Chile

Chile’s La Polar finally released from bankruptcy protection

Nelson Contador & Cía and Larrain y Asociados Abogados have helped retail chain La Polar become the largest publicly traded company in Chile to be freed from bankruptcy protection, nearly six years after revelations of accounting fraud devastated the company’s finances.

Guerrero Olivos continues CGE re-jig

Chilean utilities company Compañía General de Electricidad (CGE) has hired regular counsel Guerrero Olivos to merge two of its subsidiaries, in the latest step of a corporate reorganisation designed to simplify the company’s structure following its purchase by Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa almost three years ago.

Water for the people

Morales & Besa associates Rodrigo Ropert and Diego Muñoz examine the bill to reform Chile’s water code, which is due to be passed into law this year

Scaling up: Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s annual pro bono survey

The findings of our fifth joint pro bono survey provide plenty of reasons to feel positive. Pro bono appears to have turned a corner in Latin America thanks to an ever strengthening infrastructure and the greater willingness of more firms to take part. While the survey results might not show a significant uptick year on year, law firms are nevertheless making great strides in the implementation of policies needed to make pro bono more commonplace. Of course, there are challenges to overcome, such as engaging more partners in pro bono cases. However, the latest focus on high-impact cases could help achieve that, alongside producing a dramatic increase in the value of pro bono work. Rosie Cresswell reports

Leading by example

Lulu Rumsey talks to Nicole Nehme, co-founder of Chilean firm FerradaNehme and winner of Latin Lawyer’s Specialist Law Firm Leader of the Year Award, about building a successful firm from scratch and why it is important for law firms to institutionalise

Competition courts helped open Mexican economy, says judge

Specialised courts with a better understanding of competition law have helped to bring competition to industries historically dominated by a few companies, head delegates at the American Bar Association’s antitrust in the Americas conference, which was held last week in Mexico City.

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Construction 2016

Peru

Claudia Lucena, Isabel Lira Miro Quesada, Daniel Corzo Simons and Luis Paz Maury

Miranda & Amado Abogados

Brazil

Fernando Marcondes, Ricardo Medina Salla and Marlon Shigueru Ushiro Ieiri

LO Baptista

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The Guide to Infrastructure and Energy Investment

Foreword

Anthony S Harrington

Albright Stonebridge Group

Introduction

Claudette M Christian and Joshua B Press

Hogan Lovells LLP