I get a lot of inquiries from people who would like to move to Brazil to work. My advice is to find a multinational firm operating here and get here on an expat package. As it's been said, Brazil is not for beginners, folks. We use all the help we can get our hands on! Make sure your have a generous living allowance...
So if you've read my blog entries and are still interested in job hunting for something that might take you to Brazil, here are some companies that are making waves in the media recently about either entering the Brazilian market or expanding their presence here:
- Standard Chartered - starting investment banking operations in Brazil.
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International just made a $56 million acquisition in Brazil (announced today but hadn't named the company). This is the second Brazilian acquisition the California based company has made in as many months.
- Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, which is a New York law firm, plans to open an office in Sao Paulo. In the past year, other firms such as Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, DLA Piper LLP, and Mayer Brown LLP have also set up shop in Brazil. Read more here.
- Vaaldiam, a Canadian mining company, just announced plans to restart one of its Brazilian mines.
- Speaking of Canadians, it is widely speculated that Scotiabank (who happen to be one of our banks of choice back home in Canada), which has quite a presence in other parts of South America such as Peru and Chile, could bid to purchase the Brazilian securities unit of German lender Commerzbank...
- Finally (more Canadians) - a delegation of Atlantic Canadian organizations and companies in the oil and gas and transportation sectors just returned from what they are calling a successful business mission to Brazil.