2016 Latin America Legal Summit
 

Agenda

Agenda Schedule - November 7, 2016
November 7, 2016
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 amKeynote Address: Policy Issues and Challenges for the U.S. in Latin America
U.S.-Latin American relations have recently improved materially, opening new opportunities for diplomatic engagement and business investments. This timely session will focus on pressing issues including immigration reform, trade integration, and law enforcement. Key discussion topics will also include:

- What can we expect of the next administration?
- Where will Latin America figure amidst the many worldwide challenges?
- How might Latin America respond?
- What are the next steps in the normalization of relations with Cuba?

Richard E. Feinberg
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative
Brookings Institution
10:00am - 11:00amRegulations and Compliance
The regulatory matrix for companies engaged in all areas of business activities in Latin America continues to evolve and become more complex. Driven by tougher ethical and financial standards, these regulations have proliferated in scope and reach. The U.S. leads the way with the extraterritorial application of Anti-Money Laundering, Tax, and FCPA compliance requirements.

This panel will take a detailed look at the challenges facing compliance officers and outside counsel in an ever more demanding regulatory environment.

Moderator:
Pedro A. Freyre
Partner
Chair, International Practice
Akerman LLP

Panelists:
Jacqueline M. Arango
Partner
Chair, White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice
Akerman LLP

Maria Cecília Andrade
Chief Compliance Officer
Odebrecht TransPort

Gregory Bates
Director, Ethics & Compliance, Latin America
Avon
11:00 am - 11:30 amNetworking Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pmLitigation and Arbitration
The economic slowdown that has virtually paralyzed most of the Latin American economies has led to an unprecedented increase in cross-border litigation. Courts in the U.S. and Latin America are now regularly being asked to resolve controversies governed by foreign law and with implications that go far beyond their jurisdictional borders. Not surprisingly, requests to transfer venue and to enjoin foreign proceedings have become common staples in the international litigation diet.

A panel of in-house and outside counsel will discuss how the legislatures and the courts in the U.S. and Latin America are dealing with these new challenges and will share their war stories.

Moderator:
Francisco A. Rodriguez
Partner
Akerman LLP

Panelists:
Fernando Dantas Motta Neustein
Partner
Mattos Filho

Melissa Sosa Montás
Partner
Martínez Sosa Jiménez

Ricardo Ríos Ferrer
President, Mexican Bar Association
Founder and Managing Partner

Ríos Ferrer, Guillén-Llarena, Treviño y Rivera, S.C.
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmLuncheon and Presentation: The Changing Landscape for ADR in Latin America: A Closer Look at Brazil and Mexico
The use of arbitration and mediation are experiencing nearly explosive growth in some Latin American markets and languishing in others. This panel will focus on the two largest economies; Brazil and Mexico.  These two countries are seeing growth in the use of ADR with changing laws and a more organic growth in demand. This panel will look at the growth in the use of alternative dispute resolution as well as those factors which may hinder its development. 

Better ways to resolve disputes more quickly and more cost effectively will play a vital role in the on-going economic development of this vibrant region.  New laws, new trade treaties and growing foreign investment join together with clogged court systems and often unpredictable outcomes to create greater demand for mediation and arbitration in Latin America.  

Panelists:
Retired 11th Circuit Judge
JAMS Neutral

Mr. Eduardo Sampaio
Brazilian Attorney
Columbia University Scholar

Hon. Scott J. Silverman (Ret.)
Retired 11th Circuit Judge
JAMS Neutral


1:45 pm - 2:00 pmNetworking Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmInternational Trade, Customs, and Regulatory Due Diligence in a Merger and Acquisition
This panel will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of investments in Latin America and the U.S., paying particular attention to the regulatory and business diligence one should conduct when investing. This session will explore what regulatory agencies are investigating and enforcing, and how to seize opportunities while staying out of trouble with the government.

Moderator:
Thomas E. Streit
Partner 
Akerman


Panelists:
Juan Pablo De Luca
Partner
Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena
Senior Vice President
Andrews International

3:00 pm - 3:30 pmNetworking Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmTête-à-Tête with "Clinton" and "Trump"
Less than 24 hours before the polls open, Pedro Freyre (as Hillary Clinton) will face off with Luis Perez (as Donald Trump) in a point/counterpoint debate on foreign policy issues. Hear from the "candidates" one last time before voting begins. This session is not to be missed. Debate topics will include immigration, NAFTA, import/export tariffs, and foreign affairs.

Pedro A. Freyre
Partner
Chair, International Practice

Akerman LLP

Luis A. Perez
Partner
Co-Chair, Latin America & the Caribbean Practice

Akerman LLP

4:00 pm - 5:00 pmBanking and Finance
Banking and finance – the lifeblood of both macro and micro economies are critical for Latin America's economic growth, the profitability of companies which provide critical goods, services and employment, and for the development of socially responsible and sustainable local Latin American economies.

This panel will explore banking and finance in Latin America from three perspectives: development banks, private banks, and social impact investing and related programs. Discussion topics will include the key trends in banking and finance for Latin America; how Latin American companies can tap into financial resources to facilitate their growth; and the latest developments in and opportunities arising from social impact investing in Latin America.

Moderator:
Michael P. Kelley

Partner
Akerman LLP

Panelists:
Richard Ambrose
Managing Partner
Pomona Impact

Shalako Wiener
Senior Vice President Corporate Banking / LATAM Desk
Sabadell
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmCocktail Reception