Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper bet on Mexico’s growing legal market

DLA combines with local firm while Baker & McKenzie boosts its Mexican office

Mexico’s legal market has seen steady growth as President Enrique Peña Nieto’s package of reforms, including widespread tax breaks and the opening up of the energy sector to foreign companies, liberalises the economy. Last month saw both DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie seek to capitalise on that growth by making strategic hires to broaden their offerings.

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Uría Menéndez takes stake in first major Latin America tie-up

As Dentons hires IDB’s general counsel in hunt for regional mergers

Last month saw leading Iberian law firm Uría Menéndez acquire a 30% stake in the merger of its best friend firms and national heavyweights, Chile’s Philippi and Colombia’s Prietocarrizosa, as part of its strategy to consolidate its commitment in the region.

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Latam briefing: Garrigues extends local network, foreign players continue push and Brazil leader secures antitrust coup

Latam briefing: Garrigues extends local network, foreign players continue push and Brazil leader secures antitrust coup

Market developments around the region continue apace: in the Dominican Republic, where the recent tie-up between Squire Saunders and Patton Boggs will be particularly felt (the former Squire Sanders, Peña Prieto & Gamundi was a key market player), further movement has seen the departures of Marielle Garrigó and Fabiola Medina (from Pellerano & Herrera and Medina Rizek, respectively), to establish new firm Medina Garrigó.

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Uría Menéndez takes stake in two allies as elite Latam duo agree groundbreaking tie-up

Uría Menéndez takes stake in two allies as elite Latam duo agree groundbreaking tie-up

Iberian leader Uría Menéndez has elevated its offering in Latin America and acquired a 30% stake in the merger of its best friend firms and national heavyweights, Philippi and Prietocarrizosa, in a union the firm says is a ‘major milestone’ in its international strategy to consolidate its commitment in the region.

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Risk and resilience – a booming insurance industry in Latin America

Risk and resilience – a booming insurance industry in Latin America

Bristol-based DAC Beachcroft insurance partner David Pollitt is a regular visitor to Miami. But while tourists may be lured by the tropical climate and art deco architecture, his frequent trips from West Country to East Coast are all about his practice. The emergence of Miami as an operational and service centre for Latin America means its importance to major international insurance players cannot be underestimated.

Miami is fast becoming a gateway to Latin America for the insurance and reinsurance industry, in the same way that Singapore operates as an insurance hub for Asia. Swiss Re established a Miami office in 2011 to service Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands. Back in 2007, Zurich (a key client of DAC Beachcroft) moved its Latin American regional headquarters from Santiago, Chile, to Miami. The trend continues: Hiscox announced the expansion of its Miami branch in January this year. Continue reading “Risk and resilience – a booming insurance industry in Latin America”

Unleashing talent – highlights from The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America

Unleashing talent – highlights from The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America

As Latin America increasingly becomes a global economic force, the role of the in-house lawyer in the region has evolved to produce some of the most impressive names in the legal industry.

Below are selected highlights taken from the debut edition of The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America, which identifies an array of the region’s most influential in-house counsel.

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Unleashing talent – highlights from The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America

Unleashing talent – highlights from The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America

As Latin America increasingly becomes a global economic force, the role of the in-house lawyer in the region has evolved to produce some of the most impressive names in the legal industry.

Below are selected highlights taken from the debut edition of The Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100: Latin America, which identifies an array of the region’s most influential in-house counsel.

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Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes

Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is to expand its Latin American footprint as it today (19 February) announces the launch of an office in Rio de Janeiro and the hire of BP’s global corporate assistant general counsel Andrew Haynes as office co-head.

The new office in Brazil, which will be also be run by current head of Colombia, Glenn Faas, will be the LB100 top ten firm’s third in the region after Venezuela (Caracas) and Colombia (Bogotá), and its 55th office worldwide. Continue reading “Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes”