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China played a key role in supporting Latin America to recover after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. Will that be the case again after the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis? Many say China will be far from irrelevant in this process, and many analysts expect a fast recovery for the Asian country. But it’s still uncertain whether China will emerge as capable of helping and investing as it did in the past.

It is also clear that Latin American countries have solid projects in the pipeline in sectors ranging from transport, mobility, energy, and social infrastructure that could fit into what is usually of interest of Chinese companies.

Has the coronavirus pandemic changed China’s priorities in the region?

During the GRI Club eMeeting on 18 August 2020, GRI members from Spanish speaking countries and Chinese players, including speakers from Baker McKenzie, discussed these issues.

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Bee Chun Boo is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions group and practices mainly in the areas of M&A, venture capital and private equity. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie’s Beijing office in 2007, Ms. Boo served as a partner in the Firm’s Singapore office. She is listed as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and project finance.

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Jose Roberto Martins is a Principal in Baker McKenzie's Rio de Janeiro office.

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Juan Carlos de los Heros focuses mainly in the areas of banking and finance, and infrastructure. He has been listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, Chambers & Partners Latin America and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in project finance. Prior to joining the Firm, Juan Carlos was an international lawyer in the global project finance group of an American law firm.