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Market Entry

Strategy & Execution

Joint Ventures and M&A

Due Diligence Process

Considering a joint venture, strategic merger, or business acquisition in Brazil?

When your professional investments steer you in the direction of accelerated growth or competitive positioning, Setup Global will be standing by to serve as your research and analysis expert.

Quite often, the best way for foreign investors to enter the Brazilian market - and gain immediate access to local goods, experience, and infrastructure - is by way of an established business. Whether that involves merging, partnering, or an outright purchase, it’s essential that such business opportunities be thoroughly, and diligently, evaluated from a legal, operational, and financial perspective.

We fully appreciate the potential for risk that goes hand-in-hand with complex investment transactions. That’s why we offer a full range of analysis and valuation services throughout our specialized industry experience, designed to give our clients the information they need to make informed decisions:


  • Due Diligence, including Financial, Tax, and Legal

  • Market Valuations

  • Partner and Target Evaluation and Screening

  • Commercial, Operational, and Strategic Assessments

  • Strategic, Integration, and Implementation Plan Development

  • Royalties and Equity Interests

Barriers to Entry

Barriers to entry are the existence of high startup costs or other obstacles that prevent new competitors from easily entering an industry or area of business. Barriers to entry benefit existing firms already operating in an industry because they protect an established company's revenues and profits from being whittled away by new competitors. Common barriers to entry include special tax benefits to existing firms, patents, strong brand identity or customer loyalty, and high customer switching costs.

Some barriers to entry exist as a result of government intervention, while others occur naturally within the business world. Often, existing firms within an industry lobby for the government to erect new barriers to entry. Ostensibly, this is done to protect the integrity of the industry and prevent fly-by-night operations from setting up shop and hawking inferior products and services. In reality, firms favor barriers to entry when already comfortably ensconced in an industry to limit competition and claim a larger share of the industry's revenue. Other barriers to entry occur naturally, often evolving over time as certain industry players establish dominance.

Government Barriers

Industries heavily regulated by the government are usually the most difficult to break into; examples include commercial airlines, defense contractors and cable companies. The government erects formidable barriers to entry in such industries for varying reasons. In the case of commercial airlines, not only are regulations stout, but the government limits new entrants in an effort to limit air traffic and make monitoring easier. Cable companies are heavily regulated and limited in number because their infrastructure requires extensive public land use.

Natural Barriers

Barriers to entry can also form naturally as the dynamics of an industry take shape. Brand identity and customer loyalty serve as barriers to entry for outsiders. Certain brands, have identities so strong their brand names are synonymous in the common lexicon with the products themselves.

In industries where customers incur high costs switching from one brand to another, this becomes a "de facto" barrier to entry for new firms, as they face difficulty enticing prospective customers to pay the money required to make a change.


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