Coverage

Corruption, not politics, threatens LatAm M&A activity, agree panellists

Corruption, not politics, threatens LatAm M&A activity, agree panellists

15 March 2018

Presidential elections in some of Latin America’s biggest economies this year may help rather than hinder the region’s already promising M&A market, but corruption concerns continue to dampen its potential, agreed panellists speaking at Latin Lawyer’s 8th annual M&A conference held yesterday in Mexico City.

Respectful collaboration earns more M&A referral work, agree speakers

Respectful collaboration earns more M&A referral work, agree speakers

23 April 2018

Big international firms are getting an increasing amount of M&A work on a referral basis from their Latin American counterparts and should adopt a more supportive role in the deal-making process in response, agreed panellists speaking at Latin Lawyer's 8th Annual M&A conference held in Mexico City last month.

Pemex is back in the black, but PSCs are unpopular, agree speakers

Pemex is back in the black, but PSCs are unpopular, agree speakers

03 May 2018

The Mexican government’s plan to make Pemex a more efficient company by liberalising the oil and gas sector may be materialising, but the production-sharing contracts (PSCs) that were an important part of the reform have proven less successful, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A conference.

Market reputation and US links important for GCs, agree panellists

Market reputation and US links important for GCs, agree panellists

18 May 2018

A firm’s standing in the local market and its links with big international players are important considerations when selecting a local outfit for advice, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A in Mexico City.

Mexico anticorruption leniency programme could threaten antitrust efforts

Mexico anticorruption leniency programme could threaten antitrust efforts

30 May 2018

Failure to provide criminal immunity under Mexico’s new anticorruption provisions could kill the country’s successful antitrust leniency programme, warned panellists at Latin Lawyer 8th Annual M&A in Mexico City.

Chairs

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.”

Speakers

Alejandra Palacios Prieto

Chairwoman, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City

Alejandro Cantú Jiménez

General Counsel, América Móvil, Mexico City

Christian Lippert H.

Galicia, Mexico City

Elisabeth Eljuri

Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel, Sierra Oil & Gas, Mexico City

Felipe Larraín

Claro & Cia, Santiago

Fernando Carreño

Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Isabelle Girard

General Counsel, 3M Canada Legal Affairs, Ontario

Jaime Cubillos

Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá

Jaime Martínez-Negrete

Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley, Mexico City

Javier Rodríguez Galli

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

Jean Michel Enríquez D.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco

Managing Director, Mexico & Andean Region, Temasek, Mexico City

Lorenzo Massart

Managing Director, Investment Banking, Citigroup

Luis de la Calle

De la Calle Madrazo Mancera, Mexico City

Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Martin Sanchez

Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, New York

Paula Vieira de Oliveira

Mattos Filho, São Paulo

Paulo Cezar Aragão

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Robert Gruendel

DLA Piper, New York & Houston

Rodrigo Hinzpeter Kirberg

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Quiñenco, Santiago

Todd Crider

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Programme

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: Fireside chat

Speaker
Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Chairwoman, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City

Interviewer
Luis de la Calle, De la Calle Madrazo Mancera, Mexico City

10.00: View from the business and banking worlds

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.

Moderator:
Paul Schnell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Panel:
Jaime Martinez-Negrete, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley, Mexico City
Lorenzo Massart, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Citigroup, New York
Martin Sanchez, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, New York
Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco, Managing Director, Mexico & Andean Region, Temasek, Mexico City

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.

Moderator:
Paulo Cezar Aragão, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Panel:
Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
Felipe Larraín, Claro & Cia, Santiago
Jean Michel Enríquez D., Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

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?

Moderator:
Christian Lippert H., Galicia, Mexico City

Panel:
Jaime Cubillos, Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá
Paula Vieira de Oliveira, Mattos Filho, São Paulo
Fernando Carreño, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

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.

Moderator:
Robert Gruendel, DLA Piper, New York and Houston

Panel:
Elisabeth Eljuri, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel, Sierra Oil & Gas, Mexico City
Javier Rodríguez Galli, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires
Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

14.15: GC Interview

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

Moderator:
Patricio Trad Cepeda, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

Panel:
Alejandro Cantú Jiménez, General Counsel, América Móvil, Mexico City
Rodrigo Hinzpeter Kirberg, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Quiñenco, Santiago
Isabelle Girard, General Counsel, 3M Canada Legal Affairs, Ontario

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

Venue

W Mexico City Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc Mexico City, 11560 Ciudad de México, Mexico

Testimonials

  • “The conference was very well organised and the level of speakers made it really productive and interesting.”

    Fernanda Ruiz Tomasoni Laender, Senior Counsel
    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

  • “Latin Lawyer conferences provide a great forum for the latest industry trends and regulations as well as networking with the leading industry players in the region. The quality of speakers and topics of discussion deliver a balanced academic and practical view of the law.”

    Marco Solano
    Aguilar Castillo Love

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