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Latin American Regional Forum

The Latin American Regional Forum covers all countries in Latin America as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean.

About the Forum

The Latin American Regional Forum (LARF) provides a focus for all activities in the region. The group organises sessions at IBA Conferences and in particular has been instrumental in ensuring that a Latin American perspective is addressed during relevant special sessions. The LARF is closely affiliated with the North American Forum as the regions are geographically proximate and share many issues.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

Renewable energy projects under the new Venezuelan Special Economic Zones Organic Law

Renewable and alternative energies have a lower environmental impact than conventional energy resources with the use of new technologies. This is the fundamental assumption of the global energy transition and is part of commitments made by Venezuela under the Paris Agreement and other treaties.

Released on Sep 30, 2022

The new normal in Mexico

Almost four years since the beginning of the mandate of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the Mexican president, national and international investors, as well as the governments of Mexico’s biggest international partners, remain deeply and increasingly concerned about his internal and international policies, as well as the upholding of the rule of law in Mexico.

Released on Sep 30, 2022

Obtaining Spanish nationality through the new Grandchildren’s Law

The legislation known as the Grandchildren’s Law or the Democratic Memory Law was finally approved in the Spanish Parliament on 14 July 2020 after a long period of waiting. This will allow children and grandchildren of Spaniards to obtain Spanish nationality directly, without the obligation of having to reside in Spain for a minimum period of time.

Released on Sep 30, 2022

Brazil – fluid recovery in consumer class actions

Under Brazilian law, fluid recovery applies in homogeneous individual rights class actions either if, within the first year after the publication of a generic award in newspapers, individual claims are not filed by the members of the class to seek liquidation and enforcement or if the number of claims by the members of the class is not significant. The fluid recovery’s total amount should be allocated to the Diffuse Rights Fund.

Released on Sep 30, 2022

Projects and Reports

Inclusion, Non-Discrimination & Pro Bono - The Latin American In-House Legal Counsel’s Perspective

This study seeks to provide a general overview of whether or not the legal departments of Latin American companies and companies from other jurisdictions working in the region consider these issues as relevant, and whether or not these companies are promoting and requiring their outside counsel to have non-discrimination and Pro Bono policies in place. It also seeks to determine whether outside counsel in Latin America will have to implement policies relating to these matters in the short, medium or long term, not only because of their own convictions, but as a prerequisite to be hired or retained by their clients.

Young Council del Latin American Regional Forum

The Latin American Regional Forum presents a study on Law Firm perception on diversity, inclusion, pro bono and non-discrimination in Latin America (March 2020). The research, prepared by the Young Lawyers Council of the Latin American Regional Forum, sheds light on the perception of these important subjects among law firms in 15 different Latin American jurisdictions.

Doing business in Latin America - Forum guide

The Forum has published a guide to doing business in 17 Latin American countries (October 2018).

The guide focuses on the common pitfalls and cultural differences of doing business throughout the region. Each country has developed four different chapters, covering foreign investment, capital markets, rendering of public services and real estate regulations, while Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay each have an additional chapter about offshore companies services.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Latin American Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Latin American Regional Forum Advisory Board