Strategy and management

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: Meeting client expectations in a changing world

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: Meeting client expectations in a changing world

01 August 2016

Having practised law at a time when US and European firms enjoyed decades of double-digit growth, Tony Williams of Jomati Consultants, keynote speaker at Latin Lawyer’s inaugural Elite event, is watching peers get used to the hard fact that the party is now over. In the wake of the global financial crisis, in-house legal teams have adjusted to the new reality by reducing their legal spend. Law firm leaders are discovering that the traditional model of a law firm pyramid is not sustainable in this period of slow growth, but what is the alternative?

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: Changing of the guard

01 August 2016

The succession of a managing partner is a critical transition for any firm. Fernando Peláez of F Peláez Consulting led a discussion about how to handover to the next generation without rocking the boat

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: Difficult conversations about talent

01 August 2016

Never has the struggle to retain talent been harder. Millennials with new ideas about work-life balance, the gender gap in partnerships and pressures on the law firm pyramid structure are just some of the challenges facing law firm leaders. While no one had the magic answer to any of these conundrums, they did raise some interesting ideas in a discussion led by Tony Williams of Jomati Consultants

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: The value equation

27 July 2016

Law firms at the top of their game all provide a high level of service, meaning they need to find alternative means of differentiation in order to increase their value. Arlindo Eira Filho of McKinsey & Company led a discussion on how to achieve that, in which he underscored the importance of creating value for partners as well as clients in order to succeed

Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: More than lawyering

27 July 2016

Jaime Fernández Madero of Fernández Madero Consulting and attendees discussed what constitutes effective business development and how to bring the partnership on board

WOMEN IN LAW

WOMEN IN LAW

17 June 2016

Gender diversity in the workplace is a hot topic globally in a variety of industries, not least the legal profession. Across Latin America, women in law are invited to events catering to their career development with greater frequency, while firms are discussing how to reduce the attrition rate of senior female lawyers and implementing policies designed to allow lawyers to manage responsibilities at home and at work. Yet our latest research suggests the number of female partners in Latin American firms has not risen in the last three years, while there is still a glaring absence of women leading law firms in most markets.

WOMEN IN LAW: The highs and the lows

17 June 2016

A history of female role models, a legal market’s comparative youth, investment in technology and an openness to flexibility are just some of the reasons cited for law firms having above average numbers of female partners in markets that score well for gender diversity. Conservatism, founding partners dominating the partnership, struggling economies, and enduring male and female stereotypes explain why progress is slower elsewhere

WOMEN IN LAW: The gap that won't close

WOMEN IN LAW: The gap that won't close

17 June 2016

There is gender parity at associate level, but the number of female partners does not seem to be increasing. Why is it taking so long to close the gap? Rosie Cresswell asks whether it’s just a matter of time or if there are greater issues at play

WOMEN IN LAW: Stand up and be counted

17 June 2016

Closing the gender gap does not just fall to law firm leaders; women can bring about change by speaking up

WOMEN IN LAW: In celebration of female attributes

17 June 2016

We invited readers to tell us about female partners of law firms in Latin America who have inspired them. The resulting list showcases a variety of female attributes. As well as being talented lawyers and leaders, they are also role models for younger lawyers who find encouragement in their achievements 

WOMEN IN LAW: Lone star

17 June 2016

Almost one-fifth of Latin American Latin Lawyer 250 firms have just one female partner; a further fifth have no women in their partnerships. Vincent Manancourt talks to women from a handful of these firms about the experience of being the sole female partner in a law firm

Swapping an axe for a scalpel

17 June 2016

Brazil’s 2005 bankruptcy law provided the country’s legal community with an expanded tool kit to help the country’s leading companies to avoid bankruptcy. Joe Rowley takes a look at some of the creative ways the law is being used to help companies restructure their debts and survive, and finds out what more could be done to make the law fit for purpose.