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Deal / case focus

The great return

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Friday, 17 June 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Argentina’s US$16.5 billion sovereign bond issuance in April broke emerging market records and signalled a return to the international stage for South America’s second-largest economy after more than a decade on the sidelines. Vincent Manancourt talks to the lawyers who made it happen

Rewriting the script

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

When Madrid lender Bankia’s US$27 billion bailout by the Spanish government prompted it to shed assets abroad, Chile’s third-largest private bank, the ambitious, family-run Banco de Crédito e Inversiones spied a golden opportunity to become the first Chilean bank to buy a US counterpart. Lulu Rumsey learns how BCI spent two-and-a-half years convincing the Federal Reserve to accept its takeover of City National Bank of Florida, an epic task that involved splitting the bank’s hugely profitable parent company in half to appease US financial regulators

Shopping for success

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 by Lulu Rumsey

When sales in its homeland dived at the same time as the economy of one of its largest markets, French retailer Casino realised that, despite its fierce battle to hold on to its Brazilian subsidiary three years ago, now was the time to rethink its position in Latin America. Lulu Rumsey speaks to the lawyers who worked on multilatina Grupo Éxito’s triumphant takeover

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Interviews

Hard graft

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

The IBA’s new president, David W Rivkin, talks to Vincent Manancourt about his plan to battle corruption in judiciaries across the world, having just returned from a trip to Argentina and Chile

An interview with Alejandra Palacios Prieto

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Monday, 5 December 2016 by Alex Wilts

Alejandra Palacios Prieto was appointed chairwoman of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) in September 2013 for a four-year term. Currently the only woman on the seven-member board of commissioners, Palacios sat down with Alex Wilts in Mexico City to discuss gender equality in Mexico’s competition law sector.
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Associate viewpoint

Thursday, 3 November 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Christian Chávez Verástegui of Miranda & Amado Abogados talks about his life-long love of law and playing a pivotal role in bringing down the price of beer

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Market focus

2016: a year in review

Monday, 6 February 2017

While 2016 marked the rise of populism in the US and Europe, in Latin America business-friendly administrations took the reins of several of the region’s countries. With this in mind, law firms stocked up departments in preparation for an expected uptick in transactional work. Latin Lawyer takes a look at the most significant of these developments.

Stepping into the ring

Thursday, 2 February 2017 by Joe Rowley

Since taking office three years ago, Chile’s government has pursued an ambitious legislative reform agenda that has led to sweeping changes within one of Latin America’s most open economies. Joe Rowley spoke to managing partners from the country’s leading firms to find out what impact this has had on their legal practices and Chile’s once stable legal market

Brave new world

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Managing partners of Colombia’s leading firms discuss how the Pacific Alliance is shaping their strategies, the growing threat of the Big Four accounting firms and keeping hold of millennials. 

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Opinion

James Edsberg

Five steps to make account management your law firm’s differentiator

Thursday, 2 February 2017

James Edsberg, partner of Gulland Padfield, offers the key to effective client account management

A pivotal moment

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The workings of the advertising industry make it particularly exposed to corruption. Can Brazil’s advertising agencies take heed from the country’s self-examination and make compliance top priority, ask Peixoto & Cury Advogados partner José Ricardo de Bastos Martins and associate Renato de Oliveira Valença.

Fundamental reform

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Colombian government recently introduced into Congress a tax reform bill that calls for a major update to the country’s entire tax system. The bill includes 311 sections that represent substantial amendments to important features, which would change the tax landscape for foreign investors, individuals and domestic corporations. Posse Herrera Ruiz partner Felipe Aroca and associate Juan David Velasco explain

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Practice area focus

Bankruptcy in Brazil

Daniel Carnio Costa, Bankruptcy Judge at São Paulo's First Bankruptcy Court of Brazil

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

As bankruptcy filings go through the ceiling in Brazil, Latin Lawyer reviews what panellists at the first Latin Lawyer - GRR Restructuring Summit had to say about successful restructuring in the troubled country

Chile beefs up competition laws

Jaime Barahona, Maria José Henríquez, Nicole Nehme, Ricardo Riesco, Claudio Lizana and Benjamín Grebe

Thursday, 21 July 2016 by Tom Webb and Lulu Rumsey

The upper house of Chile’s parliament has approved legislation that for the first time will criminalise cartels, boost maximum fines for anticompetitive conduct and make merger notifications compulsory.

Boom and gloom

Free to view

Friday, 17 June 2016 by Joe Rowley

Record numbers of requests for bankruptcy and insolvency advice has helped create a profitable niche within Brazil’s legal market. In the second of two articles, Joe Rowley finds out how the country’s legal firms are positioning themselves to take advantage.

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Strategy and management

Embracing difference

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Thursday, 3 November 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Helping women climb the ladder has become a higher priority for many law firms across Latin America, but what about other forms of diversity? Vincent Manancourt finds out what firms are doing to promote an all-inclusive workplace
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Master of one trade

Thursday, 29 September 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Vincent Manancourt asks whether boutique firms can retain their competitive edge as full-service firms become increasingly specialised
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Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: in full

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A pdf of the complete Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report is available here. Its contents are also available online. 

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Surveys

What’s mine is yours. Or is it?

Thursday, 2 February 2017 by Rosie Cresswell

By handling top client accounts at an institutional level, as opposed to leaving them to individual partners, law firms can increase client loyalty and boost revenue. A survey by Latin Lawyer and management consultancy Gulland Padfield suggests there are significant opportunities for firms in Latin America to seize upon client account management as a differentiator. But are the region’s partners ready to share their relationships?

Making an impact

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 by Rosie Cresswell

Clearing houses across the region are putting high-impact projects at the top of their agenda because they can bring about systemic change. Rosie Cresswell asks how law firms can maximise the results of their pro bono projects

Absent partners?

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 by Rosie Cresswell

The results of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s annual pro bono survey suggest a reduction in partner participation in pro bono work, but is there a bigger story behind the numbers? 

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