South America

HMH Legal currently provides coverage for most services throughout Central America. Please select a country to confirm coverage and for specific information helpful in the analysis of commercial risk, as well as in the assessment of litigation.

Corruption Perception Index 2019

According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index from Transparency International, 68% of countries in the Americas scored below 50 (on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being highly corrupted and 100 being 100 very clean), the top score being Canada, and the worst being Venezuela. Compare that to the Europe and Central Asia where only 48% of countries scored below 50, the Middle East and North Africa at 84%, and Asia Pacific at 68%. Denmark ranks #1 (scoring 87) and is the least perceived corrupted country, and Somalia ranks #180 (scoring 9), and is perceived as the most corrupted country.

Contract Enforcement 2020

According to the 2020 Guide on Doing Business from The World Bank (with the most recent round of data collection completed in May 19, 2019), judicial contract enforcement in Latin America and the Caribbean takes on average 774.2 days and costs 32% of the debt value. Compare that to the USA where it takes 444 days and costs 30.5% of debt value (on average), and Canada with 910 days and cost of 22.3%.

Rule of Law Index 2020

The WJP Rule of Law Index 2020 by the World Justice Project presents a portrait of the rule of law in 128 countries by providing scores and rankings organized around eights factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. Denmark ranking at #1 (scoring 0.90) is where the Rule of Law is perceived to be stronger, while Venezuela ranking last at #128(scoring 0.27), is where Rule of Law is perceived to be the weakest.

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