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BLP merges with antitrust boutique in Costa Rica

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

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 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

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 2015 by Sebastian Perry

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.

Brazil fines fuel cartel US$20 million and confirms gun-jumping regs

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 by Harry Phillips

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) voted to fine participants in a fuel cartel 65.7 million reais (US$20.7 million), and gave the go-ahead for guidelines on what companies can and cannot do while waiting for merger approval.

Mattos Muriel opens in Ribeirão Preto

Marcelo Antonio Muriel and Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Mattos Muriel Kestener has opened an office in Brazil’s agribusiness capital of Ribeirão Preto in the south-western state of São Paulo.

Cabanellas Etchebarne and Tavarone Rovelli help Buenos Aires province issue notes

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Argentina’s Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly has helped the province of Buenos Aires issue notes worth US$81.6 million.

China’s BoCom acquires majority stake in Banco BBM to enter Brazil

This is the first overseas acquisition by China's Bank of Communications

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Dias Carneiro, Arystóbulo, Flores, Sanches and Thomaz Bastos Advogados in São Paulo and Shearman & Sterling LLP in Beijing, São Paulo and Singapore have helped China’s Bank of Communications (BoCom) acquire 80 per cent of the shares in Brazil’s Banco BBM for a reported US$173 million.

US courts refuse discovery in Panama Canal case

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Richard Woolley and Sebastian Perry

Two US courts have refused to grant the consortium building the extension of the Panama Canal access to documents that could support its ICC claim against the Panama Canal Authority, holding that section 1782 of the United States Code does not apply to private arbitrations.

Cayman holding company obtains loan to buy Colombian energy assets

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Posse Herrera Ruiz has advised Banco Colpatria, Banco Davivienda, Bancolombia Panamá and Bancaribe Curaçao Bank with a US$140 million loan to the Cayman-based holding company of TPL Group.

Banco Comafi retains Pérez Alati for notes issuance

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h) has helped Buenos Aires commercial bank Banco Comafi issue notes worth US$22.5 million.

Bayport Colombia taps IDB for loan

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Santiago Jaramillo Villamizar y Asociados in Bogotá and Alvarez-Arrieta & Diaz Silveira LLP in Miami have helped the Colombian arm of personal finance company Bayport obtain a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) worth US$50 million.

Rosneft acquires remaining stake in Solimões basin project from PetroRio

Rosneft now has 100 per cent control of the onshore Amazon leases

Friday, 22 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and DLA Piper LLP in Moscow, have helped the Brazilian subsidiary of Russian state oil company Rosneft buy the remaining stake it did not already own in the Solimões onshore oil and gas exploration project from Brazilian oil company PetroRio.

SunEdison increases Latin American footprint with energy assets purchase

Friday, 22 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy company, has turned to Veirano Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington DC, Uría Menéndez in Madrid, Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Lima and Ferrere (Uruguay) in Montevideo to buy energy assets in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, India, China and South Africa with a combined total capacity of 757 megawatts.

Early-bird tickets still available for Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Corporate Finance Conference

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Friday, 22 May 2015

In-house counsel from the New York Stock Exchange, São Paulo’s BM&F BOVESPA and US asset manager QFR Capital Management will all be speaking at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Corporate Finance Conference, to be held on 8 June in New York.

Chilean power company refinances debt with notes issuance and loan

Friday, 22 May 2015 by Toby Luckhurst

Chilean power plant owner Empresa Eléctrica Guacolda, a subsidiary of AES Gener, turned to local firm Claro & Cía and Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York to refinance its debt via a syndicated loan and a debt issuance.

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