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 longstanding relationships with a network of independent local firms to deliver seamless counsel throughout the region. Our specialist Latin America–China team works with Chinese sponsors, banks and state-owned enterprises on strategic energy and infrastructure projects and corporate M&A matters throughout 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, Uruguay and Paraguay and have advised on the majority of project bonds and hybrid solutions there (eg, Argentina road PPPs, 4G and 5G road financings in Colombia, and infrastructure financings in Paraguay). 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 in M&A and on negotiated as well as unsolicited M&A. Notable clients include Actis, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Macquarie, CVC Funds, The Coca-Cola Company, Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA), Banco Bradesco SA and Mitsubishi. Our approach reflects a commitment to innovation and longstanding engagement across regional markets.
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 real estate and energy FIBRAs, and on one of the first green bond offerings in LatAm. Recently, we advised the Argentina Creditor Committee on the historic sovereign debt restructuring by the Republic of Argentina; AES Panama subsidiaries on the largest bond issuance made by a private entity in Central America; CMI Energía on a US$700 million green bond and US$300 million syndicated loan facility; on social bonds issued by Ecuador and Guatemala; Eletrobras on a US$1.2 billion notes offering; BNDES as selling shareholder in an equity offering for Petrobras, and the initial purchasers of Interchile's US$1.2 billion in green bonds.
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 invest heavily in value-added services, including founding the LatAm Women's Empowerment Academy, a professional development programme focused on the mentorship of women associates in law firms across LatAm, and numerous pro bono initiatives supporting Latin American communities.
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