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Costa Rica sparks debate with compulsory bar exam

Friday, 27 March 2015 by Lulu Rumsey

Costa Rica’s Colegio de Abogados is making moves to introduce a compulsory bar exam for trainee lawyers aimed at raising the standard of lawyers in the country, but the decision has provoked debate in other jurisdictions and would make the country only the second in Latin America to make its lawyers pass a test before they can practise.

Venezuela seeks to annul award over Caribbean airport

Friday, 27 March 2015 by Richard Woolley

Venezuela has applied to annul a US$36 million ICSID award holding the state liable for the expropriation of an airport project and subsequent denial of justice.

Latin Lawyer 2015 awards ceremony – in pictures

Friday, 27 March 2015

More than 240 names of the Latin American legal community attended Latin Lawyer's awards ceremony last week.

Colombia returns to international debt markets

Friday, 27 March 2015 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Colombia has retained Arnold & Porter LLP to issue bonds worth US$1 billion on the international capital markets that were more than four times oversubscribed.

SulAmérica acquires stake in Healthways

Friday, 27 March 2015 by Luke Jarmyn

Brazil’s Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão has helped health-care company SulAmérica Serviços de Saúde acquire a minority stake in the Brazilian subsidiary of US-based health service provider Healthways.

Pérez Bustamante guides IFC Ecuadorean loan

Friday, 27 March 2015 by Lulu Rumsey

Pérez, Bustamante & Ponce Abogados has advised the International Finance Corporation on a US$40 million loan to Ecuador’s Banco Internacional.

US court scuppers US$17 billion Colombian treasure hunt

The San José was sunk during the war of Spanish succession with England in the early 18th century

Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Lulu Rumsey

A US maritime salvage company has lost its claim to US$17 billion worth of treasure on the seabed off the coast of Colombia after its right to appeal a previous Washington, DC federal court verdict on its dispute with the Colombian government expired on Monday.

Panama Canal Authority files ICC claim

Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Lacey Yong

The relationship between the Panama Canal Authority and one of its contractors has entered troubled waters again after the parties rushed to file competing ICC claims against each other, with the authority reportedly winning the race.

Kimberly-Clark de México makes international offering

Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Luke Jarmyn

Galicia Abogados in Mexico City and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s New York office have helped hygiene company Kimberly-Clark de México issue notes worth US$250 million.

Duratex turns to Siqueira Castro for Brazilian acquisition

Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Luke Jarmyn

Brazil’s Siqueira Castro Advogados has helped Brazilian furniture manufacturer Duratex in the acquisition of local electronic shower manufacturer Ducha Corona.

Arias & Muñoz’s steers Suramericana Panamanian M&A

Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Luke Jarmyn

Arias & Muñoz (Panama) has helped insurance company Suramericana in the acquisition of rival company Seguros Banistmo from Grupo Bancolombia.

Machado Meyer, Mundie and Rolim Viotti drive digital switchover

Brazil hopes to complete its 4G conversion by 2019

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados has helped leading telecoms companies Telefônica Brasil, Claro, TIM and Algar incorporate a joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) to manage the reallocation of the 700 megahertz radio spectrum used by Brazil’s analogue televisions for use by 4G mobile service providers.

Chilean anti-corruption measures ignore a fundamental problem

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 by Adam Dobrik

New measures proposed by Chile’s president are politically motivated and are unlikely to greatly reduce corruption in the country, say lawyers.

Italian cheesemaker wins Costa Rican trademark case

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 by Lulu Rumsey

Consortium Centro América Abogados - Costa Rica and Italian firm De Tullio & Partners have helped the European Union and Italian cheese producer Consorzio Provolone Valpadana win a judgment preventing a Costa Rican company from producing a type of cheese trademark protected under EU law.

Pérez Bustamante, Andrews Kurth and Cleary in Ecuadorean bank loan

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 by Luke Jarmyn

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce Abogados in Quito and Andrews Kurth LLP’s Washington, DC office have helped the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provide an US$80 million loan to Ecuador’s Banco Pichincha.

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