Clifford Chance, the No. 1 rated law firm in the Chambers Global Top 30 for the past three consecutive years, has been present in Latin America for more than three decades. The firm is consistently recognised as one of the region's pre-eminent law firms and was the first international law firm to register with the Brazilian Bar Association.
Our lawyers know Latin America well and are deeply familiar with the region's distinct business, legal and regulatory landscapes. We have excellent and long-standing relationships in all markets. Our experience and expertise cut across the full range of banking, capital markets, corporate, project finance, structured finance and litigation practices.
Our integrated Latin America practice comprises lawyers based in São Paulo, New York, Washington DC, Madrid, London and the Asia-Pacific region. Our transactional and advisory teams meet clients' legal needs with common law and civil law lawyers at all levels fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. We regularly work on sophisticated and complex cross-border deals for inbound and outbound investments and financings in the Americas.
Clifford Chance's list of accomplishments in Latin America is long. For example, we advised the issuer of the world's largest IPO in 2013 – Banco do Brasil's US$5.7 billion spinoff of insurance arm BB Seguridade.
More recently, the firm has delivered equally impressive results:
- No. 1 in both volume and value in Latin America's 2015 Project Finance league tables. Clifford Chance also advised on Project Finance International's 2016 Deal of the Year – Pacifico Tres, which is part of Colombia's multi-billion dollar 4G infrastructure programme.
- Advised Banco Bradesco in its US$5.2 billion acquisition of HSBC’s retail, insurance, asset management, private banking and credit card businesses in Brazil – Latin America's largest M&A transaction for 2015.
- Acted for Natixis, Commerzbank and Intesa Sanpaolo in the financing for the construction and operation of a submarine cable system between São Paulo and the New York area – the first export credit agency-backed project financing of a subsea cable system, named Best Deal of 2015 by Global Trade Review.
From our finance work advising on the award-winning Metro de Lima Linea 2 to helping bring the first Mexican REIT to market – Fibra Uno – Clifford Chance has long demonstrated its expertise, innovation and commitment to helping clients with both inbound and outbound work across the region.
In addition to our transaction work, our dispute resolution team has prepared FCPA compliance programs, including training, governance and implementation plans, as well as designed tailored enterprise-wide risk assessments for multinationals and leading enterprises throughout Latin America.
Our key lawyers serving Latin America have amassed a combined 18 top tier individual rankings.
São Paulo: Anthony Oldfield, Chris Willott, Anand Saha
New York: Jon Zonis, Evan Cohen, Alex Camacho, Gianluca Bacchiocchi, David Brinton, Sarah Jones, Jay Gavigan, Charles Adams
Washington, DC: David DiBari, Fabricio Longhin, Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, Chris McIsaac, Kate McCarthy, Lori Ann Bean, David Evans
Madrid: Javier Amantegui, Jose Guardo
London: James Pay, Alex Panayides
Beijing/Shanghai: Terence Foo
Sydney/Perth: Paul Lingard