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BLP merges with antitrust boutique in Costa Rica

Uri Weinstok

Wednesday, 27 May

BLP has merged with antitrust and IP boutique Weinstok Abogados, absorbing eight lawyers, including former high-level officials at Costa Rica’s competition authority, to boost its partner count to 15.

Pacific Rubiales agrees US$6.5 billion takeover by Alfa and Harbour Energy

Wednesday, 27 May

Mexican industrial conglomerate Alfa and Harbour Energy, a joint venture between private equity fund EIG Global Energy Partners and Hong Kong based commodity trader Noble Group, has hired Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto and Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, Houston, London and Washington, DC for its US$6.5 billion takeover of oil producer Pacific Rubiales.

Peru prevails in gas exports dispute

Wednesday, 27 May

An ICSID tribunal has ordered investors in Peru’s largest natural gas project pay around US$65 million to a state agency to resolve a contractual dispute over export royalties.

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