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Luna Gold Preparing for Restart in Brazil

About

Luna Gold Corp. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of gold properties in Brazil. Its principal project, the Aurizona gold mine, comprises 1 mining license and 3 exploration permits covering an area of approximately 15,500 hectares located in Maranhao, Brazil. The company also holds interest in the Luna Greenfields exploration property, which covers an area of approximately 190,000 hectares in Brazil.

Challenges

Luna Gold is going through a corporate and financial restructuring including the temporary shut down of operations in Brazil so that studies, exploration and construction of new facilities can be completed. A new management team was put in place and financing completed to advance the strategic vision of the company and build a strong foundation for a sustainable and profitable future.

Solution

BIC has assisted in the corporate and managerial restructuring of the company as it goes through a transitional period where operations are temporarily shut down while studies and exploration are completed to support a projected 2017 restart. On-going support services include general management, compliance, owners advisory, project management and technical assistance as well as interface with governmental regulatory and licensing agencies.

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Headquarters: Vancouver, BC
Sector: Mineral Resources
Website: www.lunagold.com


"Richard has been essential in helping us understand the Brazilian context in which we operate and how to work through operational, regulatory and licensing challenges in a timely and cost-effective manner. He has been very insightful and key player in our on-going turnaround as we strive to achieve our goals in a difficult and challenging time for mineral resource projects."

- Marc Leduc -

President

Cass Information Systems Opens Brazilian Operating Unit to Support South America

About

As a processor of information and business-to-business payments, Cass (NASDAQ: CASS) helps its customers achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Cass processes and pays invoices for several types of complex payables (such as transportation,utility, waste and telecom). Cass also acts as a back-office payment engine for companies that require payment management as part of their total solution. With total assets of $1.5 billion, Cass is a business-to-business solutions provider with enterprise-grade solutions for freight audit & payment, telecom expense management and facilities expense management. Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank, founded in 1906. Today, Cass Commercial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary, providing sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients.

Challenges

Open a Brazilian subsidiary to support a global, Fortune 500 client who requested their services in South America. The subsidiary is part of their growth initiative into international markets in order to better support their clients.

Solution

BIC helped incorporate the Brazilian Cass entity and work through the legal and bureaucratic hurdles so the company could seamlessly enter into operations. They continue to provide corporate secretarial services for the international and Brazilian entities. On-going support services include managing the local banking, HR, accounting, contracts/legal relationships, as well as interface with local clients.

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Headquarters: St. Louis, MO
Sector: Information Technology
Website: www.cassinfo.com


Simas Logística & Guarde Fácil Explore Expanding Operations in Brazil

About

Simas Logística is a privately held Brazilian corporation focused on logistics solutions throughout Brazil and the world. It is a full service provider of multimodal transport, moving, storage, inventory control and distribution throughout Brazil.

Guarde Fácil is a privately held corporation that provides modern, secure self-storage solutions in Belo Horizonte. It provides a full range of services for businesses and individuals from simple storage to transport, packing and packing materials. It has more than 600 units ranging in size between 1 to 400 m2 all in a modern, secure facility that is strategically located.

Challenges

Simas Logística & Guarde Fácil have operations in Minas Gerais and were looking to expand their services into other markets. They wanted to explore funding alternatives and management strategies for increasing their presence in other regions in Brazil and scaling their solutions.

Solution

BIC assisted in evaluating funding alternatives and growth strategies as the company investigated expanding its Brazilian operations. Services included evaluating outside funding sources versus organic growth, calculating valuations, helping prepare the company for potential due diligence processes moving forward as well as owners advisory and management strategy.

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Headquarters: Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
Sector: Logistics & Storage
Website: www.guardefacil.com | www.simaslog.com.br


"BIC has been a great resource for listening to our ideas and goals as we grow and expand into other markets. Richard has provided great perspective and helped us evaluate our current situation, develop a plan for the future, assess alternative funding sources and better understand what international investors will look for as they work through the investment process. He has intimate knowledge of the Brazilian marketplace and how operations work here, but also an international perspective and a strong network. He has a unique skill set and vision that has helped us immensely."

- Daniel Simas -

President

Private company bringing new phosphate project online in Brazil in less than 3 years

About

Fertilizers Inc is a privately held international company focused on their highly prospective Phosphate Project in Brazil. The project has a NI 43-101 compliant technical report and robust resource estimate with good tonnages and excellent grade. Production will begin in 2016.

Challenges

Setting up a complex international financial and organizational structure to move the project forward from exploration, through development and into operations in Brazil.

Solution

BIC helped structure and incorporate the international and Brazilian entities as well as put together the venture capital and on-going capital raises. The company has quickly advanced from a startup with a greenfields exploration project to a fully licensed and permitted facility in less than three years. On-going support services include managing the local banking, HR, accounting, contracts/legal relationships, as well as interface with local clients and expanding commercial presence. Also serves as corporate secretary responsible for general management and compliance of the international and Brazilian entities.

Starting a business in Brazil

Headquarters: São Paulo, SP - Brazil
Sector: Agribusiness


"I have worked together with Richard for many years on various development companies, and he has been instrumental in providing reliable operational and technical support required to advance development ventures in Brazil. He provides very attentive service that assists in creating value and delivering on our goals on-time and on-budget. BIC has been a great partner in our success."

- Felipe Alves -

President

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