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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.

M&A report Spanish-speaking LatAm: January-February 2019

M&A report Spanish-speaking LatAm: January-February 2019

23 May 2019

Peru was the busiest country for M&A transactions in Spanish-speaking Latin America during January and February, with more deals taking place there than in Mexico and Argentina combined, according to Latin Lawyer’s research.

Survey highlights scant change to women partner numbers

Survey highlights scant change to women partner numbers

21 May 2019

The average percentage of partner positions at Latin Lawyer 250 firms held by women is now 23%, barely more than the number we reported when we began tracking partner diversity back in 2013.

Argentine firms lead Spanish-speaking debt markets round up

Argentine firms lead Spanish-speaking debt markets round up

10 May 2019

Argentine firms have recorded the highest number of debt capital markets deals in January and February, making them the busiest players in Spanish-speaking Latin America for four consecutive months.

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana takes part in local pro bono challenge

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana takes part in local pro bono challenge

10 May 2019

Chile’s Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados has participated for the first time in a challenge organised by local clearing house Fundación Pro Bono, where it has chosen to provide legal support for a local hospital and its elderly patients.

Three firms steer ILC’s tender offer for Chile’s Banco Internacional

02 May 2019

Prieto Abogados has helped investment firm Inversiones la Construcción (ILC) increase its controlling stake in Banco Internacional through a public tender offer.

Moody’s acquires minority stake in ICR Chile

29 April 2019

Alessandri in Santiago has helped US financial services company Moody’s acquire a minority stake in domestic credit ratings agency ICR Chile after a lengthy and complex negotiation process.

Antofagasta Minerals gets US$1.3 billion project financing in Chile

Antofagasta Minerals gets US$1.3 billion project financing in Chile

18 April 2019

Chilean conglomerate Antofagasta Minerals has hired Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and local firm Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres Abogados to obtain a US$1.3 billion project financing to fund an infrastructure project at Los Pelambres copper mine.

Blackstone buys into regional container terminal operator

Blackstone buys into regional container terminal operator

16 April 2019

US private equity firm Blackstone has hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC; Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega in Panama City; CMS Carey & Allende in Santiago; Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC in Mexico City and Gómez-Pinzón in Bogotá to buy a stake in US investment fund FRS Capital and gain indirect control of a leading Latin American container terminal operator.