PPU advised initial purchasers on Chile sovereign offerings. Brigard & Urrutia made high profile hire in Colombia


A big thank you to everyone who participated in the research about the outlook for Central America and the Dominican Republic. The report with the results will be unveiled in Guatemala on September 12th at the session organised by The Latin American Lawyer to debate A new era for legal services in Central America: local, regional or global strategies? To book your place for this event, please click here

In other news this week, PPU handled two separate sovereign bonds in Chile, advising the initial purchasers. Also in Chile, Carey advising Macquarie bank on a loan to mining company Laguna Gold.

Across the Andes in Argentina, Marval acted for Brink´s on the acquisition of a local competitor while in Brazil, Davis Polk and Simpson Thacher acted on Carrefour Brasil´s IPO. 

In Peru, EY handled the tax due diligence of the GMD sale by Graña y Montero while in Venezuela two law firms announced a strategic alliance. 

Meanwhile, in a high profile lateral move in Colombia, Jaime Robledo joined Brigard & Urrutia from Gomez Pinzon. In Mexico, Cuatrecasas bulked up its arbitration practice and so did Squire Patton Boggs in Paris. The latter added Jose Ricardo Feris as a partner, he is a former deputy secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and an experienced specialist in arbitration matters in Latin America. 

Elsewhere, the Analysis section includes a report about Puerto Rico and how law firms on the island expect a positive outcome of the implementation of PROMESA (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act)

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PPU advised initial purchasers on separate bond issuances by Chile
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría acted for the banks in two recent sovereign bond issues by the Republic of Chile.

Jaime Robledo joins Brigard & Urrutia
Colombian law firm Brigard & Urrutia announced that Jaime Robledo joined its corporate and M&A practice group as a partner.

Cuatrecasas adds new arbitration partner in Mexico
Cuatrecasas announced the addition of René Irra as a partner in the arbitration practice group in Mexico City.

Davis Polk and Simpson Thacher instructed on IPO by Carrefour Brasil
Simpson Thacher advised Atacadão and Carrefour S.A. on the IPO of Carrefour Brasil. David Polk acted for the joint bookrunners.

Cleary Gottlieb reprises role on notes offering by PEMEX
Cleary Gottlieb acted for PEMEX on its $5 billion notes offering and concurrent liability management transaction.

EY instructed on GMD sale in Peru
EY lead the tax due diligence work on the sale of GMD, an IT services subsidiary of Graña y Montero in Peru.

Two law firms in Venezuela announced strategic alliance
Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez and Girán Abogados & Asociados have announced their new strategic partnership in Venezuela.

Brink’s retained Marval on MACO acquisition
Marval O’Farrell & Mairal advised The Brink’s Company on the acquisition of its Argentinean rival MACO for approximately $200 million.

Squire Patton Boggs adds former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
Squire Patton Boggs announced that José Ricardo Feris, a highly respected arbitration specialist, has joined the firm as partner.

Carey instructed on mining loan refinancing
Chilean law firm Carey advised Macquarie Bank in the structuring of a Chilean security package for a $10 million loan to Laguna Gold.

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Economic Stability Act ‘will help Puerto Rico to restructure debt’
Recent legislation will accelerate much-needed power, road, and water infrastructure projects – meanwhile, law firms are winning more work from clients that have relocated to Puerto Rico. Read more

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A new era for legal services in Central America: local, regional or global strategies?

 12 September, Guatemala

As multinationals go local and multilatinas go global, law firms rush to adapt and find new strategies in assisting clients. This high level debate among leading private practice and in house lawyers will cover new strategies from the perspective of compliance, cross border disputes, taxation and legal management. Read more



NYSBA International Section 2017 Seasonal Meeting

12 – 14 September, Guatemala

The conference will consist of two full days of sessions, which will focus on recent developments in international business and public law. The panels will cover thought-provoking discussions on such topics as data protection, human rights, global labour and immigration challenges, trade secrets, investment arbitration and transnational practice and legal education in the Americas.Read more

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