Complying with Baker Hughes

17 June 2005

For Carlos Landazabal, regional counsel at petroleum services company Baker Hughes, it's important that local counsel understand the increasing importance of compliance laws for US companies.

Spotlight on Conasev

02 June 2005

Peru's financial markets have long been dominated by the banking sector, but demand for securities has gradually grown. Oscar Lozán Luyo - general manager of CONASEV (Peru’s Securities and Exchanges Commission) - and his colleagues Paola Martínez Goyoneche and Suzana Zaldivar Chauca explain how they have been helping the market develop.

Public-Private Partnerships or a Challenge to Creativity?

02 April 2005

The Brazilian Congress recently enacted a new statute governing public-private partnerships. José Emilio Nunes Pinto of José Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados looks at the history of the local framework and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the new law.

Debt Precedence

02 April 2005

Mexico's restructuring law has gained recognition by US courts in a recent case involving paper company Durango. Pedro A Jiménez and John L Murphy, of White & Case LLP in Miami, explain how the legal teams managed the navigate the complexity of cross-border debt negotiations.

CDM Projects and the Carbon Market

01 March 2005

The imminent creation of the Carbon Market raises several interesting opportunities for developing countries and investors alike. In order to reap the benefits, governments need to ensure that the local legal frameworks are viable. Vladimir Miranda Abreu, of Tozzini, Freire, Teixeira e Silva Advogados (LL250), argues that Brazil is well-placed to succeed in this area, but only if the government is willing to be pro-active.

Drive Time

02 February 2005

Delphi Corporation is the world's largest maker of auto parts, and has operations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. We spoke to the company's regional general counsel to find out what he makes of the region's legal market.

Innovations for Business Restructuring

01 February 2005

Brazil’s bankruptcy framework has been the subject of much criticism for years. Outdated, clumsy and unfavourable to both creditors and debtors, seemingly only the tax collector was happy with it. But a new law has introduced profound changes and, hopefully, rectified many of the framework’s past problems, as Luis Fernando Paiva, of Pinheiro Neto Advogados, explains.

The Energy Standard

02 September 2004

“Experience, reputation, quality and cost” - these are the things that Sempra Energy International counsel Santiago Albarracin looks for in a firm. We spoke to him about his experiences of the region's legal market.

The Bolivian Gas Export Ban has Torpedoed an LNG Project

01 February 2004

Gastón Bilder, of Empresa Petrolera Chaco SA, examines the issues surrounding Bolivia's controversial ban on natural gas exports.

Making Up the Law

25 August 2003

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but good legal work should be more than skin deep. L’Oréal's associate general counsel Patrick Sabatier certainly thinks so.