and cannot be considered as legal advice of any kind, therefore the participant firms are not held liable for any inaccuracy or the use of the information contained herein for investment purposes.