Conference coverage

Government inexperience may harm Mexican midstream investment

Government inexperience may harm Mexican midstream investment

06 December 2016

Banks financing Mexican midstream infrastructure must factor in government entities’ inexperience in dealing with the private sector, as well as lengthy judicial processes to obtain land rights, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Regional Project Finance Summit held in Washington, DC, two weeks ago.

Caution and complexity will define LatAm’s M&A landscape

05 December 2016

Political uncertainty following the US presidential election, weak economic growth across Latin America and stricter anticorruption compliance requirements are increasing the time and complexity of M&A transactions in the region, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th annual M&A conference held in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Brazil risks double taxation in post-BEPs era

Brazil risks double taxation in post-BEPs era

02 December 2016

Brazil’s formulaic transfer pricing rules may result in double taxation for companies if it does not embrace OECD recommendations, heard delegates at the debut Latin Lawyer Tax Summit, held in Miami on 9 November.

Lawyers in the firing line post-Panama Papers

Lawyers in the firing line post-Panama Papers

30 November 2016

The Panama Papers have sped up government anti-tax evasion measures, dramatically reducing clients’ offshore options and shifting customer due diligence to the legal profession, heard delegates at the inaugural Latin Lawyer Tax Summit, held earlier this month in Miami.

Colombia’s 4G attracts big names despite flaws, say panellists

Colombia’s 4G attracts big names despite flaws, say panellists

29 November 2016

Lawyers and bankers praised Colombia’s massive fourth generation (4G) infrastructure programme for bringing international sponsors and banks into the country, but criticised the contracts awarded for being overly complex at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Regional Project Finance Summit held in Washington, DC, two weeks ago.

BEPS-style tax reform casts shadow over LatAm M&A market

BEPS-style tax reform casts shadow over LatAm M&A market

25 November 2016

BEPS-inspired tax reform and other anti-avoidance measures are creating considerable uncertainty in parts of Latin America’s M&A market, but OECD stalwart Mexico has reformed its system without chaotic results, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer inaugural Tax Summit, held on 9 November.

Chile cuts prices but risks energy security, say panellists

Chile cuts prices but risks energy security, say panellists

24 November 2016

Chile has slashed energy prices by introducing new power-purchase agreements (PPAs) that have encouraged renewable power players to enter the market, but the government must do more to promote funding for gas-fired power stations, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Regional Project Finance Summit in Washington, DC last week.

Lawyers praise “exceptional” Argentine renewables programme

Lawyers praise “exceptional” Argentine renewables programme

21 November 2016

Argentina has succeeded in making projects under a new renewables programme bankable, but financial backers must still bear considerable long-term political risk, said lawyers at Latin Lawyer’s 4th Annual Project Finance Summit in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Global tax exchange efforts “drain” in-house resources

Global tax exchange efforts “drain” in-house resources

18 November 2016

Efforts by countries to facilitate the global exchange of tax information are draining multinational companies’ in-house resources as the cost of non-compliance rises, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s inaugural Tax Summit, held last week in Miami.

Beyond Car Wash: improving Brazil’s enforcement regime

14 November 2016

Brazilian enforcers are exploring which investigative methods deployed in Operation Car Wash can be used in the country’s other corruption probes, a Brasília prosecutor says.