Chinese companies have continued to expand their influence in Latin America since the global financial crisis opened the door to them almost a decade ago. From commodities to infrastructure, energy to construction, the Middle Kingdom’s biggest players now feature on headline transactions across the region and many are increasingly looking for opportunities in new sectors. For Latin America’s leading law firms, the country’s growing clout is not only bringing new clients into the fold, but leading many to tailor their service offering to win more work.
Similarly, it is also opportunity abroad that is occupying the thoughts of some of Brazil’s law firms. With the country’s economy limping back to growth and many of its national champions selling assets abroad to fund the growing cost of corruption investigations at home, some legal practitioners are increasingly wondering whether Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa will return to the investment map of its domestic companies.
Elsewhere, our deal focus for this issue looks at the work required to launch Paraguay’s inaugural public-private partnership for a new toll road and what it may mean for future infrastructure investment in one of South America’s fastest growing economies.
Following Latin Lawyer’s Awards earlier in the year, we also profile the winners in this year’s International Lawyer of the Year and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year categories, and hear the associate view from Colombia on ethical practice and navigating the country’s labyrinthine tax code.
As China’s interest in the region both deepens and broadens, it is finding law firms increasingly indispensable. Vincent Manancourt reports
From its national dance to its national dish, Brazil’s African heritage is clear, but the same close connection is less visible in commercial terms. Joe Rowley asks whether this may be about to change
Two decades after becoming one of the first lawyers from a major US firm to make São Paulo his home, Don Baker remains very much at the forefront of Brazil’s transactional work – so much so that he is Latin Lawyer’s 2017 International Lawyer of the Year. Vincent Manancourt reports
Alex Ali Mendez Diaz is a pro bono lawyer spearheading the fight for same-sex marriage across socially conservative Mexico. For his efforts, he won Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award this year
Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counsellors managing partner Hugo Berkemeyer and partner Martín Carlevaro talk to Latin Lawyer about driving through Paraguay’s first-ever public private partnership (PPP)
Juan David Velasco of Posse Herrera Ruiz talks about the importance of ethical practice, relaxing on the green and navigating Colombia’s labyrinthine tax code