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Government support key to Peru and Colombia’s project finance success

Cynthia Urda Kassis, Manuel Fernando Quinche, Dorian Calderon, Jean Paul Chabaneix, Gino Sangalli, Christopher Erckert, Raphael Dumas

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Government support has helped Colombia’s fourth generation (4G) infrastructure programme exceed expectations and bolstered the Peruvian power sector’s development, but dated regulation and underlying economic issues are continued barriers for diversified project finance, agreed a panel of lawyers and bankers at Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Regional Project Finance Summit held last week in Washington, DC.

Colombia proposes OECD-compliant anti-bribery law

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Rosanna Butters

The Colombian government has proposed a foreign anti-bribery bill that would make companies liable for transgressions, rather than just individuals, as part of its bid to join the OECD.

Citigroup’s Pandolfi confirms for M&A Conference

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The head of investment banking coverage and M&A Latin America at Citigroup, Alberto Pandolfi, will join leaders from asset management firm Lazard, global bank Credit Suisse, Brazilian antitrust regulator CADE and private equity fund Tarpon at Latin Lawyer’s 5th Annual M&A Conference next week.

OHL expands investor base with Mexican private placement

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Joe Rowley

Mexico’s Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC, the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Spain’s Garrigues have helped Spanish infrastructure company OHL Concesiones raise US$288 million in the sale of a minority stake in its Mexican subsidiary through a private placement.

Machedo Meyer and Pinheiro Neto in debentures offering

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Luke Jarmyn

Machedo, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados has helped Brazilian highways infrastructure company Concessionária do Sistema Anhangüera-Bandeirantes issue debentures worth US$209 million.

CLISA in Argentine voluntary exchange offer

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Luke Jarmyn

Clifford Chance LLP’s New York and São Paulo offices and Argentina’s Carassai-Durini-Robinson Abogados have helped Compañía Latinoamericana de Infraestructura & Servicios (CLISA) complete a US$120 million note exchange offer.

Salaverri and Bruchou in energy issuance

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Luke Jarmyn

Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán Abogados has helped electricity generation company Central Térmica Loma de la Lata issue three sets of notes worth a combined US$47.4 million on the Argentine debt market.

ALAE adds new Brazilian member

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 by Vincent Manancourt

Latin American corporate law firm association Aliança de Advocacia Empresarial (ALAE), which is headquartered in Brazil, has added a new member from Sergipe, a state in the north-east of Brazil.

Batista will “not spend one day” in jail, predict lawyers

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Beleaguered billionaire Eike Batista began his high-profile insider trading trial last week, but with Brazil yet to jail a single individual for the crime, lawyers predict the former oil and gas magnate won’t spend a single day behind bars.

Odebrecht-Mitsui JV puts US$6.5bn in transport infrastructure

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Demarest Advogados and Mattos Muriel Kestener have helped the transport arm of Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht sign an agreement with one of Japan’s largest companies, Mitsui Group, which will see the pair inject 17 billion reais (US$6.5 billion) into an urban transport joint venture with projects in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Goiânia.

Cobra taps Crédit Agricole for Uruguayan wind farm financing

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Joe Rowley

Uruguayan firm Scelza & Montano has helped Spain’s Cobra Group secure long-term project financing from France’s Crédit Agricole to fund construction of the Kiyú wind farm in the south of the country.

Labour and corporate boutiques join forces in Colombia

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Bogotá labour boutique VS+M Abogados – which was founded a year ago by former Godoy Córdoba Abogados partner Diego Felipe Valdivieso Rueda – has merged with two other small firms, Rico Lara Abogados and Lombana & Lombana Abogados.

Banistmo secures first syndicated loan

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Luke Jarmyn

White & Case LLP’s Miami office and Panama’s Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega have helped Bancolombia subsidiary Banistmo secure a US$400 million syndicated loan.

Baker assists Cinema 23 with Fénix Film Awards launch

Monday, 24 November 2014 by Vincent Manancourt

Ten Baker & McKenzie LLP offices have helped Cinema 23, an association that promotes films made in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, with the launch of the Fénix Film Awards.

CCU and Postobón ink Colombian JV to rival SABMiller

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Friday, 21 November 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Colombia’s Posse Herrera Ruiz has helped Chilean drinks company Compañía Cervecerías Unidas (CCU) sign a joint venture with Colombian counterpart Gaseosas Posada Tobón (Postobón) to build a new factory in Bogotá and better compete with market leader SABMiller.

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