Latin America

Hector A. Chichoni, partner, Duane Morris

Crapshoot: Immigration Judges Vary Greatly on Asylum Decisions

By John Pacenti |

Immigration attorneys like Hector Chichoni say there is little consistency among U.S. immigration judges in South Florida when it comes to granting asylum petitions for immigrants.

Cheryl Little

Fraud Warning: Attorneys Warn About Notarios Offering Cheap Immigration Help

By John Pacenti |

Cheryl Little and many other South Florida immigration attorneys warn of fraud by notarios in the wake of President Obama's immigration executive order.

Private Firms Filling Latin America's Security Gap

A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release.

Tobacco Wars go Global

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Big Tobacco's challenges to regulations in Uruguay is capturing the attention of international attorneys who say a decision in the closely watched case could shape policy across the Americas because of the conflict between a nation's public health policy and a company's intellectual property and trademarks.

José Antonio Prado, Holland & Knight, Mexico City

Corporate Lawyers in High Demand

By Susan Postlewaite |

Mexican corporate lawyers are in high demand as international law firms recruit attorneys and open offices to handle the expected work that will come from Mexico's opening of key economic sectors to foreign investment.

An oil refinery

Global Energy Lawyers Eying Mexico

By Susan Postlewaite |

Global energy lawyers have their sights set on Mexico in 2015, where historic energy reforms signed by that country's president are expected to create a huge investment opportunity for clients in energy and other sectors.

Marilyn Blanco-Reyes, general counsel for FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American Company GC's Look to Local Experts for Work

By Julie Kay |

Choosing attorneys for work in Latin America is one of the biggest challenges facing general counsel for corporations doing business in the sprawling region, which has been an area of monumental growth for global companies in recent years.

Joseph Mamounas and Rafael R. Ribeiro, with Bizin Sumberg

FCPA Law Cloned Across Americas

By Adolfo Pesquera |

At age 37, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is old enough to have children. In fact, the FCPA has spawned several offspring, with like-minded statutes cropping up in Latin America and forcing corporations and public officials across the Western Hemisphere to contend with a patchwork of rules.

Jerry Brodsky, of Peckar & Abramson, in Miami, represents Zurich Insurance, the surety bond holder for the Panama Canal expansion.

Canal Expansion Creating U.S. Boom

By Carlos Harrison |

The widening of the Panama Canal to allow passage of a gargantuan new class of cargo ships has sparked a high-stakes scramble. Cities from New York to Miami are investing hundreds of millions—even billions—of dollars to be among the handful able to handle the ships when the wider canal is ready late in 2015.

Jose Mujica

Mexico Summons Uruguay's Ambassador Over Comment

Mexico summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Sunday after the South American country's president described Mexico as a kind of "failed state" in a magazine interview.

Photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia.

Colombia's Rebel-Held General a Bookish Strategist

The general whose capture by rebels has put Colombia's peace talks on hold is one of the country's foremost counterinsurgency strategists who once received his officer's insignia from the hands of U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

Florida Sees Big Rise of Residents in U.S. Illegally

The total number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally hasn't changed much since 2009, only where they are choosing to settle, according to a new report from the nonprofit Pew Research Center.

Photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia.

Colombia Halts Peace Talks After General Is Taken

A massive search operation was underway Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend 2-year-old peace talks.