IPBA 2021

How to Do Business in Countries in Latin America and What Are the Main Challenges?

Organised by: Latin America Region

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Ronaldo Veirano
Founding Partner & Chairman
Veirano Advogados
Rio de Janeiro

Ronaldo Veirano is the founding partner of Veirano Advogados, considered among the leading law firms in Brazil with more than 270 attorneys across the country, and is a highly regarded legal expert, recognized internationally for his statesmanship, facility with sophisticated legal issues and significant network of global contacts. An erudite and accomplished speaker, Mr. Veirano is frequently invited to address international audiences on a variety of complex legal subjects, trade issues and other topics that affect companies, countries and their growth.

Mr. Veirano is a member of several national and international associations and plays a role in top management of several of these organizations. Mr. Veirano is also the Chairman Emeritus of World Services Group (WSG), a global network of leading law firms and other professional services providers.

This formative experience early in his career gave him a rare insight into the challenges faced by in-house counsel and he has continued to utilize this knowledge to build the strong firm that Veirano Advogados is today.

Vidaur Mora
Rivadeneyra, Treviño y de Campo, S.C.
Mexico City

Vidaur Mora is head of the Cross Border Transactions Practice at Rivadeneyra, Treviño y de Campo, S.C., focusing mainly in attracting and advising on Foreign Investment helping companies to establish and develop their businesses in Mexico, he has successfully collaborated in an important number of project investments and transactions from international companies mainly in the automotive, manufacturing and textile. He is currently the President of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chapter Puebla.


Juan Sonoda
Beretta Godoy
Buenos Aires

Juan Sonoda is a partner of Beretta Godoy, Buenos Aires. His expertise focuses in infrastructure, extractive industries and energy, advising private and state-owned Chinese EPC and mining companies, and Japanese car manufacturers and trading companies. He is admitted in Buenos Aires and New York, and his work has been singled out by Chambers and Who’s Who, among other reviewers.

Mauricio Salas
BLP Abogados
San José

Mauricio Salas is head of litigation at BLP. With over 25 years of experience, he leads a multidisciplinary team which comprises one of the Central America´s largest dispute resolution practices.

Mauricio Salas has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Central America by all major ranking publications.

He is included in the list of arbitrators of CIAR, CAFTA and the Mexico FTA. Currently Chairman of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Center.

As a professor of international law, in 2011 he received the Rodolfo Piza award from the Costa Rican International Law Association for his contribution to the field.

Gustavo Rabello
TozziniFreire Advogados
São Paulo

Working for over 15 years in the capital markets, with experience in advising local and foreign clients on investment fund formation and management in Brazil, as well as on syndicated loans and project finance. Expertise in assisting Asset Managers and Multinational Corporations in different type of investments in Brazil and cross-border. He previously worked for almost ten years in different departments at The Bank of New York Mellon, and at law firms in England and China. Gustavo resided for 4 years in Shanghai, China, as Chief Representative of a Brazilian Law firm.

Ignacio Santamaria
Lloreda Camacho & Co

Ignacio has been Partner of Lloreda Camacho & Co., since 1996. He is the head of the Mining & Natural Resources, Administrative, and International Trade Departments.

He has a Law degree (J.D. Equivalent) from Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, holds two post-graduate degrees in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes and in Administrative Law from the Universidad del Rosario, both in Bogotá. Ignacio has also a post-graduate degree in Antitrust Law from the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Ignacio has more than 25 years of experience in matters related to Mining Law, including mining joint ventures structuring, acquisition of mining companies, establishment of special purpose vehicles, option agreements and purchase agreements of mining titles and related; building, construction and operating mining agreements, earth removal agreements, easements, mining due diligence processes, preparation of the required documents from a Colombian legal perspective for listing processes on the TSX, TSXV and ASX, representation of clients before administrative authorities, litigation processes in connection with mining and land restitution, credit agreements and documents to secure the credit agreements, nullity and reinstatement of rights actions before the administrative courts, and negotiation with communities of all types of agreements including previous consultation processes and participation agreements, forest reserve extraction processes and environmental permitting in general.

Currently, Ignacio is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), the Interpacific Bar Association (IPBA); and participates in the Annual Meetings of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) since 2006 and the Mines & Money event since 2012.

Additionally, he has been invited as guest speaker by the National Association of Industries – ANDI the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and IPBA.