Why Good Franchises Are Great Business for Argentina

Patrick Archer entrepreneurs, foreign investment, franchises

This time last year we posed the question if more Argentine franchises would find success abroad. Now we have an answer. The Art of Exporting Franchises in La Nacion singled out Havanna as one of the few Argentine business models that has translated to foreign soil. While Argentina is often associated with great generics like beef, leather, tango and the Patagonia, franchise experts believe there …

Wendy’s Returns to Argentina This Year

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, foreign investment, franchises, us companies

The White House may be giving Argentina the cold shoulder today, but we can take comfort knowing a familiar redhead will definitely pay us a return visit this year. When the Wendy’s in Argentina rumor mill kicked into high gear during the last quarter of 2010, we started to have Cuadrada Cravings. Fortunately today we have confirmation of the franchise …

Foreign Banks Rethink Buenos Aires Branch Strategy

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, competitiveness, foreign investment, franchises, us companies

“In Puerto Maderero and Recoleta these days, the executive suits are everywhere. Suddenly, we are seeing more limos and formally-dressed men entering and leaving meetings in cafes and luxury hotels,” says Argentine daily Clari­n. And while these meetings between wealthy Argentines with investments abroad and their financial advisors used to take place in local offices, new Argentine Central Bank regulations …

HoJo con PoLo: Howard Johnson Goes Upscale in Argentina

Patrick Archer argentina polo, foreign investment, franchises, real estate, us companies

As the wave of new developments and gated communities grows in Buenos Aires, Clarin reports on the simultaneous growth in the number of local projects featuring luxury hotels and resort-style amenities. “The goal is to offer a value-added service to the property owner,” says Clarin, “giving them benefits within the development (assorted discounts) and enhancing the overall comfort level of …

Argentina’s Golden Arches Burning Brightly

Patrick Archer foreign investment, franchises, us companies

Bloomberg is reporting that Buenos Aires-based Arcos Dorados, owner of the license to operate McDonald’s restaurants in Argentina and several other Latin American countries, will tap international debt markets and issue $450 million in 10 year bonds this week. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley will manage what Bloomberg calls “the first Argentine corporate bond sale in international …