Locations: Houston, London, Mexico City, New York, São Paulo, Washington, DC
Analysis: Norton Rose Fulbright has a long history in Latin America, employing a strategy in recent years to prioritise its international practice rather than obtaining a physical presence with many local law offices, although it continues to maintain a substantial team in Mexico. The firm complements its presence on the ground with its global office network, with offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all having been involved in the firm’s Latin American work. The group is best known for its energy and transactional services, counting on several experienced oil and gas lawyers from Mexican state-run giant Pemex. The firm also has an eight-person team in São Paulo (where it has clients like Ambev, Suzano, Vale and Votorantim). The firm also has a demonstrable aptitude for energy and project finance work. Norton Rose’s mining offering is equally impressive and has obvious appeal in Latin America’s mining economies. Within the wider regional offering, there is strength in banking and finance more generally. In the past, clients have spoken favourably of lawyers here, citing their competency and in-depth market understanding.
Featured work areas and key partners
Energy: César Fernández
Banking & finance: Charles Johnson, Daniel Spencer
Project finance & infrastructure: Sarah Devine, Jeremy Hushon
Arbitration: Mark Baker