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02/08/16- White & Case partners Fernando de la Hoz, Carlos Viana, and associates Sean Williams and Thomas Pate, Miami.

Peru
White & Case Closes $400 Million in Peruvian Public-Private Road Financing

Miami attorneys say the financing package is the first using international bank financing to fund a milestone-driven infrastructure project in Peru.

El Salvador
El Salvador Arrests 4 Ex-Soldiers in Massacre of Jesuits

Salvadoran police have arrested four former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during the Central American country's brutal civil war, officials said. Five of the priests were Spanish and their killings sparked international outrage.

Diego Armando Maradona ( born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as the national team of Argentina.

Argentina
Diego Maradona's Miami Lawsuit Accuses Ex-Wife of Diverting $8 Million

Retired Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona is suing his ex-wife for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from him to buy South Florida real estate.

Cuba
Mexican Court Rules Against Development in Cancun Mangrove

A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that activists say has almost killed a mangrove swamp at the site.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

Italy
The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.

Mexico
UN Group: Arrest of Washington State Woman in Mexico Illegal

A United Nations panel has ruled Mexico's 2013 arrest and its continuing detention of a community police leader are illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed.

Scott Gilbert.

Cuba
The Unlikely Insurance Lawyer Behind the Release of U.S. Prisoners in Iran and Cuba

Scott Gilbert made his name as a star insurance litigator who has helped clients recover more than $50 billion in claims. But he's also the lawyer behind the releases of Amir Hekmati in Iran and Alan Gross in Cuba. The common factor? His consummate ability to broker a settlement.

Venezuela
Venezuela's UN Envoy: Not Concerned About US Investigations

Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations dismissed the possibility of cooperating with U.S. investigations into billion-dollar bribery schemes that allegedly occurred at the country's state-run oil company while he was in charge.

Cuba
Expert Analysis: Opportunities and Challenges in International Trade

New laws, free trade agreements, a new Cuba policy, and increased trade remedy cases in 2015 have created both business opportunities and challenges for U.S. companies.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

Colombia
As Peace Nears, Renewed Push to Free Colombian Rebel in US

As negotiations to end Colombia's half-century conflict close in on a final deal, attention is turning to the fate of an aging bank manager turned leftist rebel who is being held at a U.S. maximum security prison alongside notorious terrorists.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia
Colombian President Santos Wants FARC Rebels Off Terror List

President Juan Manuel Santos is asking the United States to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from its list of terrorist organizations and suspend drug warrants against guerrilla commanders to help him seal a peace deal with Latin America's oldest leftist insurgency.

Venezuela
Venezuela Doctors Fume at Official Silence on Zika Virus

Venezuela's medical community is demanding the government publish statistics about the Zika virus and warning that the South American country, which borders nations that are hotbeds of the illness, could already be facing an epidemic.

Haiti

Antigua & Barbuda
OAS to Send Special Mission to Haiti Amid Political Crisis

The threat of instability in Haiti prompted the Organization of American States to authorize a special mission to help the troubled nation find a way out of a simmering political crisis and set a new date for a runoff election.

Pope Francis

Mexico
Immigration at Center of Pope's Visit to Mexico-US Border

Immigration has been a hot-button campaign issue particularly among Republican hopefuls such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who have taken an increasingly hard line with Trump vowing to deport the more than 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and Cruz aiming to end birthright citizenship for their U.S.-born children. It is also an issue close to Francis' heart, and while analysts doubt he will wade too blatantly into the political thicket, his very presence along the border speaking on the issue will turn heads.

Mexico
Jones Day Handles $126M Bond Issue for Mexican Wind Farm

Demex Oaxaca 1, a Mexican subsidiary of Spain's Renovalia Energy, issued $126 million in bonds on the Mexican stock exchange and obtained a $12 million loan to refinance debt incurred in the construction and operation of a 90-megawatt wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

Colombia
UN OKs Mission to Monitor Future Cease-Fire in Colombia

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to establish a political mission to monitor and verify a future cease-fire in Colombia that would end Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.

Saul Berenthal, co-founder of Cleber, a company that wants to make tractors in Cuba’s Port of Mariel.

Cuba
Wariness in US About Cuba's Mariel Development Zone

U.S. companies are showing interest in the incentives offered by Cuba for businesses interested in opening at the Port of Mariel, but business climate concerns are still in play.

Cuba
Miami-Dade Commission Wants to Skip Cuban Consulate

Commissioners vote 9-3 for a resolution asking the Obama administration to leave Miami-Dade County out of consideration for a Cuban consulate.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

China
This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

Richard Montes de Oca, managing partner of MDO Partners in Miami.

Latino Businesses Need to Firm Up Succession Plans

A survey shows Latino business owners want to keep their companies in the family but are bad at planning for the inevitable.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

China
This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

Firm Financials

Brazil
South Americans Top Foreigners Buying Miami Homes

Venezuelan buyers topped the charts, purchasing 21 percent of Miami homes sold to international buyers in the 12 months ending in June, according to the Miami Association of Realtors.

Michael A. Silva

US Withholding Going Up for Foreign Sellers of Real Estate

Closing agents soon will need to withhold more from foreign sellers than pre-printed contracts indicate for real estate worth more than $300,000.

Alan L. Weisberg

Cuba
Surprise: Foreign Deals Can Come With US Taxes

Many recent immigrants don't realize they have to pay U.S. income taxes on foreign income, and exchange rates can complicate the calculations.

Cuba
Fates of 53 Cuban Dissidents Show Difficulty of US Policy

One year ago, the Cuban government began releasing 53 political prisoners that President Barack Obama wanted freed as part of a historic deal to re-establish diplomatic relations between the former Cold War foes.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil
Baker Botts Bags Rio Office Amid Bay Area Opening

Baker Botts, which officially announced Thursday its entry into San Francisco, also said it would close up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The firm opened its Brazilian outpost two years ago.

Venezuela
Venezuela Opposition Swears in Lawmakers Barred by Court

The new opposition-dominated congress swore in three lawmakers barred by the Supreme Court from taking their seats, setting up a confrontation with the ruling socialists in this oil-exporting nation mired in deep economic troubles.

Dominican Republic
Dominican Economy Establishes Itself as Region's Strongest

The economy of the Dominican Republic grew 7 percent last year and established itself as the most robust in the Latin American and Caribbean region, officials said Wednesday.

The Venezuelan government is trying to silence website dolartoday.com, based in Delaware, that publishes that nation’s black market currency rate. Publication of unofficial exchange rates is a crime in Venezuela..

Venezuela
Venezuelan Government Files Lawsuit Against Black Market Currency Rate Website

The Venezuelan government is trying to silence a website based in Delaware that publishes that nation's black market currency rate. Publication of unofficial exchange rates is a crime in Venezuela.

Aerial view of the debris after a dam burst at the small town of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Brazil
Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Caught Up in Brazil’s Bad Times

A former co-head of Allen & Overy's global corporate group has been charged in a corruption probe at Brazilian oil colossus Petrobras, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been hired by Brazilian mining giant Vale in the aftermath of a tragic dam collapse.

Cuba
Five Ways to (Legally) Sun Yourself in Cuba

Here are some of the easiest ways to arrange Cuba trips without fear of breaking the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica Suspends Visas for Cubans as Regional Protest

Costa Rica suspended visas to Cuban migrants trying to head north to the U.S. after yet another failure to broker a deal with neighbors that would create a corridor through Central America allowing them to pass.

Raul Castro

Cuba
Raul Castro Urges US to End Broadcasts Aimed at Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro urged the U.S. government to halt radio and television broadcasts aimed at the island and other programs that Cuba considers harmful while reiterating that he is interested in deepening the thaw in relations with the United States.

Brazil
Chamber Lobbies for Expansion of Visas Targeting Brazilian Execs

A Brazilian-American coalition plans to lobby Congress to put Brazil on E-1 and E-2 trader visa list.

Spanish PR Firm Buys Stake in Miami's EDF

International public relations firm Llorente & Cuenca acquires 70 percent of EDF Communications, including the company's operations in Latin America.

Cuba
US-Cuba Flight Deal Would Jump-Start Lagging Business Ties

The United States and Cuba are on the verge of a deal to restore regular airline flights, jump-starting economic relations that have languished despite a year of rapid progress on the diplomatic front, Cuba's top negotiator said on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.

New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY

State court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel. The rules take effect Dec. 30.

EB-5 Law Heading for Temporary Extension Without Changes

Attorneys close to negotiations say the business-funding immigration law will be extended unchanged until September 2016 while work continues on proposed changes.

Jose Ferrer

Cuba
U.S. Judgment Holders Study Cuban Creditor Deal

Holders of U.S. court judgments think they are better off legally than an international creditors group that reached a landmark agreement with Cuba.

Miami to Host Hispanic National Bar Conference in 2017

Miami won its bid to host the Hispanic National Bar Association's prestigious corporate counsel conference in 2017, beating out cities like New York and Washington D.C.

Mikki Canton, the architect and managing director of the City of Miami's EB-5 Regional Center

Latest Reforms to EB-5 Program Are Nearly Complete

Reforms to the EB-5 visa program will increase oversight as well as increase costs to investors.

Venezuela
Venezuelan Opposition Wins Congress, Aims for Supermajority

Venezuela's opposition rejoiced after its shock triumph in legislative elections and waited anxiously for the final tally to see whether it secured a two-thirds supermajority that could dramatically wrest power from President Nicolas Maduro after 17 years of socialist rule.

Venezuela
Venezuela Election Hints at More Capitalism for Latin America

Following the Venezuela election, South Florida attorneys dealing with Latin America say they see the overall trend toward the political and economic right, and over time it may affect the flight capital that heads to Miami.

Brazil
Embattled Brazil House Speaker Vehemently Denies Bribery Reports

The embattled speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives has vehemently denied reports that a document seized in a corruption probe suggests he received nearly $12 million to support legislation favoring a top investment bank.

Peru
Victims of 1992 Peru Massacre Finally Get Proper Burial

More than two decades after they were massacred by Maoist-inspired insurgents during Peru's bloody civil conflict, 34 Andean villagers were finally given a proper burial.

Mauricio Macri

Argentina
Attorneys See More Favorable Business Climate in Argentina Thanks to Election of New President

Professionals in Argentina and the United States are counting on reforms to expand investment and the business environment in the Latin American country.

Argentina
'Kirchner Era' Ends With Opposition Candidate's Win in Argentina

President-elect Mauricio Macri's promises to revitalize Argentina's sagging economy with free-market reforms and improve strained relations with the United States resonated with voters, carrying him to a historic win that ended 12 years of often-conflictive rule by President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband.

Angola
Investors Wait Out Slump in Latin American Economy

Latin America's economic prospects for 2016 continue to worsen, and the ongoing global drop in commodity prices may be prolonged, according to one economist.

Cuba
Cuba Blames US for Instigating Surge of Migrants From Island

Cuban officials blamed the United States for instigating a surge in the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. through Central America amid ongoing efforts to normalize relations between the former Cold War foes.

Venezuela
Confusing Candidates on Ballot Vex Venezuela Opposition

The ballot for congressional elections in which Venezuela's ruling socialists face their stiffest challenge in 16 years is dizzying enough in the industrial state of Maracay, with more than two dozen parties on the ballot.

Cuba
In Cuba, a Reporter Searches for a Lost Past and Finds a Family

I was born in the United States, but my family never let me forget that we're Cuban.

Venezuela
Nephews of Venezuelan First Lady to Be Arraigned in US Court

Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady are facing arraignment in New York after being arrested in Haiti on charges of conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S., people familiar with the case said.

Congressman Joaquin Castro

Botswana
Congressman Castro: Latin America Lacks Attention From Congress

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio tells a Miami legal summit that he wants relations between the U.S. and Latin America to focus more on trade and other economic opportunities than the negatives of immigration, drugs and corruption.

100 Montaditos

100 Montaditos Chain Emerging From Bankruptcy With Cash From Parent

The sandwich restaurant chain emerges from bankruptcy in Miami with a $2.5 million cash injection from its Spanish parent.

Carson Pledges to Advocate for Statehood for Puerto Rico

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson traveled to Puerto Rico to support the U.S. territory becoming the 51st state, saying that would strengthen the United States.

Judge John W. Thornton Jr.

Ecuador
Judge Drops Ecuador's Suit Against Brothers Accused of $662 Million Bank Embezzlement

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton tosses Ecuador's civil case against two bank-executive brothers it blames for the 2001 collapse of Filanbanco.

Cuba
Lawyers Look to Cuba as Trade Embargo Loosens

As Cuba’s borders slowly open up to American investment, a cadre of U.S. lawyers is hoping to make new inroads related to pastimes beloved by both countries: booze and baseball.

Mexico
Drug War Led Hogan Lovells Partner to Adopt Pro-Pot Stance

A ruling this week by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually legalize marijuana in the country. Hogan Lovells partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is one of four plaintiffs that brought the landmark case in an effort to end decades of drug violence.

Argentina
For Transgender Community, Argentine Girl Sign of Hope

Luana had to fight to be a girl. She was born a boy, and struggled with a world that insisted that was what she must be. Then, in 2013, she became the youngest person to take advantage of an Argentine law that allows people to identify their own gender for legal purposes.

Cuba
US Companies in Cuba for Weeklong Celebration of Commerce

A weeklong celebration of commerce is underway in one of the world's last communist countries, with hundreds of international corporations, including some big U.S. firms, flocking to Havana to try to do business with a government basking in expectations of growth set off by detente with Washington.

Trade Experts Declare It's 'Not the Same Latin America'

A decade of change in Latin America has produced new policies that encourage growth, trade experts say.

Cuba
UN Overwhelmingly Condemns US Embargo on Cuba; US Votes 'No'

The United States on Tuesday voted against a U.N. resolution condemning its embargo on Cuba, even though President Barack Obama has called on Congress to lift the trade restrictions.

Cuba
The Intersection of Cuba and the FCPA

The easing of U.S. restrictions against Cuba entice businesses to explore new markets, but Americans need to know about the breadth of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act before venturing south, writes attorney Aryeh Kaplan.

Brazil
Petrobras Scandal Tally So Far: $5 Billion in Losses

A statement by a Norwegian company about bribes to the Brazilian oil company is the latest blow in an unfolding scandal.

David Rivkin

Q&A: David W. Rivkin, President of the International Bar Association

This year, the prominent practitioner of international dispute resolution and president of the International Bar Association (IBA) estimates he has flown approximately 200,000 miles—the equivalent of 10 times around world.

From Phones to T-Shirts, Plenty of Ways to Launder Drug Cash

From mobile phones in Miami to T-shirts in Los Angeles, drug organizations are finding ways to convert illicit U.S. dollars into pesos for cartels in Mexico and South America.

DLA Piper, Garrigues Take Aim at Emerging Markets

DLA Piper announced a new base in Morocco, to be followed in early 2016 by an outpost in Johannesburg. Garrigues, meanwhile, is bolstering its presence in Latin America through a tie-up with a Colombian firm.

Angola
Visas For Latin American Professionals Available at U.S. Consulates Overseas

Latin American professionals can seek U.S. work visas in a matter of weeks or months that also covers their spouses and minor children, writes attorney Maria Mejia-Opaciuch.

Cuba
Cuba Submits Latest Draft UN Resolution Against US Embargo

The latest draft United Nations resolution urging the United States to end its economic embargo on Cuba has appeared—and it points out President Barack Obama's commitment to end the policy.

Honduras
Powerful Honduran Businessman Accused of Money Laundering

One of Honduras' most powerful businessmen and two of his family members have been indicted in the United States for allegedly laundering money for drug traffickers.

Venezuela
Chavez Disciplines Maduros and Cabello Are on a Collision Course

With the Venezuela's deepest-ever depression pushing President Nicolas Maduros popularity to a record low, Diosdado Cabello, president of the Congress, has acted in public as the loyal deputy, performing gritty tasks in the most difficult moments and places.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Another Big Deal for Teva, and a Mystery Role for Kirkland Revealed

Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.

China
The World's Best Known Law Firms

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

Sean Penn in Port au Prince in February 2015.

Antigua & Barbuda
Reed Smith Cedes Center Stage to Sean Penn at Reforestation Press Conference

The Am Law 100 firm is representing the Academy Award-winning actor and political activist’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit on a reforestation project in Haiti unveiled Monday in New York at The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.

<b>OIL GIANT:</b> An alleged kickback scheme uncovered within Petrobras is expected to ensnare U.S. companies with business ties to the company, which is owned by the Brazilian government.

Brazil
Ripples of Petrobras Scandal Hit U.S. Companies

Energy corporations conducting business in Brazil should prepare for DOJ and SEC scrutiny.

How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.

China
How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.

Benjamin Torres-Barron

Mexico
Mexico's Upcoming Oil Auction Offers Opportunities for Lawyers, U.S. Companies

Scheduled for Sept. 30, the second auction for offshore oil blocks will offer five groups of shallow water fields in Mexico, according to the Mexico's energy department, the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

Robert F. Kohlman

Venezuela
Attorney Seeks to Revive Defamation Suit Against Venezuela Company

Robert Kohlman wants to revive a defamation suit for his client, who he says was the target of an attempt "to muzzle a free press."

Robert F. Kohlman

Venezuela
Attorney Seeks to Revive Defamation Suit Against Venezuela Company

Robert Kohlman wants to revive a defamation suit for his client, who he says was the target of an attempt "to muzzle a free press."

Thomas Pate, Carlos Viana and Sean T. Williams, with White & Case

Chile
White & Case Attorneys Arrange $187M Solar Energy Loan in Chile

Carlos Viana, Thomas Pate and Sean Williams represented four banks that provided a $187 million credit line to a joint venture building a solar power plant in Chile.

Report: 64,000 People Fled Puerto Rico Last Year Amid Crisis

A record 64,000 Puerto Ricans left the island last year for the U.S. mainland, the highest number in the past decade, officials said.

Christopher K. Gilbert

Cuba
Lawyer Offering Motorcycle Tours in Cuba

"I'm essentially making up my mind to not be chained to my desk for the rest of my life," said Chris Gilbert, a former State Bar of Texas board member.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela Extends Monthlong Border Crackdown to 3rd State

President Nicolas Maduro has closed the last remaining bridge connecting Venezuela with Colombia as he extends a monthlong crackdown on smuggling along the border that is fueling tensions between the two neighbors.

Puerto Rico Is Still in Hot Water With $72 Billion in Debt

A proposal to address Puerto Rico's debt burden lacks one big thing -- authority to file for Chapte 9 bankruptcy protection, writes attorney Charles M. Tatelbaum.

Pope Francis

Cuba
As Pope Set to Visit, Church Has Boosted Social Work in Cuba

When Pope Francis arrives in Havana on Sept. 19, he'll find his church ministering to more Cubans than at any time since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Mexico
Abbott To Establish Energy Task Force Between Texas and Mexico

During his recent visit to Mexico, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Texas and Mexico's intent to establish an energy task force, which will foster discussions on energy reform as developments in the energy industry proliferate at home and across the border.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country's frontier with Colombia and ordered the closure of the main border crossing in the country's biggest state.

Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Ecuador
Canada’s Supreme Court Says Ecuadoreans Can Sue Chevron

Canada’s highest court ruled Friday that thousands of Ecuadorean villagers seeking to hold Chevron liable in an epic environmental toxic torts case can sue the energy giant north of the border.

Colombia
Colombia to Give Citizenship to Venezuelans Hurt by Crisis

Colombia is giving citizenship to dozens of Venezuelans separated from family members as part of President Nicolas Maduro's crackdown on illegal immigration along the border.

Argentina
Litigator of the Week: Joseph Neuhaus of Sullivan & Cromwell

Thanks to Neuhaus, after nine years of litigation Argentina’s central bank is off the hook from having to cover more than $2 billion in defaulted Argentinian bond debt.

Colombia
Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Venezuela
Dozens of Venezuelans Shot by Police Amid Crime Crackdown

Slayings have raised concerns about a recent crime-fighting initiative that aims to take back neighborhoods overrun by gangs. The program, officially rolled out in July as Operation Liberate the People, has already seen police shoot and kill more than 80 suspected criminals, according to an AP tally based on officials' statements to the media. There have been no reports of police injuries or deaths during the crackdown.

Pope Francis

Argentina
Argentine Mom Hopes Pope Will Help Get Son Off Death Row

When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years. "I've prayed so much for that young man from Cordoba," she says Francis told her, referring to the hometown of Victor Hugo Saldano.

The Appellate Division, First Department, at 27 Madison Ave.

Tax Lawyer's Claim of Fraudulent Inducement Proceeds

Steven Laduzinski alleged he was lured by a promise of a managerial post overseeing a high workload at consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, but that the company was actually suffering from a sharp downturn and his supervisors were more interested in exploiting his business contacts with wealthy Latin Americans.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela's Maduro Vows to Extend Colombian Border Crackdown

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to extend a crackdown on illegal migrants from neighboring Colombia he blames for rampant crime and widespread shortages, while authorities across the border struggled to attend to droves of returning deportees.

Puerto Rico Statehooders See Opportunity as Woes Deepen

Puerto Ricans have been divided over their relationship to the U.S. mainland for decades. Since 1967, most voters in three referendums have favored remaining a semiautonomous territory, which advocates say preserves the island's cultural identity and provides more local control.

Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto

Mexico
HP Uses Report to Fight Foreign Bribery Allegations

In a motion to dismiss, HP's lawyers say an internal investigation at Mexico's state oil and gas company found no wrongdoing.

Mexico
After Jones Day Raid, Greenberg Traurig Rebuilds Mexico City Outpost

The Miami-based Am Law 100 is the latest to ramp up its operations in Mexico, picking up the co-founders of Mexico City’s Orrantia y Robles and a Jones Day labor law expert. The hires come two months after Jones Day hired Greenberg Traurig’s local managing partner.

Mexico
At Busy Crossing, Pedestrians Need Passports to Enter Mexico

Walking into Mexico at the nation's busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners.

John Kerry

Cuba
Cubans Sound Unusually Open to Kerry's Call for Democracy

The blazing Caribbean sun rose Saturday on a U.S. flag flying over Havana for the first time in 54 years and people discussing political reform with an openness that once would have been unimaginable in Cuba.

Mexico
Reputed Gang Leader, Reporter, 4 Others Killed in Mexico

Five gunmen burst into a bar and killed a reputed drug gang boss, a reporter and four other people in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said.

Thomas J. Pate

Venezuela
White & Case Lawyer's Murder Underlines Dangers of Practicing in Venezuela

The Miami legal community and members of the Venezuelan American Bar Assocation are reeling over the death of John Pate, the father of White & Case Miami associate who was murdered at his upscale Caracas home.

Cuba
US Culture Already Widespread in Cuba as Ties Resume

Far beyond the antique Chevys on its streets and the memorials to Ernest Hemingway, Cuba is a country whose language, music, literature and fashion are steeped in American influence despite a half-century of official hostility.

Shanado Phillips with his son

Testimony Changes Judge's Mind on Illegal Entry Charge

A federal judge who said he was initially skeptical about a Jamaica-born felon's "predictable and unimpressive" appeal to avoid deportation has reconsidered his position and dismissed an indictment against the man for illegally reentering the United States.

Venezuela
US Lawyer Slain in Venezuela Home

John Ralston Pate, 70, a prominent American expatriate lawyer was slain and his companion was wounded in an attack at their home in Caracas.

Brazil
Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and federal immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

Brazil
Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and U.S. immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

At San Diego, at Least, the Border Has Become More Orderly

A sign that greets motorists entering the U.S. at the nation's busiest border crossing shows a silhouette of a man, woman and pigtailed girl running for their lives under the word "Caution." It was erected 25 years ago, when hordes of immigrants regularly stormed the border in "banzai runs" from Mexico, startling drivers along California's Interstate 5. The sign looks strangely out of place today.

Argentina
Former Argentine President on Trial for Bombing Cover-Up

Former President Carlos Menem, a former top judge and several others are on trial for allegedly derailing the investigation into the 1994 attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association that left 85 people dead.

Mexico
Chicken Suit Involving Pfizer Stays in Pennsylvania

A lawsuit filed by Mexican chicken breeders against pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Zoetis for producing faulty chicken vaccines will be litigated in Pennsylvania, not Mexico, a federal judge has ruled.

Cuba
Yacht Charter Plans First US-Cuba Voyage Under Relaxed Rules

A Palm Beach yacht owner says he will be the first to sail into Cuba under new U.S. rules when he leaves Key West wiith 12 passengers.

Barack Obama.

Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans

The Obama administration's charm offensive with unfriendly states has rolled through Myanmar, Iran and Cuba. Next stop: Venezuela.

Brazil
Brands Face Legal Hurdles Ahead of 2016 Summer Olympics

Official sponsors of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio are already making grand plans, and brand owners who are not official sponsors had better watch out.

Intercontinental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds

Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.

Marco Rubio

Cuba
Attorney Chides Rubio for Insisting on U.S.-Cuba Trade Embargo

Attorney Adolfo Garcia takes U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to task for his continued support for the Cuban embargo.

Tim Lobanov

Despite Chinese Growth, Miami Investors Mostly Latin American

Tim Lobanov, managing director of Verasca Group, shares his thoughts on the foreign investment coming into the Miami market.

Uber iPhone app.

Mexico
Uber Cars Bashed in Mexico, Cabbies Protest Ride-Booking Apps

A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based ride-booking services in the capital.

Cuba
Special Report: Cuba

For more than a year, no bank was willing to become Cuba's official bank in the United States--until a small community bank based in Pompano Beach stepped up.

Peru
Peru Decrees Warrantless Geolocation Tracking of Cellphones

Peru's government ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Peru
Sentencing Should Not Rely on Immigration Status, Panel Says

The Second Department ruled the trial court should not have reasoned that sentencing Luis Cesar to probation would present an "ethical problem" because Cesar is an undocumented immigrant and "condition number one of any sentence of probation is not to violate any laws."

Cuba
McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

Spain
McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

Peter Berlowe and Daniel Vielleville

Venezuela
She Left Cargill and Got Severance. Problem Was, it Wasn't Paid in US Dollars

Attorneys Daniel Vielleville and Peter Berlowe represent a Weston resident who received a severance package in Venezuelan bolivars instead of dollars.

Puerto Ricans Stuggle, Moving to Central Florida

Almost 1 million Puerto Ricans live in Florida, with about 400,000 living in central Florida, and Florida will soon rival New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Mexico
Uber’s Legal Woes: Ride-Sharing Service Facing Fresh Legal Obstacles in Mexico

Uber continues to face legal challenges abroad — something the ride-sharing company has done since its outset, but with recent pushback from France and Mexico.

Cuba
Visitors Flock to Havana Since US, Cuba Establish Ties

With Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro making global headlines for restarting diplomatic relations between their countries after five decades, 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for the Cuban tourism industry.

Dominican Republic
Many Leave Dominican Republic for Haiti to Avoid Deportation

Thousands of people from Haiti or merely of Haitian descent aren't waiting to see if they'll be forcibly removed from the Dominican Republic now that the deadline has passed to apply for legal residency.

EB-5 Funding Is Turning Miami China-Centric

Chinese investors accept a rate of return on their invested capital as low as 0.5 of a percent to get the certainty of job creation and green card approval, writes attorney Ronald Fieldstone.

Mexico
Dismay in US Over Guzman's Escape From Mexican Prison

Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.

Judge Lohier

Dominican Republic
Disparity in Citizenship Law Is Found Unconstitutional

Immigration law that requires unwed fathers to live in the United States longer than unwed mothers when considering their children born abroad for citizenship is unconstitutional, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

NYC City Council Speaker: Washington Must Help Puerto Rico

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is arguably becoming one of the nation's most influential Puerto Rican politicians, is urging Congress and the Obama administration to step in and help the island commonwealth struggling under the weight of its debt.

Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Littler Lands in Nicaragua

Littler Mendelson has expanded to Nicaragua, with the July 1 launch of an office in the Central American nation's capital of Managua by Littler Global member BDS Asesores.

Carnival's Adonia, which carries 710 passengers, is part of its Fathom line.

Cuba
Carnival to Launch Miami to Cuba Cruises in May

Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to Cuba, becoming the first American cruise company to visit that island since the 1960 trade embargo.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Brings Focus on Poor to South America

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador Sunday, starting a nine-day visit to South America in which he's expected to focus on the poor and challenge policies on oil drilling that damage the environment.

Mexico
A Year On, Children Caught on Border Struggle to Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

Kimberly Cook holds the bible for her husband Ramón A. Abadin as he is sworn into the president of the Florida Bar by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Cuba
Cuban-American Florida Bar President Plans Cuba Trip

Newly installed Florida Bar president Ramon Abadin is planning an attorney trip to his native Cuba but won't be making the tourist stops taken on the international law section's visit.

Uber iPhone app.

Mexico
Government Officials Hint at Possible Win for Uber in Mexico City

Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France's president to promise a crackdown. But the smartphone-based ride-sharing app may soon get some good news in Mexico City.

Cuban flag hangs in the doorway to the Museo de Arte Colonial.

Cuba
US Embassy in Havana Marks 'New Chapter'

President Barack Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington

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The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.

Cuba
Cuba's Popularity Concerns Caribbean Tourism Officials

Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

Panama
Noriega Asks for Panama's Forgiveness in Jailhouse Interview

Former dictator Manuel Noriega broke a long silence to ask his compatriots to forgive actions by his military regime that culminated in the 1989 U.S. invasion.

Cuba
Review Board Weighs Release of Injured Guantanamo Prisoner

A Libyan prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with battlefield wounds made his initial appearance before a review board that will decide whether he can be released after 13 years in custody.

Colombia
Report: Colombia Generala Go Unpunished in Civilian Killings

Dozens of senior Colombian army officers implicated in the killing of 3,000 civilians falsely claimed to be rebels a decade ago have risen through the ranks and are escaping punishment for their roles in one of Latin America's worst atrocities, Human Rights Watch said.

Cuba
Close But No Cigar: US-Cuba Wrangle on Embassies 6 Months On

Six months ago, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro stunned the world by announcing an end to their nations' half-century of official hostility. Yet, even as observers say a deal is imminent, the two governments have not taken the important but symbolic step of turning their "interests" offices into formal embassies in Havana and Washington.

Steven Donziger outside the Manhattan federal courthouse in April

Ecuador
Suit Against Donziger Belongs in Ecuador, Panel Determines

Ecuador, not New York, is the proper venue for a group of indigenous Ecuadorians to sue New York attorney Steven Donziger, who they claim is cheating them out of their fair share of a judgment in the long-running dispute against Chevron, the First Department ruled Tuesday.

Venezuela
As Struggling Professors Flee, Higher Education Suffers in Venezuela

Venezuela has already lost many of its brightest young professionals to better-paying jobs abroad, and now the South American country is also losing the professors who trained them.

Honduras
Honduras Escapes $205M Award on Lumber Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decides Honduras isn't liable for a $205 million default judgment against a company it created.

St. Peter's Basilica

Cuba
Vatican Indicts Ex-Ambassador to Dominican Republic

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been indicted on charges he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country and had child pornography on his computer and will stand trial next month in a Vatican court.

Venezuela
Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Calls Off Hunger Strike

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader Daniel Ceballos called off his hunger strike Thursday after 20 days.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Cuba
Republican Senator Sees US Embassy in Havana Coming Soon

The opening of a U.S. embassy in Cuba for the first in 54 years is "imminent," a U.S. senator said as he and two other Republicans finished a short visit to Cuba said.

02/18/14-- Miami-- Tim Gifford,Senior Vice President, with CBRE

Mexico
REITs Open Up Mexico Markets

Just a few years ago, Mexico's real estate investors were in an exclusive club: wealthy, independent and private buyers who took their pick of the choice inventory and controlled the lion's share of the country's commercial properties. That's changed.

Cuba
Cuba Work Skyrockets

Law firms are trumpeting their Cuba teams and hosting events to explore the island's risks and opportunities.

Mexico
Deals and More Deals as Mexico Finally Opens

International and Mexican law firms are riding a wave of new deals as Mexico moves ahead with bold plans to open its national energy sector to foreign and private investment for the first time in 76 years.

Jerry Brodsky

Brazil
Layer Keeps Rio Olympics on Track

Miami attorney Jerry Brodsky was tapped to set up dispute boards to keep the Rio Olympics construction on schedule.

FBI Beefs up FCPA Teams

The Justice Department is adding to its enforcement arsenal by tripling the number of agents working on cases.

Cuba

Cuba
Cuba's Risks or Rewards?

Experts warn the foreign investors will be looking for a functional legal system and a willingness to take disputes to international arbitration before they will invest big dollars in Cuba.

House confiscated by the Castro regime that once belonged to the family of Attorney Jesus Suarez, with Genovese Joblove & Battista.

Cuba
Back in Time: Attorneys Visit Their Families' Former Homes in Cuba Before Castro (Slideshow)

For a handful of Cuban-American attorneys visiting Cuba with a Florida Bar delegation, the trip was a journey to their roots.

Paraguay
Former South American Soccer Boss Mired in FIFA Scandal

The era of grand privileges and immunity for the soccer confederation appears to be coming to an end in Paraguay, a poor, landlocked nation of 6.8 million, where smuggling, corruption and tax evasion are endemic. Nicholas Leoz, now 86, was one of 14 people indicted by the U.S. Justice Department last week on charges of bribery, racketeering and money laundering.

Venezuela
Jailed Mayors' Hunger Strike Rallies Venezuelan Opposition

A hunger strike by two high-profile imprisoned politicians is generating excitement among some members of a Venezuelan opposition that has seemed mostly disengaged since 2014's fiery protests.

Capitol building in Havana

Cuba
Cuban Investment on Horizon. But Is It Worth the Risk?

About 30 lawyers from the international law section of the Florida Bar who went on a fact-finding mission to Cuba returned to the United States with concerns about investment opportunities.

Vendor selling pork rinds in Havana

Cuba
Havana Streets, a Reporter's View (Slideshow)

DBR reporter Julie Kay recently took a trip to Cuba with about 30 lawyers from the International Section of the Florida Bar. These are the photos she took.

Colombia
DLA Piper Expands to Colombia With Martinez Neira

London-based DLA Piper expands to Colombia under a cooperative agreement with Martinez Neira Abogados, one of the country's leading law firms.

Cuba
US. Journalism Courses Rile Cuba Amid Effort to Heal Rift

About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABCs of journalism: how to craft a news story, write a headline and check sources. To their government, however, they are taking part in criminal activity.

Julie Kay

Cuba
She Learned Firsthand Just How Lacking in Basic Freedoms Cuba is

Review reporter Julie Kay shadowed lawyers touring Cuba last week. Kay had a few tense moments when was kicked off the tour and told by the government to stop writing during her visit.

Cuba
A Frank Assessment on Cuba From Its Longest Serving Correspondent

Marc Frank, the longest serving foreign correspondent in Cuba, delivered a candid assessment of the Cuban political system to lawyers visiting Cuba from the Florida Bar International Section.

Attorney Osvaldo Miranda Diaz provides an overview of the Cuban legal system describing the role of lawyers in Cuba and the legal services provided at his firm, Cuban Law Collective.

Cuba
Strong Words From Havana Lawyer on Cuba's Legal System: 'Disgusting'

Havana attorney Osvaldo Miranda Diaz told a 30-attorney delegation from Florida that Cuban lawyers get tired of complaining to government officials about the lack of due process in Cuba's courts.

Third District Court of Appeal

Venezuela
3rd DCA Demands Deposition from Venezuelan Oil Magnate

The Third District Court of Appeal unanimously denied a motion for a protective order to prevent deposition of a Venezuelan oil magnate in Miami malpractice lawsuit.

Cuba
US Senator in Cuba Says Normal Relations 'Weeks Away'

The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island.

Cuba
Stunning 36 Percent Rise in US Visits to Cuba Since January

The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries such as Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

Puerto Rico Gov Files $9.8B Budget That Calls for Deep Cuts

Puerto Rico's governor submitted a $9.8 billion budget proposal calling for $674 million in cuts amid the U.S. territory's economic crisis.

Cuba
Cuba Establishes Banking Relationship in US

President Barack Obama wants a guarantee that U.S. diplomats can travel wherever they want on Cuba and meet whomever they please.

Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those partners has decided to stay put. Bruno Soares, the only one of the three who is actually based in Brazil, will remain with Allen & Overy.

United Kingdom
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those A&O partners has decided to stay put.

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Debt-Choked Puerto Rico at Fiscal Brink as Bond Buyers Pull Back

Puerto Rico is hurtling toward the fiscal brink. After years of borrowing to paper over deficits, and with $630 million due to investors on July 1, the island may confront the unthinkable: a default.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Inflation Rate Is 200% and Credit Card Companies Are Cashing In

Venezuela's economic collapse is driving factories out of business, leaving store shelves barren and wiping out workers' purchasing power. But MasterCard Inc. is doing just fine.

Mexico
Mexico to Give $3.3M to Victims of Army Slayings, Relatives

The Mexican government said it will give at least $3.3 million to relatives of criminal suspects slain in 2014 by soldiers under a Mexican law requiring compensation for victims of human rights violations.

Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Venezuela
Ford to Sell Venezuelan Cars in Greenbacks in Dollarization

Ford Motor Co. will sell some of its cars in Venezuela in dollars to alleviate a shortage of greenbacks that has slashed its imports and paralyzed its plant, according to a labor union official.

Raul Castro

Cuba
Raul Castro Was So Impressed With Pope Francis, He Actually Said This

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente—and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.

People celebrate near the Congress building after learning that Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned amid a customs corruption scandal.

Guatemala
Guatemala Wiretaps Lead to Fraud, Bribery Cases in Government

Wiretappings that prosecutors used to track down a million-dollar fraud ring run out of the Guatemalan government have cost the vice president her job and now may lead to the Central American country's Supreme Court.

Nicolas Maduro

Colombia
Venezuela's Poor Neighbors Flee en Masse Years After Arrival

Colombian immigrants, who greatly benefited from the socialist policies of Chavez and Maduro, are heading home as the Venezuelan economy tanks.

Mexico
Mexican Drug Cartel Jalisco New Generation Flexes Muscles

An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said.

Puerto Rico Governore Signs Order to Legalize Medical Pot

Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate.

Uruguay
Uruguay Urges Ex-Guantanamo Detainees to Sign for Housing

Uruguay's foreign minister said that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.

Mexico
Mexico Officials Investigate Case of Girl Wrongly Sent to US

Prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother, authorities said.

Honduras
Honduras High Court Voids Ban on Presidential Re-Election

Honduras' Supreme Court on Thursday voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term—the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist President Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

Gibson Dunn's Theodore Olson outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: Will Chevron Lose in the Second Circuit?

Ted Olson didn't quite live up to his legend in April 20 arguments over the $9.5 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron. The question is whether Chevron blew the case.

Colombia
Professional Liars Are Undermining Justice in Colombia

Authorities have taken to calling it the "cartel of false witnesses," with paid liars sometimes testifying in dozens of cases at a time, parading from courtroom to courtroom.

700 South Florida Electronics Companies Under Scrutiny for Drug Laundering

Looking to squeeze a money-laundering scheme favored by drug cartels, federal orders have placed nearly 700 South Florida import-export businesses under tighter scrutiny.

Ford

Mexico
Low Wages, Trade Deals Lure Auto Plants to Mexico

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the United States and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Venezuela
Wall St. Has No Idea How Much Money Venezuela Has

Bond investors suspect the Venezuelan government is pretty low on cash. Just how low, though, is a tricky question.

Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala

Guatemala
UN Anti-Crime Panel's Future Uncertain in Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina says he will decide soon whether Guatemala will continue cooperating with U.N. International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala or hand its responsibilities over to local law enforcement.

Steven Donziger appears at a press conference last March in Quito, Ecuador.

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: Chevron, Donziger and Human Rights 101

For the author of "Human Rights in a Nutshell," the lessons of Chevron are pretty simple: "Advocates for human rights do not advance human rights by violating them."

Cuba
US and Cuba Open Talks on Two of America's Most Wanted Fugitives

The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced.

Cuba
Ex-Colombia Ministers Convicted of Bribes on Behalf of Uribe

Colombia's Supreme Court convicted two close aides of former President Alvaro Uribe of bribing lawmakers to support the conservative leader's 2006 re-election.

Chile
Chile President Bachelet Signs Same-Sex Civil Union Law

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations.

Cuba
Obama to Remove Cuba from State Sponsor of Terror List

President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
Protests Across Brazil Seek Ouster of President Rousseff

Nationwide demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff swept Brazil for the second day in less than a month, though turnout at Sunday's protests appeared down, prompting questions about the future of the movement.

Cuba
Akerman Advises on Airbnb's Foray into Cuba

The short-term rental service is one of the first companies to take advantage of the loosening of regulations that for decades prohibited Americans from doing business in the island nation. Akerman partner Augusto Maxwell, who heads the firm's Cuba practice, worked to make the move happen for Airbnb.

El Salvador
Homicides in El Salvador Reach Record as Gang Violence Grows

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark milestone that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce and one that could mark a trend of greater violence to come.

Chile
Jailed Chilean Billionaires' Fortune Has Roots in Pinochet's Days

A corruption investigation involving two Chilean tycoons has put a spotlight on the fortune they started amassing during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Cuba
Poll: Cubans Expect US Detente to Improve Economic Lives

Cubans overwhelmingly expect detente with the United States to alter their widely disliked economic system, according to a rare poll of 1,200 people across the island.

Argentina
Argentina Sues Citibank Over Recent Agreement With Holdouts

The Argentine government said it was suing Citibank, the latest in an escalating proxy fight related to a legal battle over paying back the South American country's long-standing debt.

Panama
Panama's President an Unlikely Champion for Clean Government

President Juan Carlos Varela is an unlikely champion of clean government in Panama.

Cuba
Cuba-US Warming Held Up by Listing of Cuba as Terror Sponsor

American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba's presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats' freedom to travel and talk to ordinary Cubans without restriction, officials say.

Fidel Castro

Cuba
Fidel Castro Appears in Public in Cuba

Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, official media reported.

Cuba

Cuba
What If? Trademarks and a Possible End to the Cuban Embargo

With monumental changes on the horizon as diplomatic discussions focus on the potential end of the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, one of the issues to watch is trademarks.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
How Brazil's President Plans to Get Country, Herself Out of This Mess

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is battling to regain the trust of voters and global investors alike as the economy sinks and a corruption scandal deepens. On Tuesday she charted what she hopes is a path to recovery.

Robert Menendez.

Dominican Republic
Exclusive Dominican Resort Tied to Senator's Indictment

A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez.

Cuba
On Cuban Isle Once Home to Americans, a Look Back and Ahead

Relations between Cuba and the U.S. are beginning to warm up again, and perhaps the long absence of Americans from Cuba and the Isle of Youth may be coming to an end.

Brazil
Brazil's Ex-President Cardoso to Defend Jailed Venezuelans

Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.

Cuba
Run Out of Cuba, Americans Cling to Claims for Seized Property

With a change in diplomatic relations, what happens to 6,900 claims filed by Americans over property seized in Cuba?

Mexico
US Denies Young Mexican Visa for Transplant Treatment in US

Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant.

The Statue of Liberty

Appeals Court Sets April Hearing on Obama Immigration Action

A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced.

Uruguay
Ex-Guantanamo Detainee in Uruguay Wants to Discuss Future

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who led hunger strikes as a prisoner and was resettled in Uruguay along with five other ex-inmates said Monday he had requested a meeting with the foreign minister to talk about the men's future in the South American country.

Argentina
Tax Amnesty in Argentina Enables 15% Discouny

Stock broker Juan Cruz is banking on an unusual group of Argentines as he hunts for his first home in Buenos Aires: tax cheaters.

Cuba
Questions Over US-Cuba Talks Amid Venezuela Dispute

It has been a strange few days for U.S.-Cuba relations that are meant to be on the mend.

Cuba
Talks Wrap Up and Cuba's Leader Lambastes US Over Venezuela

A third round of negotiations over the restoration of full diplomatic relations ended after a day of talks, Cuban and U.S. officials said Tuesday. Hours later, Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a toughly worded attack on the United States for levying a new round of sanctions on his country's closest ally, Venezuela.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Jesuit Law Schools Address Immigration Flood

Thirteen law schools housed at Jesuit universities will collaborate to help unaccompanied children and immigrant families from Central America seek refuge in the United States.

Pope Francis

Chile
Pope's Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

Rev. Juan Barros has been tapped by Pope Francis to become bishop of a southern Chilean diocese this month, provoking an unprecedented outcry by abuse victims and Catholic faithful who contend he covered up sexual abuse committed by his mentor and superior, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, in the 1980s and '90s.

Argentina
The Global Lawyer: A Viewer's Guide to the Final(?) Season of Chevron in Ecuador

Both final episodes of the world's wackiest legal dramedy open April 20. Will Donziger jump the shark?

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

Mexico
Producer for CBS' "Survivor" Reality Show Sentenced to 12 Years in Wife's Mexico Killing

A onetime American reality television producer was convicted Thursday of murdering his wife during a 2010 Cancun beach vacation, a state prosecutor said.

Mexico
Mayer Brown Expands Energy Practice Into Mexico City

Recent reforms to the energy industry in Mexico have prompted Mayer Brown to establish an office in the country's capital city. The firm is bringing on Francisco Mendez, formerly ExxonMobil Corp.’s in-house counsel in Latin America, who will divide his time between Mexico City and Houston.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela President Seeks Increased Power After US Sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the U.S. for imposing sanctions on top Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations, saying he would ask his country's Congress to grant him additional powers to "fight imperialism."

Struggling Puerto Rico Cracks Down on Tax Cheats

A new plan backed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia aims to boost revenue and tackle the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt by creating a 16 percent value-added tax, or VAT.

United Kingdom
Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

Firm Financials

Brazil
Brazil Raises Rate to Highest Since 2009 as Real Fuels Inflation

Brazil's central bank raised borrowing costs to the highest level in almost six years on price pressure from a weakening currency and kept its options open on the size of the next increase.

Mexico
Slim Buys Bankia's Realia Stake, to Make Bid for Whole Company

Inmobiliaria Carso, a holding company for Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, agreed to buy Bankia SA's stake in Realia Business SA and make a bid for the whole company as he increases his investment in Spain.

Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) conference at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Cuba
U.S. Banking in Cuba: Olvidate! Don't Hold Your Breath

Speakers at a Florida International Bankers conference don't expect big changes in Cuban banking.

Cuba
Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help With Food Crisis

A delegation of about 90 representatives of U.S. agriculture will wrap up three days of meetings with Cuban officials and farmers as part of a lobbying campaign for the elimination of the half-century-old embargo.

Venezuela
Officials Called 'Terrorists' Mock Venezuela Travel Ban

Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.

Cuba
The Cuban Cigar King Sets His Sights on America

Two hours west of Havana, down a rutted dirt road and beyond the rusting gate, lies the humble secret to the mystique of Cuban cigars.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

How an Undocumented Immigrant Became Goldman Sachs Star

Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street's most profitable securities firm.

4 Ways to Fight Corruption in Government Procurement

Public procurement contracts often have been a breeding ground for corruption. What can companies do in these situations?

Mexico
Coca-Cola Bottler Suspends Operations in Mexican City

Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Mexico has temporarily suspended operations in the capital of the embattled state of Guerrero following attacks on its workers and its trucks.

Demonstrators with Witness Against Torture, a network of anti-torture activists, stand outside the Supreme Court

Cuba
Lost Amid Fiery Rhetoric: Progress Toward Closing Guantanamo

Despite the fiery rhetoric over Guantanamo in Congress, President Barack Obama has been making progress toward his goal of closing the detention center, reaching some notable milestones.

United Kingdom
Litigators of the Week: Steven Kobre of Kobre & Kim and Herbert Stern of Stern & Kilcullen

The pair helped Chevron chalk up another win in its epic fight with Ecuadorean environmental plaintiffs, forcing online poker magnate Russell DeLeon to renounce his $23 million investment in the Ecuador case.

777 Brickell Ave.

Brazil
Brazilian Contractor Lands $140M Brickell Building

The buyers who plunked $140 million for a waterfront Brickell office building are linked to a large Brazilian contractor, public records show.

777 Brickell Ave.

Brazil
Brazilian Contractor Lands $140M Brickell Building

The buyers who plunked $140 million for a waterfront Brickell office building are linked to a large Brazilian contractor, public records show.

Cuba
When Will The Next Round of US-Cuba Talks Be?

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said that the next three to six months are a key window for progress in the normalization of ties between Cuba and the U.S.

Venezuela
How Venezuela Squandered Its Oil Wealth

Price controls have emptied stores of most goods, while the world's highest inflation has pushed what is available beyond the means of most Venezuelans.

Ecuador
Litigator Funder Who Helped Underwrite Ecuador Case Settles with Chevron

On Monday, online gaming magnate James Russell DeLeon renounced his financial support for a controversial environmental suit in Ecuador against oil giant Chevron.

Venezuela
Dangerous Work, Low Pay for Venezuela Bodyguards

Private bodyguards are becoming more common—and increasingly targeted—as Venezuela is hit by an epidemic of crime.