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Featured in Latin Lawyer Elite 2024

As Latin Lawyer announces Elite 2024, we speak to Leopoldo Hernández, managing partner at legal consultancy KermaPartners in Mexico, to find out what makes up the DNA of an elite law firm.

30 August 2023

Vaca Muerta: no time to lose

The recent opening of a pipeline that will distribute gas from Argentina’s Vaca Muerta has marked a significant leap forward for one of the world’s largest shale oil and gas reserves. But law firms, companies and the Argentine government are in a race against time to solidify the shale basin’s role in the global energy transition.

23 August 2023

Is Brazil’s betting industry ready for take-off?

The Brazilian betting market has seen a spike in online bookmakers and gamblers recently. Yet it remains highly unregulated on a federal level. TozziniFreire Advogados partner Jun Makuta welcomes President Lula’s recent provisional measure to bring clarity on the rules for the industry while warning that the proposed high taxation on operators could harm the development of the sector.

18 August 2023

Brazil and Saudi Arabia: a golden opportunity for investment?

Recent capital injections by Saudi Arabian investors into Brazilian business giants BRF and Vale are pointing to an emerging investment trend from the Arab nation in Latin America’s largest economy, which may also extend to the country’s football industry. Latin Lawyer finds out what this will mean for Brazil and its legal market.

17 August 2023

LatAm firms must be "best of the best" to work with China

Latin American law firms need to make fundamental changes to the way they engage with Chinese investors if they truly want to leverage the wealth of opportunities that exist between the two regions – embracing the East Asian country’s way of doing business and fostering a generation of China-minded lawyers is just the beginning.

08 August 2023

China and LatAm: is anything standing in the way?

Latin America is awash with new business opportunities as China warms back up to the international market following a shutdown during the covid-19 pandemic. Excitement at many law firms across the region is palpable, with China’s pioneering advances in technology, penchant for long-term investments and unique way of negotiating deals forcing lawyers to innovate like never before.

07 August 2023

GC of the Year: Thalles Paixão

Thalles Paixão, winner of LACCA’s General Counsel of the Year Award, skilfully navigated telecoms company Oi through its first judicial reorganisation, setting invaluable precedents for the practice of corporate recovery in Brazil. Speaking to LACCA, the GC unpacks the key successes of the process and explains how building a “close-knit” team of internal and external lawyers is the antidote to crisis.

31 July 2023

ESG: Keeping it real

In-house lawyers must coordinate strong alliances with marketing departments to help companies prioritise transparent communication as they navigate the minefield of ESG risks, said panellists at this year’s LACCA Live: São Paulo.

31 July 2023

Compliance doesn’t have to be about saying no

Compliance officers need to link internal policies to business metrics and employee accountability to drive home the commercial benefits of robust compliance frameworks, while embracing AI can help companies build more engaging internal programmes, said panellists at Global Investigations Review and Latin Lawyer’s Anti-Corruption & Investigations summit in Mexico City last month.

31 July 2023

Nearshoring: “The sky is the limit”

The wide-ranging legal work related to nearshoring provides a wealth of opportunities for the region’s law firms. But to take advantage of the booming trend, law firms in the region need to be well positioned – and well-staffed – to help clients navigate the challenges posed by a lack of infrastructure, in addition to an array of labour and compliance hurdles.

31 July 2023

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