Latin America Top News

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, the surety bond holder for the Panama Canal expansion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mexico
Thompson & Knight, Vinson & Elkins on Mexican Oil Deal

By MP McQueen |

The law firms are advising private equity firms EnCap Investments and Riverstone Holdings as they fund Mexico’s first independent oil and gas production company in nearly 75 years.

The Churn

Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico
Akin Loses Two, But Again Raids Bingham, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen lost four more partners to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld this week in Hong Kong and London, as the former continues to pursue a potential merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. McCarter & English adds eight partners of its own through a merger, Jones Day hires another Latin American dealmaker and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuela
White & Case Wins $740M Award Over Venezuela Mine Seizure

By Jan Wolfe |

Spokane, Wash.-based Gold Reserve Inc. is trumpeting the award and congratulating its lawyers, even as it admits that it wanted a lot more money.

Brazil’s Environmental Minister Izabella Teixeira speaks during a press conference at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil.

Brazil
Brazil Says No to Global Anti-Deforestation Plan

Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rain forest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process.

Cuba
Case of American Jailed in Cuba Back in U.S. Court

An attorney for a Maryland man who has spent over four years imprisoned in Cuba will argue before a federal appeals court that he should be allowed to sue the U.S. government.

How to Cut Costs in Complex International Arbitrations

By Daniel E. Gonzalez, Maria Catalina Carmona and Roland Potts |

Arbitration is often touted as a cost-savings advantage over traditional litigation. But when it comes to sophisticated parties in complex international matters, that may be more myth than reality. While some costs may seem difficult to reduce, parties can implement these cost-saving strategies.

Argentina
Citibank Argues It's Stuck Between Argentina, US Judge

Citibank N.A. is set to tell an appeals court in New York that it faces "grave sanctions" from Argentina unless it defies a U.S. judge's order blocking it from making payments to holders of $8.4 billion of the country's bonds.

Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
A New International Option: The Emergency Arbitrator

By Luis A. Perez and Francisco A. Rodriguez |

The main arbitral institutions have heard the demands of the legal community, and the figure of the so called "emergency arbitrator" has arrived in the international arbitration world, offering the option of a forum within the arbitration context to provide temporary emergency relief.

Pope Francis

Argentina
Pope Francis Meets With Argentine Judge in Dirty War Probe

Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards.

Spain, Chile, Colombia
Large Law Firm Mergers Now Coming to Latin America

By Brian Baxter |

Spanish legal giant Uria Menendez, an alliance partner of Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May, has agreed to take a 30 percent stake in Latin America’s first major cross-border law firm merger between Chile’s Philippi Yrarrazaval Pulido & Brunner and Colombia’s Prietocarrizosa. The trio will form Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uria, a 220-lawyer firm with offices in both countries.

Chile, Colombia
Large Law Firm Mergers Now Coming to Latin America

By Brian Baxter |

Spanish legal giant Uria Menendez, an alliance partner of Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May, has agreed to take a 30 percent stake in Latin America’s first major cross-border law firm merger between Chile’s Philippi Yrarrazaval Pulido & Brunner and Colombia’s Prietocarrizosa. The trio will form Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uria, a 220-lawyer firm with offices in both countries.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina
Argentina Plans Latin America's Tallest Building

President Cristina Fernandez says the 1,165-foot tower is expected to cost around $300 million and will serve as a center for the entertainment industry, including television and movies studios.

Mexico
Mexico Pollution, Water Disputes Turn Political

State governors in Mexico have a long history of using local resources as they please.

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

Cuba
Guantanamo Prisoner in Standoff as Transfer Stalls

The hunger strike that Abu Wa'el Dhiab, 43, started 18 months ago to protest his indefinite confinement without charge was supposed to be over by now.

Australia, Ireland
Big Tobacco Takes Aim at Plain Packaging Laws

By Lisa Shuchman |

As Ireland and other countries threaten to follow Australia in banning logos and other distinguishing marks from cigarette packages, tobacco companies fight back with trademark law.

Netherlands, Mexico
Beer Here! Dechert, Gibson Dunn, Jones Day Toast Deals

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of beer industry deals are getting the fourth quarter started for a trio of Am Law 100 firms.

Kazakhstan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Argentina, Ecuador
Global Legal Awards: Global Disputes of the Year

The American Lawyer Global Disputes of the Year Awards honor the winning team in transnational cases regardless of the venue.

Immigrants Who Bought ACA Insurance Face Challenges

More than 300,000 immigrants who bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them.

Global Legal Awards: Global Citizenship Awards of the Year

In this category, The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

This category of The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes 2013's largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in every corner of the globe.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

Fidel Castro

Spain, Human Rights, Cuba
Spanish Bank Can't Deflect Claims by Cuba Terror Victims

By Jan Wolfe |

After winning about $3.5 billion in default judgments against the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro's persecuted political opponents and their families have cleared a hurdle in their bid to seize funds from global banks including Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA).

Brazil
Brazil Expands Labor Rights for Domestic Workers

The landmark domestic workers law, passed as a constitutional amendment last year and strengthened this month, aims to extend some of Brazil's generous labor protections to the more than 6 million maids, nannies, eldercare givers, gardeners and caretakers who work in privates homes.

Mariela Castro

Cuba
A Castro Breaks Tradition With 'No' Vote in Cuba

Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

Panama
Panama Canal Turns 100 as Expansion Hits Snag

The centennial anniversary of the canal's opening Aug. 15 was marred by doubts about the country's ability to harness the full benefits of a multibillion-dollar expansion beset by cost overruns, strikes and the threat of competition from rival projects.

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

Cuba
Six Guantanamo Detainees May Be Headed to Uruguay

The prisoners, who are likely to be released soon, have been offered a refuge in Uruguay, where President Jose Mujica agreed as a humanitarian gesture to accept men that the U.S. has decided do not pose a threat but cannot return to their homelands.

Mexico
A River Runs Through It, Thanks in Part to Squire Partner

By Valori Corral-Nava |

This past spring, the Colorado River flowed its natural course to the Sea of Cortez for the first time in 16 years, thanks in part to Squire Patton Boggs and Arizona-based partner Peter Culp, who worked pro bono to help hammer out a landmark binational agreement between the U.S. and Mexico on the management of the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Global Lawyer, Argentina
The Global Lawyer: Cleary's Litigation Slump

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In the past six months Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton litigators have lost a string of historic cases. Powerful entities routinely ask Cleary to push the envelope in international law. Lately it hasn't worked out well.

Argentina, Brazil
Reports Cast Wary Eye on Latin American Litigation Reform

By Andrew Ramonas |

Companies doing business in Latin America face an enhanced risk of lawsuit abuse under proposed reforms, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Baker & McKenzie's Jaime Trujillo

Colombia
'A Tremendous Increase in Business'

By M.P. McQueen |

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

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

By David Brown |

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

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

Venezuela
After Chavez, the Challenges Continue

By Jan Wolfe |

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

Brazil, Mexico
Best of Friends

By Chris Johnson |

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