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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

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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.

Swapping an axe for a scalpel

Friday, 17 June 2016 by Joe Rowley

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.

Third time's a charm

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Rosie Cresswell

Since arriving at Paul Hastings LLP, Mike Fitzgerald and team have finally been able to follow through on their strategy for greater coverage of Latin America with an office in Brazil and a new project finance skillset. The team talks to Rosie Cresswell about how they plan to duplicate their success in Mexico 

When the heart rules the head

Monday, 25 April 2016 by Lulu Rumsey

This February, Chile passed legislation that sought to quell the doubters of its controversial tax reform, which aimed to raise enough government revenue to fund an overhaul of the education system. But two years after the shake-up was first announced, tax lawyers remain as unconvinced as ever. For many, the tax reform is the result of politicians becoming so passionate about their cause, their methods lost all reason. At a roundtable event held by Latin Lawyer in Santiago, lawyers voiced their fears about the new, complicated dual structure born out of a tumultuous legislative process and the effect of lingering uncertainty on precious foreign investment at a time when Chile needs it most. Lulu Rumsey reports

Pipe dreams


Wednesday, 9 March 2016 by Vincent Manancourt

The combination of tumbling commodity prices, economic turbulence and a sprawling corruption scandal at state-run energy company Petrobras has plunged Brazil’s oil and gas sector into turmoil. Vincent Manancourt asks the industry’s top legal counsel whether a recovery is on the cards or merely a pipe dream  

Latin Lawyer’s 3rd Annual Regional Project Finance Summit

Conference chair Daniel Bartfeld

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 by Thomas Muskett-Ford

LatAm political risk diminishes as governments embrace PPPs​

Next to Godliness


Tuesday, 12 January 2016 by Joe Rowley

Guatemala’s high-profile incarceration of its serving president and vice president has transformed the country into Latin America’s anti-corruption poster child, but the independent UN body that helped investigate the case continues to divide legal opinion, finds Joe Rowley

The agents linked to the Petrobras corruption scandal

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 by Waithera Junghae

With 285 foreign companies now linked to suspects in the widening corruption investigation involving Petrobras, Latin Lawyer’s sister publication GIR looked at 12 of the agents who have been caught up in the case for allegedly facilitating bribery at the state-controlled oil company.

Hitting turbulence


Saturday, 28 November 2015 by Joe Rowley

In the midst of a deepening recession defined by a sharply devalued currency and rising unemployment, Brazil’s airlines have had to cut capacity and slash prices to survive. But while the current economic climate may be a major cause for concern, Joe Rowley finds several reasons to be optimistic about the development of Brazil’s aviation sector

Latin Lawyer – Vance Center Pro Bono Survey


Thursday, 19 November 2015 by Rosie Cresswell

Rosie Cresswell reports on the results of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center's third annual pro bono survey

Part of the routine

Thursday, 19 November 2015 by Rosie Cresswell

While there are commendable efforts to keep the pro bono movement going, our survey suggests there is still a way to go before pro bono is part of Latin American law firms’ daily life. Rosie Cresswell asks how firms can make that happen

Partners hold the key

Thursday, 19 November 2015 by Rosie Cresswell

If pro bono is the responsibility of the legal profession, then partners hold the power to make it ingrained in law firm cultures

Circle of friends

Thursday, 19 November 2015 by Rosie Cresswell

While clearing houses are working hard to create collaborative pro bono systems at home, they are also busy contributing to a regional platform – the Red Pro Bono Internacional

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