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Big Law in Latin America and Spain

Globalization and Adjustments in the Provision of High-End Legal Services

  • Manuel Gómez
  • Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo
  • Includes a deep, contextualized and comparative empirical (qualitative) analysis developed as part of the Stanford Law School Project on the Future of the Legal Profession, of a dozen Latin American, Caribbean jurisdictions and Spain

  • Explains the changes that occurred in the provision of high-end corporate legal services in fifteen Latin American countries and Spain between 1990 and 2015

  • Covers the last two decades, a period of significant political, social, and economic developments in the countries studied


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Big Law in Latin America and Spain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Mariana Conti Craveiro, Manuel Gómez
      Pages 63-81
    3. Iñigo de la Maza Gazmuri, Rafael Mery Nieto, Juan Enrique Vargas Viancos
      Pages 83-121
    4. Everaldo Lamprea, Mariana Díaz Chalela
      Pages 155-176
    5. Rodrigo Meneses-Reyes, José Antonio Caballero
      Pages 177-195
    6. Marisa Méndez Sordo
      Pages 241-285
    7. Manuel Gómez, Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo
      Pages 287-319
  4. The Bigger Picture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Deborah R. Hensler
      Pages 323-329
    3. Lawrence M. Friedman
      Pages 331-340
  5. Looking Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Manuel Gómez, Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo
      Pages 343-348
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-350

About this book


This book, part of the Stanford Law School research project on the future of the legal profession, thoroughly examines the future of “big law,” defined as the large and mid-size multiservice highly specialized law firms that provide sophisticated, complex and generally costly legal work to multinationals, large and mid-size domestic corporations, and other business clients. By systematically gathering, assessing, and analyzing the best available quantitative and qualitative data on the first tier of the corporate legal services market of Latin America and Spain, and interviewing a broadly representative sample of corporate legal officers, law firm partners, and other stakeholders in each of the countries covered, this book provides a nuanced perspective on changes in “big law” during the last two decades until the present. It also explores the factors that are driving these changes, and the implications for the future of legal profession, legal education and its relationship with the corporate sector and society in general.


High-end legal services corporate legal services Big law Cross-border trade law and globalization globalization of legal services Argentina Corporate Law Brazil Corporate Law Chile Corporate Law Dominican Republic Corporate Law Central America Corporate Law Colombia Corporate Law Spain Corporate Law Venezuela Corporate Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Gómez
    • 1
  • Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Universidad MetropolitanaCaracasVenezuela

About the editors

Manuel A. Gómez is Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Florida International University College of Law, USA. 

Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo is Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Universidad Metropolitana Law School, Venezuela, frequent Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School, USA, and Member of the National Academy of History, Venezuela. 

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