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Latin America

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Bruno Ciuffetelli
Graciela Llaneza
José F. Valdivia III

A prominent practice
Hogan Lovells' Latin America practice is a leader in the dynamic Latin American region, often advising on many of the region's most complex and ground-breaking matters. The team regularly receives top rankings and recognition from Latin Lawyer, Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, International Financial Law Review, Financial Times, Euromoney's Project Finance magazine, Global Arbitration Review, and Legal 500 Latin America for their work in nearly all major practices and industries. Our clients around the region and the globe rely on us for a broad array of country-specific and cross-border services, and particularly for transactions, proceedings, and matters that cross at the intersection of business and government.

A diverse client base
Our clients represent a wide cross-section of industries and geographies, ranging from energy to automotive and from Mexico to China. We advise corporations, financial institutions, governments, and other entities planning to establish or increase their presence in Latin America. Additionally, we provide legal counsel to Latin American entities seeking to expand into other parts of the world or obtain financing or capital in the international markets.

A global and local perspective
The group includes multicultural lawyers in Beijing, Caracas, Houston, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C., who have strong backgrounds in alternative dispute resolution, banking, business and regulatory law, corporate, debt and equity capital markets, energy and natural resources, litigation, project finance, and structured finance.

With our on-the-ground presence in Latin America, Hogan Lovells is one of the few legal practices able to provide counsel that is keenly attuned to the region's civil law system and political landscape, while at the same time leveraging the significant knowledge and resources found in our offices around the globe.

For those jurisdictions in which we do not practice local law in the relevant area, when specific local law capabilities are needed, we have strong relationships with local counsel. We work closely with these local firms to ensure their provision of high-quality services within an overall efficient and effective teaming arrangement.

An established and growing presence in Latin America
An integral part of our global Latin America practice is our presence on the ground in Caracas, Mexico City, Monterrey, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. Our in-country teams are fully integrated into our global practices to deliver knowledgeable and experienced advice to our clients operating in Latin America.

Caracas. Hogan Lovells’ Caracas office serves a broad base of local and international clientele, providing a strategic and practical platform for conducting business in Venezuela. Our lawyers in Caracas are experienced in handling all aspects of major representations, including due diligence investigations, project development and financing, antitrust proceedings, employment agreements, litigation, and international arbitration matters.

Mexico City and Monterrey. Continuing our growth in Latin America, Hogan Lovells has combined with prominent Mexican firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL). With top-tier knowledge of local law, Mexican business culture, a wide variety of industries, and an international outlook, Hogan Lovells BSTL is uniquely suited to advising both Mexican and international clients in all their legal and business needs both on the ground in Mexico and around the world. Our nearly 70 lawyers in Mexico City and Monterrey are recognized by major trade publications as leaders in their fields, which include the full range of legal services, such as antitrust and competition, litigation and arbitration, corporate and M&A, energy and natural resources, government regulatory, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, labor and employment, life sciences, project finance and development, real estate, sports and entertainment, tax, technology, media and telecoms, and transportation. Our integrated team offers comprehensive legal advice to assist our clients in entering, expanding, or investing in the dynamic Mexican market.

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Lawyers in our Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices have worked in Brazil for more than 15 years and understand the cultural and business norms of doing business in Brazil. Our clients represent a mix of international and Brazilian companies that are active in Brazil and abroad. Our practice skills include all types of cross-border transactions, with particular focus on project development and finance, banking, cross-border M&A, debt and equity capital markets, private equity, corporate transactions (including due diligence investigations), anti-corruption and investigation matters, and dispute resolution, including international arbitration. We are especially experienced in the infrastructure (airports, ports, rail and road), conventional and renewable energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, and automotive industries.

Our competitive advantage

  • A long history of handling corporate, commercial and finance transactions throughout Latin America on behalf of leading American, European, Asian, and Latin American companies
  • Offices in Caracas, Mexico City, Monterrey, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo that further enhance our already robust capabilities across a full range of industries and practices in Latin America
  • A well-recognized International Arbitration practice involving Latin American parties or local law issues
  • Credibility, experience, and worldwide recognition with financial institutions
  • Hogan Lovells lawyers who are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, including native Spanish and Portuguese speakers who are licensed to practice law in both Latin America and the United States
  • The ability to conduct due diligence of Spanish and Portuguese documents, and to draft and negotiate Spanish and Portuguese documents
  • An extensive knowledge of Latin American business norms
  • Strong local counsel relationships
  • Strong transactional management skills
  • International tax structuring capabilities
Latin America

A Road Less Travelled

Over the past year, Hogan Lovells LLP has aggressively built its Latin America profile through a landmark merger with a leading local firm in Mexico, the launch of a new office in Brazil and a series of well-considered lateral hires. Latin Lawyer acting editor Joe Rowley finds what plans the firm has for its Latin America practice and why taking the road less travelled has defined its growth strategy.

Latin America
Hogan Lovells is praised for its 'great professionals, top-notch work, commitment, integrity, and the advantage of fielding multilingual and multicultural lawyers'.
Legal 500 Latin America