Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP in São Paulo, Harneys in the British Virgin Islands, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados in São Paulo and Aguilar Castillo Love (Honduras) have helped Canadian mining conglomerate Aura Minerals and its shareholders complete an IPO and follow-on offering on Brazil’s B3 stock exchange, raising a total of 790 million Brazilian reais (US$150 million) in capital.
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?
Covid-19 landed in Latin America on 26 February, bringing with it an onslaught of labour and employment issues for the region’s companies and workers. Latin America’s top in-house counsel are seeking the best advice from the region’s labour lawyers on how to handle their workforces in the wake of the crisis, as the evolving outbreak presents unique employment issues for businesses.
Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, and Brussels; Carey in Santiago and Aguilar Castillo Love’s offices in Tegucigalpa and San José have helped Disney obtain antitrust approval for its US$71.3 billion global merger with 21st Century Fox in Chile, Honduras and Costa Rica.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Arias (Honduras) have helped Canadian seafood company Cooke acquire counterpart Seajoy Seafood, one of the largest premium prawn farms in Latin America.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s New York office and the Honduran office of Aguilar Castillo Love have helped Israeli renewable energy company Ormat obtain US$125 million in financing.
Aguilar Castillo Love (Honduras) has helped US consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) and German pharmaceutical company Merck get antitrust clearance in Honduras for P&G’s US$4.2 billion global acquisition of Merck’s consumer health division.
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.
The regionalisation of the Central American legal market is plain to see in the Honduran chapter of the Latin Lawyer 250, where only two of the seven firms are still single market players: Melara & Asociados and Bufete Mejía & Asociados.
Aguilar Castillo Love continues to look for regional cross-selling opportunities from Nicaragua, recruiting an independent banking and finance practitioner just seven months after it hired a former Linklaters arbitration lawyer.