Jones Day is one of the world’s largest law firms and has been active for decades in Latin America. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration of its 42 offices and contributes to its perennial ranking among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day has two offices in Latin America: São Paulo and Mexico City. The local presence in these countries expands the firm’s ability to advise US, European and Asian clients with their inbound investments in the region, and Latin American clients in their international operations.
Several members of the Latin American practice are US lawyers who are also admitted to practice in the region, including many who are fluent in Spanish or Portuguese.
The Miami office serves as a strategic gateway to assist those Latin American clients doing business in the US. Similarly, Latin American practitioners work closely with peers in the Madrid office advising Spanish companies with commercial interests in Latin America. The firm also has long-standing relationships with leading lawyers and law firms located throughout the region with whom they regularly work in cooperation on complex cross-border projects.
Jones Day serves a broad range of industries including banking, manufacturing, energy and utilities, media, consumer products, infrastructure and construction, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, real estate and telecommunications.
Antitrust and competition: Lawyers in this practice are recognised for their work on a broad range of matters to comply with applicable regulations, including premerger notifications, antitrust and trade restraints, joint ventures, merger notifications, local regulations, general antitrust counselling and investigation procedures.
Banking and finance: The team is known for its extensive experience representing both lenders and borrowers, including financial institutions and other capital providers, as well as corporate borrowers and project sponsors in their investments in the region.
Business restructuring and reorganisation: Jones Day has participated in some of the largest Latin America restructuring matters in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
Capital markets: With extensive experience in all forms of complex equity and debt securities transactions around the globe, the practice focuses on the representation of companies and financial intermediaries in capital-raising transactions, from early-stage venture financings for start-up companies to public debt and equity offerings for seasoned issuers.
Compliance: The team offers extensive experience working through anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud and regulatory compliance, including drafting, implementing, and auditing internal compliance policies and procedures, as well as representing clients in investigations often conducted in close coordination with law enforcement authorities.
Energy: The firm regularly advises on government bids, regulatory procedures, and are well versed in negotiations with government-related entities and procurement contracts. The team has experience developing and implementing legal strategies both for obtaining funding and constructing energy projects, including some of the most important developments in renewable energies in the region.
Global disputes: The team has served clients in some of the most challenging jurisdictions and in some of the highest-value disputes in Latin America. Jones Day lawyers handle both cross-border litigation and arbitration disputes.
Government regulation: Jones Day's global team of former high-ranking government officials and leading regulatory lawyers delivers results in high-profile regulatory, crisis, investigatory, enforcement and litigation matters.
Investigations and white-collar defence: The team is renowned for handling high-profile, high-stakes (bet‐the‐company), large‐scale, complex and exceptionally sensitive multijurisdictional international anti‐corruption and fraud matters. The firm has an extensive network of lawyers throughout the US and Latin America.
Labor and employment: Jones Day has secured ground-breaking victories for clients in employment discrimination, harassment, wage-hour, and restrictive covenant cases in courts. Jones Day advises on issues including investigations, reductions in force, disciplinary actions, employment practices, severance agreements and complex covid-19 related matters.
Mergers and acquisitions: Lawyers are known for its involvement on high-end multijurisdictional transactional work, including first-time and award-winning deals. The dedicated team advises clients on all types of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, divestitures and corporate governance as well as compliance and investigations work.
Project finance and infrastructure: The firm’s lawyers have been involved in the development, construction, operation, financing, acquisition and disposition of major infrastructure assets in Latin America. Jones Day lawyers have developed strong relationships with major lenders, including multilateral and bilateral lending institutions, financial and political risk insurance providers and commercial banks.
Real estate: The team has experience and proven success in all kinds of cross-border real estate investments, including acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of residential buildings, retail, industrial and commercial properties.
Tax: The practice is renowned for representing national and international clients on tax planning, audits, administrative and regulatory procedures. The firm regularly advises companies to obtain permits and authorisations needed for the development of projects and restructurings from tax authorities.
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