Conference coverage

Latin American competition enforcers announce new strategic alliance

Latin American competition enforcers announce new strategic alliance

04 April 2017

The chief prosecutor at Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) announced a new strategic alliance among the antitrust enforcers in his country, Argentina, Brazil and Chile at the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Spring meeting last Thursday.

Thinking outside the box

22 March 2017

In the quest for innovation, law firms are putting client satisfaction at the core of new management strategies, effectively surveying clients to find improved ways of delivering their services.

Vance Centre WIP conference: women have power to close gender gap

15 March 2017

At yesterday’s annual Vance Center Women in the Profession Program (WIP) conference in Buenos Aires, female professionals were urged to instigate the closing of the gender gap through a culture of inclusivity.

Brazil's CADE doesn’t allow political interference, commissioner says

13 February 2017

A member of the administrative tribunal for Brazil’s competition enforcer earlier this month said it has maintained mechanisms that free it from inappropriate public interest considerations.

Legislative grey areas make distressed assets M&A too risky

Legislative grey areas make distressed assets M&A too risky

22 December 2016

Few M&A transactions are never straightforward, but none can prove as complicated as when a cross-border bankruptcy proceeding is involved. Panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference discussed the grey areas in current legislation and the risk of purchasing distressed assets across borders.

Ambiguity continues to shroud M&A asset liabilities in Brazil

Ambiguity continues to shroud M&A asset liabilities in Brazil

21 December 2016

Few areas of law have been as severely affected by Latin America’s burgeoning compliance culture as M&A, particularly when the assets being merged or acquired may have derived from a parent company already involved in a corruption investigation. Although legislation recently introduced in Brazil aims to resolve many of the ambiguities raised in such a scenario, the untested nature of the regulations and absence of available case law means companies involved in a transactions are often left with more questions than answers, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th Annual M&A Conference.

Post-closing tax liabilities among the greatest challenges for M&A deals

Post-closing tax liabilities among the greatest challenges for M&A deals

19 December 2016

Whether it is regulatory uncertainty, tax litigation or aggressive antitrust enforcement, foreign investors undertaking M&A transactions in Latin America may find half the challenge lies after they close the deal. At Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference, corporate counsel, private practice lawyers and the vice-president of Brazil’s antitrust regulator discussed the common pitfalls companies commonly encounter and what they can do to avoid them.

Argentina looks to neighbours to boost FDI

Argentina looks to neighbours to boost FDI

13 December 2016

After a decade of populist government, Argentina must draft or rewrite a vast array of legislation – from renewable energy PPAs, to shale gas project financing, and merger control provisions – to encourage foreign investment and prevent excessive concentration in the domestic market. But while the task may be daunting, the government can learn a lot from success stories just over its border in Brazil and Uruguay, heard panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference.

Getting local authorities on board key in infrastructure projects, say panel

Getting local authorities on board key in infrastructure projects, say panel

12 December 2016

Maintaining good relations with local communities and authorities is becoming ever more critical to a project’s success, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Regional Project Finance Summit held in Washington, DC.

US investors importing fairness opinions to LatAm

US investors importing fairness opinions to LatAm

08 December 2016

Corporate governance monitors in the US are contributing to an increase in requests for fairness opinions in Latin America, where most countries lack local regulations and those conducted along US lines do not take into account local conditions, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference.

Government inexperience may harm Mexican midstream investment

Government inexperience may harm Mexican midstream investment

06 December 2016

Banks financing Mexican midstream infrastructure must factor in government entities’ inexperience in dealing with the private sector, as well as lengthy judicial processes to obtain land rights, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Regional Project Finance Summit held in Washington, DC, two weeks ago.

Caution and complexity will define LatAm’s M&A landscape

05 December 2016

Political uncertainty following the US presidential election, weak economic growth across Latin America and stricter anticorruption compliance requirements are increasing the time and complexity of M&A transactions in the region, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference held in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.