Conference coverage

Delegates map LatAm’s anticorruption landscape

Delegates map LatAm’s anticorruption landscape

21 October 2016

Latin Lawyer and Global Investigation Review’s 4th Annual Anticorruption Conference kicked off in São Paulo yesterday, featuring keynote speeches from Brazil’s former attorney general and the assistant chief of the fraud section of the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Brazilian fund managers feel effect of compliance boom

Brazilian fund managers feel effect of compliance boom

19 October 2016

Brazil’s economic crisis and corruption problem is leading to an increase in compliance governing capital investments, but the country is devising incentives to keep foreign backers, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual private equity conference, held in September in New York.

Risk of liquidation makes LBOs less likely in LatAm

Risk of liquidation makes LBOs less likely in LatAm

18 October 2016

Leverage levels for private equity purchases in Latin America remain low, with the high incidence of liquidations, low liquidity and high interest rates leaving investors cautious, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual private equity conference, held in New York in September.

Companies must promote social inclusion in LatAm, say panellists

Companies must promote social inclusion in LatAm, say panellists

14 October 2016

Businesses across Latin America are failing to appoint enough women, people with disabilities or LGBT employees to senior positions, but should be prepared to lead the way for social inclusion in the region, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 3rd annual labour and employment conference.

ADR faces challenges in LatAm labour conflicts

ADR faces challenges in LatAm labour conflicts

12 October 2016

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods for resolving employment conflicts out-of-court have met with varying degrees of success across Latin America, but lack of recognition by courts, opposition from the legal community and reluctance from clients are holding the practice back.

Investors less likely to triumph in LatAm state disputes

Investors less likely to triumph in LatAm state disputes

10 October 2016

As populist regimes across Latin America recede, private equity investors can expect to see fewer politically led expropriations, but should prepare for a tougher time in investor state disputes, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual private equity conference, held in New York.

Mercosur and Pacific Alliance cut red tape for international employers

Mercosur and Pacific Alliance cut red tape for international employers

07 October 2016

International treaties are simplifying the way international businesses approach labour law in Latin America, improving employee mobility and enabling cross-border transfers of social security contributions, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 3rd annual labour and employment conference.

Inequality could derail Brazil’s economic recovery

06 October 2016

Changes to public infrastructure bidding procedures should attract foreign investment into Brazil, but the path to economic recovery could be hindered by the country’s extreme social inequality, heard delegates at an event held in London yesterday.

Private equity investors must weigh up risk in distressed M&A

Private equity investors must weigh up risk in distressed M&A

05 October 2016

Private equity buyers looking to snap up distressed assets in Latin America must evaluate reputational damage to protect against losses further down the line, said panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual private equity conference, held last week in New York.

Labour laws could change as pink tide ebbs

Labour laws could change as pink tide ebbs

04 October 2016

Argentina and Brazil have both moved away from leftist governments, presenting adjustments to their employment laws, but Venezuela’s protectionist labour regulations show no sign of changing, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 3rd annual labour and employment conference, held last week in Miami.

LatAm private equity investors can learn from Brazil

LatAm private equity investors can learn from Brazil

03 October 2016

Unearthing corruption has become a day-to-day occurrence in Brazil, teaching private equity investors valuable lessons about sizing up risk through due diligence, according to panellists at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual private equity conference, held in New York last week.

Companies must maintain good relations with unions

Companies must maintain good relations with unions

29 September 2016

As companies feel the effects of contracting economies across Latin America, forming good relationships with unions is more important than ever, agreed lawyers speaking yesterday at Latin Lawyer’s 3rd annual labour and employment conference, held in Miami.