IBA attracts over 600 top Latin American and international lawyers to Rio conference

An estimated 650 delegates from 35 countries are gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Biennial International Bar Association (IBA) Latin American Regional Forum Conference, taking place from 9–11 March 2016. The overarching theme of the event is finding and maximising business-associated opportunities in Latin America, while avoiding the pitfalls.

IBA President David W Rivkin commented: ‘The IBA's Biennial Latin American Regional Conference is always one of the most important events on the calendar. Bringing together the leading lawyers of Latin America, it is a special opportunity for them to discuss with each other and lawyers from the rest of the world the challenges and opportunities that we and our clients face.’

The event’s keynote address will be given by Emerson ‘Emmo’ Fittipaldi, one of Brazil’s most successful Formula One (F1) drivers. He became the first Brazilian F1 World Champion In 1972, and won the title again two years later. Mr Fittipaldi later went on to pursue a career with the American Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy-Car series in 1984, winning the title in 1989 and the Indy 500 twice, in 1989 and 1993.

Following opening remarks by the Co-Chairs of the IBA Latin American Regional Forum, Ricardo C Veirano of Veirano Advogados, São Paulo, and Carlos Dominguez of Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque, Caracas, influential speakers from Brazil, the Latin American region and from further afield will share their expertise with an audience that includes more than 500 of Latin America’s most prominent lawyers. Delegates will also be addressed by Mr Rivkin in a specially filmed message. The video will be available on the IBA website thereafter.  

Topics to be discussed during the Conference include:

  • the challenges and opportunities for companies of the so-called ‘new economy’ undertaking business in Latin America, the lack of legislation and regulation in setting forth the legal framework under which those businesses shall operate, how the courts have been reacting to the new demands these companies create and the new roster of privacy issues they generate;
  • developments in the Latin American mergers and acquisitions market, with a particular focus on emerging trends and identifying new markets, both by country and by sector; and
  • the rapidly evolving corporate governance environment in Latin America, corporate governance challenges that foreign investors face when acquiring public and private companies in the region, communication with shareholders, tender offers and proxy fights, and the role of controlling and activist shareholders in setting the corporate governance agenda for the next few years.

The Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference – Living in interesting times: how to find the opportunities while avoiding the pitfalls takes place from 9–11 March 2016 at the Sheraton Rio de Janeiro Hotel, Av. Niemeyer, 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22450-220, Brazil.



Notes to the Editor

(1)    The IBA President’s videoed message to delegates can be viewed on the IBA website from 11 March 2016. Click here to watch.

(2)    The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership of individual lawyers, law firms, bar associations and law societies, it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

The IBA's administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; Washington, DC, US; and The Hague, the Netherlands.


For further information/to apply for press accreditation, please contact:

Romana St. Matthew - Daniel
Press Office

International Bar Association

4th Floor, 10 St Bride Street,
London EC4A 4AD

Mobile: +44 (0)7940 731 915
Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7842 0094
Main Office: +44 (0)20 7842 0090
Fax: +44 (0)20 7842 0091

E-mail: romana.daniel@int-bar.org
E-mail: IBApressoffice@int-bar.org
Website: www.ibanet.org