Unlocking Latin America: Opportunities and Risks in a Developing Legal Market

The Latin American economies have developed considerably in recent years and are continuing to grow steadily. With an eye on shifting global trends in the legal market as well as the domestic environment of each country, this report offers guidance to any law firm considering entry into Latin America.

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Details

  • Publication date: September, 2014
  • Pages: 108
  • ISBN: 9781783581634

Description

Many firms are now looking to developing markets such as those in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in order to ensure growth for the future.

The Latin American economies have developed considerably in recent years and are continuing to grow steadily. Moreover, interest in Latin America from international businesses is also on the rise. The law firms that can capitalise on these developments and start planning growth strategies now will be more competitive in the future. As has been seen in other developing markets, once international law firms start to enter, others will soon follow – and there could be big benefits to being early on the scene.

For firms looking to service the needs of large, global corporations, Latin America is an increasingly attractive prospect. Many global industries which are currently the focus of international law firms, such as the energy, mining, and financial services sectors, feature prominently in many Latin American economies. 

Key features in this report include:

  • 100% original research, never before published;
     
  • Detailed profiles of key Latin American economies such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia and Chile – as well as some of the smaller economies that might present opportunities in the future;
     
  • Each chapter highlights several key ‘takeaways’ on the legal market;
     
  • A breakdown of the individual legal markets, highlighting the key players based on size and reputation;
     
  • Several key 'takeaways' on the legal market which are highlighted in each chapter;
     
  • In depth analysis of the risks and opportunities in Latin America for law firms of all sizes and areas of practice;
     
  • Detailed appendices which show how foreign firms are currently performing in the Latin American market and the prospects for firms in individual markets based on practice area.

With an eye on shifting global trends in the legal market as well as the domestic environment of each country, this report offers guidance to any law firm considering entry into Latin America.

Contents

Part One: The emerging markets and the Latin American marketplace

Chapter 1: Which emerging markets are important?

Chapter 2: Why are the emerging markets important for global law firms?

Chapter 3: Latin America – Economy, trade, and the impact of global trends on the legal market

Chapter 4: The Latin American legal market

 

Part Two: Key economies and legal markets in Latin America

Chapter 5: Brazil

Chapter 6: Mexico

Chapter 7: Argentina

Chapter 8: Colombia

Chapter 9: Chile

Chapter 10: Secondary legal markets in Latin America

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here

Authors

John Cussons
John Cussons has more than fifteen years’ experience as a management consultant and project manager, and his experience in the legal and professional services sector includes working with small, regional, and national firms, as well as large international firms. His clients span Europe, Australia, South America, and South East Asia. His areas of work include domestic and international strategy (including the analysis of present and future business models, country attractiveness, and competitive positioning); client and practice management; and mergers. John Cussons is a regular contributor on various topics of law firm strategy and management, including writing articles, producing webinars, and speaking at conferences. He is the lead author of Into Africa: Opportunities and Risks in the African Legal Market (2013) and Financial Planning and Measurement for Law Firms (2011), and co-author of The Strategy-Led Law Firm: Business Models that Work (2012), all published by Ark Group. John can be contacted via email at ICD Consulting.
Nicholas Bruch
Nicholas Bruch has over seven years’ experience advising clients on strategy, international expansion, and operational change. He has worked on projects in the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East in a wide range of sectors, including law, accounting, mining, banking, real estate, and international trade. He focuses on long-term strategy, international expansion, market entries, and facilitating internal change strategies. His areas of work include domestic and international strategy, client and practice management, and mergers. Nicholas was the lead author of The Strategy-Led Law Firm: Business Models that Work, published by Ark Group in 2012, and co-author on Into Africa: Opportunities & Risks in the African Legal Market, published by Ark Group in 2013. Nicholas can be contacted via email.

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