Lawyers speaking at Latin Lawyer-GAR Interactive: Arbitration Summit yesterday recommended companies plan infrastructure investments carefully and with the backing of investment treaties and thorough due diligence, amid arbitrary actions by populist politicians and a slew of new laws pursued by governments in Latin America to fight the covid-19 pandemic.
Central American law firm Aguilar Castillo Love has hired an energy lawyer from Bustamante & Bustamante in Ecuador, adding its second partner in Quito this year.
A United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) tribunal has declined to hear an investment treaty case brought by Spain’s Iberdrola against Guatemala over electricity tariffs on the basis that the company had raised identical claims in an unsuccessful International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration.
As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis.
Local lawyers have questioned Guatemala’s divisive new electricity law, which impedes power distribution companies from suspending their services to customers unable to pay their bills because of the covid-19 pandemic, arguing it threatens the functionality of the country’s power sector.
LACCA’s research into "Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies" reveals that the region’s boutique firms often appeal to companies from highly regulated industries who are looking for specialised advice.
Regional law firm Aguilar Castillo Love has strengthened its office in Ecuador by hiring a senior lawyer from the Ministry of Energy.
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.