Latin America


We offer a truly integrated Latin America practice, with lawyers who understand the business, economic, cultural, and legal environments throughout the region. Our lawyers are multilingual, native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese who are familiar with the local laws and customs, enabling us to offer local advice from a global perspective. We routinely represent clients throughout the region, including in Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Latin America Map

Our clients include private and public multinationals—from Latin American corporations to governmental organizations, to Fortune 100 financial institutions to global energy and natural resources companies, across a broad range of sectors. We leverage our in-depth understanding of the region to provide our clients with innovative, practical and business-savvy solutions to further their commercial and legal goals.

Drawing upon our close and long-standing relationships with a large network of local law firms in virtually every country throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, we advise on:

  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption: We have extensive experience across a broad range of issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws around the region. With deep experience and insight into this complex area of the law, our clients routinely seek our guidance in developing and testing compliance programs, mitigating risk in business partner relationships, performing transactional due diligence, undertaking internal investigations, defending against enforcement agencies, and conducting risk assessments.
  • Antitrust: Our lawyers are recognized leaders in the courtroom, the boardroom, and the halls of government. We are trial lawyers who have a knack for resolving complex antitrust cases through dispositive motions, but are capable of taking any case to trial. We are strategic counselors who partner with our clients to develop business strategies to enhance their competitiveness. We are agency experts who draw on a deep well of experience, including service as high-level officials, to obtain successful results in criminal and civil investigations and merger reviews. With leading antitrust lawyers in major business centers across the globe, we provide these services seamlessly to clients doing business worldwide.
  • Corporate/M&A: We are a worldwide leader in representing corporations, funds, investment banks and other entities as they engage in a wide range of transactions. With more than 280 lawyers across 17 offices worldwide, our Corporate Department is comprised of strong specialized practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity funds, private equity investments and buyouts, emerging companies and venture capital, corporate governance, capital-raising and public companies counseling.
  • Dodd-Frank Act: We represent clients in Dodd-Frank Act matters including cross-border implications and effects on U.S. investments; implications of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, including registration as a swap dealer and introducing broker, and negotiating multi-billion dollar custody arrangements for central banks.
  • Energy Sector: From game-changing technologies and ground-breaking new laws, to cross-border acquisitions and bet-the-company litigation, our energy group provides full-service legal representation across every facet of the multi-dimensional energy landscape, providing the industry expertise to help clients expand operations through new opportunities and overcome diverse hurdles in the ever-changing energy market. We have represented clients through development, construction and financing of wind and solar energy projects, including negotiating bilateral power purchase agreements, turbine supply and construction agreements, advising in the Mexico CENACE energy auctions, and project M&A.
  • International Arbitration: We represent both private parties and sovereign states in cross-border disputes involving commercial contracts, joint ventures, power and infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, distribution agreements, investment disputes, patent and intellectual property license and joint development agreements, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust issues, environmental contamination, real estate and employment issues. We also advise clients regarding the drafting and interpretation of arbitration clauses invoking all the major providers of international arbitration services, and assist clients in enforcing such clauses and collecting on arbitration awards. We rank as one of the most active international arbitration practices in the world, having arbitrated cases before such leading international arbitration centers as the ICC, ICDR, and LCIA.
  • National Security, CFIUS, Sanctions + Export Controls: We regularly advise clients on all aspects of national security issues, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), economic and trade sanctions, and export control requirements. Our multi-practice group approach brings together colleagues with extensive experience from across our global footprint. We provide advice and counseling on CFIUS, sanctions, and export control requirements; evaluate transactions involving non-U.S. companies and investors acquiring control of a U.S. business or assets under the recently enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”); guide the development and implementation of comprehensive compliance programs for clients; and provide critical enforcement expertise and defense before government agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Justice, and Commerce, and other government regulators and prosecutors.
  • Privacy & Data Security: Over 100 countries now have their own data protection laws regulating the collection, use, disclosure and security of personal information. The complex and sometimes conflicting obligations imposed by these laws can be challenging for companies seeking to comply with their privacy and data security obligations. Our lawyers are able to offer practical advice that helps our clients balance compliance with running a business in a cost-effective manner. Our straightforward approach has made us the privacy counsel of choice for some of the world’s largest and best-known global enterprises, as well as for a host of smaller organizations. Our skills are particularly valued by companies that operate in highly-regulated sectors (such as financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals), those with an online presence, and those operating internationally. Organizations in these areas face multiple layers of regulation and appreciate the timely, knowledgeable and realistic advice that our attorneys provide. We work with our clients on compliance and risk management, establish programs and policies, provide employee training, respond to regulatory inquiries and investigations, and, where necessary, litigate.
  • Project Finance: Our Project Finance attorneys assist clients in all aspects of the development, construction, financing, restructuring, and purchase and sale of infrastructure projects around the world. We also provide political risk insurance counseling where our expertise lies in policy drafting and analysis of loan documents and transactional documents for insured projects. Our leading international arbitration and dispute resolution attorneys regularly assist our clients in resolving disputes concerning project-financed assets. We work on a broad range of infrastructure projects, and we are particularly familiar with the complexities and challenges that arise in the context of investment in Latin America. We are also familiar with the structure and processes for public-private partnerships (P3), which are increasingly used in Latin America’s infrastructure, energy, and natural resources sectors.

Our lawyers are recognized for their project finance work in Mexico, Latin America and beyond, as evidenced by our recent awards and rankings:

  • Tres Mesas Wind Energy Project (148.5 MW wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico)
    • 2015 IJGlobal Awards: Best Latin American Wind Deal
    • 2015 MIREC Awards: MIREC Project of the Year
  • Kingfisher Wind Energy Project (298 MW wind farm in Oklahoma, United States on behalf of First Reserve)
    • 2015 Platts Global Energy Awards: Financial Deal of the Year
  • Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project ($1.2 billion equity and $3.1 billion project financing of first liquefaction train of Freeport LNG Project)
    • 2015 American Lawyer: Global Project Finance Deal of the Year

We are consistently recognized for our deep practice and industry knowledge. Some notable honors include:

Chambers

  • Global: Projects & Energy
  • Global: Data Protection

Global Investigations Review 100

  • World’s Leading Investigation Practice

LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy 2015

  • Named one of the Top 10 Clean Technology Firms

Vault 2018

  • Best Law Firm in Project Finance
  • Best Law Firm for Clean Tech & Renewable Energy Law

Legal 500  

  • Latin America: International Firms: Projects & Energy

BTI Consulting Group

  • BTI Power Elite Firms-Client Relationship

IFLR1000

  • Latin America: Project Development: Foreign Firms

Randy Bullard
Meet Randy Bullard, one of Latin America’s Top Corporate Lawyers, as recognized by Chambers Global over the last 10+ years


Ruti Smithliine
Meet Ruti Smithline, one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers for FCPA & Fraud in 2018 and 2019, as selected by LatinVex


“Being a fluent Spanish speaker has opened a number of doors for me and provided more opportunities that I may not have had otherwise. My Colombian background has had a significant impact on shaping my investigations career and was one of the main reasons I chose this field.”
—Ruti Smithline


Top Ranked in Chambers Global 2019


The Legal 500 Latin America
Ranked in Projects & Energy


MIREC Awards
2015 Winner – MIREC Project of the Year


The Investigations Review of the Americas 2018
Read our “Data privacy and transfer in cross-border investigations” chapter first published in GIR’s The Investigations Review of the Americas 2018.

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