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Gerdau-Metaldom set to be DR's first international steel company

Friday, 24 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Four firms have helped a joint-venture steel combination comprised of the Dominican Republic’s Industrias Nacionales and Brazil’s Gerdau merge with Dominican steelmaker Metaldom to form Gerdau-Metaldom – creating one of the largest manufacturers of the metal alloy in Central America and the Caribbean.

Tavarone Rovelli and Bruchou steer hybrid project finance deal

Friday, 24 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani has helped a subsidiary of Argentine energy investment platform Grupo Albanesi obtain hybrid project finance worth US$26 million to upgrade a thermal power plant in the northern province of Santiago del Estero.

Shearman, Saco-Vertiz, Simpson Thacher and Miranda in Peruvian retail notes issuance

Friday, 24 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

InRetail, one of Peru’s largest retail managers, has turned to the New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP and local firm Saco-Vertiz Abogados for a US$300 million notes issuance and parallel tender offer.

ICC panel turns down Bolivian annulment request

Friday, 24 October 2014 by Richard Woolley

An ICC tribunal has rejected a request by a Bolivian state entity to annul a US$22.5 million award rendered in August in favour of India’s Jindal Steel & Power.

Cárdenas and Posse Herrera help S&P enter Colombia

Friday, 24 October 2014

US financial services company Standard & Poor's has turned to Cárdenas & Cárdenas to make its first direct acquisition in Colombia, through the purchase of Bogotá-based rating agency BRC Investor Services.

Yara International adds to LatAm fertiliser assets with OFD buy

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Norwegian chemicals company Yara International has sought advice from Baker & McKenzie’s New York and Bogotá offices for its US$377 million acquisition of Colombia-based fertiliser company OFD.

Rebaza Alcázar returns for Petroperú loan

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas Abogados Financieros has helped Floridian bank Mercantil Commercebank grant a US$50 million loan to Peruvian government-owned petroleum company Petroperú.

Souza Cescon and Demarest in investment bank’s bond offering

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Lulu Rumsey

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu e Flesch - Advogados has helped investment financier RCI Brasil raise US$160 million through a bond offering.

Tyco becomes sole owner of Brazil’s Plastrom Sensormatic

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Houston and Philadelphia offices and Brazilian firms Barretto Ferreira e Brancher and Costa, Waisberg e Tavares Paes Sociedade de Advogados have helped US-based security company Tyco buy former joint-venture partner Plastrom out of a Brazilian security systems retailer.
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Transparency International elects Peru’s Ugaz as new chair

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

José Ugaz, the lawyer who investigated the now-jailed former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, has been elected chair of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

DoJ expects more cooperation between US and Latin American enforcers

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by Alison O’Connell

Cooperation between US and Latin American law enforcers will continue to increase according to James Koukios, senior deputy chief of the fraud section in the criminal division of the US Department of Justice, who urged companies to cooperate with authorities.

Ivanhoé partners with Black Creek to invest in Mexican real estate

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Paul Hastings LLP in New York and Mexico’s Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC have helped Canadian real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge form a US$500 million partnership with private equity platform Black Creek and invest US$100 million in a housing development in Mexico City.

Colombia-based O&G company Vetra obtains credit facility

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, Colombia’s Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados and Hogan Lovells LLP in Madrid have helped US private equity-owned energy company Vetra obtain a credit facility worth US$250 million to refinance debt and fund exploration.

Muñiz Ramírez steers Gloria bond issuance

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Muñiz Ramírez Pérez-Taiman & Olaya has helped Citibank and Citicorp arrange and place bonds issued by Peruvian dairy producer Gloria worth US$52 million.

PBDA gains new signatories at Dominican Pro Bono conference

Fundación Pro Bono República Dominicana president Teófilo Rosario with PBDA signatories Leticia Caminero and Gisell López as representatives of Distinctive Law and Estrella & Tupete respectively

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

The Vance Center’s Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas (PBDA) has gained new signatories at an international pro bono congress hosted in the Dominican Republic earlier this month by the Vance Center, Dominican and Chilean clearinghouses and the Dominican Institute of Constitutional Law.

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