Latin American Leasing Conference set for Nov. 10-11 in Miami

The Alta Group Latin America Conference Flyer

September 29, 2022

The Latin American Leasing Conference returns this fall with an in-depth look at the current state of the equipment leasing and finance market, a case study of a key industry player in crisis, and the growing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

The conference will be held on Nov. 10-11 in Miami, FL. Preceding the event will be the Latin American Legal Forum on Leasing, set to take place on Nov. 9.    Read more.

This year’s conference marks the 20th year since The Alta Group shared with leasing companies doing business in Latin America the findings of “The Perfect Storm,” a study developed by Alta for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

“We decided to offer an opportunity to share with the Latin American leasing community a very good explanation of the good, the bad and the ugly of leasing businesses, opportunities to learn what worked and what did not, and why some lessors exited the industry,” said Rafael Castillo-Triana, Alta CEO of Latin America and Emerging Markets.

He said the industry has seen significant change due to such factors as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the pandemic’s ripple effects and a new geopolitical environment in which Latin America is being offered a unique opportunity to switch the global offshoring into nearshoring.

Those developments and more will be examined during the conference, which attracts lessors, investors, funding sources and service providers.

“We have been receiving testimonials from many executives who kindly confess (to) having implemented new practices and changes out of the lessons learned in our conferences,” said Castillo-Triana.

The Latin American Legal Forum on Leasing, meanwhile, grew out of the conference and became an annual event.

“This year, it has a very important development,” he said. “Many Latin American countries have reformed their legal systems and have created a framework similar to the security interest regulations in place in the United States (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code). This gives a wonderful support to expand the scope of business of equipment lessors into the supply chain of equipment financing.”

The Legal Forum will offer expert advice and solutions for equipment vendors, international bankers, and leasing and commercial finance companies.

“It seems to me that the effects of the war in the Ukraine brought a rebirth in the interest about capital goods financing and investment in the whole Western Hemisphere and that recent laws such as the U.S. CHIPS Act and the Inflation Reduction Act have been opening the door to join forces with all members of the Western Hemisphere, in particular with such countries that have in place trade agreements with the United States,” Castillo-Triana said.

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