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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Until Argentina passes new antitrust legislation to improve its outdated regulatory framework, the competition authority has a handicap akin to playing a match minus a star player, says Pablo Trevisan, a commissioner at Argentina's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.

Latin Lawyer Elite essentials

Latin Lawyer Elite essentials

09 August 2017

The Elite firms of 2017 all exhibit successful, innovative strategies and experience. They have all put considerable thought into how to stay at the top of their respective markets, be it through an international strategy, greater investment in talent or software, or astute business development.

An intangible asset

An intangible asset

09 August 2017

In the space of 16 years, Luis Castro transformed BLP from a seven-lawyer shop into one of Costa Rica's largest firms and a major regional player in all five Central American jurisdictions. He tells Tom Muskett-Ford how he did it

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

09 August 2017

Steps taken by Argentina's centre-right government to repair the damage done to investor confidence under the Kirchners means more work is on the way for the country's law firms. But to staff the increasing number of deals, firms are having to find creative ways to maintain their headcount. Lulu Rumsey speaks to the partners putting international exposure, and new approaches to working hours and career evaluations, at the centre of talent-retention strategies

Associate viewpoint

Associate viewpoint

09 August 2017

Daniel Levi of Estudio Beccar Varela talks about the importance of finding the right balance between commercial empathy and flexibility, and the challenge of being the first lawyer in his family

Latin Lawyer and GAR Live Arbitration Summit in Miami

Latin Lawyer and GAR Live Arbitration Summit in Miami

09 August 2017

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