Latin Lawyer March/April 2016
Last month, Cubans welcomed US President Barack Obama as he made the first US state trip to the island in nearly 90 years. Obama’s historic visit was preceded by a delegation from the International Bar Association, who went to the island to meet with its legal community. In this edition, we hear how Cuban lawyers are preparing for the expected rush of investors as relationships thaw between the two countries.
Relationships have always mattered in the Latin American legal profession, but they’ve taken on a newfound relevance thanks to the foreign players opening up office. Local and international firms alike are revisiting the relationships that give them their competitive edge and investing more than ever into making that bond stronger. Meanwhile, this month we celebrate the advantages of avoiding significant growth as leaders of smaller firms tell us why size isn’t everything.
We also look to Brazil, as it endures a particularly painful chapter in its history. Our lifetime achievement award winner Arnoldo Wald reflects on the country’s current state of affairs, after an illustrious career that has seen him work closely on landmark legislative developments.
Meanwhile, we also consider Chile’s tax reform. Does the final draft live up to expectations or have judgments been clouded by a desire to push something through at all costs? Finally, lawyers ask whether time is up for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
In this issue:
- Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Arnoldo Wald
- Small but Mighty: The benefits of resisting growth
- Opening for Business: Cuban lawyers get ready
- Cultivating Friendships: Referrals matter more than ever
- When the Heart Leads the Head: Chile’s troubled tax reform
Latin Lawyer’s 6th Annual M&A Conference roundup:
- Divestment programmes and allure of cheaper assets driving Brazilian M&A activity
- Arbitration on the rise despite lack of case law
- Clean but Useless: The anti-corruption law that’s too late for Operation Car Wash
- The Countdown Begins: Venezuela’s political crisis gathers pace
- Deal Digest
- Community News