Southern Pulse | Economics


Southern Pulse understands and analyzes the macroeconomic environment across Latin America, monitoring economic risks at the regional, national and local levels. Our sources and analysts provide ongoing information about potential financial or regulatory changes. Beyond the formal economic framework, Southern Pulse focuses on how black markets and informal economics impact the finances, business continuity and investment needs of our clients.

Case Studies:

Request: Identify the origin of specific trade restrictions.

Approach: Southern Pulse had correspondents on the ground interview government officials, journalists and industry leaders

Result: Southern Pulse was able to identify a specific industry spokesman who was being influenced by a competitor, impacting regulations throughout the government.


Request: A regional study to determine the general business climate in several countries for the establishment of a free trade zone (FTZ).

Approach: Southern Pulse investigators identified and approached government, legal and economic sources in the relevant countries and conducted a series of interviews. Information collected by our local teams was then used to determine the level political stability, the receptiveness of individuals governments for FTZ projects, the regulatory environment in each country and existence established FTZ legal frameworks, the strength of the court system as well as numerous other considerations such as general security atmospherics or quality of local infrastructure.

Result: A final report methodically addressed each category examined for every country and developed a short list of countries that best matched the requirements sought by the group of investors for the establishment of their FTZ project.


Request: Investigate a company as potential investment partner in Brazil.

Approach: Southern Pulse had two investigators interview business leaders about the company and its leaders, in addition to identifying civil, credit and tax records.

Result: Southern Pulse found no major red flag issues during the due diligence investigation. We were also able to tell the client about past business deals of the target, which assisted the client in obtaining a better position during its negotiations.


Request: Investigate two lesser-known companies being considered for possible acquisition

Approach: Southern Pulse sent a senior investigator to visit the company locations and interview people in the industry who were knowledgeable of the industry.

Result: Southern Pulse identified that one company was potentially participating in laundering money for a corrupt government official. The client avoided purchasing this property and potentially avoided a future FCPA investigation.


Request: Investigate a law firm attempting to sell property in Panama.

Approach: Southern Pulse conducted open-source research

Result: Southern Pulse identified criminal records that showed the lawyer had previously faced criminal complaints for passing false checks, plus information that linked the law firm to likely money laundering. These open source red flags meant that a phase two investigation with on the ground investigators was not even needed, saving the client money.