Professional Notice

Clifford Chance LLP

International Counsel

Clifford Chance is known for successful, novel deal structures and our award-winning ability to drive innovation across Latin America. For decades, the firm has advised clients on complex transactions, often at the forefront in the development of new markets.

Our LatAm team comprises 90-plus lawyers, including 13 top-ranked partners and senior lawyers working from the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are one of the most prominent international law firms in Brazil. Our multidisciplinary group includes lawyers at all levels of seniority who are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, bringing a deep understanding of each country’s distinct business, legal and regulatory landscapes. We have developed long-standing relationships with independent local firms that allows us to deliver seamless counsel throughout the region. Our Latin America–China team works with Chinese sponsors, banks and state-owned enterprises on strategic energy and infrastructure projects. We have been helping our clients comply with ESG-related obligations, develop best practices and capitalise on ESG value creation opportunities across the region.

Our project finance lawyers have played a significant role in driving sustainable economic development in collaboration with governments, regional and international sponsors, investment and commercial banks, export credit agencies and development financial institutions. The team is adept at developing sophisticated, multisource financings, both through project finance and bond structures and securitisation schemes involving commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies and the bond markets.

We are the leading firm for international financings in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Paraguay and have advised on the majority of project bonds and hybrid solutions there (eg, Argentina road PPPs, road financings in Colombia, and renewables in Chile). We're also known for our strong expertise in the smaller countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Honduras.

Our corporate M&A team advises on high-profile, complex, cross-border, inbound and outbound transactions for both international and Latin America-based corporates and financial investors. We have significant experience on both the buy-side and the sell-side on negotiated and unsolicited M&A. Notable clients include Actis, CDPQ, Macquarie, CVC Funds, Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA), Banco Bradesco SA and Mitsubishi.

Our capital markets group advises across sectors and borders on securities offerings by sovereign, quasi-sovereign and corporate issuers. The team's pioneering work includes advising on the first Mexican FIBRAs, and on one of the first green bonds. We recently advised Eletrobras on a US$6.9 billion equity offering that led to their privatisation; on social bonds issued by Ecuador and Guatemala; and the initial purchasers of Interchile's US$1.2 billion in green bonds. Clients include AES Panama, CMI Energía and Klabin.

Our litigation and dispute resolution team has prepared FCPA compliance programmes, including training, governance and implementation plans, and designed tailored enterprise-wide risk assessments for multinationals and leading enterprises. The team handles complex international disputes including international investment treaty and commercial arbitrations in the energy, infrastructure, oil and gas, and telecommunications industries.

We value pro bono initiatives, as exemplified by founding the LatAm Women's Empowerment Academy, a professional development programme focused on the mentorship of women associates in law firms across LatAm. 

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