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Cuba
Cuba Cancels International Bar Meeting in Havana

Cuban officials canceled an Inter-American Bar Association conference planned for Havana next month, citing concern about speakers on the agenda.

Mexico
Rift Among Rainmakers Complicates Dentons' Mexico Deal

The legal giant's latest expansion effort south of the border involves a dispute between two former colleagues and offers clues about Dentons' other global affiliations.

Panama
Judge Reverses Ship Seizure, Awards $1.2 Million in Damages

A Dania Beach lawyer wins a defense judgment and $1.2 million in damages for a Hollywood company whose ship was seized in Panama at the behest of an Orlando shipping company.

Mexico
Judge Tosses Shareholder Suit over Wal-Mart Bribery Claims

Attorney Stuart Grant must be spitting nails after a Delaware judge dismissed his shareholder suit against the directors of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the allegations of bribery in Mexico, because an Arkansas court—without the documents Grant turned up—has already ruled.

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 Suit Dismissed Against Financial Website

A Delaware federal judge dismisses the central bank of Venezuela's lawsuit against a U.S. website publishing exchange rates and Venezuelan opposition news.

The Miami skyline in 2014 with Brickell on the left and Downtown to the right.

UK Real Estate Shoppers Focus on South Florida

Colombia leads all foreign nations in searching for Miami real estate online, interest from the U.K. strengthens to a record high, and Brazil drops to No. 5.

77.69 acre lot at 5001 Vanguard St. in Orlando, sold in 2005 for $16.6 million.

Ecuador
Ecuador Wins $4 Million Award Against Company With Orlando Real Estate

Ecuador is entitled to $4.3 million from a company that owns a 77-acre Orlando property linked to a 20-year-old bank fraud case.

Brazil
Controversy Erupts Over Brazil’s Temporary Blockage of WhatsApp

‘We will be having similar debates in the U.S. before long,’ warns Stanford’s Vivek Wadhwa.

Sitting, Mark Lopez, shareholder and Yosbel A. Ibarra, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Latin American and Iberian Practice Miami Greenberg Traurig. Standing are the firm’s Foreign Law Clerk Program participants. From left, Luciano Aguilera, Francisco Lombardi, Andres Parker, Cecilia Canepa, Carla Gonzalez, Victoria Burt and Vitor Araujo.

Greenberg Traurig Offers Training Program in Miami for Foreign Lawyers

The one-year foreign law clerk program helps Greenberg Traurig expand its contacts in Latin America and gives foreign attorneys a leg up on a partnership at home.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina
Argentina Prosecutor Asks Probe of Ex-President and Son

A federal prosecutor asked that former President Cristina Fernandez and her son be investigated for possible illegal enrichment in connection to two businessmen accused of money laundering and tax evasion.

Annie Hernanadez, CABA president, Holland & Knight

Cuba
New Cuban American Bar Association President Talks Re-Engaging Membership, Visiting Cuba, Promoting Diversity

The Holland & Knight partner leading the CABA discusses the organization's goals, including a conference on Cuba that aims to draw businesspeople from across the country.

Latin American Companies Back New US Trade Secrets Law

A new Defend Trade Secrets law may give Latin American companies reason to move computer servers to the United States.

H-1B Visas: A Scarce (Human) Resource

It should come as no surprise that H-1B visas have been used up — yet again. If nothing changes, this is likely to be repeated next year, writes attorney Nicolas Watkins.

Cuba
Carnival Lawsuit Dropped After Policy Change on Cuba Cruises

Two Cuban-American are dropping their discrimination suit against Carnival Corp. after the cruise operator lifted a ban on bookings by U.S. citizens born in Cuba.

Navio Joao Candido, Petrobras Oil Tanker

Brazil
Amid Scandal, Brazil Overhauls Its Anti-Corruption Toolkit

Brazil's leniency program needs work. Will proposed reforms do the job? The country must balance purity and pragmatism, writes The Global Lawyer.

Colombia
Ex-Informant Who Won $1.9M From Feds is Sued Over Legal Fees

Washington, D.C.-boutique Alvarez Martinez Law Firm claims that a former confidential informant for U.S. law enforcement in Colombia is refusing to safeguard $731,500 in contested legal fees from a $1.9 million settlement reached last month with the feds.

Mauricio Macri

Argentina
Cleary Takes Lead on Argentina’s $16.5B Market Re-Entry

Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its reentry into global capital markets.

Mexico
Attorney Uses the Fifth Circuit to Get U.S. Documents for Mexican Lawsuit

The ruling comes after Grupo Mexico chased an evasive litigation investment company all over the United States with a federal subpoena.

Cuba
Expert Analysis: To Protect Trademarks in Cuba, Act Now

Companies or individuals should consider registering now in Cuba if they have any interest in marketing, sourcing, distributing or selling there. Otherwise, it could be problematic for their brand if an unauthorized third party files for registration first.

Cuban flag

Cuba
U.S. Exports to Cuba Could Triple if Sanctions Lifted

At the request of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been researching the impact lifting economic sanctions on Cuba will have on American businesses.

Jeremy Alters

Cuba
Miami Attorneys Fight Over Fees on $2.87B Award Against Cuba

Two Miami attorneys, once friends, are locked in a bitter battle over legal fees in a case against the Cuban government dating back to a 1959 suicide.

Jeffrey A. Neiman

Panama
Tax Attorneys See Reason for Clients to Worry About Panama Papers Inquiries

Some offshore account holders are concerned that their accounts may get more U.S. Treasury Department scrutiny in the wake of the Panama Papers leak.

A security guard sit outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Sunday, April 3, 2016. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The company didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama
Reports: Panama Firm Usurped Name of Red Cross to Hide Money

The law firm at the center of the Panama offshore accounts scandal routinely usurped the name of the Red Cross and other charities to help obscure the origin of millions of dollars in questionable funds, two newspapers involved in the investigation reported Sunday.

Panama
Trade Secrets Bill Likes Quiet Whistleblowers, Not News Hogs

A trade secrets bill moving through Congress safeguards whistleblowers from liability unless they take their concerns to the news media.

 From left to right: Austin Cheung, Steven Gong, Aven Zhang, Chens Chen and Alice Teng.

China
Mossack's China Connection

By Anna Zhang |

The Panamanian law firm at the center of an unprecedented document leak has found China to be a rich source of business.

<b>HAVANA SPRING:</b> At least six law schools have sent students to Cuba this semester.

Cuba
Charting a Course for Cuba

At least six law school classes have gone to Havana so far this semester and more schools are planning visits now that the U.S. government has eased travel restrictions and renewed diplomatic relations.

Panama
Who Will Represent the Firm Behind the 'Panama Papers'?

Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?

Rio De Janeiro.

Brazil
Amid Corruption Scandals, Hughes Hubbard Inks Alliance with Brazilian Compliance Firm

With dozens of high level Brazilian executives and politicians under investigation as part of a broad corruption probe, Hughes Hubbard has joined forces with a local anti-corruption lawyer.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. January 10, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

DOJ Sweetens Rewards for FCPA Cooperation

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday launched a pilot program that could significantly reduce the criminal penalties for companies that self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Panama
Panama Rejects Money-Launder Label Following Documents Leak

Panamanians have long shrugged off their country's checkered reputation as a financial haven for drug lords, tax dodgers and corrupt oligarchs. If they're crooks, they've learned from the world's wealthy nations, they like to joke.

A security guard sit outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Sunday, April 3, 2016. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The company didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama
Firm Linked to Panama Papers Targeted in Brazil, Could Face US Probe

Mossack Fonseca, whose client records of offshore accounts are international media fodder, has been targeted by Brazil's anti-corruption investigators and may be open to U.S. inquiries.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Panama
The Global Lawyer: The Money Laundering Mills of Panama and You

What does the 'Panama Papers' scandal mean for the republic of American lawyers?

Streets of Old Havana, Shortly after sunset, 2016.

Cuba
Expert Analysis: U.S. Companies Should Proceed Cautiously Into Cuba and Iran

U.S. businesses are wasting no time rushing into these new markets. But despite recent easing, most of the trade restrictions against Cuba and Iran remain in place.

Yahoo! Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

Mexico
Baker & McKenzie, Yahoo Dodge Suit Alleging $2.7 Billion Bribery Scheme

Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.

Venezuela
DLA Piper Cuts Ties to Venezuelan Alliance Firm

By James Booth |

The split with Venezuela's InterJuris leaves the international giant with three bases in the region.

Capitol building in Havana

Cuba
Unusual Dissent Erupts Inside Cuban Communist Party Ranks

Days after President Barack Obama's historic visit, the leaders of Cuba's Communist Party are under highly unusual public criticism from their own ranks for imposing new levels of secrecy on the future of social and economic reforms.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
Brazil Ex-President Silva Says Rousseff Can Stop Impeachment

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he believes his embattled successor and protege can survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment.

Rene Romer, ceo and managing director of the Dutch Caribbean Stock Exchange

Antigua & Barbuda
Curacao Stock Exchange Seeks International Startups

The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange is pitching itself as an affordable venue for Latin American startups.

Paul Ryan.

Puerto Rico's Delegate Demands Changes to Debt Crisis Draft Bill

Speaker Paul Ryan promised that House Republicans would have a plan to help Puerto Rico deal with its $70 billion debt by the end of March, yet some island officials are finding the emerging draft difficult to swallow.

Burford Boasts Big Year, Invests $100M in Law Firm Portfolio

Burford Capital LLC announced Wednesday that its earnings topped $100 million in 2015, with commitments of $206 million, both new records for the publicly listed litigation financier, which has invested another $100 million in a law firm's litigation portfolio.

Cuba
Miami Attorneys Join Cuba Trip During Obama Visit

A handful of Miami lawyers are in Cuba for President Barack Obama's visit, while others decided to stay home.

James Meyer, with Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP

Cuba
Running in Tandem: US-Cuba, Colombia-FARC Talks in Cuba

As President Barack Obama visits Cuba and prepares to address the Cuban people Tuesday on the anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech, relations with Cuba aren't the only items on the U.S. agenda.

Mexico
Mexico Nabs Alleged Cartel Leader Tied to Border Shootouts

A suspected drug cartel boss linked to a string of deadly weekend gun battles in a northern border city was arrested at a horse racetrack in the capital, Mexican officials said.

Santiago, Chile.

Spain
Spain's Garrigues Broadens Latin American Reach

The Iberian legal giant has finalized a deal to integrate Chilean firm Avendaño Merino into its global network. Amid a shrinking market for high-end legal services in Spain, many of the country's top firms are looking to opportunities in Latin America.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Cuba
Obama Trip to Cuba Shows Move Away From Focus on Dissidents

President Barack Obama is wagering that reforging links between the U.S. and Cuba will do more to change Cuba's single-party government and centrally planned economy than a half-century of confrontation.

Peter A. Quinter

Attorneys With Cross-Border Practices See Value in Trade Agreements

Trade agreements are global political tools that affect more than the domestic job market, attorneys with cross-border practices say.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Maduro Withdraws Venezuela's Top Diplomat in Washington

President Nicolas Maduro announced that Venezuela's top diplomat in Washington would be called back to Caracas to protest the decision to renew a U.S. decree imposing sanctions on several top officials from the South American country.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Colombia
Quinn Emanuel Sued Over Legal Fees in Major Foreign Bribery Case

Last year the firm touted its success for oil company CEO Joseph Sigelman, but now the former client is saying he’s been overcharged.

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

Colombia
Holland & Knight Team Advises Colombia on Toll Road Financing

The legal team led by Miami's Norberto Quintana advised on a line of credit for construction of a toll road in the Colombian Andes.

Whistleblower Gets Redemption—And a Fortune—in Olympus Bribery Case

When John Slowik, the new chief compliance officer at Olympus America Inc., discovered the company was paying bribes to win business, he reported it to his bosses. Their way of fixing the problem: they fired him.

Top Latin American Consultant Offers The Ins and Outs of Due Diligence

BRG's Frank Holder says demand is on the rise for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due diligence.

Cuba
Professor: Cuban Remittances Feeding Racial Divide

About 90 percent of U.S. remittances to Cuba are going to the white population, leaving blacks and mulattos out of the economic upsurge, a University of Miami researcher reports.

Second national wave of Operation Cross Check, an effort by ICE to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Over 2,900 people were arrested and 18 weapons were confiscated. September 2011. Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Wikimedia Commons.

Report: Subpar Care in Immigration Detention Leads to Deaths

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has for years provided inadequate medical care at its detention facilities, leading to in-custody deaths, according to a report by a coalition of advocacy groups.

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.

Argentina
Deal Watch: Cravath on the Warpath for Argentina and Yahoo

The vaunted Wall Street firm picked up two key roles for the South American nation and the multinational technology giant.

Cuba
Cuba Gives Well-Known Dissidents Permission to Travel Abroad

The Cuban government has loosened travel restrictions on some of the island's best-known dissidents, granting them one-time permission to travel abroad ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the island, activists said.

Argentina
Lawyer: 15-Year Dispute With Argentina Near $5B Settlement

A lawyer for large U.S. hedge funds owning Argentine bonds said his clients have nearly settled on a $5 billion deal with Argentina to end a 15-year-old dispute that has interfered with the South American nation's efforts to end a debt crisis and gain a healthier footing in the world's financial markets.

Oil rigs.

Mexico
Energy Experts Sought for US-Mexico Business Council

The U.S. is seeking nominations for a new energy business council focusing on expanded trade and investment in renewable and nonrenewable energy.

Havana, Cuba.

Cuba
Akin Gump Boosting its Cuba Practice

As firms position themselves to take advantage of improving U.S.-Cuba relations, Akin Gump has hired former Cargill executive Devry Boughner Vorwerk to help speed the thaw.

Dominican Republic
DLA Piper Miami Legal Team Advises on Dominican Fuel Sale

DLA Piper represented a company selling the majority stake in a chain of 130 gas stations and other fuel interests in the Dominican Republic.

U.S. Department of Justice

Kazakhstan
Expert Analysis: Feds Expand Strategy to Trace Bribery Funds

Recent anti-kleptocracy cases highlight the Justice Department's new approach to fighting corruption.

Cuba
US, Cuba Sign Historic Deal on Commercial Flights

U.S. air carriers must file plans for Cuba service within 15 days. American, United, Delta, Southwest, Jet Blue and Spirit are expressing interest.

Cuba
Obama Administration OK's First Factory in Cuba Since Revolution

The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private farmers in Cuba.

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo has announced a long-term, build-to-suit lease for its new global headquarters in Miami, at Prologis Beacon Lakes, a 478-acre business campus northwest of Florida’s Turnpike and the Dolphin Expressway.

Telemundo's New Home Comes With Record Lease

The NBCUniversal network signs a historic build-to-suit lease for its new global headquarters in western Miami-Dade County.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Highest Stakes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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.