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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

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?

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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

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Opinion

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

Sunshine after the rain

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Heloisa Ferreira Andrade Scaramucci and Roberta Aronne of TozziniFreire Advogados believe that there are opportunities to be had in Brazil’s power sector for investors that take a long-term view and look past the country’s crisis

A lesser-known, yet powerful tool

Thursday, 3 November 2016

After the Panama Papers, the US government has increased its enforcement and sanction efforts, making use of the little-known Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list. Jones Day partners Eric Snyder and D Grayson Yeargin, and associate Lindsey Nelson explain why appearing on the list can have devastating consequences

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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

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? 

A marathon not a sprint

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 by Rosie Cresswell

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center have been producing a survey on pro bono work in Latin America since 2011, through which we endeavour to track law firms’ implementation of institutional policies that will create an environment where all lawyers do pro bono work.

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