State interventionism may spur policy advice work for law firms

As regulatory environments become increasingly complex and state intervention increases, private equity investors may need non-legal policy affairs advice from Latin American and US law firms, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Private Equity conference in New York.

State interventionism may spur policy advice work for law firms Credit: Sergio Urias, Hernán Slemenson, Guilherme Bueno Malouf & Andrés Nieto

The laws and regulations governing private equity deals across the Americas are becoming stricter and more complicated. In August, US President Donald Trump signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which allows US agencies to scrutinise more deals for national security concerns. “This results in the most complex investment trade and transactional environment in many years and it won’t go away,” said Sergio Urias, a partner at Covington & Burling in New York. Although Urias thought FIRRMA will affect Chinese investors more than their Latin American counterparts, practitioners must adapt to a more complex regulatory environment and have a more strategic perspective in deal-making.    



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