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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. 

Walls or bridges?


Latin America in the Trump era

Monday, 19 December 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Vincent Manancourt talks to US trade lawyers about what a Trump presidency may mean for Latin America

Arrested development

Monday, 19 December 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Few can deny that Colombia’s rise over the past 20 years has been meteoric. But lawyers complain that high taxes, corrupt courts and truculent local communities threaten to bridle the country’s continued development. Vincent Manancourt reports

Letting the sunshine in


Monday, 5 December 2016 by Joe Rowley

After more than a decade in not-so-splendid isolation, Argentina’s government is implementing an ambitious programme of political, economic and legislative reform aimed at boosting foreign and domestic investment. Joe Rowley led a roundtable of managing partners from the country’s leading law firms to find out what impact this is having on the legal market.

Ecuador after the boom

Diego Pérez-Ordóñez, Bruce Horowitz, Andrés Donoso and Sebastián Pérez-Arteta

Thursday, 29 September 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

As Ecuador sinks into a deep economic recession ahead of an unpredictable presidential election, Tom Muskett-Ford hears how the government response to this challenging environment spells opportunity for law firms

Telling time

Thursday, 29 September 2016 by Joe Rowley

Over the last decade, a commodities-fuelled boom and unorthodox economic policies transformed Bolivia from economic basket case into Latin America’s fastest-growing economy. But as natural gas prices fall and growth stutters, lawyers in La Paz are calling for the government to re-engage with the private sector by implementing attractive legislation that’s free from politics. Joe Rowley reports

Mercosur looks to EU amid Venezuelan controversy

Eduardo Gaban, Tomas Gurmendez, Carlos Vasconsellos and Eduardo Mallea

Thursday, 22 September 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

A dispute over Venezuela’s presidency of Mercosur has underscored deep divisions between members of the trade bloc, threatening to overshadow negotiations with the European Union (EU) and exacerbating existing flaws in the structure of the inward-looking group, which lawyers complain has prevented individual countries from benefiting from bilateral trade arrangements for too long.

Shock therapy

Juan Francisco Mackenna, Carlos Alberto Reyes, Gonzalo Jiménez, Luis Felipe Merino, Nicolás Atkinson, Sebastian Leyton and Kevin Levey

Monday, 19 September 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

The outcome of Chile’s largest ever energy auction will slash electricity bills for consumers and could encourage economic growth, but lawyers are questioning the bankability of some of the awarded projects. Vincent Manancourt reports

From high to low

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

With the boom years firmly behind it, Uruguay is now edging closer to recession. At a round table held in Montevideo, lawyers met to discuss how law firms are faring in hard times. Lulu Rumsey reports

Operation Zealots: not yet Car Wash

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 by Krystina Shveda

Prosecutors in Brasília face a number of challenges that are keeping Operation Zealots, a bribery and tax fraud investigation, from realising its full potential.

Caught in the web

Monday, 1 August 2016 by Joe Rowley

Brazil is in the vanguard of Latin America’s efforts to regulate the internet and protect users online, but a package of cybercrime bills currently being considered by the country’s Senate has sparked concern among the legal community. Joe Rowley finds out why

Taming the beasts


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Friday, 29 July 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

Vincent Manancourt finds out if a 2014 reform tasked with increasing competition in Mexico’s media and telecoms sectors has succeeded in taking on the industry behemoths

Olympic hurdles


Friday, 29 July 2016 by Joe Rowley

From battered state finances and recession, to alleged corruption and the Zika virus, Brazil’s preparations for the Olympic Games have gone from bad to worse since the country won the bid to host them seven years ago. But despite the overwhelming challenges, Joe Rowley finds out why some lawyers are optimistic about Rio de Janeiro’s ability to deliver

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