Conference coverage

Political instability threatens survival of state-run oil companies in LatAm, agree lawyers

Political instability threatens survival of state-run oil companies in LatAm, agree lawyers

30 June 2017

Panellists at the Latin Lawyer-GRR Live 2nd Annual Restructuring Summit agreed political instability has damaging implications for both Brazil’s Petrobras and Venezuela’s PDVSA, and expressed concern for Pemex’s future.

Unequal access to restructuring behind crash in Chapter 15 filings

Unequal access to restructuring behind crash in Chapter 15 filings

29 June 2017

Any Latin American debtor with a view to the “long game” knows that a Chapter 15 filing is the best way to achieve legal certainty – but a disparity in access to restructuring between big and small debtors has led to a decline in use of the instrument, according to speakers at the Latin Lawyer – GRR Live 2nd Annual Restructuring Summit, held in New York earlier this month

Operation Car Wash fuelled by leniency applications

Operation Car Wash fuelled by leniency applications

21 June 2017

Brazil’s sprawling investigation into corruption and bid rigging in its construction industry was partly fuelled by a series of related leniency applications filed by companies allegedly involved in the scheme, a senior official with Brazil’s competition watchdog said.

Trump hand in antitrust and NAFTA exit are risky to Mexico and US

Trump hand in antitrust and NAFTA exit are risky to Mexico and US

20 June 2017

A competition enforcer said he “cannot imagine” the disruption that would be caused by the US leaving NAFTA, and that he is concerned about political interference in US antitrust policy.

O&G a “huge regulatory challenge,” says Mexican competition commissioner

O&G a “huge regulatory challenge,” says Mexican competition commissioner

14 June 2017

Mexico’s antitrust agency faces a huge but necessary challenge to regulate the midstream and downstream sectors to encourage free-market competition, said Alejandro Faya Rodriguez, a commissioner at the country’s antitrust watchdog, speaking at Latin Lawyer's 8th annual oil & gas conference, held last month in Mexico City.

Competition courts helped open Mexican economy, says judge

14 June 2017

Specialised courts with a better understanding of competition law have helped to bring competition to industries historically dominated by a few companies, head delegates at the American Bar Association’s antitrust in the Americas conference, which was held last week in Mexico City.

Gradual Brazilian bankruptcy reform possible, say panelists

Gradual Brazilian bankruptcy reform possible, say panelists

12 June 2017

The flaws in Brazil’s bankruptcy framework go to the heart of the country’s legal culture but incremental change can be achieved through law reforms, according to a panel at the Latin Lawyer-GRR Live 2nd Annual Restructuring Summit, held in New York last week.

Mexico's economy minister concerned about shift in US free trade tone

Mexico's economy minister concerned about shift in US free trade tone

12 June 2017

Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Villarreal expressed concerns about the changing US tone regarding what constitutes free and fair trade during a speech that began last week’s American Bar Association Antitrust in the Americas conference, which was held in Mexico City.

Partners from minority groups still lack ‘critical mass’ to boost diversity

Partners from minority groups still lack ‘critical mass’ to boost diversity

09 June 2017

Leading law firms in Latin America and the US have had some success in increasing diversity among their rank and file, but a lack of leadership from an overwhelmingly white, male partnership in most firms is still preventing many women and lawyers from different ethic and socio-economic backgrounds from reaching the top positions, according to delegates at a diversity and inclusion conference at the New York City Bar Association earlier this week.

Mexico’s downstream opportunities in retail, not refining, say panellists

Mexico’s downstream opportunities in retail, not refining, say panellists

08 June 2017

Despite the liberalisation of Mexico’s energy sector, the country’s proximity to the vast US refining network means there are few investment opportunities in building refineries, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer's 8th annual oil and gas conference, held last month in Mexico City.