Free-Trade Accords in Latin America and the Caribbean

Featured Q&A with Marcela C. Blanco, Esq., Diaz Reus, Bogotá, Colombia for Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor | Financial Services (October 17-30, 2013 Edition) Have Free-Trade Accords in Latin America and the Caribbean Aided Financial Companies? Chile and Canada updated their 16-year-old free-trade accord last month, agreeing to changes that will provide financial services companies in…

Latin America-China Dispute Resolution

LIMA, Peru, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With growing trade between Latin America and China, it’s essential to include an effective dispute resolution provision in commercial agreements, according to Xingjian “Jeff” Zhao, Associate Attorney, Diaz Reus & Targ, LLP, Shanghai Representative Office. “There are several choices in arbitration wording, as well as venues,” said Zhao at…

Colombia’s New Copyright Law

Colombia’s Congress recently approved Law 201 of 2012, popularly known as “Lleras Law 2.0,” which deals with copyrights and intellectual property. Passage of this law was fast-tracked in an effort to coincide with Barack Obama’s visit to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas. Lleras Law 2.0 purports to take a hard line on piracy…

Understanding Risks of Investing in Iraq Key to Success

Commentary by Michael Diaz, Jr., Halim Gebeili, and Arti Sangar Daily Business Review August 1, 2012 As Iraq recovers from decades of war, U.S. businesses are taking a close look at potential investment opportunities. Project financing is par­ticularly important, as Iraq needs new power plants, housing developments, roads, bridges, ports and telecommu­nications systems. Because security…

The NAFTA of the Pacific

On November 12, 2011, leaders of the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries – Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Chile and the United States – announced that they haD reached initial consensus on drafting an ambitious, 21st-century Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries. The TPP…

Investor-State Arbitration Provisions under Colombian-US Free Trade Agreement

Chapter 11 of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the first international trade agreement provision to give foreign investors a direct cause of action for investment disputes against the host government in a binding international tribunal, commonly known as “investor-state arbitration.”  However, NAFTA investor-state arbitration continues to be a source of debate.  Critics…