This Dallas firm is well regarded across a range of industries and sectors in Latin America, which differentiates it from those Texan rivals who have stuck closely to energy work. While energy is of course important to Haynes and Boone, corporate, restructuring and real estate are all core areas too. Among its peers, Haynes and Boone stands out for having extensive aviation experience in Latin America, representing some of the largest airlines, investors, manufacturers and service providers on a broad range of matters.
The firm has had an office in Mexico since 1994, giving it a length of experience in that country not many other foreign firms can match. It has used its base there as a springboard to do work across the region and takes great care to involve lawyers from the Mexico City office in regional deals and cases. The goal has always been to deliver a US-style product that is tailored to the local market. Haynes and Boone also does a lot of Mexico-related work in the US, where it helps major Mexican companies make investments.
The Mexico City office is smaller than it once was, but Haynes and Boone remains committed to its presence there. A fluid cross-border practice means numerous lawyers split their time between Mexico and the US (and some are also dual-qualified). Meanwhile, in recent years the firm has opted to beef up its cross-border finance capabilities in New York.
A London office, acquired through a merger with a UK firm, has strength in shipbuilding and the offshore oil and gas sectors, which is clearly beneficial for Latin American matters in those sectors that are structured under English law. It also provides a platform for the Latin American practice to work with European clients.
Feedback from clients polled as part of the research for the Latin Lawyer 250 is positive. One attaches merit to lawyers “professionalism, attention and availability”, while another describes them as talented.
The Texas offices – mainly Dallas, Houston and Austin – are the firm’s core, but lawyers from the New York and Washington, DC offices are also important. The firm’s base in Mexico City is central to its practice in the region, while a newer office in London has experience in the oil and gas sector.
Alliances and networks
Haynes and Boone belongs to the World Services Group, a global legal services network of which Larry Pascal is a former chairman.