Panama City plays host to largest ever IBA mergers and acquisitions conference in Latin America

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of the largest International Bar Association (IBA) mergers and acquisitions conference ever to take place in Latin America.

Panama City, Panama, will host the Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: Latest Trends and the Road Ahead conference from 11–13 March. The event has attracted 500 private practice lawyers, in-house counsel, law academics, government officials and bar associations’ representatives from 36 countries – a record on both accounts for this event, which, since its inception in 2007 has had an average attendance of 300 delegates from 25 countries.

‘The IBA Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America Conference is today a forum for any legal professional involved in complex M&A transactions to meet peers from all regional jurisdictions and beyond, and in a matter of hours be able to collect the reliable and current insights in the field. M&As require experienced counselling, broad legal expertise and the ability to partner with others. There is not a better environment to discuss the difficulties and opportunities of M&A transactions than with colleagues with vast international experience working right now on the hottest deals,’ comments Marcela Hughes, partner of Hughes & Hughes, Uruguay, Co-Chair of the IBA Latin American Regional Forum and Conference Co-Chair.

The conference, held biennially, brings stakeholders together to discuss the impact of mergers and acquisitions in Latin American markets and how best to encourage investments. It provides professionals with a forum to debate, keep themselves up-to-date with best practice for serving clients, employers and contributing towards the development of the regional economy.

Estif Aparicio, the Conference Host Committee Head, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Officer and partner of Arias Fabrega & Fabrega, in Panama, commented, ‘The fact that in 2015 we are hosting the largest ever IBA Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America Conference demonstrates how crucial it is to keep open the debate about technical legal issues and how there is always a great amount that one can learn from others, no matter how experienced a professional one is. The Panamanian legal community is extremely proud that this conference is taking place in Panama City, and Panama is ready to welcome our legal peers from across the world.’

The Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: Latest Trends and the Road Ahead Conference is co-presented by the Corporate and M&A Law Committee and the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association. Expert speakers will discuss topics related to recent international regulatory changes on transactions and businesses; raising capital; the development of private equity; M&A involving distressed companies; liabilities of parties; the impact of regulatory changes; shareholder activism; and the role of independent directors. This will be the fifth edition of the conference and takes place from 11–13 March 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Panama City, Panama.



Notes to the Editor

  1. Press pass enquiries for working journalists intending to report on the Conference should be sent to:
  2. Previous IBA M&A conferences have taken place in: Brazil (2007); Colombia (2009); Mexico (2011); and Peru (2013).
  3. 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; and Washington DC, US, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme (IBA ICC) is managed from an office in The Hague.
    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.

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International Bar Association
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