Wednesday, 14 March 2018, Mexico City

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Paul Schnell

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Paul Schnell has been named one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. and has been recognized globally and in the U.S. as a leading lawyer in areas such as M&A, private equity, corporate governance, corporate, finance, health care and Latin America.

Patricio Trad Cepeda

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

Patricio Trad appears in the main list of Capital Markets leaders by Chambers and Partners, considered a corporate finance all-rounder with broad experience in complex corporate transactions and structured finance matters. He is also a relevant practitioner in M&A and Energy practice areas. Sources highlight “The team he works with, produces work of the highest quality and has outstanding capital markets experience.”


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs’ welcome

Paul Schnell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Patricio Trad Cepeda, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

9.30: Keynote address

10.00: View from the banks

Amid jittery markets and fluctuating currencies, buyers are having to think up increasingly novel strategies for financing M&As. The highs and lows of the dollar and euro have impacted the cost of borrowing. But with not enough liquidity in many Latin American markets, buyers are forced to look abroad – so long as there is enough meat in their purchase to warrant the FX risk.

10.50: Coffee break 

11.15: When in Rome: Local or international counsel?

Latin American companies purchasing assets outside their home country face the quandary of following tried and tested methods applicable at home or adapting to the market where the acquisition is occurring. This panel considers the extent to which Latin American companies looking beyond their national borders can rely on the same counsel they count on at home or whether instructing US firms is a necessity.

12.00: Coffee break 

12.20: The anti-corruption era

Perhaps no recent phenomenon has so shaped deal activity from Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro than anticorruption. Nowadays, every deal must be structured taking into account anti-corruption concerns. With joint ventures and acquisitions subject to scrutiny under the FCPA and UK Anti Bribery Act, thorough due diligence must be done. This panel considers how sellers can deal with insistent parties asking difficult questions. With Mexico on the cusp of passing new anticorruption legislation, what do practitioners need to take note of?

13.05: Coffee break

13.30: The Latam energy boom

Across Latin America, the energy sector has seen a proliferation of M&A activity in recent years. The opening up of Mexico’s oil and gas sector has paved the way for private companies to buy assets and set up joint ventures to exploit energy reserves. But with little experience of deal activity, Mexico’s energy regulators know little about the transactional space. This panel considers how deals can be structured without triggering regulatory hurdles and what to do if regulatory approval isn’t forthcoming. Elsewhere in Latin America – including Chile and Argentina – the growth of renewables is enticing private equity investors.

14.15: GC Interview

General counsel deliver the low down on what they expect from their external counterparts.

14.55: Chairs’ closing remarks

Paul Schnell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Patricio Trad Cepeda, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

15.00: Close of conference


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Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $600 2 Feb 2018
Early $750 2 Mar 2018
Standard $900  14 Mar 2018