Fred Rocafort

Fred is a former diplomat who joined Harris Bricken after more than a decade of international legal experience, primarily in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. His wide range of experience includes starting and operating his own business in Asia, working as an in-house counsel for a Hong Kong-based multinational, as well as many years as a State Department official, providing a client-centric perspective to his legal work. Fred co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world to decipher global trends in law and business with the help from international guests.

Chile Election

Chile’s Presidential Elections: We’re Paying Attention

On December 16, Chile will hold the second round of its presidential elections. Facing off will be José Antonio Kast, who obtained 27.91% of the first round vote, and Gabriel Boric, who came in second with 25.83%. Kast is commonly described as “far-right,” with “leftist” the preferred adjective for Boric. For Latin America watchers, these

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With U.S. Issuing Gender-Neutral Passports, Travelers Should Beware of Potential Risks

Non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming Americans can now obtain gender-neutral passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) with an X gender marker. Previously, the State Department had announced that applicants would be able to self-select their gender “as ‘M’ or ‘F,'” irrespective of the gender specified in other identity documents, and without a need

US Mexico Business

U.S. Latinos Represent a Huge Opportunity for Mexican Businesses

Over the past couple of years, we’ve written more than once (and here) that Mexico is fast-increasing in importance as a manufacturing hub, especially for businesses targeting the U.S. market. To recap, as global companies seek to diversify their supply chains, Mexico offers proximity to U.S. markets, modern infrastructure, access to ports for global distribution

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Spain: U.S. Export Hotbed

It is surprising to those of us who have spent meaningful time in the country, but Spain is often overlooked as a business destination. Part of that has to do with the country’s ongoing problem with unemployment, which clouds outsider perceptions. Recent turmoil in Catalonia has not helped, with the optics at times making Barcelona seem like a