Here we celebrate “Leading Lights”, the law firms making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture.
As clearing house membership reaches an all-time high, the institutions across the region acting as the go-between for law firms and pro bono projects are reinventing themselves, adapting to the times to provide first-class responses to those most in need. They are plugging gaps, as well as making pro bono networks more inclusive.
Gómez-Pinzón in Bogotá has helped Colombian towage company Intertug complete the sale of a majority stake in its business, including its Mexican subsidiaries, to Chilean logistics company SAAM for US$50 million.
Necessity is often considered the greatest driver of innovation. As a result of covid-19, the traditional service model for legal advice across all practice areas has had to evolve, pro bono included. Lawyers who work in this field are having to adapt to continue to provide access to justice for vulnerable people in today’s digitalised and distressed world.
Steps towards greater institutionalisation demonstrate law firms are embedding a culture of pro bono among both their lawyers and wider communities. Firms that are serious about delivering access to justice are taking things to the next level, fostering higher levels of accountability within their internal processes to make sure they secure meaningful results. We present some of the key findings from the latest Latin Lawyer–Vance Center Pro Bono Survey.
Mexican law firm Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, SC has hired three non-equity partners from Goodrich, Riquelme Asociados to its senior rank, boosting its tax, trade and corporate departments.
Mexico’s antitrust watchdog is calling on the country’s lawmakers to shoot down a bill aimed at strengthening the state-owned electricity utility, claiming the proposed law would grant the company unjustified competitive advantages.
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, is continuing to pursue a plan to shutter the country’s independent data regulator, despite warnings that such a move could violate the law and harm Mexico’s international reputation.
EC Rubio has helped Mexican pharmaceutical company Drugmex sign a contract with a Swiss supplier to administer the roll out of the Chinese covid-19 vaccine CanSino, which will arrive in Mexico by March.
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP in Silicon Valley and BlackBox Startup Law in Mexico City have helped local online supermarket Jüsto raise US$65 million in a Series A funding round, which is the largest amount ever raised by a Latin American company in this type of transaction.