Conference coverage

Lawyers herald post-election project finance growth in Mexico

19 October 2012

As Enrique Peña Nieto prepares to take office the optimism in Mexico is palpable, said Antonia Stolper of Shearman & Sterling LLP upon opening Latin Lawyer’s Third Annual Project Finance Conference yesterday, pointing to the wealth of opportunities for project finance lawyers to be had in Mexico as well as Central America and Panama.

Echecopar and Baker confirm merger

Echecopar and Baker confirm merger

09 October 2012

Baker & McKenzie LLP and Peruvian law firm Estudio Echecopar have confirmed they will merge, in a move that will see the US firm become the first international firm in Peru and boost its international partnership by two, while the managing partner of the Peruvian firm says the tie-up was motivated by a desire to broaden its global reach.

The rain on Latin America's shale parade

08 October 2012

“Free” gas from the pre-salt could hamper Brazil's chances of encouraging exploitation of its shale reserves, and Argentina’s political situation has scared off foreign investors - but Colombia is sending clear and positive signals that its shale door is open, reported speakers at last week’s IBA annual conference in Dublin.

Arbitrating sovereign debt disputes in a continuing recession

08 October 2012

As former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz warned that austerity measures will not solve the global financial crisis, delegates at the International Bar Association conference in Dublin considered the adequacy of arbitration to handle sovereign debt restructuring disputes.

LL Private Equity Conference: Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina - risky business?

LL Private Equity Conference: Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina - risky business?

01 October 2012

In the last discussion of the day at Latin Lawyer’s Private Equity Conference, the panellists compared opportunities found in Latin America’s interventionist markets, such as Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, to those found in more stable, free market economies of Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Joseph Stiglitz opens IBA’s largest ever conference

01 October 2012

Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz delivered the keynote speech at the start of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) annual conference in Dublin yesterday, which is expecting the largest-ever attendance at any IBA conference to date.

LL Private Equity Conference: Where to in the regulated industries?

LL Private Equity Conference: Where to in the regulated industries?

27 September 2012

Continuing our coverage of the Latin Lawyer Private Equity Conference held in New York last week, we look at the panel discussing PE investment in regulated industries.

LL Private Equity Conference: Tapping Latin American pension funds

LL Private Equity Conference: Tapping Latin American pension funds

26 September 2012

Here we continue our reporting from the Latin Lawyer Private Equity Conference held in New York last week, looking into methods of fundraising and restrictions in the local markets.

LL Private Equity Conference: Less volume, more participation

LL Private Equity Conference: Less volume, more participation

25 September 2012

At Latin Lawyer’s Private Equity Conference in New York last week, bankers and fund managers considered the volume of funds committed to private equity in Latin America and what that means for future transactional flow.

LatAm must tap consumer class and develop infrastructure to grow, say business leaders

25 September 2012

Latin American businesses need to hire more “Latin talent” because they are better equipped to deal with “volatility and the unknown" and to "take risks”, says the president of consumer goods producer Diageo’s Latin American division, Randy Millian.