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To operate in Latin America, clients require an ability to handle New York, English and local law, hands-on experience in the jurisdictions where their deals take place and a team that can handle their diverse product needs. The Linklaters team offers the trifecta.

Our New York and São Paulo offices, together with our global Latin America practice, which encompasses Spanish and Portuguese-speaking lawyers across several of Linklaters’ offices, has an unrivalled track record advising many of Latin America’s global most prominent corporations, financial institutions, investors and governments on their most challenging transactions and assignments in Latin America.

We know LatAm

We have been operating in Latin America for more than 20 years, advising across most sectors and countries in the region. This has allowed us to develop unparalleled knowledge and experience with the laws and practices across Latin America. We are regularly selected for our in-depth sector knowledge, innovative commercial solutions, ability to close deals on aggressive timelines and experience with first-of-kind projects and transactions.

We offer fully fledged finance capabilities across the region, covering all kinds of capital markets (including equity, debt and liability management), banking (including export credit facilities, secured and unsecured facilities, bilateral and syndicated financings, margin loans, sale and lease-backs, acquisition financing, structured loans, and sovereign and government owned enterprise loans) and project finance matters. In addition, our São Paulo-based team which is focused, unlike most other local offices of international firms, on corporate and M&A, leads on Latin American inbound and outbound investments, as well as on cross-border intra-Latin America transactions.

We have an integrated and multicultural arbitration team with broad experience in international proceedings conducted in multiple languages (including Spanish and Portuguese) and under diverse rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, ICDR, DIS, UNCITRAL, domestic institutions), which provides top-notch arbitration capabilities for players in Latin America. In addition, we have advised several Latin American companies in respect of corporate governance and compliance issues, through a multidisciplinary group of lawyers.

The connections our clients need

We continue to develop strong relationships with the top local firms across the major Latin American jurisdictions. This guarantees that both the domestic and international aspects of any given matter are properly managed. 

At the same time, we offer the added value of an integrated global Latin American practice in countries such as China, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Germany and France. Our alliances with leading firms in Australia and Africa have further expanded our ability to deliver results to clients. We are, therefore, best placed to serve our clients irrespective of the location of thecounterparties and assets involved in any given transaction. 

Key contacts: Alberto Luzárraga (co-head), Conrado Tenaglia (co-head), Christian Albanesi, Michael Bassett, Jeffrey Cohen, Caird Forbes-Cockell, Adam Lurie, Vijaya Palaniswamy, Matthew Poulter and Gabriel Silva.

Select clients

Abengoa, Acciona, Accor, Alupar, Andean Towers Partners, Arcor, ASSA ABLOY, AXA, Axion Energy, Banco do Brasil, Bancolombia, Banco Itaú, Banco Macro, BNP Paribas, Braskem, BTG Pactual, Capex, Cardif, Carlos Alberto Solarte Solarte (CASS), China Construction Bank, China Merchants Port, Citigroup, Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV), Charoen Pokphand Foods, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DHL, Digital Bridge, Duratex, Ecopetrol, Empresa Nacional de Petróleo (ENAP), Enagás, Engie, Estre Ambiental, Falabella, Gas Natural Fenosa, Gas Sayago SA, Glencore, GNL Quintero, Grupo Schahin, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC), Isagen, JPMorgan, KEPCO, KOSPO, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, Marfrig Group, Marubeni, Masisa, MetLife, Natixis, Noble Group, Obrascón Huarte Laín, Pampa Energia, Petrobras, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Pointstate, Rabobank, Raízen, Red Eléctrica de España, Reficar, Repsol, Samsung C&T, Banco Santander, Sigma Alimentos, Suzano, Tecpetrol, Temasek, the Rohatyn Group, Vinci Concessions.

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