Latin America business is helping boost the bottom line at law firm Harper Meyer.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
George “Rocky” Harper is bullish. Despite the U.S. crisis, his law firm is seeing strong growth thanks to high demand from Latin America. The region typically accounts for 65 to 70 percent of the business at the law firm of Harper Meyer. “We had our best year in 2008 [and] have not noticed a slowdown so far this year,” he tells Latin Business Chronicle.
Clients include U.S. companies doing business in Latin America as well as local firms like Guatemala-based Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI), which owns the fast-growing restaurant chain Pollo Campero. A lot of its business is aviation-related, both on behalf of large commercial airlines as well as private aircraft owners.
Although the global crisis has hit many sectors, law firms like Harper Meyer Perez Hagen OConnor & Albert have been able to parlay that into new business. “Adversity brings opportunity,” says Harper, a managing partner and cofounder of the firm.
Two examples include growth in clients that are asking for help with L-1 visas (which allows multinationals to transfer executives to the United States) and aircraft owners in Venezuela keen on selling after new local restrictions (see Venezuela: Hard Landing).
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