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The devil in the detail

The devil in the detail

11 September 2017

While many lawyers believe US businesses with investments in Cuba are unfazed by President Donald Trump's proposed changes to US-Cuba policy, a number have raised concerns about the implementation of clear-cut regulations to guide companies' operations on the island. Emilio Demetriou-Jones reports

Chile's data privacy pledge

Chile's data privacy pledge

11 September 2017

Chile's congress is currently considering a data privacy bill based on international standards that could transform how personal data is managed in the country. But the proposals have attracted both praise and criticism, says Alessandri Abogados partner Rodrigo Velasco Alessandri, who heads the firm's intellectual property department

Survival techniques

Survival techniques

30 August 2017

Against the backdrop of Venezuela's escalating economic and political crisis, Emilio Demetriou-Jones spoke with partners from two of the country's law firms to find out how they are coping.

Latin Lawyer's Associate Salary Survey

Latin Lawyer's Associate Salary Survey

24 August 2017

Managing partners across Latin America are fond of describing legal talent as their most valuable asset, but determining what this talent is worth is far trickier. Latin Lawyer's second Associate Salary Survey reveals that despite firms paying their associates many multiples of their country's average monthly salary, there is striking variation in the structure and generosity of these pay packets.

The accidental lawyer

The accidental lawyer

24 August 2017

Machado Meyer Advogados founding partner Antonio Meyer, winner of Latin Lawyer's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, talks to Vincent Manancourt about choosing his career on a whim, steering billion-dollar mergers and acting as a therapist for his clients.

Defying expectations

Defying expectations

24 August 2017

When the Mexican government passed a package of far-reaching legislative reforms, a second wave of international firms entered the market. Their arrival could have marked the nail in the coffin for the poorly institutionalised local market, but it didn't. Internationals may have carved a niche in Mexico, but local firms remain at the top, rising above expectations to implement a level of specialisation and institutionalisation that has transformed the market. Lulu Rumsey reports

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.

'Like keeping Messi on the bench'

'Like keeping Messi on the bench'

24 August 2017

Until Argentina passes new antitrust legislation to improve its outdated regulatory framework, the competition authority has a handicap akin to playing a match minus a star player, says Pablo Trevisan, a commissioner at Argentina's National Commission for the Defence of Competition (CNDC).

Latin Lawyer Elite firms of 2017

Latin Lawyer Elite firms of 2017

09 August 2017

Latin Lawyer profiles the 40 Latin American law firms with an eye firmly on the future.