Conference coverage

Latin Lawyer’s Oil and Gas Conference kicks off in praise of Brazil’s concession round

Latin Lawyer’s Oil and Gas Conference kicks off in praise of Brazil’s concession round

29 May 2013

Brazil’s oil and gas concession regime was hailed as a reliable system still capable of attracting investors in the opening session of Latin Lawyer’s Fourth Oil and Gas Conference, where the results of the country’s eleventh bid round were put in context with other recent bid rounds in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.

Guyer sets up land trust on back of global demand

30 April 2013

Uruguay’s Guyer & Regules has helped Farm & Forestry Management Services (FMS) and investment manager Winterbotham Fiduciaria set up a trust to raise US$52 million for investment in agrarian land, in expectation of global demand picking up for crops and livestock produced in Latin America.

A 'beachside' chat with leading arbitrators

A 'beachside' chat with leading arbitrators

29 April 2013

Leading arbitrators Yves Derains and Luiz Olavo Baptista sat down for a chat at a conference hosted by Latin Lawyer's sister publication Global Arbitration Review in São Paulo, sharing their views on disclosure, cross-examination and how to deal with "terrorist" arbitrators who try to disrupt a case.

Is Brazil a safe haven for awards?

23 April 2013

Brazil's judiciary is increasingly at ease with international arbitration but is still likely to adopt a "conservative" approach on some enforcement issues, delegates at a conference hosted by Latin Lawyer's sister publication Global Arbitration Review heard in São Paulo on Friday.

LL corporate finance conference: challenges in developing capital markets

LL corporate finance conference: challenges in developing capital markets

28 March 2013

Fifteen years ago a Brazilian company looking to raise capital from an IPO went to New York, but things are different today as José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz of Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados notes: “we have a very well established equity capital market that is liquid and adopts very good standards, especially for those listing in the Novo Mercado sector.”

LL corporate finance conference: dealing with troubled banks

LL corporate finance conference: dealing with troubled banks

26 March 2013

Panic in the Eurozone was temporarily calmed once again after Cyprus's recent deal to restructure its collapsing financial system, but the situation is a painful reminder of how bank insolvency is at the core of the crises being experienced around world.

LL corporate finance conference: Asset-backed financings

LL corporate finance conference: Asset-backed financings

25 March 2013

As David Fenwick of Proskauer Rose LLP notes, throughout the world there is unprecedented demand for new capital formation for infrastructure projects, which are now recognised as key economic drivers. Indeed, the World Bank estimates that 20 per cent of the global company is directly project related, with the figure reaching 35 per cent in emerging economies.

LL corporate finance conference: coping with a crisis

22 March 2013

Don’t panic. It’s easier said than done, but for Fernando Merino, general counsel of CSN, the most important thing to remember if a crisis erupts in a company is to stay calm. Panicking will be your instant reaction, guarantees Merino, but a GC will quickly start to receive plenty of panicky calls from people across the company, including the CEO, so a clear head is essential.

CVM sets out plans at LL corporate finance event

20 March 2013

Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Corporate Finance Conference took place in São Paulo yesterday at the Hotel Unique.

Repsol's perspective on EU investment policy

19 March 2013

Representatives of Spanish oil company Repsol have called for EU member states to adopt tougher measures to force states such as Argentina to comply with arbitral awards.