Shearman And Sterling

Event November 07, 2019

IBA Latin American Entrepreneurship Conference: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America

  • Tivoli Mofarrej Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

Latin American Unicorns: Startups and Scale Ups in Tech Companies 

It is known that successful tech companies have sprung up all over Asia, the United States and Europe. But now the spotlight is focused on Latin America, as the region is growing a prominent nucleus for the newest creative entrepreneurship ecosystem. The technology industry is experiencing huge and rapid growth, as pro-market and pro-business government policies aim to modernize  economies. Hefty economic reforms, evolving labor laws, improved debt markets, tax cuts, new and boosting investments have set the stage for the startup market to boom and get things going for the up-and-coming unicorns. A fistful of companies and the successes of businesses like, Globant, MercadoLibre, Nubank, OLX, Rappi and Softtex give the region an impressive track record. Latin Americans have recently set the bar very high and the panel showcased how the startups attained unicorn status, which legal, political and financial circumstances enabled such development, innovation and keen business senses, and M&A opportunities. We uncovered Latin America’s most global tech hub and explore the differences in startups in diverse countries.

Session Co-Chairs:
Nicolas Piaggio Guyer & Regules, Montevideo; Vice Chair,
IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Carolina Zang Zang Bergel y Viñes, Buenos Aires; Co-Chair,
IBA Latin American Regional Forum

Larissa Galimberti Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
Carmelo Gordian Shearman & Sterling, Austin
Ricardo Lagreca Siqueira Legal, Governmental Relations and
Senior Director, Mercado Livre, São Paulo
Patricia Menendez-Cambo Deputy General Counsel, SoftBank
Group International, Miami
Alejandro Ponce Early stage investor & entrepreneur, São Paulo
Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla CMS Colombia, Bogota

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