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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.
As the U.S. talks of walls, China is building bridges in North America's backyard.
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.
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 has established a cooperation agreement with the Chilean law firm Bahamondez, Alvarez and Zegers, which will now operate under the name BAZ/DLA Piper.
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.
Cleary Gottlieb represents Mexican state oil company Pemex in a $5.5 billion debt securities offering in U.S. dollars.
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.
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.
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.
World's largest firm set to add bases in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
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.
The United States' relations with Latin America will pivot on Tuesday's U.S. election, a Brookings Institution foreign policy expert said Monday.
Citibank has sold its consumer banking business in Guatemala to Grupo Promerica as it continues to shed Latin American assets.
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.
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.
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.
The Eleventh Circuit awards a Venezuelan hospital a $21 million judgment against a group that the court found conspired to deceive it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Cuban American Bar Association held its first conference addressing doing business in Cuba.
The $2 billion bond offering is the biggest initial bond offering for an airport in Latin America's history.
International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.
American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.
Former Colombian presidential candidate and former Minister of Agriculture Andres Felipe Arias is fighting extradition in Miami.
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.
The former general counsel for international trade in Mexico's Ministry of Economy has joined Holland & Knight's Mexico City office as senior counsel.
There was good and not so good legal news this week for Cisco Systems Inc.
Growing up in rural Jamaica, Bacardi North America Vice President and General Counsel Marlene Gordon found inspiration in her overachieving mother.
Mayer Brown hires Ariel Ramos for the firm's Mexico City office, along with two associates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The global mining and commodities producer has begun arbitration proceedings against Bolivia for its nationalization of properties since 2007.
Campos Mello has hired the lawyers from Mayer Brown's affiliate and a solo practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Second Circuit has upheld a $406 million arbitration award that had been set aside by a Mexican court.
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.
Cuban lawyers who have pursued additional U.S. law degrees say their legal experience in Cuba offers value to U.S. clients.
SunPower has raised $200M to build a solar power plant that will power Santiago's subway system.
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.
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.
The Eighth Circuit on Friday sided with the mega-retailer and shut the door on a shareholder class action.
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 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.
Latin American countries may be more emboldened to enact bolder anti-tobacco legislation after Uruguay succesfully defends itself against tobacco company investment lawsuit.
DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.
Hispanic Miami attorneys have risen to prominence in international work and are handling high-end international transactions once handled almost exclusively in New York.
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.
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.
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.
As practicing law in Venezuela becomes increasingly difficult, some Venezuelan attorneys have had enough.
Vulture fund Elliott Associates is testing the viability of Panama Papers prosecution.
One anticipated consequence of the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU is a decline in European trade with Latin America.
The U.S.-Cuba rapprochement adds a wrinkle to the Havana Club trademark saga.
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.
The release of the Panama Papers shines a light on dirty money overseas.
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 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.
Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.
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.
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.
U.S. contractors face different legal challenges in Latin America, but there are strategies that can help.
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.
Cuban officials canceled an Inter-American Bar Association conference planned for Havana next month, citing concern about speakers on the agenda.
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.
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.
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.
A Delaware federal judge dismisses the central bank of Venezuela's lawsuit against a U.S. website publishing exchange rates and Venezuelan opposition news.
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.
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.
‘We will be having similar debates in the U.S. before long,’ warns Stanford’s Vivek Wadhwa.
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.
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.
A new Defend Trade Secrets law may give Latin American companies reason to move computer servers to the United States.
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.
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.
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.
Brazil's leniency program needs work. Will proposed reforms do the job? The country must balance purity and pragmatism, writes The Global Lawyer.
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.
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.
The ruling comes after Grupo Mexico chased an evasive litigation investment company all over the United States with a federal subpoena.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A trade secrets bill moving through Congress safeguards whistleblowers from liability unless they take their concerns to the news media.
The Panamanian law firm at the center of an unprecedented document leak has found China to be a rich source of business.
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.
Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
What does the 'Panama Papers' scandal mean for the republic of American lawyers?
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.
Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.
The split with Venezuela's InterJuris leaves the international giant with three bases in the region.
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.
The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange is pitching itself as an affordable venue for Latin American startups.
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.
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.