Brazil's anti-crime bill: one step forward, another one back

At the close of 2019 Brazil passed an anti-crime bill designed to curb violence and facilitate collaboration with prosecutors – then changed its mind about some of the key revisions. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Isadora Fingermann explains what happened.

09 June 2020

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.

08 June 2020

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.

05 June 2020

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?

02 June 2020

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.

01 June 2020

Debt capital markets league table 2019: Chile

Featured in Deal reports 2019

In the latest of a series of debt capital markets league tables, we present our findings for Chile. Morales & Besa had the highest combined deal value of any Chilean law firm in 2019 and it also worked on the most debt transactions along with Prieto, according to Latin Lawyer’s data.

19 May 2020

Debt capital markets report Chile: July-December

Featured in Deal reports 2019

Latin Lawyer recorded 20 debt capital markets deals in Chile from July to December, with a total combined value of approximately US$8.1 billion.

19 May 2020

Could Central America benefit from a unified front against covid-19?

Featured in Covid-19: managing in a crisis

Governments in Central America – a region historically plagued by crime and social unrest – have produced varying responses to the covid-19 pandemic. But the region has banded together before to tackle natural disasters, immigration issues and violence – could it do the same against covid-19?

18 May 2020

Moving the goalposts: a covid-19 vaccine poses risk to patent-holders

Featured in Covid-19: managing in a crisis

Covid-19 has put the world on hold; most experts say the prospect of lifting lockdown measures relies heavily on finding an effective vaccine to stop the virus spreading. Several governments look set to introduce controversial compulsory licensing laws for any breakthrough vaccine to become publicly available, but legal teams in Latin America have voiced concerns about how this will impact IP rights in the region.

18 May 2020

Banking barricades: central banks brace for the impact of covid-19

When it comes to the effect of covid-19 on the economy, one word comes to mind: devastating. While governments are taking action to protect people against the public health crisis, Latin America’s central banks are putting measures in place to brace for the economic impact of the pandemic.

18 May 2020

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