Conference coverage

Private equity focusing on the long term in LatAm, say panellists

Private equity focusing on the long term in LatAm, say panellists

02 October 2017

Despite being buffeted by corruption scandals and slowing economies, Latin America has seen a recent influx in long-term and sector-focused investors, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 8th Annual Private Equity Conference, held in New York on Friday.

Cultural resistance delays impact of labour reforms

Cultural resistance delays impact of labour reforms

28 September 2017

New laws designed to bring more certainty for employers, reduce the time and money spent on disputes, and create better relationships with employees are sweeping Latin America, delegates heard at the 4th annual Latin Lawyer Labour & Employment conference held on Tuesday in Miami – but real change takes years to be fully implemented.

Deeds not words

Deeds not words

24 August 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 ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds from reaching the top positions. Joe Rowley reports from New York

Mexico first

Mexico first

24 August 2017

"Poor Mexico," 19th century Mexican general Porfirio Díaz once lamented, "so far from god and so close to the United States." Yet Mexico's proximity to its northern neighbour is a good thing for its oil and gas sector, even with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Here, Latin Lawyer reviews what panellists at Latin Lawyer's 8th Annual Oil & Gas conference had to say about Latin America's energy prospects and why President Donald Trump's fossil-fuelled policy of America First may benefit Mexico.

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.