International | Latin America In Print

Best of Friends

Chris Johnson | May 31, 2014

With legal markets in the United States and Europe broadly flat, leading international firms have been increasingly eager to tap into Latin America's vibrant and growing economy. But gaining access to these dynamic markets is not so simple.

Cover Story

Vicente Corta Fernandez (left) of White & Case and Fernando De Orvando of Jones Day

Mexico
International Firms Flock to Mexico

By Susan Beck |

Sweeping pro-business reforms in the energy and telecom sectors, and in tax, labor and competition laws have created vast opportunities, firms say.

Editor’s Note

Brazil, Colombia, Mexico
Latin America's Wild Ride Will Continue

By David Brown |

Last year deal volume dropped to its lowest point in four years. Inflation crept back up in a few locales, and ominously, China's growth slowed, curbing its appetite for raw materials and products from Latin American companies. That was then. In the first several months of 2014, deals have surged again.

Opening Statements

Ongoing unrest has frightened away investors and made it difficult for law firms to survive.

Venezuela
After Chavez, the Challenges Continue

By Jan Wolfe |

Venezuela has been a challenging legal market ever since Hugo Chavez frightened off Western investment a decade ago. These challenges have continued in the year since Chavez's death, as his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro, follow in his footsteps and violent clashes between pro-government militants and protesters become more common.

Baker & McKenzie's Jaime Trujillo

Colombia
'A Tremendous Increase in Business'

By M.P. McQueen |

Colombia's economy is booming and a number of U.S.-based and multinational law firms are ramping up activity in the country to make the most of it.