Regular readers may notice something unusual about this latest edition of Latin Lawyer magazine. Not only is it entirely devoted to coverage of our annual Deal of the Year Awards, it is also the first edition to feature a female partner on its front cover.
Besides Nicole Nehme, who won Latin Lawyer’s first-ever Specialist Law Firm Leader of the Year Award for the integral role she played in co-founding competition-focused Chilean firm FerradaNehme, the only other cover to feature female faces was an edition of the magazine containing our Women in Law research back in 2013. Indeed, it was precisely Nicole Nehme’s unwavering commitment to that proud tradition of female mentoring that made her the worthy recipient of our inaugural award. Although her own exemplary reputation may have helped make the firm one of the go-to names in competition law, Nehme’s devotion to helping female lawyers (especially those from less privileged backgrounds) gain a foothold in one of Latin America’s most conservative legal markets means it also one of the most diverse, with the highest proportion of female partners of any firm in Chile.
Elsewhere, we profile the winners of our other individual awards and recognise the legal teams that were winners and runners-up in our deal categories. Notable mention must go to Machado Meyer Advogados founding partner Antonio Meyer in Brazil and Posse Herrera Ruiz partner Francisco Urrutia in Colombia, who were both awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their towering influence over both their firms and respective legal markets. Among the deal categories, many of this year’s winners reflect the challenges and opportunities that companies across the region have encountered as a result of the homegrown and imported economic and political headwinds that swept the region in 2016.
Argentina’s US$16.5 billion sovereign bond issuance broke emerging market records and signalled a return to the international capital markets for South America’s second-largest economy after more than a decade on the side-lines
Latin Lawyer profiles the winners and runners-up of Latin Lawyer’s Deal of the Year Awards, shining a spotlight on the lawyers who made Latin America’s largest and most sophisticated transactions and cases happen in 2016.
The cross-border acquisition by Argentina’s largest electricity provider of assets owned by Brazil’s beleaguered state-owned oil company spanned seven jurisdictions and required a strong, coordinated effort from international and regional firms
Embraer’s settlement of foreign bribery charges jointly with local and US authorities opened a new front in the fight against corruption – and earned investigators in both countries plaudits as a model of cross-border cooperation
Colombia’s multibillion-dollar plan to upgrade its creaking infrastructure got off to a flying start with the financing of a toll-road linking three of the country’s most commercially important regions
Odebrecht’s divestment of assets in Peru as a result of a deepening corruption investigation provided Canada’s biggest asset manager with the opportunity to make its first investment in the country
With the ink barely dry on Brazil’s largest-ever bankruptcy filing, a dispute between shareholders in telecoms company Oi has already set several new legal precedents
The restructuring of Uruguayan flag carrier Pluna is remarkable not only for its political implications, but also for the unprecedented 100% return on creditors’ court-verified claims and the Supreme Court battle that preceded it
Lulu Rumsey talks to Nicole Nehme, co-founder of Chilean firm FerradaNehme and winner of Latin Lawyer’s Specialist Law Firm Leader of the Year Award, about building a successful firm from scratch and why it is important for law firms to institutionalise
Latin Lawyer’s eleventh annual awards ceremony was held in aid of three of the region’s pro bono clearing houses: Brazil’s Instituto Pro Bono, Paraguay’s CIDSEP and Fundación Pro Bono in the Dominican Republic. Here we profile the three organisations.