Strategy and management

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.

WOMEN IN LAW: The view from the top

14 June 2016

Having smashed through multiple glass ceilings to enjoy successful careers on the international stage, Claudia Prado and Elisabeth Eljuri share their views on gender diversity with Vincent Manancourt

Fleeting visit

26 May 2016

More and more firms in Latin America are using lateral hires to achieve growth, particularly in Mexico and Brazil, but given the speed with which some are out the door, is it really the best strategy asks Rosie Cresswell

Small but mighty

Small but mighty

25 April 2016

Decades of economic growth have seen an explosion in headcount at some of Latin America’s most ambitious law firms. Yet while those at the top of the market in terms of size have the manpower and multi-disciplinary service offer to staff the region’s blockbuster transactions, there is no shortage of firms enjoying considerable success with much smaller headcounts. Vincent Manancourt talks to this latter group about their reasons for keeping numbers down

Friends for life

Friends for life

25 April 2016

More and more foreign firms are opening in Latin America, expanding their regional offering. Leading independent firms are pursuing ground-breaking regional strategies or resolutely sticking to their own path in a bid to remain competitive. They all believe that relationships with the top UK and US firms are more important than ever. Fortunately, such international firms share the sentiment, depending on firms in the region not only to provide an excellent service to clients but increasingly for lucrative referrals. Rosie Cresswell speaks to the Latin American practice groups of those firms about how to maintain good relations