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Lawyers welcome Venezuelan opposition’s early debt restructuring plans

Lawyers welcome Venezuelan opposition’s early debt restructuring plans

10 July 2019

Lawyers have welcomed a policy paper issued by the restructuring team for Venezuela’s opposition, which suggests treating diverse creditors equally to prevent Argentina-style holdout disputes.

Catching El Peje: what lawyers expect from AMLO's presidency

Catching El Peje: what lawyers expect from AMLO's presidency

24 May 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is popularly known as El Peje because of his Tabasqueño accent. The nickname comes from pejelagarto (literally, fishlizard), an alligator-like fish from his native Tabasco. Much like his freshwater namesake, it’s hard to pin down what he is, so Latin Lawyer asked some of Mexico’s top lawyers for help.

Exposing the gap

Exposing the gap

23 May 2019

For the past two years, many UK law firms have been compelled to publicly disclose the difference between what they pay male and female lawyers. Gender pay gap reporting can be a blunt instrument, but acknowledging a problem is the first step to solving it. We consider the implications for Latin America’s legal market.

Why fewer women than men become partners

Why fewer women than men become partners

23 May 2019

Partners sit at the top of the law firm pyramid structure and they have the biggest pay packets. The fact that women are in the minority in most law firm partnerships in Latin America – and indeed the world – is the main reason behind the gender wage gap in the legal profession. Here, we list four common explanations put forward to explain why more women don’t rise through the ranks to become partners.

Do clients care about law firm diversity?

Do clients care about law firm diversity?

23 May 2019

A survey of some 190 corporate counsel by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, got a mixed response about how important diversity is when it comes to choosing external legal teams. Christina McKeon Frutuoso presents the findings.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ronaldo Veirano

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ronaldo Veirano

22 May 2019

One of this year’s winners of Latin Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Ronaldo Veirano, built his eponymous firm into a leading legal institution in Brazil. He reflects on his journey to become one of Brazil’s sharpest and most respected legal minds.

Edging out the competition

Edging out the competition

20 May 2019

Christopher Finn, global head of operations at alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, speaks to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Todd Crider about private equity’s prospects in Latin America, the rewards of having on-the-ground expertise and what he looks for in external legal counsel.

A turning point

A turning point

20 May 2019

Argentina is overhauling its anti-corruption efforts. Significant enhancements to regulations and enforcement show a clear trend of local and international companies paying increasing attention to anti-corruption, compliance and investigations matters. Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal’s Gustavo Morales Oliver and Pedro Serrano Espelta outline what’s changed.

NAFTA 2.0?

NAFTA 2.0?

17 May 2019

The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a free trade agreement on 30 November 2018, replacing the existing 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in place between the three countries. Hogan Lovells LLP partner Chandri Navarro asks whether the US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) really represents a significant change in the trade relationship between the three countries.

International Lawyer of the Year: David Williams

International Lawyer of the Year: David Williams

28 January 2019

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s David Williams built his legal career in Latin America off the back of early exposure to the region, managing to successfully navigate his firm’s Latin American practice through a constantly changing political and economic environment. He is 2018’s recipient of Latin Lawyer’s International Lawyer of the Year Award.