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Brazil 2021; Macroeconomic Outlook

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As 2020 comes to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt markets around the world. One of the hardest hit countries has been Brazil – the 8th largest economy in the world and a key trading partner for the U.S. For U.S. corporates doing business in Brazil, will 2021 bring economic recovery or more of the same?

Join us for a live webinar on December 15, presented by Ana Paula Vescovi, Chief Economist at Santander Brazil, and international banking experts from the U.S. and Brazil.

Tune in to learn:

  • What are expectations for Brazil’s economy and what are the implications for multinationals currently operating in-country or looking to enter the Brazilian market?
  • How has the uncertainty around Brazil’s fiscal policy and tax reform impacted the BRL and Brazilian FX market?
  • Which industries have been impacted the most by the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what is the outlook for them moving forward?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
12:00 PM ET – 1:00 PM ET

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Ana Paula Vescovi
Chief Economist
Santander Brazil

Ana Paula Vitali Janes Vescovi is the Chief Economist for Santander Brazil and a member of the board of Advisors and Risk Audit Committee of Ultrapar.

Previously, she served in public administration and on boards of state-owned and private companies. In the federal government, she held the positions of Deputy Minister of Finance, Secretary of the National Treasury, Chair of Caixa Economica Federal and Brazilian Reinsurance Institute Boards of Directors, and Member of Eletrobras’ Board of Directors. Before that, she was Secretary of the Treasury of the State of Espírito Santo and a federal civil servant for 25 years, with a career dedicated to economic policy, fiscal and financial management, and public policy design.

She holds a BA in Economics and MA degrees in public administration (FGV-RJ) and public sector economics (UnB).

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Joe Abruzzo
Head of Commercial Banking
Santander Bank, N.A.

Joe Abruzzo is a member of Santander’s U.S. Executive Team and Head of Commercial Banking for Santander Bank, N.A. His client-centric approach advocates fully understanding clients’ ambitions, challenges, and needs in order to proactively provide value added advice and solutions. This approach guides his leadership of the business’ middle market, mid-corporate, international, asset-based, and government banking segments, as well as the bank’s transaction banking business.

Joe has served in several key leadership roles throughout his 30+ years in banking, most recently as CEO of HSBC Private Banking Americas and Head of HSBC’s Large Corporate Banking business. Before HSBC, he spent more than 26 years at JP Morgan Chase in executive positions in both corporate and investment banking, as well as commercial banking.

Joe is a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Mario Roberto Opice Leão
Executive Vice President
Corporate Banking
Santander Brazil

Mario Roberto Opice Leão is an Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking, Santander Brazil, and has been a member of its Executive Committee for over three years. Mario leads a team of bankers and sales specialists across Brazil who cover 4,500 mid-to-large-sized companies, including locals and multinationals. Prior to his current role, Mario served as the Managing Director responsible for banking coverage within Santander Brazil’s Corporate and Investment Banking. He joined Santander in October 2015.

Mario began his career in banking in 1996 at Citigroup Brazil, where he spent 10 years in both Financial Control and Global Markets. From 2006 to 2008, he was responsible for Goldman Sachs Brazil’s Fixed Income Sales and from 2008 to 2015 he was responsible for Morgan Stanley Brazil’s Capital Markets.

Mario graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from São Paulo University’s Escola Politécnica in 1999.

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Eduard Casajuana
Managing Director
International Banking
Santander Bank, N.A.

Eduard Casajuana heads the International Banking Group for Santander Bank N.A. His team is responsible for delivering all aspects of the Bank’s broad range of international services to Commercial Banking clients. Eduard joined the Santander group in 1998 and brings a broad expertise on global cash management, structured trade and working capital solutions, with a special focus on global and cross-border transactions involving tax, legal, accounting and regulatory issues in Latin America.

Eduard was awarded a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. He earned a CEMS Master Degree, awarded by the Community of European Management Schools, from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (H.E.C.) in Paris, France and completed Executive Management programs at Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, the University of Michigan - S. Ross School of Business, and Harvard Business School.

Opinions expressed are those of the speakers individually, not necessarily any Santander entity, are for general information and teaching purposes, and shall not constitute securities or investment advice or offers of any kind.

Santander does not provide tax, legal or financial advice. Please consult with your own independent advisors prior to taking any action.

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