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Political change to drive oil and gas investment, but unconventionals remain a challenge, say lawyers

Andrés Donoso, Javier Etcheverry Boneo, Marianna Boza Morán and Giovani Loss

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Political change in Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador promises to kick-start foreign oil and gas investment, but all three should look to Colombia on how to make fracking more attractive to the private sector, delegates heard at Latin Lawyer’s 7th Annual Oil & Gas Conference on Monday.

Vella Pugliese targets restructuring with promotion

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

Brazilian law firm Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has promoted a restructuring, litigation and arbitration lawyer to partner, bringing its partner count to ten.

CADE probes steel association for sham petitioning

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Charles McConnell

Brazil’s competition authority has launched an administrative proceeding against the Brazilian Steel Institute, an association of the country’s steel companies, for allegedly abusing its right to petition by trying to prevent rivals from importing steel rebar.

Hogan Lovells guides Mexican real estate loan

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

The Mexico City and Monterrey offices of Hogan Lovells BSTL have helped a collection of banks grant a credit facility to Stiva, a commercial and housing real estate developer.

Mendoza province taps international markets

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

The New York office of Holland & Knight LLP and Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly in New York and Buenos Aires have helped the western Argentine province of Mendoza issue US$500 million worth of notes on the international capital markets.

Zang Bergel returns for Banco Hipotecario offering

Friday, 27 May 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados as deal counsel has helped Banco Hipotecario issue notes worth 469 million Argentine pesos (US$33 million).

Basham makes seven new partners

Jesus Colunga, Amilcar Garcia,Juan Carlos Hernandez, Rodolfo Barreda, Alvaro Gonzalez, Jorge Medina and Guillermo Aldana

Thursday, 26 May 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

Basham, Ringe y Correa has increased its partner count by nearly a third, strengthening offices outside of Mexico City and bolstering practice areas in high demand.

Petrobras sheds US$900 million of assets in Argentina

Thursday, 26 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s New York and São Paulo offices and Argentina’s Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal have helped troubled Brazilian energy company Petrobras sell a US$892 million stake in its Argentine subsidiary to Argentina’s largest electricity provider, Pampa Energía.

Brazil’s Operation Zealots could be as big as Car Wash

Thursday, 26 May 2016 by Waithera Junghae

A criminal investigation into whether companies paid bribes to influence tax legislation or reduce tax liabilities could grow as large as the investigation surrounding Petrobras.     

Debevoise, Shearman, Lefosse and Trindade agree GP’s BR Properties buy

Thursday, 26 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

The New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s London office and Brazilian firm Lefosse Advogados have helped private equity investor GP Investments close a tender offer to take control of Brazilian real estate company BR Properties, a company it helped set up a decade ago.

BMA behind e-commerce share offer

Thursday, 26 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

Brazil’s BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has helped online retail company B2W issue 823 million reais (US$230 million) worth of new shares in a private offering.

BMA promotes five to partner

João Paulo Cavinatto, Thais Meira, Luiza Lacerda, Luiz Marcelo Góis and José Inácio Ferraz

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

Brazilian firm BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has announced five new partners in its tax, labour and competition practices, a month after BMA appointed a new managing partner keen to devise a successful succession strategy for the 20-year old firm.
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Mattos Filho overhauls pro bono efforts

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

Brazil’s Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados has launched a new pro bono programme that puts protecting human rights, promoting the development of public sector works and collaborating with NGOs at the forefront of the firm’s free legal aid efforts, now headed by a full-time pro bono lawyer.

An interview with Joy Gallup

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

At the debut Latin Lawyer - GRR Restructuring Summit taking place on 6 June in New York, Paul Hastings LLP partner and conference co-chair Joy Gallup will moderate a panel on Latin American debtor-in-possession financing. Here, Gallup previews the panel in a Q&A with Latin Lawyer.

AES moves to enforce Argentine gas exports award

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Sebastian Perry

Argentina’s national oil and gas company YPF is facing US enforcement proceedings after an ICC tribunal ordered it to pay US$504 million plus interest for breaching contracts relating to the export of natural gas to Brazil.

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