Latin Lawyer October 2016
Senior partners of Latin American law firms like to say that today’s associates have it good. Law firms invest in their well-being and listen to their concerns, in order to build motivated, loyal teams.
Despite all the talk of millennials being demanding and unattached to their place of work, law firms in the region will be pleased to hear that their investment in talent could be paying off: our inaugural associate satisfaction survey shows that lawyers are happy in their careers. However, there is always room for improvement, particularly in the areas of career development and work-life balance.
More Latin American firms are also starting to widen their views on diversity. As well as gender issues, considerations are being made for LGBT groups, ethnicity, religion and disability. Progress is far from universal, and hard data are hard to come by, but some of the firms that are most active in the area share their experiences with us in this issue.
Elsewhere, we hear how Mercosur members’ dispute over Venezuela’s presidency threatens to overshadow negotiations with the European Union. We also talk to lawyers in Chile about the recent electricity auction and lawyers and Jones Day inform us of a little-known tool used by the US government to ramp up enforcement after the Panama Papers – representing a serious threat to companies and individuals alike.
In this edition:
- Embracing Difference: Are law firms buying into diversity?
Associate Satisfaction Survey:
- The region’s lawyers are happy…
- …but is there room for improvement?
- Divisions in Mercosur: How EU trade talks are jeopardised by rifts over the Venezuelan presidency
- Too Good to be True: Will Chile’s electricity auction bring prices down?
- Associate Viewpoint: Christian Chávez Verástegui, Miranda & Amado Abogados
- Clamping Down: Another US government tool to watch out for
Latin Lawyer 7h Annual Private Equity Conference roundup:
- Private Equity activity in LatAm on the up
- Deal Digest
- Community News