Pinheiro Neto opens office in Tokyo

In a pioneering move among top Brazilian firms, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is deepening its long-term relationship with Japanese clients by opening an office in Japan, one of the main sources of foreign direct investment in Brazil.

PUC-Rio establishes first university endowment in Brazil

On the back of a new law regulating endowments in Brazil, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has helped a group of former students from Brazilian catholic university PUC-Rio establish a fund backed by alumni donations to finance scholarships.

LatAm shareholder activism faces economic and cultural obstacles, say panellists

Shareholder activism is on the rise in Latin America, but activists still face challenges, including family-controlled companies and low levels of equity transactions, limiting their opportunities to impact companies’ corporate governance structures, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual M&A conference in São Paulo.  

Liberal Brazil

As the controversial government of Jair Bolsonaro takes shape in Brazil – with worrying implications for human rights, minorities and the environment – an unprecedented liberalisation programme is substantially changing the country’s economic system. Can it deliver on its promise to attract investors by making Brazil a better place for business?

Lifetime Achievement Award: Fernando Aguirre

From self-exile, to partaking in clandestine governments, to helping establish democracy in Bolivia, Fernando Aguirre has redefined what it means to go above and beyond the conventional lawyer’s calling. Latin Lawyer speaks to one of this year’s two Lifetime Achievement Award winners to find out how he balanced his political life with private practice.

What are law firms paying associates?

Fewer Latin American law firm associates feel positive about their salaries than they did a few years ago – and for good reason, as many pay packages are not rising above inflation. But despite meagre economic growth putting paid to increases, more associates rate their wages positively than negatively.

Making it count

A balancing act

Using tech to innovate: It’s all about making the most of available tools

GCs at LACCA’s regional Miami meeting in October came together to discuss how legal departments can innovate with technology without breaking the bank. The conclusion? Legal teams simply need to be more creative and find ways to maximise the tools they are currently using within the department.

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