Latin America

We offer clients a team of leading lawyers that have advised on some of the largest, most complex, and “first-ever” transactions throughout Latin America, and have played a critical role in a number of major investigations. Our lawyers have invested extensive time and energy over many years in understanding the region and the industries within which our clients operate.

Our team is multilingual and transacts regularly in Spanish and/or Portuguese. We leverage our local market insight to help clients achieve their goals in the complex and politically challenging landscapes across Latin America.

  • Recognized as a leading practice in the region

    Chambers, Latin Lawyer, Latin Finance, Latin Counsel, and International Financial Law Review
  • Ranked Top 3 on Latinvex’s 2021 list of top international law firms operating in the Latin America region

Client Successes

  • Representation of Sacyr in connection with the issuance of its 4.1% senior secured UVR indexed notes issued by Patrimonio Autónomo Montes de María. The issuance is the first social bond tied to an infrastructure project in Latin America.

  • Representation of BofA Securities, Citigroup, BBVA, HSBC, Actinver Securities, Credit Suisse, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and Santander as initial purchasers in connection with a US$650 million senior notes offering by Fibra Uno, the largest real estate company in Latin America.

  • Representation of Metalsa, S.A. de C.V., a leading manufacturer of automotive parts in Latin America and the United States, in an international offering of guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Senior Notes.

  • Representation of Bitso SAPI de CV, the largest cryptocurrency platform in Latin America, in connection with an equity financing.

  • Representation of an ad hoc group of secured noteholders in the chapter 11 cases of Avianca.

  • Representation of Barclays Natural Resource Investments in connection with its sponsorship of Southern Peaks to acquire, own, and operate mining assets in Peru.

  • Representation of Glenfarne Group and its subsidiary EnfraGen on the purchase of 100% of the shares in the company Zona Franca Celsia S,A. E.S.P. from Celsia S,A. E.S.P.

  • Representation of Itiquira Acquisition Corp., a Latin America-focused special-purpose acquisition company, in its initial public offering.

  • Representation of EIG Global Energy Partners on its agreement with Fluxys, the Belgian gas infrastructure group, for the sale of a 27.5% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasduto Bolívia-Brasil S.A.

  • Representation of Colombia's Conconcreto and France’s Vinci Highways in the synthetic Colombian Peso, non-recourse bridge loan financing for the 145km (90.1-mile) Bogotá–Girardot toll road project.

  • Representation of EnfraGen Energía Sur, S.A.U., Prime Energía SpA, and EnfraGen Spain, S.A.U., in their issuance of US$710 million 5.375% senior secured notes pursuant to Rule 144A/Regulation S, combined with a pari passu US$1.05 billion bank debt.

  • Representation of Barrick Gold in numerous FCPA-related investigations in Latin America. These include DOJ & SEC investigations arising out of Chile, and Papua New Guinea (PNG) following whistleblower complaints, resulting in complete declinations.

A Unique Latin America Practice

  • Corporate: Our practice covers the full spectrum of high-end work, including an array of capital markets, M&A, company and royalty acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic investments in public and private acquisitions. The team is active in matters involving a wide range of key Latin American jurisdictions, such as Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina.

  • Infrastructure and Energy: Our team has deep experience working on the development and financing of some of the largest, most complex, and politically challenging projects in Latin America. We have experience in the full spectrum of financing structures for infrastructure and energy projects, including commercial bank debt, ECA/MLA debt, project bonds (Rule 144A/Reg S), Section 4(a)(2) private placements, holdco structures, mezzanine financing and all combinations of these.

  • Restructuring: Our lawyers have extensive experience in domestic, international, and multi-jurisdictional restructuring transactions and insolvency proceedings, bringing to each engagement the best possible combination of restructuring-related and industry-specific expertise. We actively represent a wide range of domestic and international clients, including financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, investors, official committees of unsecured creditors, and debtors in complex corporate restructuring, workout and bankruptcy planning, negotiation, and litigation matters.

  • Anti-Corruption and Compliance: We are among the most active U.S. practitioners in the Latin American markets and have handled dozens of investigations and compliance matters for multinational and local clients in the region. Working from our U.S. and São Paulo offices, our team includes lawyers with extensive in-house experience effectively handling investigations and compliance programs, as well as former DOJ prosecutors, SEC enforcement attorneys, and federal prosecutors and regulators. We have achieved multiple “firsts” in coordinated, multi-jurisdictional resolutions and are a go-to firm for companies facing scrutiny from multiple enforcement authorities.

Recognition for Our Latin America Practice

  • Top International Law Firm rankings for Project Finance, Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, and Energy, Latinvex

  • Project Finance Law Firm of the Year for Latin America, Chambers Latin America

  • Recognized in the Innovative Lawyers Report for Litigation and Disputes, The Financial Times

Key Contacts

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Michael L. Fitzgerald
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The Guide to Restructuring

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