Chinese companies have continued to expand their influence in Latin America since the global financial crisis opened the door to them almost a decade ago. From commodities to infrastructure, energy to construction, the Middle Kingdom’s biggest players now feature on headline transactions across the region and many are increasingly looking for opportunities in new sectors. For Latin America’s leading law firms, the country’s growing clout is not only bringing new clients into the fold, but leading many to tailor their service offering to win more work.
Similarly, it is also opportunity abroad that is occupying the thoughts of some of Brazil’s law firms. With the country’s economy limping back to growth and many of its national champions selling assets abroad to fund the growing cost of corruption investigations at home, some legal practitioners are increasingly wondering whether Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa will return to the investment map of its domestic companies.
Elsewhere, our deal focus for this issue looks at the work required to launch Paraguay’s inaugural public-private partnership for a new toll road and what it may mean for future infrastructure investment in one of South America’s fastest growing economies.
Finally, following Latin Lawyer’s Awards earlier in the year, we also profile the winners in this year’s International Lawyer of the Year and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year categories, and hear the associate view from Colombia on ethical practice and navigating the country’s labyrinthine tax code.
In this magazine:
- International Lawyer of the Year: Don Baker, White & Case
- Doing the Deal: Paraguay’s first PPP
- Digging In, Branching Out: How regional law firms are becoming indispensable to Chinese interests
- Into Africa: Brazil’s African Connection
- Associate Viewpoint: Juan David Velasco, Posse Herrera Ruiz
- Pro-Bono Lawyer of the Year: Alex Ali Mendez Diaz and the fight for same-sex marriage in Mexico
- Deal Digest
- Community News