Who we are

The complex legal, economic and business environments in South America make it imperative to have a solid and reliable local partner. Southpartner, established in 2001 in São Paulo and with Regional Offices in Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta, has the necessary expertise and resources to successfully set up and manage your new business venture in South America. Over the last decade, we have supported, represented and partnered with numerous foreign companies in South America in the sectors in which we operate.

 

Mission

Southpartner shall be the natural local partner for foreign companies wanting to successfully set up and manage new business ventures in South America.

KEY FACTS:

  • Established in 2001 and headquartered in São Paulo, with regional offices in Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta
  • Proven track record as local partner for foreign companies wanting to successfully set up and manage new ventures in South America
  • Senior multi-lingual team of European and Latin American nationals, each with operational experience and expertise within its respective sector 
  • In-house lawyers to facilitate any start-up process in a one stop shop concept
  • Expertise within the ICT, Automotive, General Industry, Government & Security, Construction and Energy sectors
Management Team
Svante Hjorth
Founding Partner & CEO

 

Founding Partner & CEO of Southpartner, Svante Hjorth has over 20 years of professional experience of management, strategy, sales and business development within the global ICT industry, and in particular of foreign technology companies setting up operations and managing new ventures in Latin America.

 

Svante is also Founding Partner & CEO of Arycom, one of the leading operators and providers of mobile satellite communications solutions and capacity in South America, and President of Springboard Ventures, a holding company for new ventures in Latin America. Svante is member of the board of directors of ABRASAT, the Association of Satellite Communications companies in Brazil.

 

Prior to taking on the management of Southpartner, Svante was Vice President, Americas of Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT), initiating the company’s operations in Latin America and growing its business and sales channel in the Americas. 

 

Svante has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Linkoping Institute of Technology in Sweden, with dual majors in Automatic Control and Industrial Marketing, and speaks Swedish, Norwegian / Danish, English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Olivia Arantes
Founding Partner & Managing Director

 

Co-founding Partner and Managing Director of Southpartner, Olivia Arantes has over 25 years of experience of corporate law, and in representing foreign companies in the legal establishment and growth processes in Brazil. Olivia, a Senior Attorney-at-Law and member of the Brazilian Bar Association OAB/SP since 1984, is responsible for all legal affairs at the company. 

 

Prior to Southpartner, Olivia was an associate and head of the law firm Arantes Consultoria Jurídica, representing various national and international companies in Brazil. 

 

Besides Southpartner, Olivia is Partner of Arycom, one of the leading operators and providers of mobile satellite communications solutions and capacity in South America.

 

Olivia has a Bachelor’s degree at the University of São Paulo, with a specialization in Tributary Law (Brasilia) and telecommunications law (São Paulo) and speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.