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April Work Life Audit
April Work Life Audit

April Work Life Audit

06 April 2006

Miguel Velutini, associate at Rodríguez & Mendoza, Venezuela

Catch 2002: Why Sarbanes-Oxley might be unethical for Brazilian lawyers
Catch 2002: Why Sarbanes-Oxley might be unethical for Brazilian lawyers

Catch 2002: Why Sarbanes-Oxley might be unethical for Brazilian lawyers

30 March 2006

New SEC regulations stemming from Sarbanes- Oxley require lawyers to report any violation of US securities law. But this might clash with Brazil’s Code of Ethics for lawyers, creating a dilemma for local attorneys. Marcelo Godke Veiga, head of international and corporate practice at Siqueira Castro Advogados in São Paulo, details the conundrum.

March Work/Life Audit
March Work/Life Audit

March Work/Life Audit

30 March 2006

Pamela Ortega Correa, Coronel & Pérez Abogados, Ecuador

Peru’s FTA: Where other Andeans failed to tread
Peru’s FTA: Where other Andeans failed to tread

Peru’s FTA: Where other Andeans failed to tread

16 March 2006

Why has Peru succeeded where other Andean nations have so far failed? Maria del Carmen Tovar, of Estudio Echecopar , explains how the country’s legal framework has enabled a smoother path to an FTA with the US than its neighbours are having.

Corporate Counsel: Farley Menezes
Corporate Counsel: Farley Menezes

Corporate Counsel: Farley Menezes

09 March 2006

Farley Menezes, in-house counsel in the capital markets department of Banco Bradesco in Brazil

February Work/ Life Audit
February Work/ Life Audit

February Work/ Life Audit

09 March 2006

Milenka Saavedra, associate with Bufete Aguirre in Bolivia

The Byrd in your hand is not worth what you think
The Byrd in your hand is not worth what you think

The Byrd in your hand is not worth what you think

16 February 2006

In late December 2005, the US Congress did something that few trade experts or Latin American governments expected: it took an important step toward repealing the Byrd Amendment, the controversial law that permits US companies to collect duties imposed on unfairly traded imports. But, argues Gregory Spak, a partner in Washington, DC in White & Case LLP’s international trade group, while the move is positive, the Byrd affair is just a distraction from the real issue: the US unfair trade laws.

SEC: You can check in any time you want, and soon you'll be able to leave
SEC: You can check in any time you want, and soon you'll be able to leave

SEC: You can check in any time you want, and soon you'll be able to leave

16 February 2006

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed new rules to allow non-US issuers to deregister more easily. Marc Rossell and Walter Van Dorn of Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP detail the possible changes.

December Work/Life Audit
December Work/Life Audit

December Work/Life Audit

05 January 2006

Jair Bravo-Gutierrez, Baker & McKenzie (Mexico)

Brazil resumes project to open the reinsurance sector
Brazil resumes project to open the reinsurance sector

Brazil resumes project to open the reinsurance sector

05 January 2006

Recent actions by the Brazilian government indicate a clear intention to open up the US$1.286 billion reinsurance market to free competition in the coming months. Marcelo V Rechtman, of Gaia Silva Rolim & Associados, outlines the path ahead.