Conference coverage

Panellists question Miami’s arbitration credentials

Panellists question Miami’s arbitration credentials

20 June 2018

Delegates voted in favour of Miami being a world-class seat for arbitration at this year’s Latin Lawyer – GAR Annual Arbitration Summit, but panellists were more cautious, agreeing much of its popularity in Latin America was down to its location.

Lawyers call for improved DIP finance in Brazilian restructurings

Lawyers call for improved DIP finance in Brazilian restructurings

11 June 2018

Brazilian restructuring lawyers have called for better debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing provisions and more ways to protect restructuring plans from challenges in Brazil, as US colleagues showed confidence they would get there.

No end in sight for Venezuela, say panellists

No end in sight for Venezuela, say panellists

06 June 2018

The Venezuelan government’s lack of political will to restructure its debts is stopping the country from addressing its economic crisis, according to restructuring advisors.

Mexico midstream investment still lags behind upstream

Mexico midstream investment still lags behind upstream

05 June 2018

Mexico’s midstream sector has struggled to attract private investment, but combining upstream and midstream projects could help lure investors, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Oil & Gas Conference, held last month in Mexico City.

Mexico anticorruption leniency programme could threaten antitrust efforts

Mexico anticorruption leniency programme could threaten antitrust efforts

30 May 2018

Failure to provide criminal immunity under Mexico’s new anticorruption provisions could kill the country’s successful antitrust leniency programme, warned panellists at Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A in Mexico City.

Mexican energy sector needs more reserve-based lending, say panellists

Mexican energy sector needs more reserve-based lending, say panellists

25 May 2018

Despite electoral uncertainty and the increased market risks associated with dissolving monopolies, there is appetite and optimism for the Mexican energy sector, but reserve-based lending would help it take off, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer live 9th annual oil and gas conference, held 9 May in Mexico City.

Utilise white-collar crime lawyers in arbitration, urge panellists

Utilise white-collar crime lawyers in arbitration, urge panellists

22 May 2018

White-collar crime lawyers as well as practitioners from other legal disciplines should be used more often during arbitration proceedings, agreed panellists speaking at this year’s Latin Lawyer-GAR Arbitration Summit.

Market reputation and US links important for GCs, agree panellists

Market reputation and US links important for GCs, agree panellists

18 May 2018

A firm’s standing in the local market and its links with big international players are important considerations when selecting a local outfit for advice, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A in Mexico City.

Other oil and gas opportunities exist if NAFTA fails, say panellists

Other oil and gas opportunities exist if NAFTA fails, say panellists

10 May 2018

While scrapping NAFTA will harm energy integration between Mexico, the US and Canada and remains a real threat, there will be other opportunities for Mexico if renegotiation talks fail, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Oil & Gas Conference, held yesterday in Mexico City.

Pemex is back in the black, but PSCs are unpopular, agree speakers

Pemex is back in the black, but PSCs are unpopular, agree speakers

03 May 2018

The Mexican government’s plan to make Pemex a more efficient company by liberalising the oil and gas sector may be materialising, but the production-sharing contracts (PSCs) that were an important part of the reform have proven less successful, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A conference.