Last year, I blogged from the Meritas Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada and reported on our international members’ take on the global legal and business climate. I’m on my way to New Orleans for this year’s meeting and expect to post on our international member’s take on changes in the business and legal climate since our last meeting. Do our French affiliates feel that François Hollande will best French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the election and what impact will that have on the European recovery pact that Sarkozy worked out with German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Current market feedback does not support a win by Hollande. What’s the business climate in South and Central America? Exports out of Brazil continue to rise. How can international business take advantage of that growing market? Stay tuned; more to follow.