HOUSTON (Dec. 6, 2004) - Stewart Title Latin America has hosted the first annual Stewart Title Attorney Referral (STAR) Conference in Houston, bringing together attorneys from 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries - along with U.S. attorneys who do business throughout the region - to meet and discuss the latest in regional real estate matters.
"The STAR Conference has been a great vehicle to increase the understanding of business issues in Latin America, build relationships among the lawyer community and promote the exchange of ideas - all ultimately working to increase investment in Latin America," said Chris Hill, general manager, Stewart Title Latin America.
The event, held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at Houston's Intercontinental Hotel, offered a unique opportunity for Latin American and U.S. attorneys to build relationships and increase their referral network throughout the region. "In addition, our education sessions and panel discussions were presented by some of the most accomplished legal experts involved in Latin American real estate transactions," said Hill.
Presentations included: Innovations in Regional Project Finance, Tax Strategies for Structuring Real Estate Investment in Latin America, and The Development of Title Insurance Legislation throughout Latin America.
The STAR system is an alliance between Stewart Title Latin America and more than 150 lawyers and other firms in several growing Latin America and Caribbean markets, providing buyers, sellers and lenders with the protection of title guaranty, escrow and other Stewart services.
"This unique combination of local market expertise and the value that Stewart adds to the transaction brings security and peace of mind to real estate investors throughout the Latin American region," said Hill. "We are pleased with the success of this first STAR Conference and look forward to presenting this event on an annual basis."
About Stewart Title Latin America
Stewart Title Latin America, an exclusive affiliate of Stewart Information International Inc., is a real estate services firm serving Latin America and the Caribbean. Stewart Title Latin America facilitates real estate transactions with a suite of products and services that enhance and protect both buyers' and sellers' interests, serving the largest and most competitive banks, multinational corporations, developers, attorneys and individual real estate buyers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Stewart Information International Inc. maintains an ownership interest in Stewart Title Latin America.
Stewart Information International Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a technology driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services through more than 7,800 issuing locations in the United States and several international markets. Stewart meets the needs of the real estate and mortgage industries through the delivery of information services required for settlement using e-commerce. These services include title reports, flood determinations, document preparation, property reports and background checks. Stewart also supplies post-closing services to lenders, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping and GIS for governmental entities. Stewart provides expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information about Stewart can be found at www.stewart.com.