Latin America in the Time of COVID-19: Reductions in Force by Jurisdiction

May 14, 2020

This LawFlash supplements the Latin America Regulatory Landscape Analysis issued on May 5, 2020, and summarizes the legal landscape concerning reductions in force in selected jurisdictions in the region.

As manufacturing destinations for many international companies, Latin American countries are wrestling with the economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on homegrown investment, and the ripple effects on foreign investment caused by the contraction of stronger economies on which they often rely.

Domestic and international companies operating in the region will face, in many instances, difficult questions as to how and whether operations in the region will continue. We provide a summary of the legal landscape concerning reductions in force in the following jurisdictions: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

The Latin America team at Morgan Lewis has deep cultural and business ties with the region and a unique understanding of the challenges presented to our clients doing business there. We are uniquely positioned to timely and efficiently assist our clients during these challenging times. We provide counsel and the legal tools to get you through the COVID-19 pandemic and to help you transition to a new post-pandemic reality.

This LawFlash is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Our team, together with our trusted network of local law firms, is ready to work with you and address your questions involving COVID-19 or any other matters you are facing while doing business in Latin America.

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If you have any questions or would like more information on the issues discussed in this LawFlash, please contact any of the following Morgan Lewis lawyers:

Humberto Padilla
John Crespo
Felipe Alice

New York
Tom Mellor
Melissa Rodriguez

Alison Tanchyk