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Q4 2019

Welcome to our new and improved magazine.

  • Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s 2019 Pro Bono Survey / The migration train / International lawyer of the year: Paola Lozano / Managing tension

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s 2019 Pro Bono Survey / The migration train / International lawyer of the year: Paola Lozano / Managing tension

In our latest quarterly, we present the findings of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s 2019 Pro Bono Survey. More firms are participating in the survey than ever and those participants are taking strides to weave pro bono into the fabric of day-to-day working life. In doing so they are helping to grant access to justice to some of most vulnerable and marginalised members of society.

This year’s survey also documents the legal market’s response to an unprecedented era of mass migration in Latin America, fuelled largely by troubling circumstances in Venezuela and parts of Central America. Read on to find out what law firms are doing to help these migrants as they start new lives.

We also chart the extraordinary career of Paola Lozano, the recipient of our International Lawyer of the Year Award in 2019. Lozano was the first female partner from Latin America at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and continues to break the mould in her role as practice co-chair.

Ahead of Brazil’s data protection law coming into force, a roundtable of in-house counsel, data privacy officers and private practitioners told us how they stay compliant with data protection laws amid patchy enforcement in the region.

As of late 2019, Argentina has a new president, Alberto Fernández. But the country faces many of the same problems, including a heavy debt burden. We asked partners from Bomchil to talk us through the debt rest ructuring path Argentina may take in 2020.

Also in this issue, we consider how best to balance the often divergent interests of companies and employees in government investigations into corruption and hear what Brazil is doing to regulate the medicinal cannabis market.

International Lawyer of the Year: Paola Lozano

Paola Lozano has built her career on an illustrious body of work on US-based M&A deals, which eventually led her full circle back to her home region of Latin America. We speak to the winner of Latin Lawyer’s International Lawyer of the Year Award.

At a turning point

Brazil’s data protection law comes into force this year. Inspired by the GDPR, its impact will be watched closely by lawmakers around Latin America. We convened a roundtable in Miami with in-house counsel, data privacy officers and private practitioners to share their experiences of data-rich dealmaking and complying with data protection laws in a region where enforcement levels vary greatly.

Managing tension

In government investigations, the interests of companies and their employees sometimes diverge: a company may wish to self-report, whereas individual employees might be less inclined to cooperate.

A new chapter in the same saga

Argentina is facing a period of public and private sector debt restructuring – again. Bomchil partners Tomás Araya and Fermín Caride set out the challenges the country faces and the options ahead for debtors and creditors.

It’s time for Brazil to change its perception of medical cannabis

Countries around the world – including in Latin America – are regulating the use of medical cannabis, tapping into a lucrative and expanding market for the drug. So far Brazil has yet to follow suit, but Graça Couto Advogados partner Natalie Sequerra says it’s time for a rethink.