Walmart’s Costa Rican tax manager has decided to return to private practice as a tax partner at local firm Aguilar Castillo Love. He speaks to LACCA about why his country’s latest tax reform prompted his move, and what legal teams should be prioritising during the law’s implementation stage.
Some 150 Latin American and international law firms have helped companies in the region raise more than US$200 billion through nearly 800 debt and equity capital markets deals throughout 2018, according to Latin Lawyer data.
Argentina’s Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen and international law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP advised on the most debt capital markets transactions in Spanish-speaking Latin America during November and December, according to Latin Lawyer’s latest research.
Aguilar Castillo Love (Guatemala) has hired a disputes lawyer from Carrillo & Asociados to head its litigation practice and land more bet-the-company cases.
Panamanian bank group Promerica has hired Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Miami and Richmond and Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee in Panama City as lead counsel for its first ever US issuance, worth US$200 million.
Linklaters in New York and four offices of Aguilar Castillo Love have helped US glassmaker Owens-Illinois acquire a minority stake in counterpart Empresas Comegua.
After failing to reverse a loss against Guatemala at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) over electricity tariffs, Spanish company Iberdrola has brought a new treaty claim against the Central American state before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, it has emerged.
In a fast-changing world, the Latin Lawyer Elite firms of 2018 have shown themselves willing to take innovative steps to defend their leading positions.
White & Case LLP in New York, Miranda & Amado Abogados in Lima and Aguilar Castillo Love (Guatemala) have helped Peruvian electricity company Inkia issue notes worth US$150 million.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and Mayora & Mayora in Guatemala City have helped Guatemalan energy company Energuate issue US$330 million in notes.