Latin America Top News

Capitol of Puerto Rico, in San Juan

Puerto Rico's Sole Deal With Bondholders in Jeopardy

By Danica Coto |

The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said they would support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement.

Covecastles Resort

Owners of Caribbean Resort Found Not Liable for Child's Assault

By Joel Stashenko |

The owners and operators of a luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla cannot be held liable for an attack on a guest family's 12-year-old child for which a gardener at the resort was arrested, a state judge has ruled.

A screenshot shows the website of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca on April 4, 2016.

Panama Papers Firm Founders Face Money Laundering Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Ten months after a hacking scandal hit one of Panama's top law firms, prosecutors in the Central American country have arrested Mossack Fonseca name partners Ramon Fonseca Mora and Jurgen Mossack in connection with a massive bribery scandal at a Brazilian conglomerate.

The Atlantis Paradise Island resort, located in the Bahamas.

Three Firms Pump Fees From Bankrupt Bahamian Oil Shipper

By Brian Baxter |

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ltd., a company that floats energy boats throughout South America, filed for bankruptcy in New York on Feb. 6. Zirinsky Law Partners, a firm formed last year by a former top bankruptcy partner at three Am Law 100 firms, is advising Ultrapetrol along with Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Seward & Kissel.

Hector Velasco Perroni, Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office as senior counsel

Greenberg Traurig Environmental Law Expert in Mexico Joins Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The senior associate who was at the head of Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City office's environmental practice has moved to Holland & Knight to begin the environmental practice there.

Dentons Continues Latin America Push With Barbados, Monterrey Offices

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Dentons, which has made a big push into the Latin American and Caribbean markets in the past year, has expanded its web of verein-style partnerships to Monterrey, Mexico, by combining with local firm Canales Zambrano y Asociados and forming an affiliate on the island of Barbados after taking on three lawyers from Canada's BCF.

Oil Drilling Gulf of Mexico.

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Mean Billions in Investment and More Work for Lawyers

By Susan Postlewaite |

Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.

China
China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America

By Carlos Harrison |

As the U.S. talks of walls, China is building bridges in North America's backyard.

Teva Agrees to Pay $520M Over Bribes to Foreign Officials

By Charles Toutant |

Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has agreed to pay more than $283 million to resolve criminal charges and fines over bribes to government officials in Russia, Ukraine and Mexico, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

A Braskem petrochemical plant in Brazil

Brazilian Company to Pay Record $2.6B Fine to Settle Foreign Bribery Case

By Mark Hamblett |

Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht SA pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to violate provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a sweeping deal with U.S. prosecutors and authorities in Brazil and Switzerland.

DLA Piper Expands to Chile

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper has established a cooperation agreement with the Chilean law firm Bahamondez, Alvarez and Zegers, which will now operate under the name BAZ/DLA Piper.

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farre of Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Advises on Two Mexico Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig has been working on a couple of major deals in Mexico: a $409 million two-currency credit facility for a paper producer, and a joint venture that will have to be approved by Mexican regulators.

Mexico
Cleary Gottlieb Advises on Pemex Debt Securities Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cleary Gottlieb represents Mexican state oil company Pemex in a $5.5 billion debt securities offering in U.S. dollars.

Jose Ferrer, left, and Andrew Hall, right.

Victims of State-Sponsored Terorrism To Begin Receiving Payouts in Early 2017

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A fund for Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism will pay part of court judgements, including against Cuba and Iran, and turn the paid debt into a U.S. government negotiation bargaining chip, possibly easing a trade obstacle.

Human Rights Claims Against Chiquita for Funding Colombian Paramilitaries Will Proceed in U.S. Court

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A decade-old case alleging that Chiquita Brand International financed Colombian death squads will move forward in U.S. courts after a federal judge on Tuesday rejected the company's argument that lawsuits filed against it by thousands of victims of Colombia's violent paramilitary groups should be heard in Colombia.

Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque at his home in Cuba in 2012

Judge Won't Order NYS to Release Cuban Funds to Woman Duped by Spying Spouse

By Joel Stashenko |

A federal judge in Albany ruled Nov. 21 that a woman who unknowingly married a Cuban spy cannot collect a Florida default judgment of $7.17 million against the Cuban government and the former spouse from accounts held as abandoned property by New York state using the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Dentons chairman Joe Andrew and CEO Elliott Portnoy

Dentons Continues Global Expansion with Central America Tie-up

By Rose Walker |

World's largest firm set to add bases in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.

Mexico City, Mexico.

Lawyers Say Killing NAFTA Will Have Repercussions for U.S. Businesses

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Proponents for a change in NAFTA argue that Mexico has been its primary beneficiary, but leaving the pact altogether would hurt U.S. trade for a multitude of reasons.

Latin America's Continued Cooperation with the U.S. Hinges on Election

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The United States' relations with Latin America will pivot on Tuesday's U.S. election, a Brookings Institution foreign policy expert said Monday.

Citibank Sells its Guatemalan Consumer Banking Assets to Grupo Promerica

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Citibank has sold its consumer banking business in Guatemala to Grupo Promerica as it continues to shed Latin American assets.

Law Firms See Bright Future in Latin America's Booming Renewable Energy Sector

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

From Mexico's northern border to the southern tip of South America, the push for solar and wind energy generation in Latin America is flourishing.

Law Firms See Bright Future in Latin America's Booming Renewable Energy Sector

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The big flashy solar projects were a clue that Latin America's renewable energy sector is booming. Growth in Mexico is a example of what is happening in the region.

K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Court Orders $21M to Venezuelan Hospital Over Deception

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Eleventh Circuit awards a Venezuelan hospital a $21 million judgment against a group that the court found conspired to deceive it.

Foley Hoag Launches U.N. Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag has launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm.

When Bad Things Happen to Bad Companies

By Michael D. Goldhaber / The Global Lawyer |

In case after case, the bogeymen of arbitration are going up in smoke, The Global Lawyer writes. But do critics rejoice when bad things happen to bad companies? No. Rather than celebrate good arbitral judgment, they insist the system remains broken.

Brazil-based Partner Simone Musa to Chair Baker & McKenzie's Global Tax Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie has elected its Latin America tax practice regional chairwoman Simone Musa to head the firm's global tax practice. She's the first woman to be appointed to their global tax practice chairmanship.

Embraer facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Brazil's Embraer Agrees to $205M Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. has agreed to pay more than $205 million under an agreement with U.S. regulators over allegations it bribed officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique to win government contracts.

Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jose Martin Davila, director of compliance for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in the Americas and French Polynesia, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm's government investigations and white collar practice in Miami.

Eduardo Leite of Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie's Leite Stepping Down as Firm Chairman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eduardo Leite, who has served as chairman of Baker & McKenzie's executive committee for the past six years, will step down from that post at the end of October to focus on the firm's growth in Latin America and New York.

Jones Day Adds Partner to Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation Practice in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Sergio Alvarez-Mena, the former head legal counsel for the 11 U.S.-based private bank offices of Credit Suisse Securities, has joined the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice at Jones Day's Miami offices.

Cigars, Rum and Contingent Contracts: U.S. Eases Cuban Embargo Restrictions

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The U.S. further loosened its embargo of Cuba on Friday, lifting the cap on the value of merchandise that Americans can bring back from Cuba for personal use—including rum and cigars. But for attorneys in the U.S., a more significant change is that Americans and their companies can now enter contingent contracts with Cuban entities.

Andrea Miles Simonton is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Ruling Addresses Copyright Ownership of Foreign Works

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A judge has determined the copyrights to the telenovela that gave birth to the current U.S. television series "Jane the Virgin" belongs to RCTV networks and not to a screenwriter who wrote it over a decade ago in Caracas, Venezuela.

Jaime Trujillo, Baker & McKenzie, and Julian Santos Rubino, a partner in Holland & Knight’s Bogota office

Will Colombia’s ‘No’ Vote on FARC Peace Referendum Hurt Economic Growth?

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Colombian peace agreement would have brought a formal end to half-a-century of bloodshed and a boost to the country's economy. The voters' rejection may make it harder to pass tax reforms that some say are needed to fund projects to grow the economy and integrate regionally.

U.S Firms Abroad: An Interactive Road Map

By Meghan Tribe |

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. A look at the hot spots (and the not-so-hot spots).

(l-r) Ed Arista, partner with Arista Law, Aliette Del Pozo Rodz, chairwoman of Shutts & Bowen Cuba Task Force, Aymee D. Valdivia, Holland & Knight associate and a licensed attorney in Cuba, and Antonio Rodiles, Cuban dissident and founder of Estado de Sat.

Cuban American Bar Association Discusses Doing Business in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Cuban American Bar Association held its first conference addressing doing business in Cuba.

An illustration of Mexico City New International Airport

Jones Day, Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Hastings on $2B Bond Offering for Mexico City's New International Airport

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The $2 billion bond offering is the biggest initial bond offering for an airport in Latin America's history.

The Forecast for Big Law in 6 Key Markets

By Nicholas Bruch, senior legal analyst, ALM Intelligence |

International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.

Interactive Chart: U.S. Firms Abroad

By Meghan Tribe |

American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.

Felipe Arias and his family

Colombia
Colombian Politician Fighting Extradition Seeks Release on Bail

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Colombian presidential candidate and former Minister of Agriculture Andres Felipe Arias is fighting extradition in Miami.

Chile
After 19 Years, Chile Wins Arbitration Over Newspaper Seized by Pinochet

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

An arbitration stemming from Chile's 1973 expropriation of a newspaper during the coup d'etat that toppled then-Chilean President Salvador Allende has concluded with an arbitral tribunal siding with the current Chilean government.

Carlos Vejar, Mexico's former general counsel for international trade, now with Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Mexico's General Counsel For International Trade Joins Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The former general counsel for international trade in Mexico's Ministry of Economy has joined Holland & Knight's Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Cisco Systems

Cisco Cleared on FCPA Claims, but Tax Probe Looms

By Sue Reisinger |

There was good and not so good legal news this week for Cisco Systems Inc.

Marlene Gordon of Bacardi.

Self-Determination and Drive Take Gordon to Top Legal Post at Bacardi

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Growing up in rural Jamaica, Bacardi North America Vice President and General Counsel Marlene Gordon found inspiration in her overachieving mother.

Mayer Brown Expands Mexico City Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mayer Brown hires Ariel Ramos for the firm's Mexico City office, along with two associates.

Dispute Involving Dentons' Mexican Affiliate Continues

By Julie Triedman |

Since June, Dentons' Mexico City unit has been embroiled in a bitter "business divorce" dispute between the predecessor firm's co-founders over allegedly stolen client information and false marketing. The suit, filed in Mexico City, isn't starting out so well for Dentons.

Chevron in Ecuador: Is the End in Sight?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Now that the Second Circuit has fully embraced Chevron Corp.’s view—that the $9.5 billion Ecuadorean judgment against it was rotten with fraud—is there any chance that either side will give up their case? Don't hold your breath.

Applebee's in a mall in Qatar (Photo courtesy of DineEquity).

How In-House Lawyers Brought IHOP to Panama

By Stephanie Forshee |

DineEquity Inc., the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's, has been expanding into markets like Panama, Kuwait and the Philippines. Overseeing the overseas push has been a team of 11 in-house lawyers led by general counsel Bryan Adel.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

By Anna Ward, Legal Week |

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

How Key Energy Got the SEC to Go Easy

By Sue Reisinger |

When the Securities and Exchange Commission approached Key Energy Services Inc. about bribery allegations in Mexico, the company went into high gear. It launched a major internal investigation and reformed its compliance efforts, including shaking up its legal department.

An miner shouts slogans during a protest on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia, where protestors have placed stones on the highway to block traffic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Hundreds of independent miners have placed large stones on three principal highways blocking traffic that leads into Bolivia's capital city. Independent and state miners have been staging rival protests for months for control of the Colquiri tin mine, which is 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of La Paz. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia
Glencore Begins Arbitration Against Bolivia Over Mine Nationalization

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global mining and commodities producer has begun arbitration proceedings against Bolivia for its nationalization of properties since 2007.

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

Brazil
DLA Piper's Brazil Affiliate Hires 11-Lawyer Team

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Campos Mello has hired the lawyers from Mayer Brown's affiliate and a solo practice.

Alan A. Lips,  partner, Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber.

Argentina
Argentina's Tax Amnesty: A Q&A With Gerson Preston's Alan Lips

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

An impending December tax amnesty deadline for Argentine residents to declare previously undisclosed assets has some legal and tax professionals scrambling to prepare balance sheets.

DLA Piper in Talks With Chile Firms as Latin America Expansion Drive Continues

By James Booth |

The firm, which already has Latin American offices in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, is looking at further expansion in the region, with Chile identified as a key target.

Hogan Lovells associate Caetano Altafin ran with the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.

After Crossing Atlantic, Hogan Lovells Associate Carries Olympic Torch

By Jennifer Henderson |

Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.

The Second Circuit Makes Chevron v. Donziger Simple

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit laid it out with admirable clarity. Steven Donziger lied and cheated his way to a multibillion-dollar Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron.

Venezuelan Currency

Venezuela Central Bank Drops Appeal in Case Against Financial Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Venezuela's central bank has withdrawn its appeal of a lawsuit it filed against an online publication that publishes the Venezuelan black market exchange rate.

Bill Carvalho, in-house counsel of Yahoo!

Latin America Spurs South Florida In-House Counsel Network

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida in-house counsel do more cross-border work with Latin America than most of their U.S. counterparts. And that's not always easy. But with the help of a growing in-house counsel network, they are sharing information, offering one another their international expertise and collaborating in ways that help their companies and their individual careers.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse.

Second Circuit Rules for Chevron in $9B Environmental Case

By Mark Hamblett |

The appeals court on Monday affirmed the trial judge’s finding that a 10-figure judgment against Chevron was tainted by fraud and judicial corruption in Ecuador.

Ecuador
Second Circuit Rules for Chevron in $9B Environmental Case

By Mark Hamblett |

The appeals court on Monday affirmed the trial judge's finding that a 10-figure judgment against Chevron was tainted by fraud and judicial corruption in Ecuador.

Mexico
Pemex Loses U.S. Appeal of $406M Arbitration Award

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Second Circuit has upheld a $406 million arbitration award that had been set aside by a Mexican court.

Panama
Why Do the Panama Papers Name So Few American Clients?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

U.S. citizens get relatively few mentions in the Panama Papers. The explanation might be aggressive American tax enforcement—or inadequate U.S. measures to counter money laundering.

Aymee Valdivia, with Holland & Knight.

Cuba
Cuba-Trained Attorneys in US Help Navigate Deals as Relations Thaw

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cuban lawyers who have pursued additional U.S. law degrees say their legal experience in Cuba offers value to U.S. clients.

Chile
White & Case Advises on Financing for Solar Project in Chile

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

SunPower has raised $200M to build a solar power plant that will power Santiago's subway system.

Argentina
Infrastructure Projects in Latin America Get Funding

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A development bank owned mostly by Latin American countries and private banks has approved $1.865 billion in loans for infrastructure projects in Argentina, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and four other nations.

LAN passenger jet airplane at the airport of El Calafate in Patagonia.

Argentina
LAN Airlines Pays $22M to End FCPA Probe

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The agreement resolves parallel SEC and DOJ investigations into a $1.15 million payment that the agencies said went to bribe union leaders in Argentina.

Mexico
Walmart Defeats Shareholder Suit Over Mexico Bribery Scandal

By Zoe Tillman |

The Eighth Circuit on Friday sided with the mega-retailer and shut the door on a shareholder class action.

Oil rigs.

Argentina
Jones Day Plays Role in Latin American Loan Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Argentine subsidiary of a Chilean energy company has taken a $150 million loan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Argentina. The banks were advised by Jones Day.

Mexico
Mexico Strengthens Anti-Corruption Laws

Mexico made amendments this week to its anti-corruption laws that will affect those doing business in Mexico and strives to change the way its people, and the world, perceive how business works there.

A shopkeeper displays two packs of cigarettes with newly-released warning labels against smoking in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez)

Uruguay
Plain Packaging and Stricter Tobacco Labeling Expected to Spread in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Latin American countries may be more emboldened to enact bolder anti-tobacco legislation after Uruguay succesfully defends itself against tobacco company investment lawsuit.

Sean Pavone/iStockphoto

Amid Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DLA Piper Sees Opportunity in San Juan

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.

Francisco Cerezo.

Hispanic Attorneys in Miami Rise to Prominence in International Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Hispanic Miami attorneys have risen to prominence in international work and are handling high-end international transactions once handled almost exclusively in New York.

American Lawyer Announces its Fourth Annual Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

All winners will be honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on Sept. 26, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City, where we will also reveal the four grand prizes.

Venezuela
Berger Singerman Forms Immigration Practice With Venezuelan Bar Head

By Gina Passarella |

Berger Singerman is making its first formal foray into business immigration work with the hire of the incoming president of the Venezuelan National American Bar Association.

Argentina
Cleary Gottlieb, Holland & Knight and Cabanellas Etchebarne Advise on Argentina's Latest Bond Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

On the heels of the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires closing its second $1 billion bond offering this year, the Province of Salta closed a $300 million offering last week, as the nation's provinces look to capital markets to improve ailing infrastructure and restart the economy.

07/07/16- Miami- E. Adriana Kostencki, with Moreno Kostecki Law Firm.

Venezuela
As Venezuela's Legal System Suffers, Its Attorneys Look to Move to U.S.

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

As practicing law in Venezuela becomes increasingly difficult, some Venezuelan attorneys have had enough.

Panama
The Global Lawyer: Will DOJ Indict Panama Papers' Lead Partner?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Vulture fund Elliott Associates is testing the viability of Panama Papers prosecution.

Latin America Won't Escape Brexit Impact

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

One anticipated consequence of the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU is a decline in European trade with Latin America.

A Havana Club rum truck drives through the main highway in Varadero, Cuba.  It supplies the resort in the area.  Havana Club was established in 1878 and was nationalized by the Cuban government after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Cuba
Demon Rum and the Havana Club Trademark Saga

By Lisa Shuchman |

The U.S.-Cuba rapprochement adds a wrinkle to the Havana Club trademark saga.

Argentina
Argentina's Bond Offering, Weyerhaeuser Asset Sale and Other Deals

With its epic bondholder litigation nearing resolution, Argentina called on longtime counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to guide its re-entry into global capital markets with a $16.5 billion bond offering.

Panama
Expert Analysis: What the Panama Papers Should Teach Companies about Money Laundering

By Jon Barooshian |

The release of the Panama Papers shines a light on dirty money overseas.

Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico
Open Trials Come to Mexico After Yearslong Justice Reforms

By Christopher Sherman, Associated Press |

It would have seemed routine in many places: A defendant accused of illegally possessing a gun sat across a gleaming courtroom from the judge who accepted his guilty plea and would pronounce his sentence. For Mexico, though, it was a remarkable change from a century-old judicial system of paper-shuffling court cases in which defendants rarely actually testified before the judge ruling on their fate from within a cramped, bureaucrat's office. As of Saturday, the open, oral trial will be the norm nationwide as part of a sweeping judicial reform.

The Toronto skyline.

United Kingdom
EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

By Chris Johnson |

The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.

People line up expecting to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela (Ivan Alvarado/REUTERS/Newscom).

Venezuela
Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

By Julie Triedman |

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

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

Brazil
Brazil's Pre-Olympics Emergency Declaration Raises Legal Questions

A Brazilian state governor's declaration of a state of emergency and request for federal money to meet obligations in hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is being questioned on constitutional grounds and may lead to lawsuits, lawyers say.

dolphinphoto/iStockphoto

Argentina
Am Law 100 Duo Advise on First Argentine IPO in Six Years

By Jennifer Henderson |

A month after a settlement smoothed the way for Argentina's return to the global capital markets, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardwell led the way on a $280.5 million initial public offering by a Buenos Aires-based bank.

Jerry Brodsky of Peckar & Abramson.

Infrastructure Deals Show Legal Quirks in Latin American Construction

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. contractors face different legal challenges in Latin America, but there are strategies that can help.

Brazil
Luck Turns for Brazilian Tourist Suing Security Guards

By Celia Ampel |

A Brazilian tourist's case against Miami Beach security guards is reinstated after he shows he made a good-faith effort to return to the U.S. for the civil assault trial.

Cuba
Cuba Cancels International Bar Meeting in Havana

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Carla Vianna |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Ed Silverstein |

‘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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Associated Press |

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.

Latin American Companies Back New US Trade Secrets Law

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Commentary by Nicolas Watkins |

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.

Annie Hernanadez, CABA president, Holland & Knight

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

By Celia Ampel |

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.

Cuba
Carnival Lawsuit Dropped After Policy Change on Cuba Cruises

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

By Zoe Tillman |

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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

By John Council |

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

By Christiane Schuman Campbell, José María Viñals Camallonga and Renato A. Landeira |

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

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

By Julie Kay |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Raphael Satter, Associated Press |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Karen Sloan |

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'?

By Nell Gluckman |

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

By Ross Todd |

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

By Juan Zamorano and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

By Frances Ivens |

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

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

By David M. Laigaie
and Joshua Hill |

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
Brazil Ex-President Silva Says Rousseff Can Stop Impeachment

By Mauricio Savarese and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Capitol building in Havana

Cuba
Unusual Dissent Erupts Inside Cuban Communist Party Ranks

By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

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.

Paul Ryan.

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

By Billy House, Bloomberg News |

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.