Conference coverage

Shareholders taking backseat in corporate governance in LatAm, say M&A panellists

Shareholders taking backseat in corporate governance in LatAm, say M&A panellists

11 December 2013

Boards of directors are increasingly taking an important role in the management of Latin American companies, while shareholders are taking more of a backseat, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s M&A conference last week.

M&A lawyers must be fully aware of LatAm government regulations, say panellists

M&A lawyers must be fully aware of LatAm government regulations, say panellists

10 December 2013

There may be a wide range of approaches to government intervention Latin America, but it remains a key consideration for inbound deals throughout the region, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s M&A conference in São Paulo last week.

Chinese and pan-LatAm investment on the up, say M&A panellists

Chinese and pan-LatAm investment on the up, say M&A panellists

09 December 2013

While US and Europe are still in recovery and Brazil’s economy is slowing, Chinese interest in Spanish-speaking Latin America and regional cross-border deals have ensured that the rest of region is continuing to grow, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s M&A conference last Tuesday.

Risk aversion in M&A makes for creative lawyers, say panellists

Risk aversion in M&A makes for creative lawyers, say panellists

06 December 2013

Although 2013 has been challenging for M&A practitioners in Brazil because of the slowing economy and introduction of the Brazilian bribery law, the tougher competition has encouraged lawyers to offer a more sophisticated level of service, said panellists at Latin Lawyer's M&A Conference in São Paulo on Tuesday.

Facing a more challenging 2014 – M&A Conference

Facing a more challenging 2014 – M&A Conference

04 December 2013

Deal flow in Brazil in 2013 may have been weaker, but there is still some activity, as well as opportunities in Spanish-speaking Latin America - provided increasingly tight government regulations around the region are taken into account, said panellists at yesterday's Latin Lawyer Fourth M&A Conference.

Pacheco Coto adds maritime team

28 November 2013

Pacheco Coto has welcomed a new partner to the firm to build a new maritime and aeronautical law practice, months after the Costa Rican firm expanded into Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Project Finance Summit: strengthening LatAm’s bonds

26 November 2013

Recent years have seen a resurgence of project bonds being used in Latin America, as sponsors have turned to them to help plug a funding gap left following the withdrawal of international investors in the wake of Europe’s debt crisis. With many countries across the region undertaking complex infrastructure projects, participants on the final panel of Latin Lawyer’s project finance summit discuss how the structures will fare as projects demand larger financial commitments, longer timeframes and the development of greenfield sites.

Ups and downs

20 November 2013

Volatile markets, a tough deal-making environment and risky regulatory and business backdrops may have thrown up roadblocks for private equity in the region these past 12 months, but if anything that has made the private equity experience in Latin America more interesting - as we heard at Latin Lawyer's recent private equity conference. Rosie Cresswell reports, with additional research from Lulu Rumsey

Choppy waters, but worth it

Choppy waters, but worth it

20 November 2013

It’s been a mixed year for private equity in the region. With volatile markets and a difficult deal-making environment 2013 is starkly different to the heyday of two years ago, but that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of opportunities, finds Rosie Cresswell

Risk aware

Risk aware

20 November 2013

From unpredictable authorities to fickle families, there are numerous obstacles for private equity companies investing in Latin America. Here, we hear how lawyers can steer them through the hazards towards a successful deal