Will Latin lovers exclude others?

City workloads, while still reportedly healthy, have definitely become lighter in recent months, leading firms to find ever-more inventive means of stocking up their pipelines.

Emerging markets are clearly where the growth is at, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s savvy corporate head and London chief Tim Jones is keen to get a piece of the action.

So keen, in fact, that he and fellow partner Monica McConville hotfooted it to South America last week on a London Stock Exchange (LSE) trip aimed at drumming up trade for the City’s main market. The pair accompanied representatives of the LSE, JPMorgan Cazenove and KPMG to Brazil and Peru to extol the virtues of a London listing to a raft of local companies.

While the purpose of the visit was to bring work back for the entire UK market to share, given that Freshfields’ seminar was entitled’Ensuring the Proper Legal Framework’, the assumption is that the magic circle firm hopes to corner the market for itself.

And if not? We’re sure Jones and McConville can enjoy a few pisco sours and caipirinhas along the way.