Morales & Besa partner becomes new labour undersecretary

Fernando Arab has returned to politics under the Piñera administration, becoming undersecretary of Chile’s ministry of labour, where he hopes to implement changes that will result in a “win-win for workers and employers.”

China’s Fosun buys into Brazilian wealth manager

Paul Hastings LLP in São Paulo and Shanghai and Costa e Tavares Paes Advogados in São Paulo have advised China’s largest privately-owned conglomerate on its acquisition of a stake in Brazilian wealth manager and institutional brokerage, Guide Investimentos for up to US$88 million.

Colombia’s Celsia ups stake in EPSA after public offering

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia) has helped renewables company Celsia acquire a controlling stake in energy company Empresa de Energía del Pacífico (EPSA) following a US$517 million public share offering.

Banding together

In the aftermath of Mexico’s fatal 7.1 magnitude earthquake, the legal community responded quickly to help the shaken country back on its feet. Emilio Demetriou-Jones hears how, in an unprecedented move, the country’s three clearing houses used the media to reach those most in need

Artificial lawyers

A survey of Latin Lawyer Elite firms by Latin Lawyer and law firm consultancy Adam Smith, Esq has found overwhelming enthusiasm for AI with one in three already trialling or using the technology. But how AI will transform the legal space proved more divisive. Tom Muskett-Ford reports

Time to wake up

Sophisticated companies’ use of AI to improve efficiency has the potential to revolutionise their relation­ships with legal service providers. Law firms would be wise to keep up, argue Adam Smith, Esq’s Bruce MacEwen, Janet Stanton and Antonio Leal Holguín

Corruption, not politics, threatens LatAm M&A activity, agree panellists

Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela all have presidential elections in 2018, but a panel of bankers and private equity investors...






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