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Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s annual pro bono survey

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s annual pro bono survey

21 December 2017

The findings from our latest joint survey suggest pro bono practices are taking root in Latin American law firms. More firms from a greater spread of countries are taking part, and at the same time, a slew of new clearing houses in the region and the growing reach of established initiatives promise to benefit an increasing share of the region’s disadvantaged. Yet challenges remain; in Latin America there is still a deep-rooted culture that is unobliging to pro bono, while lack of funding and uncooperative governments have slowed pro bono’s progress. Vincent Manancourt reports

On the up

21 December 2017

Our survey results suggest that more partners are participating in their firms’ pro bono programmes. While the increase may be small, the greater involvement of senior lawyers is nonetheless encouraging given the impact it has on a law firm’s overall output

Build it and they will come

21 December 2017

In its mission to spread pro bono throughout Latin America, the Vance Center has focused on supporting the development of local clearing houses. Here, we explore how these organisations are taking pro bono to the next level

Leading Lights

21 December 2017

Here we list 56 “Leading Lights”: law firms who responded to our survey and whose pro bono efforts during 2016 stood out

Latin Lawyer’s 4th annual labour & employment conference

Latin Lawyer’s 4th annual labour & employment conference

21 December 2017

Get ready for the gig economy

Latin Lawyer’s 8th annual private equity conference

Latin Lawyer’s 8th annual private equity conference

21 December 2017

Corruption dampening PE-led infrastructure investment

Interested third party

Interested third party

21 December 2017

The growth of arbitration as a means to settle disputes in Latin America presents an opportunity for third-party funding to thrive, resulting in greater access to justice, particularly for cash-strapped claimants. But teaming up with a third-party financier can also raise novel concerns that must be considered at the outset. Zachary Krug, senior investment officer at Woodsford Litigation Funding in London, and Leonardo Viveiros, chief legal officer at Brazil’s Leste Litigation Finance, present the pros and cons

Rightful inclusion

Rightful inclusion

21 December 2017

Carlos José Santos da Silva, president of Brazilian law firm association CESA and partner at Machado Meyer Advogados, tells Luís Bulcão Pinheiro about a joint project between some of Brazil’s leading firms and São Paulo’s University Presbiteriana Mackenzie to address the lack of racial diversity in corporate law firms

Back on track?

Back on track?

21 December 2017

Driven by the need to shore up its finances, Brazil’s government is offering an olive branch to companies looking to partner with the state to develop vast infrastructure projects, after years of failing to provide them with legal certainty for their investments. Carlos Ari Sundfeld and Yasser Gabriel of regulatory boutique Sundfeld Advogados consider what companies can expect from the updated public-private partnerships regime and whether it really represents a break from the past

United we stand, divided we fall

United we stand, divided we fall

22 November 2017

The Big Four, the commoditisation of legal services and encroaching global firms are threats keeping managing partners from Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro up at night. At a roundtable in San José, partners told Tom Muskett-Ford why firms in Central America, the most integrated market in Latin America, can face off some of those threats with a new wave of consolidation, which could see them expand beyond Central America’s borders to stay ahead of the competition.