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Friday 17 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)

Friday 17 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)

Programme details

Can innovation be expected in the business of law firms? Innovation has probably been the hottest topic in management during the last decade. However, it seems like an insignificant matter for most lawyers compared with their clients’ legal issues. How can innovation help or complicate business for lawyers? In light of constant changes in business, can lawyers continue to be resistant to change and innovation? Session Co-Chairs Jaime Fernandez Madero, Fernandez Madero Consulting, Buenos Aires; Conference Coordinator, IBA Law Firm Management Committee Fernando Pelaez-Pier, FPelaez Consulting, Caracas and Miami; IBA Honorary Life Member of Council and Association Speakers Martin Acero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, Bogota Mariano Batalla, Batalla Salto Luna, San Jose; Website and Communications Officer, IBA Law Firm Management Committee Jaime Carey, Carey, Santiago; Chair, IBA Legal Practice Division Nicolas Herrera Guyer & Regules, Montevideo Hermann J Knott, Luther, Cologne; Council Member, IBA Section on Public and Professional Interest Patricia Menendez-Cambo, Greenberg Traurig, Miami, FL; ViceChair, IBA Women Lawyers’ Interest Group Tony Williams, Jomati Consultants, London

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Friday 17 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)

Programme details

Recent developments in Latin American politics and economics have paved the way for outstanding private equity growth opportunities. There has been consistent grown in recent years and future predictions have further increased interest. As Latin America recently went through a recession, it is now exploiting new horizons. The sector has been maturing at a steady pace, and private equity firms are expected to pour in further funds. There have been many proven advantages, but the most immediate problem facing such funds is the decreasing value of local currencies. Many firms are now aggressively putting more capital to work to offset the lower valuations of a few years ago. When it comes to investing and withdrawing in Latin America, the exit is always the tricky part. In such situations, Latin American lawyers are key in bringing the right expertise to structure deals, develop business plans and secure effective exit strategies. Session Co-Chairs Manuel Garciadiaz, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York Juan Javier Negri, Negri & Pueyrredon Abogados, Buenos Aires Speakers Ellisa O Habbart, The Delaware Counsel Group Attorneys at Law, Wilmington, DE Chantal E Kordula, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York Monique Mavignier, BMA - Barbosa Müssnich e Aragão, São Paulo Alejandro Paya, Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Barcelona; Publications Officer, IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee Pablo Vergara del Carril, Zang Bergel & Viñes Abogados, Buenos Aires

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Friday 17 March (1300 - 1445)

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 (1445 - 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 (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

In this session, regional companies’ general counsel will address: • What are the most significant challenges that general counsel face in an M&A transaction? • What type of services can be hired from outside counsel and what’s undertaken internally in an M&A transaction? • What should you prioritise when hiring a firm for an M&A transaction? • What are the main outside counsel’s do’s and don’ts in a M&A transaction? Session Co-Chairs Lisandro Allende, A&F – Allende Ferrante Abogados, Buenos Aires Horacio Bernardes Neto, Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados, São Paulo; IBA Vice-President Speakers Gabriela Colombo, Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Mercado Libre, Buenos Aires Newman Debs, Legal Vice-President, Unilever Latin America, São Paulo Francisco Merino, General Counsel and Senior Vice-President Legal and Government Affairs, Pepsico Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Andean Countries, Buenos Aires Pedro Pesqueira, MetLife, Mexico City David W Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York; Immediate Past IBA President Cynthia Zarranz, Cargill, Buenos Aires

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Friday 17 March (1630 - 1640)

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 (1900 - 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)