Latin America Top News

Cuba
Billions in U.S. Claims Against Cuba Still Outstanding

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Don't light up the cigars just yet. Before Cuba and the U.S. can open full economic relations, U.S. antiterror judgments and claims for nationalized property must be resolved.

Cuba
Competing in a New Cuba

By Carlyn Kolker |

As the door to Cuba cracks a little wider, some American firms are looking hard for opportunity. But foreign rivals already have a head start.

Venezuela
Conn. Judge Sentences Hedge Fund Manager to 13 Years in Prison

By Associated Press |

A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 29, to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

Brazil
Brazil's Clean Companies Act at 1 Year

By Rebekah Mintzer |

This week marks the first birthday of the Clean Companies Act, Brazil's answer to other countries' anticorruption laws such as the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Terry Collingsworth

Colombia
Human Rights Lawyer Defends Actions in Chiquita War Crimes Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Chiquita's lawyers at Covington & Burling say Terry Collingsworth may have proposed paying former Colombian paramilitaries to give false testimony. Collingswoth maintains that the plaintiffs did nothing wrong, and that Chiquita just wants to postpone a reckoning of its conduct in Colombia's bloody civil war.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina
Argentine President Seeks Intelligence Services Overhaul

President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana.

Cuba
Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

Cuba
At Odds on Human Rights, U.S. and Cuba Move Toward Embassies

Still at odds over human rights, the U.S. and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half century of estrangement.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Cuba
Havana Talks Start After Promises by Obama, Cuban Caution

The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.

Argentina
Mystery Clouds Death of Argentine Prosecutor Set to Testify

Alberto Nisman was found with a bullet wound on the right side of his head, a .22 caliber handgun and casing next to his lifeless body, in the bathroom of his locked apartment, according to a preliminary autopsy that found no evidence of anyone else's involvement in his death.

Cuba
Business Group: Cuba Deal Opens Prospects for U.S. Companies

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that U.S. efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade presents American companies with "extraordinary opportunities" to boost business by selling everything from cars to computers.

China, India, Russia
FCPA Shifts in China, India, Russia and Latin America

By Sue Reisinger |

Lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offered their views on changes to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement in emerging markets.

Third District Court of Appeal

Venezuela
$72M Theft Claim Against Venezuelan Bankers, Including Hugo Chavez's Top Opponent, Resurrected

By John Pacenti |

On Wednesday the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami found Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola should not have dismissed the case on forum grounds when she ruled the case should have been pursued in Curacao.

Graffitti in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Amid Its Other Struggles, Puerto Rico Enjoys Drop in Crime

The crime wave that marred Puerto Rico's image in recent years appears to have ebbed, with homicides decreasing and both residents and police adopting new measures to track problems and improve public safety.

Steven Donziger

Ecuador
Chevron GC 'Omits Critical Facts' About $9.5B Judgment in Environmental Case, Plaintiffs' Lead Attorney Says

The recent speech by Chevron General Counsel Hewitt Pate on the Ecuador environmental case ["Chevron GC: 'I'm Confident We're Right' in Epic Case," Daily Report, Dec. 11, 2014] omits critical facts related to the company's $9.5 billion liability.

Cuba
Cuba Completes Release of 53 Political Prisoners

Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more than five decades of estrangement.

Jorge Perez

Cuba
Related's Perez Sees Opportunity With End of Embargo

Related Group chairman Jorge Perez says an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba could help turn Havana into a mecca for real estate investment.

Colombia
Chiquita Plaintiffs Take Alien Tort Case to High Court

By Scott Flaherty |

fter Covington & Burling derailed efforts to hold Chiquita Brands International liable for facilitating war crimes in Colombia, human rights lawyers have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of resurrecting their claims under the beleaguered Alien Tort Statute.

Sean Penn

Bolivia
Not a Movie Role, Sean Penn Helps Man Escape From Bolivian Jail

It began with an attempt to salvage an ill-fated investment in Bolivian rice farms, devolved into a Third World prison nightmare and climaxed with an escape engineered with the help of actor Sean Penn.

Panama
Trump Panama Hotel Developer Misses $23M Bond Payment

The developer of a Donald Trump-branded hotel and apartment complex in Panama missed a bond payment 18 months after issuing the notes when it emerged from bankruptcy.

Venezuela
Venezuela Partners Seeking Oil Payment as Arrears Mount

Foreign companies working to develop some of Venezuela's most prized oil fields are asking to be compensated with crude as a way to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid cash owed to them, a person with direct knowledge of the request said.

Marco Rubio

Rubio Understands American's Frustration With Immigrants

Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who "feel as if we are being taken advantage of" by immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico
Analysis: Scandals Expose a Mexico Without Answers

As he headed to Washington, D.C., on Monday to meet with Barack Obama, Enrique Pena Nieto leaves behind a year that was hardly what he had envisioned.

Mexico
More Monarchs Return to Mexico, but Now Face Cold

By Mark Stevenson |

More Monarch butterflies appear to have made the long flight from the U.S. and Canada to their winter nesting ground in Mexico, but experts fear that unusual cold temperatures will threaten the orange and black insects.

Indonesia, Australia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Uruguay
A Guide to the Legal Battles Over Tobacco Packaging

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is fighting plain-packaging regulations in court, in the World Trade Organization, and in international arbitrations.

Australia, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Smoke and Lawyers

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is attacking packaging regulations with both trade law and arbitration. Which is the better weapon?

Cuba
Cuba's Young Cheer Investors as Rest Greet 'Hero' Spies

By Anatoly Kurmanaev and Eric Martin |

An agreement to loosen a five-decade-old embargo against Cuba has exposed a generational gap on the island. While younger Cubans are excited about the prospect of investment, higher wages and foreign travel, many Cubans over 45 are talking about the release of three spies little heard of outside the country.

Mexico
U.S. Mission in Havana to Become Embassy Amid Thaw

By Peter Orsi |

A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Argentina
The Global Lawyer: In the Case of Vultures v. Deadbeats, the Market Is Winning

By Michael Goldhaber |

The courts are at an impasse with Argentine bonds. But capital markets have moved on.

An oil platform sits under repair in Guanabara Bay, offshore from Niteroi, Brazil, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), Brazil's state-controlled oil producer will boost fuel prices soon to stem losses from imports, Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper O Globo reported, citing an interview with Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Maria das Gracas Foster.

Brazil
Brazil Graft Cases: Beginning of Impunity's End?

A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system.

Cuba
Who are The 'Cuban 5' Agents Jailed in U.S.? Here's a Look

The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.

Cuba
No Cuban Embargo? No Problem

By John Pacenti |

With an overnight thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, legal experts were cautious Wednesday about visions of U.S. companies doing business in Cuba.

Mexico
Boies Schiller Takes On Forbes Over Mexican Corruption List

By David Bario |

Days after David Boies threatened major media organizations over hacked Sony emails, his firm has picked another fight with a news outlet. A new lawsuit, filed on behalf of an aide to former Mexican president Felipe Calderón, accuses Forbes of publishing "a hit piece of the worst sort."

Mexico
Boies Schiller Takes On Forbes Over Mexican Corruption List

By David Bario |

Days after David Boies threatened major media organizations over hacked Sony emails, his firm has picked another fight with a respected news outlet, accusing Forbes of publishing "a hit piece of the worst sort" about an aide to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

Mexico
First Mortgage REIT in Latin America Tailored to U.S. Investors

By Paola Iuspa-Abbott |

As Mexico's legal and financial overhaul helps align the Latin American nation with U.S. policies, American lawyers and investors are finding new opportunities across the border.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Got $21 Billion. And Owes $21 Billion

By Katia Porzecanski |

Of all the financial barometers highlighting the crisis in Venezuela, this may be the one that unnerves investors the most as oil sinks: The country's foreign reserves only cover two years of bond payments.

Venezuela
Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Rattles Cage

Locked up and denounced by Venezuela's government as a terrorist, Leopoldo Lopez may be out of sight, but he is not out of mind.

Spanish News to Vanish From Google News Globally

By Alan Clendenning |

Google Inc.'s decision to close Google News in Spain because of a law requiring aggregators to pay news publishers for linking content will reverberate all around the world, the company said.

R. Hewitt Pate spoke about Chevron’s legal battle over alleged environmental damages in Ecuador.

Ecuador
Chevron GC: 'I'm Confident We're Right' in Epic Environmental Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

With the legal winds in a 20-year environmental damages suit beginning to blow in Chevron's favor, the company's top lawyer shared his take on the case in Atlanta last week, revealing that Chevron has spent more than $200 million defending itself and fighting to overturn an epic $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador.

Mexico
Mexico Federal Police, Troops to Patrol Acapulco

Federal police and soldiers will take over policing duties in the resort of Acapulco to ensure the safety of tourists amid a wave of violence and protests that has scared away visitors, Mexican authorities said.

Mexico, Canada
As Sanctions Loom, Groups Lobby Congress on Meat Labeling Rules

By Jenna Greene |

The battle over country-of-origin labeling for meat is heating up in Congress as a broad coalition of farm, labor, environmental and consumer groups squares off against opponents led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Mexico
HP Hit with RICO Suit Over Foreign Bribery Allegations

By Ross Todd |

Mexico's state-owned oil and gas company, which gave Hewlett Packard $6 million in contracts, is seeking repayment of overcharges and damages related to FCPA violations.

Brazil
Corruption Crackdowns Alive and Well in Brazil

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The recent enactment of the Clean Companies Act is heralding what appears to be a new era of anticorruption enforcement in the South American country.

Claudia Prado

Woman Takes Lead in Baker & McKenzie's Latin American Thrust

By Paola Iuspa-Abbott |

The emergence of Latin America-based multinationals—known as multilatinas—has created a boom in legal work for U.S.-based law firms with a strong presence in the region.

Francisco J. Cerezo

Brazil, Mexico
Big Year Coming for Mexico; Brazil Not So Much

By Julie Kay |

The big news for Latin American dealmakers in 2015 will be Mexico, but it's by no means the only place where multimillion-dollar deals are expected to proliferate.

Joseph Mamounas and Rafael R. Ribeiro, with Bizin Sumberg

FCPA Law Cloned Across Americas

By Adolfo Pesquera |

At age 37, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is old enough to have children. In fact, the FCPA has spawned several offspring, with like-minded statutes cropping up in Latin America and forcing corporations and public officials across the Western Hemisphere to contend with a patchwork of rules.

Cheryl Little

Fraud Warning: Attorneys Warn About Notarios Offering Cheap Immigration Help

By John Pacenti |

Cheryl Little and many other South Florida immigration attorneys warn of fraud by notarios in the wake of President Obama's immigration executive order.

Hector A. Chichoni, partner, Duane Morris

Crapshoot: Immigration Judges Vary Greatly on Asylum Decisions

By John Pacenti |

Immigration attorneys like Hector Chichoni say there is little consistency among U.S. immigration judges in South Florida when it comes to granting asylum petitions for immigrants.

Jerry Brodsky, of Peckar & Abramson, in Miami, represents Zurich Insurance

Panama
Canal Expansion Creating U.S. Boom

By Carlos Harrison |

Port cities all along the East Coast are talking Post-Panamax.

Marilyn Blanco-Reyes, general counsel for FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American Company GC's Look to Local Experts for Work

By Julie Kay |

Choosing attorneys for work in Latin America is one of the biggest challenges facing general counsel for corporations doing business in the sprawling region, which has been an area of monumental growth for global companies in recent years.

An oil refinery

Mexico
Global Energy Lawyers Eying Mexico

By Susan Postlewaite |

Global energy lawyers have their sights set on Mexico in 2015, where historic energy reforms signed by that country's president are expected to create a huge investment opportunity for clients in energy and other sectors.

Uruguay
Tobacco Wars go Global

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Big Tobacco's challenges to regulations in Uruguay is capturing the attention of international attorneys who say a decision in the closely watched case could shape policy across the Americas because of the conflict between a nation's public health policy and a company's intellectual property and trademarks.

José Antonio Prado, Holland & Knight, Mexico City

Mexico
Corporate Lawyers in High Demand

By Susan Postlewaite |

Mexican corporate lawyers are in high demand as international law firms recruit attorneys and open offices to handle the expected work that will come from Mexico's opening of key economic sectors to foreign investment.

From the Experts: Protect Your Business from the Black Market Peso Exchange

By Kathleen Nandan |

While most of these money-laundering cases involve dollar figures that do not grab headlines, these seizures have significant repercussions for the companies involved.

Photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia.

Colombia
Colombia's Rebel-Held General a Bookish Strategist

The general whose capture by rebels has put Colombia's peace talks on hold is one of the country's foremost counterinsurgency strategists who once received his officer's insignia from the hands of U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

Florida Sees Big Rise of Residents in U.S. Illegally

The total number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally hasn't changed much since 2009, only where they are choosing to settle, according to a new report from the nonprofit Pew Research Center.

Rubens Barbosa

Brazil
Experts Not High on Brazilian Economy Post-Election

By Julie Kay |

Brazil's former ambassador to the United States and a panel of experts painted a bleak picture of Brazil's economy following the re-election of president Dilma Rousseff.

Photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia.

Colombia
Colombia Halts Peace Talks After General Is Taken

A massive search operation was underway Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend 2-year-old peace talks.

 The Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Explorer of the Seas

Federal Panel Says Cruise Lines Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A groundbreaking decision by the Atlanta-based federal appeals court will allow cruise ship companies to be sued for medical malpractice.

Venezuela
In Socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the Masses

Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season.

Mexico
'Enough, I'm Tired' Comment Rallies Mexico Protest

By Maria Verza |

An off-the-cuff comment by the attorney general to cut off a news conference about the apparent killing of 43 missing college students has been taken up by protesters as a rallying cry against Mexico's corruption and drug trade-fueled violence.

In 1987 DuPont introduced an alternative, dry-flowable form (Benlate 50 DF) that was recalled in 1989 and 1991 due to the presence of the herbicide atrazine in some lots. The recalls generated hundreds of claims, and growers and their lawyers began blaming Benlate 50 DF (even product free of atrazine) for a wide range of plant problems.

Costa Rica
13-Year Benlate Suit Nets $6 Million for Costa Rican Grower

By John Pacenti |

After 13 years, a trial in a lawsuit brought by Costa Rica orange growers against Delaware-based DuPont resulted in a $6 million verdict in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against the chemical giant over its recalled pesticide Benlate.

Pope Francis

Argentina
Pope Excommunicates Pedophile Argentine Priest

By Almudena Calatrava |

Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical abuse.

The Churn

France, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States
Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Marco Rubio

Venezuela
Rubio Sees Hope for New Venezuela Sanctions

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hopes Republican gains in midterm elections will breathe new life into efforts to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials who commit human rights abuses.

Cuba
Cuba Seeks More Than $8B in Foreign Investment

Cuba asked international companies on Monday to invest more than $8 billion in the island as it attempts to kick-start a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency.

Brazil
Investors Hoping for Progress in Brazil, Miami Lawyers Say

By Lucy Conger, Special to the Review |

Investors hoping for dramatic change in Brazil are now looking for incremental progress following the re-election of Dilma Roussef as president.

El Salvador
Salvador Detective Won't Let the Dead Lie Silent

Israel Ticas calls himself the "lawyer for the dead," the man who can bring justice to the buried victims of El Salvador's brutal violence.

Argentina
Argentina Strikes Out in Bid to Undo $185M BG Group Award

By David Bario |

Capping a decade-long legal battle with British energy company BG Group plc, the Republic of Argentina ran out of options at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in the country's bid to overturn a $185 million arbitration award.

The Ebola virus under a microscope

Nations in Americas Join in Battle Against Ebola

Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the U.S., have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola.

Expanding Overseas? Think (and Act) Local

By Lisa Shuchman |

Companies expanding globally face multiple challenges if they do not identify the laws and regulations of each country in which they operate, a panel of lawyers said at the Association of Corporate Counsel's annual meeting.

Robert Fuller with his daughter Lynthia. Fuller was arrested in Cuba on Oct. 15, 1960, and executed less than 24 hours later.

Cuba, United States
Family of Man Executed in Cuba Denied Access to Funds

By Mark Hamblett |

The family of the late Robert Fuller, whom the Castro regime arrested and executed by firing squad in 1960, cannot access electronic funds frozen in banks under U.S. government sanctions against Cuba to satisfy a default judgment, the Second Circuit has ruled.

Brazil
Am Law Trio Leads on Chiquita's Sale to Brazilian Buyers

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Chiquita Brands International on Monday accepted a $682 million cash offer from two Brazilian bidders—orange juice producer Cutrale Group and holding company Safra Group—three days after its own shareholders voted down a planned inversion deal with Irish rival Fyffe plc.

Mexico
Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper Beef Up Presence in Mexico

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Riding the wave of foreign investment south of the border, Baker & McKenzie has lured a team of transactional partners from DLA Piper's Mexico City office. At the same time, DLA Piper announced its own plans to combine with local firm Gallastegui y Lozano.

Cuba
Guantanamo Prisoners in Protest Over Women Guards

By Ben Fox |

Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantánamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say.

Brazil
Challenges Face Brazil President After Reelection

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was reelected by the narrowest margin in three decades, handing her left-leaning Workers' Party its weakest mandate as it confronts some of the country's biggest challenges in years.

Costa Rica
Former Am Law Associate Parasails to Paradise

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Melanie Moss slaved away as an associate in New York for nine years—first at Arent Fox, then at Dewey Ballantine. But rather than pursuing a partnership track, she headed for paradise.

Panama
Panama Suspends High Court Judge for Corruption

Alejandro Moncada has for weeks been battling accusations he profited from his ties to the former conservative leader after documents emerged showing he paid mostly in cash for two luxury apartments valued at over $1.7 million.

Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, Peru
Littler Mendelson to Launch in Peru, While Orrick Targets West Africa

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Littler Mendelson will merge with Lima's Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados, while Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe opens an affiliated office in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire.

Mexico
Alleged Capo Kills Self to Thwart Mexican Forces

The alleged leader of a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 college students killed himself during a confrontation with Mexican security forces Tuesday, a day after protesters demanding a probe into the students' whereabouts burned government buildings.

Island Vacation Season Spawns Ebola Fears

The coming winter vacation season is raising worries about the potential for Ebola cases in Caribbean and Central American countries, the top U.S. military commander in South America says, noting that smaller countries may be less equipped to deal with the problem.

Russia, Ecuador
Chevron, Yukos, and 'Two Lifetimes of Litigation' Revisited

By Michael Goldhaber |

Which will be remembered as the main event in the world's biggest cases—the litigation or the arbitration?

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia
Bodyguard Scandal a Threat to Peace in Colombia

In the 1980s, peace talks to end Colombia's long civil war instead triggered bloodshed. As the door opened for greater leftist power, thousands of former guerrillas, communist militants and trade unionists were gunned down by paramilitary death squads, sometimes in collaboration with state security forces, derailing the peace process and entrenching arguments for armed struggle.

Manuel Noriega is suing for using his image without permission in the

Panama
Giuliani to Argue Activision's Case Versus Noriega

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will argue a case against Activision filed by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against the "Call of Duty" franchise, the video game maker said.

Ireland, Brazil
Shareholder Suit Seeks to Halt Chiquita Merger with Ireland's Fyffes

By Charles Toutant |

Chiquita Brands International has been hit with a shareholder suit over its plans to merge with an Irish produce distributor after rejecting a more lucrative deal with two Brazilian companies.

Skadden Once Again Comes Out on Top of M&A Rankings

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Continuing on its transactional tear, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for global M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first three quarters of the year.

Mexico
Gunshots Sowed Panic Before Killings in Mexico

On the day 43 students disappeared in the southern Mexican town of Iguala, the mayor's wife was finishing up a speech to local dignitaries on family social services while townspeople waited for a celebratory dance afterward.

United Kingdom, Ecuador, Canada
The Global Lawyer: A Wild 'Off Week' in the Chevron Ecuador Case

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The Canadian bar revolts, Chevron mugs a litigation funder, and the plaintiffs play jujitsu. What's next—Donziger tossing out the first pitch of the World Series?

Mexico
New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism

Trailers have been set up for a school at a federal immigration detention center in Artesia, N.M., an isolated desert town. A basketball court and a soccer field have been installed. And detainees are pleading their cases over a video link with judges in Denver.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

Brazil
MatlinPatterson Fends Off $55 Million Arbitration Award

By Jan Wolfe |

The fund's lawyers at Simpson Thacher persuaded a judge to rule for the second time that MatlinPatterson never agreed to arbitrate pricing disputes over a $320 million Brazilian airline industry transaction.

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

Cuba
Obama Goal of Gitmo Closure Is Stalled at Pentagon

The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects.

A man walks next to a grafitti depicting US' Judge Thomas Griesa and vultures behind bars, outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires on September 10, 2014.

Argentina, Ecuador
US Judges Become South American Villains in Argentina, Ecuador Cases

By David Bario |

Lawyers and career criminals aside, most Americans couldn't come up with the name of a single trial court judge in their own country. But plenty of folks in Argentina and Ecuador have heard of U.S. District Judges Thomas Griesa and Lewis Kaplan.

The Global Legal Market: By the Numbers

By Drew Combs |

A look at how the Am Law 200's head count in top markets around the world has changed between 1998 and today.

Cuba
Cuba Hands Canadian Businessman 15-Year Sentence

Ontario-based Tokmakjian Group said the charges against its president, Cy Tokmakjian, 74, were concocted as an excuse to seize the automotive firm's $100 million in assets in Cuba. The company described the case as "absurd" and a "travesty of justice."

Graffitti in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Neighborhood is Reborn Amid Puerto Rico Decline

While tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have left to seek better opportunities abroad, a few entrepreneurs have tried to make a go of it within San Juan.

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel

Brazil, Chile
Judge Nixes Hedge Fund's Bid to Block $3.7B Bank Merger

By Jan Wolfe |

The ruling offers an answer to an unsettled question for securities fraud litigants, and it removes one roadblock to the proposed $3.7 billion merger between CorpBanca, one of Chile's largest banks, and Brazil's Itaú Unibanco.

Mexico
Under Obama Plan, Most New Illegal Immigrant Families Fail To Report

For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

Mexico
Bank of America Hires Ex-Telemundo CEO to Ramp Up Latin American Business

Bank of America hires Emilio Romano as its Mexico chief to build its corporate finance business.

Cuba, Venezuela
Cuba Scents Honor Che, Chavez

A woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder called "Ernesto" honors guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, while a blend with hints of mango and papaya called "Hugo" is named for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Kim Ebert

Mexico
Ogletree Deakins Opens in Mexico City

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree Deakins is staking a claim in Latin America. The Atlanta-based labor and employment firm opened a Mexico City office on Sept. 25—its first in Latin America.