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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.

García & Bodán opens in Costa Rica

21 May 2019

Central American law firm García & Bodán has opened an office in Costa Rica’s capital San José, giving it a presence in every Central American country.

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.

IDB Invest sponsors university project in Costa Rica

07 May 2019

IDB Invest has hired Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Washington, DC, and Consortium Legal (Costa Rica) to provide a US$21.5 million A/B loan to local education group Edulink and two affiliate companies to develop a Texas Tech University satellite campus in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica faces arbitration claim over public health measures

29 April 2019

A Spanish businessman has launched a US$100 million ICSID claim against Costa Rica over measures that targeted his chicken meat-processing business on public health grounds.

Latin Lawyer capital markets league table 2018

Latin Lawyer capital markets league table 2018

08 April 2019

Some 150 Latin American and international law firms have helped companies in the region raise more than US$200 billion through nearly 800 debt and equity capital markets deals throughout 2018, according to Latin Lawyer data.

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica in US$150 million tender offer

01 April 2019

Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC and BLP (Costa Rica) have helped the autonomous state-owned financial institution Banco Nacional de Costa Rica launch a tender offer to repurchase notes for up to US$150 million.

Reps and warranties insurance in Latin America is here to stay

Reps and warranties insurance in Latin America is here to stay

29 March 2019

Nicholas Rodríguez, a partner at Jones Day, who focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate matters in Latin America, says representations and warranties insurance is primed for use across the region.

Disney-Fox merger gets approval in Chile, Honduras and Costa Rica

28 March 2019

Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, and Brussels; Carey in Santiago and Aguilar Castillo Love’s offices in Tegucigalpa and San José have helped Disney obtain antitrust approval for its US$71.3 billion global merger with 21st Century Fox in Chile, Honduras and Costa Rica.