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Wednesday 15 March (1430 - 2015)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Wednesday 15 March (1930 - 2100)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (0730 - 1700)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (0745 - 0850)

Public and Professional Interest Division (Lead)
Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)
Women Lawyers' Interest Group (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (0900 - 0915)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Programme details

Carlos Dominguez, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque, Caracas; Co-Chair, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Nicolas Piaggio, Guyer & Regules, Montevideo; Secretary, IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee Carolina Zang, Zang Bergel & Viñes Abogados, Buenos Aires; Vice-Chair, IBA Latin American Regional Forum

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Thursday 16 March (0915 - 1000)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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Thursday 16 March (1000 - 1100)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Programme details

This opening session will provide an overview of the region’s M&A market, considering the current global and Latin American economic climate. It will also provide insights into recent developments in the region as well as emerging trends both by country and by sector. Session Co-Chairs Alfredo O’Farrell, Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires Ricardo Veirano, Veirano Advogados, São Paulo Speakers Sergio J Galvis, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York Carlos Garcia, Managing Partner and Chairman, Victoria Capital Partners, Buenos Aires Facundo Gomez Minujin, Managing Director, JP Morgan, Buenos Aires Andres Mena, Kirkland & Ellis, New York Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados, Lima; Vice-Chair, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Carlos Umaña, Brigard & Urrutia, Bogota

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Thursday 16 March (1100 - 1130)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (1130 - 1300)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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This session will tackle the most important issues to be considered in a distressed M&A deal. It will also discuss some of the advantages and opportunities that these types of M&A transactions can offer, especially in Latin America. Topics to be addressed include: • How to structure distressed M&A – APA or SPA • How to minimise post-acquisition liability of the buyer • Opportunities in the Latin American region • Learning from the experience of other countries Session Co-Chairs Alberto Rebaza, Rebaza Alcazar & De Las Casas Abogados, Lima Francisco J Roggero, Bullo Abogados, Buenos Aires; Scholarship Officer, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Speakers Tomas Araya, M. & M. Bomchil, Buenos Aires; Co-Chair, Legislation and Policy Subcommiteee, IBA Insolvency Secion Ivan Delgado, Perez-Llorca, New York Diego Ferro, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Greylock Capital, New York Paola Lozano, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York Trevor W Swett III, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC Hans Sydow, Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Nuñez Abogados, Caracas Luciana Tornovsky, Demarest Advogados, São Paulo

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Thursday 16 March (1130 - 1300)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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M&A activity has been solid in Latin America for manyyears. The majority of deals are intra-regional, with larger economies such as Brazil and Mexico being the top investors. Additionally, European and North American companies have led cross-border M&A activitys they have looked to invest and expand in fast growing markets. Despite significant improvements over the last decade, some of the major challenges to doing business in Latin America continue to be obtaining credit, tax law transparency, and enforcing contracts. Considering the region’s current political and financial conditions, what finance options do these investors have? What are the differences between cross-border commercial development and multilateral lending? What are the private equity and venture capital options? What has been the experience with capital markets in general? The panel will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different financing options for M&A and investments, in the current political and economic reality of Latin America. Session Co-Chairs Luis Manuel Castro, BLP Abogados, San Jose Roberto Guerrero, V Guerrero Olivos, Santiago Speakers Carlos Albarracin, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, New York P Eugenio Aramburu, Perez Alati Grondona Benites Arntsen & Martinez de Hoz, Buenos Aires Maria Luisa Canovas, Jones Day, New York Nicolas Lafont, McDermott Will & Emery, Paris Santi Pages, Roca Junyent, Barcelona Arthur B Penteado, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo

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Thursday 16 March (1300 - 1500)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (1500 - 1630)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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The presentation will address lessons from M&A activity. It will also address sectors of special interest in the current M&A environment. The year 2015 saw a record number of M&A deals, and many of those are related to specific sectors – mainly health, energy, natural resources and technology, although in the financial arena and the retail market there has also been a considerable number of deals. The panel will address the main factors that, according to the market and relevant reports, have triggered activity in such sectors as well as the most relevant issues faced by companies in such transactions including regulatory aspects. Session Co-Chairs Tomas Allende, Estudio Beccar Varela, Buenos Aires Marcela Hughes, Hughes & Hughes, Montevideo Speakers Fabiola Augusta Cavalcanti, TozziniFreire Advogados, Rio de Janeiro Daniel del Rio, Basham Ringe y Correa, Mexico City; LPD Representative, IBA Management Board Estanislao Hernan Olmos, Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires Diego Perez-Ordoñez, Perez Bustamante & Ponce - PBP, Quito Guillermo Perrone, Latin America Regional Counsel, The Rohatyn Group, Buenos Aires Antonia Stolper, Shearman & Sterling, New York Carlo Viacava, Estudio Olaechea, Lima

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Thursday 16 March (1500 - 1630)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Programme details

Compliance issues are now more important than ever for crossborder M&A transactions. Recent high-profile corporate scandals and their political consequences, widely publicised not only throughout Latin America but globally, have vividly portrayed the impact that, for instance, corruption allegations can have on the valuation, reputation and even on the future viability of the companies involved. From the buyer’s perspective, the value of an otherwise profitable target could be greatly reduced if the ghost of corruption pops-up following the closing of the transaction. It could even expose the buyer to potential liabilities under the buyer’s own domestic anti-corruption laws. But compliance issues go beyond anti-corruption statutes to encompass antitrust, environmental, international trade, currency controls, export controls, and labour laws among all others. This session will discuss, from a practical perspective, recent trends in the handling of compliance issues and related liabilities during the due diligence stage, the negotiation of the SPA, APA or the merger agreement, and post-closing, with particular focus on the buyer’s perspective. The panel will also cover the relevance of compliance due diligence under FCPA from a US investor’s perspective. Session Co-Chairs Estif Aparicio, Arias Fabrega & Fabrega, Panama City; Committee Liaison Officer, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Andres Cerisola, Ferrere, Montevideo; Chair, IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee Speakers Cesar Amendolara, Velloza e Girotto Advogados Associados, São Paulo Sergio Amiel, Garrigues, Lima Felipe Cousiño, Alessandri, Santiago; IBA Council Member, Colegio de Abogados de Chile Harvey Jay Cohen, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati, OH; Senior Vice-Chair, IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee Andy J Nussbaum, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York Uriel O’Farrell, Estudio O’Farrell, Buenos Aires; Chair, IBA Power Law Committee

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Thursday 16 March (1630 - 1700)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Thursday 16 March (1700 - 1830)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Programme details

Although the transformation of Latin American companies began 20 years ago, as local business leaders began to perceive the need to embrace globalisation for growth and sustainability, multilatinas’ outbound M&A activity grew particularly strongly after 2003. Brazilian, Mexican and Chilean companies lead this expansion. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities that multilatinas face when they enter M&A transactions to expand their business across the region and beyond. Session Co-Chairs Francisco Illanes, Cariola Diez Perez-Cotapos, Santiago Ignacio Pesqueira, Galicia Abogados, Mexico City; Conference Coordinator South America, IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee Speakers Jaime Cubillos, Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogota Valeriano Guevara Lynch, Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires Alberto Navarro, Navarro Castex Abogados, Buenos Aires Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja, Chadbourne & Parke, New York Hernan Pacheco, Pacheco Coto, San Jose Miguel Tornovsky, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo; Regional Representative Latin America, IBA Securities Law Committee

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Thursday 16 March (1700 - 1830)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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This session will address current issues in negotiated and contested public M&A transactions in Latin America. It will include recent changes to takeovers regulation, disclosure matters, stealth manoeuvres, protectionism and deal protections, defensive actions, standstill covenants, regulatory interference, target company and board duties, special committees, shareholder activism, and how the region’s public M&A market is expected to evolve in the years ahead. Session Co-Chairs Felipe Larrain, Claro y Cia, Santiago Eduardo Sanguinetti, Sanguinetti & Asociados, Montevideo; Council Member, IBA Legal Practice Division Speakers Rocio Balestra, Commissioner, Comision Nacional de Valores, Buenos Aires S Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York Ellisa O Habbart, The Delaware Counsel Group Attorneys at Law, Wilmington, DE Andres Hoyos, Gomez-Pinzon Zuleta Abogados, Bogota Paula Vieira de Oliveira, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo Marcelo Villegas, Nicholson y Cano Abogados, Buenos Aires

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Thursday 16 March (1930 - 2300)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Friday 17 March (0800 - 1500)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

Friday 17 March (0930 - 1100)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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During the last two decades Latin America has experienced a significant growth in the development of public infrastructure. Some countries have recently approved ambitious infrastructure programmes and legal frameworks, or have modernised such frameworks to foster further investment. Nevertheless, the infrastructure deficit is still enormous in many of the region’s countries and the challenges appear to remain the same. This presents an extraordinary challenge for both the public and private sectors. What needs to be done to provide more successful infrastructure programmes? How can investors be more effective, in developing infrastructure projects on time? How can new regulatory regimes help overcome challenges These are some of the questions this panel aims to discuss. This session includes participation from Latin America infrastructure legal experts, sponsors, financers and/or contractors. Session Co-Chairs Juan Carlos de Los Heros, Estudio Echecopar, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, Lima; Secretary, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Fulvio Italiani, D’Empaire Reyna Abogados, Caracas Speakers Pablo Mijares, Mijares Angoitia Cortes y Fuentes, Mexico City Gonzalo Molina, Barros & Errazuriz, Santiago Diego Parise, Mitrani Caballero Ojam & Ruiz Moreno Abogados, Buenos Aires Tomer Pinkusiewicz, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, New York France Tenaille, Gowling WLG, Toronto Willie Wood, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, TX

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Friday 17 March (0930 - 1100)

Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)

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Over the last few decades, antitrust has emerged and evolved in Latin America with new laws and regulations in almost all jurisdictions. Most Latin American countries now have antitrust regulations, many with years of experience in competition law. Some countries’ ‘2.0’ regulations that have taken the influence from the EU and the US – leniency programmes, the criminalisation of cartels, compliance and mandatory merger reviews – are all part of the landscape. All those elements have definitely changed the way of doing business in Latin America. This panel will review the current status of the major antitrust regulations in different Latin American countries, and the challenges that these developments will bring: not only for the regulators but also for law firms and clients. Session Co-Chairs Benjamin Grebe, Prieto, Santiago; Young Council Liaison Officer, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Michael J Reynolds, Allen & Overy, Brussels and London; IBA Honorary Life Member of Council and Association Speakers Carles Esteva-Mosso, DG Competition European Commission, Brussels Esteban Manuel Greco, President, Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia (CNDC), Buenos Aires Antonio Guerra, Uria Menendez Abogados, Madrid Ana Paula Martinez, Levy & Salomão Advogados, São Paulo Janet McDavid, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC; Co-Chair, IBA Antitrust Committee Jose Gregorio Torrealba, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque, Caracas Enrique Vergara, President, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (TDLC), Santiago

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