Latin American jurisdictions are seeing an influx of private investors in the natural gas sector, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 7th Annual Regional Project Finance last Thursday – but Mexico’s regulatory framework makes it better positioned than Brazil to handle this new reality, at least for now.
In Latin America, artificial intelligence and other technological innovations are significantly affecting how companies and their outside advisors structure compliance programmes and conduct internal investigations. Many companies are experimenting with new approaches in areas such as due diligence, third-party oversight, and overall compliance monitoring and testing.
Mexico’s new tax reform will represent a more aggressive stance towards tax evasion but could be too broad in its approach, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 4th Annual Tax Summit, held on 2 December in New York.
Stock options can be helpful incentives to keep workers committed, benefiting workers and companies alike, but whether or not these forms of compensation are part of an employee’s salary can be up for interpretation, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 6th Annual Labour & Employment, which took place in October in Miami.
Green and social responsibility bonds can drive up pricing and even company share value, but can also incur higher transaction costs – meaning companies considering issuing them must share the same values to be confident the bonds will pay off, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 2nd Annual Capital Markets conference – which took place on 19 November in São Paulo.
Latin American companies should outline clear procedures setting out in advance what role boards should play in company investigations if they arise, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer - GIR Live 7th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations, held last month in São Paulo.
As interest in investment opportunities in Brazil among international players returns, the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) is trying to modernise its processes and make the Brazilian market more competitive, said its president, Marcelo Barbosa, in a keynote address at Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual M&A conference in São Paulo.
Aviation restructuring has become more common and Latin America is no exception. Lawyers from Brazil and the Dominican Republic share their experiences from recent cases and identify room for improvement in a sector hit by several recent collapses in the region.
From social unrest to political shifts, a growing number of Latin American countries are making headlines across the world. Panellists at Latin Lawyer Live 2nd Annual Capital Markets conference – which took place on 19 November in São Paulo – said volatility occurring both inside and outside countries’ borders was also creating a new paradigm for doing business in the region.
A transcript from Latin Lawyer Live Private Equity, which took place in New York in October, is now available to read online.