Latin America

Latin America-wide


Insurance - Latin America-wide


Band 1 | Clyde & Co LLP

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Basic facts about the department - 8 partners 

What the team is known for Pace-setting practice group with an outstanding reputation for work across a diverse range of insurance issues. Frequently handles high-value maritime claims in Brazil, while expanding a strong presence in the energy and construction sectors across Latin America. Maintains a firm hold on the London reinsurance market, with key international clients based in several Latin American jurisdictions and in Spain.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a massive firm with a global spread. Clyde & Co has depth of expertise and lawyers with a wealth of knowledge, which breeds confidence in the underwriters. They're always easy to contact and do everything you need them to do for multiple classes across the world."

"This is a truly global law firm with a network in each country and is especially strong in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil."

Work highlights Advised various international reinsurers on claims surrounding the delayed construction of the Jirau Dam in Brazil. Property damage and delay in start-up (DSU) claims totalling USD1 billion are the subject of arbitration proceedings in London.

Notable practitioners  

Peers note Peter Hirst for his deep experience in handling large Brazil claims, showcased in his recent advice to a panel of insurers including Zurich and Allianz regarding the Jirau Dam. Sources praise his "vast know-how and experience combined with his uncomplicated nature, which makes working with him a pleasure." They add: "He's not just a brilliant lawyer but he also understands complex technical issues." Hirst is most active advising the London market on contentious work in the energy sector.

Clients recognise São Paulo-based Stirling Leech for his "big reputation as the man with the historic network in Latin America." He focuses on major shipping and offshore oil and gas claims, and interviewees highlight his fluency in Portuguese as a major benefit to international insurers with disputes in Brazil.

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Basic facts about the department - 16 partners
 - 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed practice with expanding market recognition. Has an on-the-ground presence across Mexico, Chile and Colombia, as well as an associated office in Brazil. Handles contentious and non-contentious work in the energy, marine and construction sectors, while the firm's increasingly important Madrid office attracts key European insurers as clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Co-ordination with the firm's Latin American offices is so good; there is a seamless flow of information. The firm has a strong base in London and Madrid, with lawyers in Latin America who have knowledge of the local market and can go out and interview relevant parties."

What's new? The firm has expanded its presence in Colombia with the creation of DAC Beachcroft Colombia. Anthony Menzies joined the firm's London office from Taylor Wessing, while José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos was made partner. 

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees praise Anthony Menzies for his "encyclopaedic knowledge of the law," adding: "He's got most answers committed to memory and when he considers something, he covers every angle." He is noted for his advice on offshore energy and engineering claims.

Since publication, Hermes Marangos has left the firm.

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Basic facts about the department - 7 partners
 - 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established aviation insurance practice that often handles some of the most complex disputes in the region. Notable for advising on disputes across Latin America, with a particularly well-regarded practice in Colombia and Brazil. Further experience in handling marine and energy matters for the London reinsurance market. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"While I appreciate the depth of the firm, I know that if I call the partner he will do the work; it doesn't go to someone I don't know. The firm has good lawyers in Brazil and a good profile in Latin America."

What's new? Fernando Albino in the firm's São Paulo office was made partner.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise the experienced Jonathan Bruce for his "knowledge of all the jurisdictions and where we need to go to solve the issue." They add: "He takes work across the various opportunities in the market and he focuses on the issues, not the politics." Recent highlight work showcases his strength in acting for international reinsurers on energy insurance matters across Brazil, Chile and Colombia.

Jeremy Shebson is noted by peers for his focus on aviation insurance. He often advises on some of the most widely publicised and complex aviation disputes in the region.

Senior associate Geoffrey Conlin is often seen advising on a wide range of marine and energy claims from the firm's São Paulo office. He attracts praise for his "good feel for what clients need during insurance and reinsurance disputes."

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Basic facts about the department - 9 partners
 -18 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Widely respected practice with a focus on advising London reinsurers and an increasingly notable presence handling major claims for local clients. Active in financial insurance and fraud liability, particularly claims originating in Columbia and Peru.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is one of the most active and has always sought to do a lot of the work in the region."

Work highlights Advised a group of major international reinsurers on arbitration proceedings with investors following the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Christopher Cardona has a strong reputation for his expertise in financial insurance and fraud claims, with further experience in high-value property damage claims. He leads the practice on matters across Latin America, and is particularly active in Colombia and Peru. Sources praise him for being "completely bilingual – he knows the culture and has good working relationships with brokers and insurers."

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Basic facts about the department - 4 partners
 - 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong focus on high-value Brazil-based claims. The team is specialised in property damage and business interruption claims. Recent lateral hires have enhanced its capabilities in non-contentious work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers keep it concise and are very well respected in the London market. The work is always good quality and the opinions are accurate and spotless."

What's new? Jonathan Drake has joined the firm from Ashurst, focusing on non-contentious insurance law.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Hall impresses clients with his "extremely good grasp of detail" and willingness to "immerse himself in the detail of a claim." He plays a leading role in the firm's advice to London insurers on large Brazilian claims.

John Startin attracts praise from interviewees for his efficiency of response: "He responds within the hour and his responses are comprehensive and accurate." He primarily advises the London Lloyd's market on notable Brazil-related litigation.

Band 3 | Hogan Lovells

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Basic facts about the department - 6 partners
 - 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice advising some of the most notable Latin American insurers on major disputes with the international reinsurance market. Offices in Caracas and Rio de Janeiro work closely with partners in London and Spain to provide local support. The team is most active in Peru and Colombia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Hogan Lovells specialises in taking actions against reinsurers."

What's new? The firm has expanded its network with a new office in Rio de Janeiro. 

Work highlights Represented Costa Rican insurer Instituto Nacional de Seguros in a dispute with two London reinsurance brokers surrounding the allegedly fraudulent overcharging of reinsurance premiums.

Notable practitioners

Nick Atkins is the key client contact.

Band 3 | Ince & Co

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What the team is known for Primarily handles shipping and aviation cases for international insurers and reinsurers. Maintains a solid reputation for assisting with UK shipping litigation, attracting clients with disputes in Latin America. Experienced in large mining claims.

Notable practitioners

The seasoned Peter Rogan has a reputation as one of the most experienced insurance and reinsurance lawyers in the market. He oversees complex arbitrations and mediations within his role as a consultant.

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Basic facts about the department - 1 partner
 - 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Building a reputation as a significant presence in the London reinsurance and Lloyd's markets. Advises international reinsurance clients from its Miami office, with a team in London and a network of correspondent law firms throughout Latin America. The practice is noted for its expertise in aviation and property insurance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I rate this firm highly - the Latin America practice is strong."

What's new? The firm has entered into a new association with Colombian insurance boutique Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados. 

Notable practitioners  

Miami-based Alex Guillamont is highlighted by peers for his high profile among international reinsurers. He has notable experience in advising on a wide variety of matters in jurisdictions across Latin America, including Ecuador and Mexico.

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Basic facts about the department - 12 partners
 - 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles major energy claims, in particular onshore oil spills, for the international reinsurance market. Focuses on financial lines claims and political risk. The firm is active across Latin America through partnerships with local firms, with a growing Brazil office known for aviation and energy work.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees note head of department David Chadwick for "responding quickly and teaming up with local counsel well." He stands out for his experience in advising European insurance underwriters on political risk, professional liability and financial lines claims across various Spanish-speaking jurisdictions.

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Basic facts about the department - 4 partners
 - 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Relatively new practice serving the London market. Noted for non-contentious work and assisting international insurers considering Latin American market entry. Often seen advising reinsurers on large claims in the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We get a quick response from people who are familiar with the London market and give really practical advice. The lawyers are proactive in trying to look for solutions that save costs and also maintain a good commercial relationship with insurers and reinsurers."

What's new? Insurance specialist David Murphy has joined the firm's London office from DLA Piper.

Notable practitioners  

Clients enthuse that Mark Kendall "knows what you're going to ask before you ask it," and that "he takes the time to know what each insurer would want to know and tailors his advice." He also earns praise for his "wealth of experience and calm demeanour - he can put you at ease if there is a complex matter." He handles the firm's largest property and casualty claims for key international reinsurers, alongside his non-contentious work.

Clients appreciate Duncan Strachan's ability to "get to the bottom of things quickly." They add: "He is fluent in Spanish and has a great understanding of the different nuances of each jurisdiction, which he translates into his advice." He works on significant mandates in the energy and construction sectors.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Since publication, Hermes Marangos has joined London-based Signature Litigation LLP. Clients praise him for his "multi-jurisdictional knowledge and language skills, which make dealing with international cases with complicated issues much easier." He is best known for advising London insurers and reinsurers on coverage issues in several Latin American jurisdictions, with a particular focus on Brazil. He also has a strong non-contentious practice advising UK clients on regulatory matters in Latin America.  

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