Curtis has been a major player in Latin America for over a century, and operates one of the largest, broadest Latin American practices of any international firm. Renowned for its representation of states and state-owned entities, Curtis also regularly advises private sector companies in a range of industries, including energy; telecommunications; industrial and consumer products; agriculture; food; transportation; finance; media; commodities; and tourism and hospitality. The firm’s US, European, Middle East and Asian offices provide significant support for clients working between Latin America and those areas.
Main international areas of practice
Capital markets: Curtis counsels clients through all stages of the capital-raising process, from advice on the most appropriate listing venue to the preparation of listing and offering documentation and negotiation of key contractual documents.
International arbitration: Ranked and globally recognised among the top firms for international arbitration, Curtis handles many of the world’s largest and most significant commercial and investor-state disputes. The practice is highly regarded for representing states, state-owned entities and international organisations.
International trade: Curtis provides clients with practical solutions to global trade, international investment, market access and export control issues. The team offers comprehensive international trade advice, and has represented both exporters and importers in significant international trade disputes. The group works with clients from all over the region, including Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.
Infrastructure development and project finance: The firm has been involved in several of Latin America’s largest infrastructure development and finance transactions, particularly in the petroleum and power industries.
Energy and power: Curtis offers extensive experience in the international petroleum and power industries, mostly representing states and NOCs. It has advised on some of the world’s largest energy transactions, and also represents clients in the renewable energy arena.
Finance: Attorneys handle debt and equity finance issues, including structured and asset-backed lending; issuances and placements in the public and private securities markets; the bilateral and syndicated bank market; and other institutional capital markets.
International investment: Curtis is uniquely positioned to help Latin American companies take advantage of international business opportunities. The firm offers experience in commercial transactions; M&A; import and export; intellectual property; and tax.
International tax: Curtis provides tax counsel in high-profile transactions and disputes, cross-border tax planning, as well as more traditional deals for private investors, international funds and public and private companies.
Investment management: Attorneys advise on all legal aspects of professional investment management, including the structuring, implementation and ongoing maintenance of investment funds, particularly private equity funds, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds.
Mergers and acquisitions: Curtis assists private and public companies as well as private equity firms, hedge funds, governments and state-owned companies with a broad range of M&A. The firm routinely handles transnational acquisitions and dispositions.
Private equity and venture capital: Attorneys structure and advise on private equity transactions dealing with numerous regulatory, tax and other issues posed by cross-border transactions.
Restructuring and insolvency: Curtis assists Latin American and international clients on reorganisations; structured financings; distressed trades; asset and stock sales; and acquisitions.