Stewart Title Latin America's upcoming STAR Conference highlights the region's booming real estate markets

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Attorneys from 14 nations to cover market trends, legislative developments and free trade at meeting of Stewart Title Attorney Referral (STAR) Network

HOUSTON (Nov. 15, 2005) - Developments in some of the world's fastest-growing real estate markets are the focus of the upcoming Stewart Title Latin America STAR Conference in Houston.

Attorneys from 13 Latin American and Caribbean nations and the United States who are responsible for real estate-related matters in the region will attend the meeting of the Stewart Title Attorney Referral Network (STAR) from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30.

"This conference reflects the reality that investors large and small are intensely interested in Latin American and Caribbean real estate markets," said Christopher Hill, chief executive officer, Stewart Title Latin America. "The emergence of these markets in the past decade is spectacular. Some of the best and brightest minds from around the region are joining us this year to address the fast-moving legal and business developments in these real estate markets."

Scheduled presentations at the conference include:

  • Practical Tax Strategies for Structuring Real Estate Investment in Latin America
  • Mortgage Securitization in Developing Markets
  • Development of Title Insurance Legislation throughout Latin America
  • Latin America and the Knowledge Revolution
  • Current Trends in Real Estate Finance in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Central America
  • The Impact of Free Trade: NAFTA, CAFTA and Beyond

The complete conference agenda and registration information can be found online at

The STAR Network is an alliance between Stewart Title Latin America and more than 400 lawyers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, providing buyers, sellers and lenders with the protection of title guaranty, escrow and other Stewart services.

"Stewart is committed to the continued development of relationships with law firms and their investor clients. Like the law firms we work with, Stewart has unique local market expertise and the value that we add to the real estate transaction brings security and peace of mind to real estate investors," said Hill. "Because of the support of our sponsors, partners and guests of the conference, the STAR Conference is fast becoming an important resource for attorneys who work in and monitor these real estate markets."

Conference sponsors and partners include: the law firm of González & Uribe (Costa Rica); the law firm of Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas & Gonzalez Baz (Mexico); Century 21 Central America; Latin Finance; Latin Lawyer; Latin American Monitor, Stewart Title Guaranty de México, Stewart Information International Inc. and Powers MediaWorks.

About Stewart Title Latin America

Stewart Title Latin America, an exclusive affiliate of Stewart Information International Inc., is a real estate information 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. More information about Stewart Title Latin America can be found at

About Stewart

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 required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 8,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at


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