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Interim arbitration award upheld in abandoned Costa Rica case

26 January 2018

A US family of property investors has failed to convince a US court to set aside an interim award declining jurisdiction over part of their claim under the Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) against Costa Rica, after the judge said it did not represent the tribunal’s final ruling in the now-abandoned case.

Pacheco Coto loses lawyers in EY transition

Pacheco Coto loses lawyers in EY transition

23 January 2018

Batalla Abogados in San José has hired two former Pacheco Coto (Costa Rica) corporate lawyers just two weeks after the latter formally integrated into EY Central America.

LatAm states to recognise same-sex marriage after court ruling

LatAm states to recognise same-sex marriage after court ruling

18 January 2018

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has passed down a landmark advisory opinion to member states of the Organisation of American States (OAS), obliging them to formally recognise same-sex marriages and allow transgender people to officially change their name and sex.

ICSID tribunal defers hearing objections in gold mining dispute

08 January 2018

A tribunal at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has accepted jurisdiction over a third-party funded claim brought by a Canadian gold mining company against Costa Rica – but refused to rule on a handful of jurisdictional objections raised by the state at “such an incipient stage of the proceedings.”

ICSID tribunal defers hearing objections in gold mining dispute

13 December 2017

An ICSID tribunal has accepted jurisdiction over a third-party funded claim brought by a Canadian gold mining company against Costa Rica – but refused to rule on a handful of jurisdictional objections raised by the state at “such an incipient stage of the proceedings.”

DAC Beachcroft expands LatAm footprint

DAC Beachcroft expands LatAm footprint

06 December 2017

International firm DAC Beachcroft has announced an association agreement with López Saavedra & Villarroel Abogados, becoming one of first major international outfits to forge formal ties with an Argentine firm since the election of President Mauricio Macri in 2015.

Consistency and technology key for transfer pricing professionals, hear delegates

Consistency and technology key for transfer pricing professionals, hear delegates

30 November 2017

Applying policies consistently is crucial to avoid being penalised under new transfer pricing regulations, said UPS' director of taxes for the Americas at Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Tax Summit, held in Miami earlier this month.

BLP boosts Costa Rican cohort with two women partners

BLP boosts Costa Rican cohort with two women partners

17 November 2017

The number of senior women lawyers at BLP’s Costa Rican arm has jumped above the Latin American average following a double promotion in a country that has one of the lowest female partner counts in the region.

Latin Lawyer tax summit gets CLE accreditation

Latin Lawyer tax summit gets CLE accreditation

06 November 2017

Latin Lawyer's 2nd Annual Tax Summit has got CLE accreditation from The Florida Bar ahead of the big event, which will be held on Thursday in Miami.

Onerous regulation impeding PE leveraged buyouts, says panel

Onerous regulation impeding PE leveraged buyouts, says panel

24 October 2017

Exacting bankruptcy laws and restrictive requirements for buying public companies in Latin America are holding back leveraged buyouts (LBOs) by private equity funds, delegates heard at Latin Lawyer’s 8th Annual Private Equity Conference, held in New York last month.