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Q1 2020

Welcome to our new and improved magazine.

  • Law Firm Leader of the Year / Tech pioneers' deal-making / Brazil's anti-crime bill / Battle of the titans

Law Firm Leader of the Year / Tech pioneers' deal-making / Brazil's anti-crime bill / Battle of the titans

The recipient of our 2020 Law Firm Leader of the Year Award is a deserving winner. At the helm of front-running Chilean law firm Carey, Jaime Carey has steered a steady course, balancing new methods of law firm management with a respect for the measures that have worked so well for his firm over past decades. In this issue, we speak to Jaime about leading a law firm through times of both calm and crisis. Although this issue was written and put together before the severity of covid-19 came to light – and thus its contents do not focus on the pandemic – Jaime’s experience of leadership in testing times seems all the more pertinent now.

One area where Carey broke new ground in Chile was its early adoption of the practices and management protocols of leading international law firms. The international legal market in Latin America is a fiercely competitive one historically dominated by a few key players, many of which hail from Wall Street and have built Latin American practices off the back of their market-leading position in the US. But the market for international legal services in Latin America has evolved to become a broad and varied one, distinct for its multidisciplinary nature. Firms with roots in the UK have a sizeable presence alongside US-born competitors. We speak to partners from both to find out how they square up to each other in Latin America.

From Colombia’s Rappi to Brazil’s iFood, the tech industry has achieved remarkable growth in Latin America in recent years - but what is it like representing tech pioneers in M&A deals? Speakers at last year’s Latin Lawyer Live M&A conference consider the unique challenges.

Also in this issue, TozziniFreire Advogados’ Isadora Fingermann details the story behind Brazil’s 2019 anti-crime bill; and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados partner José Balta breaks down how employers in Peru are adapting to new rules on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Law Firm Leader of the Year Award: Jaime Carey

Jaime Carey’s ability to break new ground and cultivate long-lasting tradition in equal measure is what makes him stand out from the crowd. We interview a man who knows the value of applying a business savvy approach to law firm management, while never losing sight of what he believes truly matters.

Battle of the titans

The UK’s top law firms have long sought to gain ground from New York’s white-shoe elite when it comes to some of the most lucrative work in Latin America: cross-border M&A deals governed under New York law. But establishing a foothold in the upper echelons of the US market – a starting point to winning such transactions – is not easy. What are the UK’s magic circle doing to square up to their US rivals?

Tech sector focus: challenges in deal-making

Tech companies present the possibility of drastic upheaval for many industries, forcing governments and regulators to wade through unmapped terrain. M&A lawyers from the region consider the unique challenges tech pioneers can present in deal-making.

Peru gets tough on workplace sexual harassment

Updates to Peru’s regulatory framework passed last year have redefined what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and imposed new responsibilities on employers to crack down on unwanted sexual advances at work. Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados partner José Balta considers how companies are adapting to the new rules.