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BTG Said to Open Commodities-Trading Unit in Argentina

Grupo BTG Pactual (BBTG11), the only investment bank publicly traded in Brazil, opened a commodities-trading unit in Buenos Aires this month, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Julian Roberts will head the business, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been made public. Roberts worked at agricultural companies El Tejar SA and Bunge Ltd. (BG) before joining BTG, according to his LinkedIn profile. The people didn’t say how many employees will work at the new office.

BTG Chief Executive Officer Andre Esteves, 45, said in January that the company planned to hire 80 bankers for commodities this year, boosting the total to 200, and open offices in Geneva, Houston and Singapore. Esteves called Latin America a hub for commodities and said BTG will focus on grains and metals. Argentina has begun to harvest its largest soybean crop on record.

BTG declined to comment on the new office in Argentina, according to an official who asked not to be named in keeping with company policy. Roberts didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail and phone message.

The firm is expanding its commodities business as some of the world’s largest banks scale back, including New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley as well as Barclays Plc, which has its headquarters in London.

The biggest commodities traders in Argentina include the local units of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Bunge, Cargill Inc., Glencore Xstrata Plc, Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV, Nidera BV and Noble Group Ltd.

Soy Harvest

The soy harvest in Argentina, the world’s largest exporter of soybean oil and derivatives, will total a record 54.5 million tons this season with a total harvest of grains of 100 million tons, according to estimates by the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange.

BTG will also open representative offices with two or three people in Ukraine, Italy and South Africa, Esteves said in January.

The bank hired economist Andres Borenstein to focus on Argentina and head research for South America’s second-largest economy, according to a March 17 report from the company. Borenstein, 42, was previously an economist at the U.K. embassy in Argentina and a professor at Torcuato di Tella university in Buenos Aires.

The proven Buenos Aires – Argentina lawyer professionals at the Kier Joffe law firm have experience working with foreign clients involved in Agricultural and Agribusiness cases in Argentina. Nordelta Buenos Aires Argentina attorney professionals are knowledgeable in almost all the practice areas of law, to service its international cases in Buenos Aires Argentina. International clients will have the confidence of knowing that the case is being handled by an experienced and knowledgeable Agricultural and Agribusiness  lawyers in Argentina.

For more information about the firm, visit www.KierJoffe.com or contact Elias Kier Joffe here.

 

 

Chevron to Invest $1.6 Billion With YPF in Argentina Shale Wells

Bloomberg.com – By Pablo Gonzalez

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the world’s third-largest oil company, signed an accord with Argentina’s YPF SA to invest $1.6 billion this year in shale development and become the country’s largest foreign producer of shale oil and natural gas.

Chevron and state-run YPF plan to drill 170 wells in a 96,000-acre area this year in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta formation, the world’s second-largest shale gas deposit and fourth-largest shale oil reservoir, both companies said today in separate statements.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government expropriated a 51 percent stake in YPF from Spain’s Repsol SA (REP) in April 2012 after saying the Spanish oil company hadn’t invested enough in exploration. Repsol’s board agreed in February to accept $5 billion in compensation for Argentina’s expropriation of the unit. Ending the two-year international dispute may help attract investors to the country.

“This is a significant step in our subsidiaries’ joint efforts with YPF to develop one of the most exciting shale plays in the world today,” Chevron Vice Chairman George Kirkland said in the company’s statement. “Vaca Muerta could become an important contributor to Chevron’s long-term production growth.”

Pilot Investment

The latest investment follows an initial $1.24 billion pilot investment financed by Chevron and paves the way for a total plan of $15 billion. The joint venture partners are targeting daily output of 50,000 barrels of shale oil and 3 million cubic meters of shale gas by drilling 1,500 wells.

Vaca Muerta, Spanish for dead cow, may hold 23 billion barrels of oil equivalent, according to a report by independent auditor Ryder Scott released in February 2012 by YPF.

YPF’s American depositary receipts were little changed at $30.65 at 11:52 a.m. in New YorkChevron fell 1.2 percent to $117.64.

Chevron late yesterday said it is on track to post its lowest first quarter production in eight years after bad weather disrupted operations in Central Asia and North America.

Chevron is the third most valuable oil producer after Exxon Mobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

 

Argentine Utilities Surge on First Rates Increase Since 1999

Bloomberg.com By Camila Russo

Argentine natural gas distributor shares are having their best week since October after the government allowed the first rate increases in 15 years.

Transportadora de Gas del Norte SA shares have jumped 18 percent this week, the most since October, and were up 4.1 percent today to a six-year high of 2.02 pesos at 4:08 p.m. in Buenos Aires. Metrogas SA shares have rallied 13 percent this week to 1.98 pesos, the highest since 2004.

Argentina froze utility rates in 2002 to help fuel economic recovery after a financial crisis drove the country to default on $95 billion. While natural gas prices have been largely capped since, inflation at around 25 percent made costs surge, eroding companies’ income. This week’s increase is a step toward improving their finances, according to Mariano Tavelli, president of brokerage Tavelli & Cia.

“We’ll have to wait and see the real effect on balance sheets but any tariff increase is good,” he said in a telephone interview from Buenos Aires. “If this means the situation is beginning to normalize for these companies, prices are still very cheap.”

The government allowed natural gas distributors to increase rates charged to residential and commercial users by 200 percent to 650 percent, depending on the company, area and type of user, according to a resolution published in the official gazette April 7.

Part of the rates will be used to pay for the difference in natural gas prices, which also increased.

The higher rate won’t be applied to users who reduce consumption by 20 percent.

“While it probably won’t make a huge difference in the bottom line, it’s a very good sign,” said Andres Chambouleyron, a senior consultant at Chicago-based consultancy Compass Lexecon LLC. “The government recognized these companies are in trouble and did something about it.”

 

How to Immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

Kier Joffe Attorneys at Law: How to Immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

Kier Joffe Attorneys at Law: How to Immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

Find here the fastest and cheapest way to immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

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تجد هنا أسرع وأرخص وسيلة للهجرة إلى الأرجنتين من دولة عربية

The majority of the Arab Argentines are from either Lebanese or Syrian background with a smaller amount of Palestinian, Egyptian and Moroccan background.Among Arab Argentines, approximately 900,000 are Muslims.The interethnic marriage in the Arab community, regardless of religious affiliation, is very high; most community members have only one parent who has Arab ethnicity. As a result of this, the Arab community in Argentina shows marked language shift away from Arabic. Only a few speak any Arabic, and such knowledge is often limited to a few basic words. Instead the majority, especially those of younger generations, speak Spanish as a first language.

Many have gained prominent status in national business and politics, including former president, the son of Syrian settlers from the province of La Rioja.

Experienced immigration lawyers to assist you and your family to immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country.

We assist individuals and families from Arab countries in their efforts to relocate to Argentina and obtain Argentinian  residency and citizenship. We manage and oversee a team of local Argentinian service providers to ensure that our clients’ applications are filed properly and that all follow up work with the Direccion Nacional de Migraciones (DNM) is handled in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Our services are catered to clients who wish to rest comfortably knowing that Argentinian licensed attorneys are monitoring their immigration status.

Our package includes:
• Reviewing all necessary documentation by an Argentinian licensed attorney in conjunction with our local team of immigration experts.
• Scheduling of all necessary appointments with the DNM.
• Obtaining certified translations of all documents.
• Obtaining notary stamps on all documents from licensed escribanos (notary publics).
• Ensuring that all documents are properly registered with the civil registry.
• Accompanying you to the DNM to submit your residency application.
• Tracking your residency application and immigration status.
• Accompanying you to government offices to apply for your temporary National Identification Card (Documento Nacional de Identidad).
• Responding to any additional requests by the DNM.
• Obtaining necessary follow up documentation, translations and notary stamps.
• Updating your residency application.
• Accompanying you to government offices to apply for your permanent National Identification Card (Documento Nacional de Identidad).

Residency Process

An Overview of the Residency Application Process

Kier Joffe takes great pride in walking its clients through each step of the application process. At no point will you be left to fend for yourself and you can rest assured knowing that your application is being managed by an Argentinian licensed attorneys in conjunction with our team of local experts.

A general overview of the residency application process is as follows:

Proving Identity
The applicant must gather his or her certified birth certificate and, if applicable, a certified marriage (or dissolution of marriage) certificate. These documents must be either “apostilled” or “legalized” depending on which country issued the document.

Criminal Background
The applicant must obtain police reports from the applicant’s country of birth, countries of citizenship and each place of residency over the last 5 years. Police reports must be either “apostilled” or “legalized” depending on which country issued the document.

Traveling to Argentina and Submitting Your Application
All applicants must travel to Argentina to apply for residency. Argentina requires an entry visa for any passport holder from all the  Arab countries if the visitor’s stated purpose is tourism.

Lastly, the applicant must physically appear before the local immigration office (DNM) to submit his or her application. Appointment times should be reserved at least three weeks before the desired dates. The moment the application is accepted by the DNM the applicant is considered a temporary resident.

Residency
A temporary resident is entitled to live and work in Argentina, much like a Green Card holder is permitted to live and work in the USA. Because of the overwhelming number of residency applicants, it now takes approximately 1 to 2 years for temporary residents to be granted their permanent residency.Please note that the DNM requires that applicants actually reside in Argentina at least 6 months a year in order to be granted permanent residency.

Why should I choose Kier Joffe to assist me with my residency application?

The answer is the professional and personalized service you will receive from our attorneys in conjunction with our team of local Argentinian service providers.  We have found our services in demand by those applicants who do not wish to micromanage the affairs of Argentinian service providers who often lack the diligence and competence our clients are accustomed to. Our law firm has located the best and most diligent native residency experts so our clients will not suffer unnecessary delays in their application.

Attention!

The honest truth is that we receive a lot of inquiries per month same as yours from arabs countries.
 
We are sorry but because Internet Scams without the copy of your passport we cannot help you, it is very important to establish what kind of VISA you can apply for.
Please bear in mind that the total legal fees could range from $3,000 to $8,000 USD and before you send us copy of your Biographical Passport Page to arabic@kierjoffe.com you have to pay a retainer fee of $95 USD by clicking here.
 
Thank you once again for your cooperation and we will be awaiting your passport and Credit Card payment.
The Kier Joffe Team
Arab Biographical Passport Page

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How to Immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

How to Immigrate to Argentina from an Arab Country

 

KIER JOFFE is opening a new Office in Nordelta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina. December 2, 2013. The law firm of KIER JOFFE announced today that it has opened a new office in Nordelta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fast-growing, full-service Real Estate law firm adds its third location to current offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

KIER JOFFE (www.KierJoffe.com) brings to the Nordelta Area its deep experience representing celebrity, high net-worth and other individuals in luxury, personal residential, specialty and commercial real-estate transactions. Examples include purchases of luxury houses, villas, vineyards, polo ranches, apartments in Buenos Aires and estates in Patagonia.

Founded in 1940, the firm have assisted international clients in locating and selecting their ideal properties, represented their interests to achieve highly favorable terms in negotiations, and efficiently paved the way for a smooth transfer of ownership and a trouble-free management of tax and regulatory issues. In the past few years alone, Kier Joffe has represented internationally known clients with multimillion-dollar transactions

“Over the past two years we have seen a significant proliferation in inquiries and international clients particularly to Nordelta Real Estate investments, purchases and sales and also we were  appointed by Absolutely Real Estate Argentina, one of the Top Real Estate companies in Argentina as its legal advisors to help overseas buyers and investors:” says Managing Partner Elias Kier Joffe, who was recently featured in the New York Times. “The time is right for us to have a more formal presence in this critical Argentina real estate hub.”

Also Kier Joffe recently was appointed by one of the Top Real Estate companies in Argentina: Absolutely Real Estate Argentina

Kier Joffe also represents:

Individual Clients: Whether real-estate, family law, Probate, Wills & Inheritance, immigration or other business issues, we provide efficient, cost-effective service.

Business Clients: We handle a range of matters in technology-related industries including IT, digital media, various types of hardware and software, energy, transportation, retail, travel & leisure, professional sports, media, non-profit and real-estate.

Kier Joffe has assisted many start-ups and joint ventures to move ahead smoothly, on schedule and with the best structure and legal strategies, while also representing the interests of established companies in intellectual property and regulatory matters, acquisitions, labor and employment law, and more.

Foreign Law, Audit and Accounting Firms: Kier Joffe efficiently represent your clients’ interests in Argentina according to your instructions. Kier Joffe covers all 23 provinces.

The Nordela practice will be led by Mr. Elias Kier Joffe, who is a member of the CPACF – Buenos Aires Capital Federal Bar, member of the The International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA) and The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ) and was awarded the 2014 Best Lawyers in Argentina list; he will divide his time among the firm’s offices.

The proven Buenos Aires – Argentina lawyer professionals at the Kier Joffe law firm have experience working with foreign clients involved in all kind of cases in Argentina. Nordelta Buenos Aires Argentina attorney professionals are knowledgeable in almost all the practice areas of law, to service its international cases in Buenos Aires Argentina. International clients will have the confidence of knowing that the case is being handled by an experienced and knowledgeable Buenos Aires  lawyer in Argentina.

For more information about the firm, visit www.KierJoffe.com or contact Elias Kier Joffe here.