Latin America was among the last regions to succumb to the full impact of COVID-19. And when it finally landed, swathes of the continent were already entangled in political upheaval.

In Venezuela, where the 2018 reelection of Nicolás Maduro is still not recognized by many countries around the world, the Maduro government hired well-known attorney Bob Amsterdam and his law firm to fight international sanctions. The country, which has been experiencing a dire economic and humanitarian crisis, also won an appeal at the U.K. high court, reversing a decision that prevented it from withdrawing $1 billion in gold reserves held by the Bank of England.