banking and capital markets
March 14, 2012
Rio Challenges São Paulo as Brazilian Business Center
Oil, hedge funds and the Olympics are helping “marvelous city” emerge from long shadow of nation’s capital.
By Jason Mitchell
LOOKING TO MAKE ITS FIRST EXPANSION OUTSIDE the U.S., Direct Edge, an upstart electronic stock exchange, decided in November to launch a bourse in Brazil to take advantage of the countrys fast-growing equity market. But rather than open in São Paulo, the Brazilian business capital thats home to the incumbent BM&FBovespa stock exchange, Direct Edge will set up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The citys booming asset management industry was a key factor in the decision, as was the fact that the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, the Brazilian securities regulator, is based there, says Anthony Barchetto, head of strategy at the Jersey City, New Jerseybased firm.
The city government is very keen to bring a proper exchange back to Rio, Barchetto explains. For us that is one of the key reasons we opted for Rio. That political support is very beneficial, in particular when we have to talk to officials of the CVM.
Rio de Janeiro is known as the cidade maravilhosa the marvelous city. Today more than ever, there is a great deal to marvel at.
Brazils second city, which has languished for decades in the shadow of its larger rival to the southwest, is enjoying an unprecedented economic boom. The local asset management industry is thriving, especially hedge fund managers who find that Rios financial heritage, natural beauty and easygoing lifestyle make an attractive environment for doing business. The discovery in the past decade of vast oil reserves some 250 kilometers (155 miles) off the Rio....