Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: New opportunities in a changing scenario

15 Mar - 17 Mar 2017

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

Session information

Simultaneous session - Financing investments and M&A in Latin America
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center


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)


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

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Roberto Guerrero V Cuatrecasas, Santiago, Chile
Luis M Castro BLP, San Jose, Costa Rica


Carlos Albarracin Milbank, New York, New York, USA
P Eugenio Aramburu Perez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arthur B Penteado Machado Meyer Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil
Maria Luisa Canovas Jones Day, New York, New York, USA
Nicolas Lafont McDermott Will & Emery, Paris, France
Santiago Pages RocaJunyent, Barcelona, Spain