South America’s Most Livable Cities: Buenos Aires & Montevideo

Patrick Archer competitiveness, foreign investment, global rankings, lifestyle, us companies

While global mergers and acquisitions are based largely on perceived synergies and potential bottom line impact, a very human-oriented discussion typically emerges once the deal is done. Who do we send from the Home Office to manage the new foreign subsidiary? How is the quality of life there vis-a -vis the U.S.? And, of course, what is an appropriate compensation …

Mar del Penthouse: Coastal Boom for Mar del Plata Real Estate

Patrick Archer foreign investment, real estate, tourism

Yesterday was a historic day here in Buenos Aires. Millions took to the streets to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Revolution for independence from Spain. Further down the coast in Mar del Plata, festivities were equally raucous; yet, it’s another “200” that’s generating headlines. That’s the number of new buildings currently under construction in this seaside metropolis of 550,000 …

Buenos Aires Ad Agencies Give Global Brands Local Flavor

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, creative class, culture, lifestyle, us companies

The 1985 New Coke launch taught soft drink makers and marketers the risks inherent in tampering with the real thing. Amazing then, that PepsiCo green-lighted a Buenos Aires ad agency’s proposal last year to actually change the name of their world-famous brand. The idea? Like Nike and Levi’s, Pepsi is one of those U.S. brand names that often proves problematic …

NYTimes: More Americans Choose Retirement in Argentina & Uruguay

Patrick Archer foreign investment, lifestyle, tourism, uruguay

It’s another triple-digit loss day on the Dow so, depending on your degree of diversification, your retirement savings may be taking a similar hit. Appropriate then that we turn to an article on net worth and how to stretch your hard-earned savings post-retirement. The New York Times says Latin American destinations like Buenos Aires, Punta del Este and even Medelli­n …

Quality Trumps Quantitiy in Argentina Wine Harvest

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, lifestyle, wine & vineyards

“Better Late Than Never.” That’s how Wine Spectator describes the 2010 harvest in Argentina, a year marked by a slow sugar start, some potentially-damaging weather fluctuations and, ultimately, a lower level of wine production compared to 2009. But fear not, the finished product is still outstanding. “Argentinean winemakers are pleased with lower alcohol levels and ripe tannins which they believe …