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Chambers Latin America Awards 2016

This year, the Chambers Latin America Awards ceremony and dinner was held on Friday, September 16th in Miami Beach, Florida.

The awards are based on our research for the 2017 edition of Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Awards will be given to local firms in each country and to the leading international players across the region. These awards reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Click here to view the photo gallery from the awards ceremony 


Latin America Awards 2015




Alfredo M. O’Farrell
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

Over the years, Alfredo O’Farrell has become synonymous with the Argentine legal market. He is the Chairman of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal’s executive board and has been a partner at the firm since 1978. Under his leadership, Marval has established itself as one of the most important full-service firms in Argentina for high-end corporate clients, as well as one of the most respected firms anywhere in Latin America. In addition to his leadership role, Alfredo dedicates a significant amount of his time to advising some of the firm’s most important national and international clients on key strategic decisions affecting their operations. He continues to receive accolades from peers and clients alike, with sources describing him as “a prestigious figure”, “outstanding” and “a leader in the market.”


Claudia F. Prado
Baker & McKenzie

Claudia Farkouh Prado enjoys a stellar reputation both in her native Brazil and across Latin America. She is a member of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Executive Committee, and chairs the firm’s Financial Committee and its Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is also the Chair of the Latin America Region. Prior to taking up these roles, she was the managing partner of Brazilian firm, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados (in cooperation with Baker & McKenzie International). She has been recognised by Chambers & Partners both for her corporate/M&A practice in Brazil, and for her management skills which have helped propel Baker & McKenzie onto the Latin American stage. Clients commend her as “a tremendous lawyer who delivers a superior quality of service,” and single out for her “high level of technical capacity, commitment and availability.”


Allende & Brea
Baker & McKenzie
Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Estudio Beccar Varela
M & M Bomchil
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h)

Winner: Marval, O’Farrell, Mairal

Marval, O’Farrell, Mairal is the largest full-service firm in Argentina and is renowned for handling high-end corporate work and for the consistent quality of legal advice its offers clients. The firm regularly advises a prestigious roster of local and multinational banks and companies involved in all the major industry sectors. This year, it remains at the cutting edge of the Argentine market, receiving outstanding feedback from sources across numerous practice areas. It is held in particularly high regard for its ability to handle big ticket corporate transactions including M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.


Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.
Guevara Gutiérrez S.C. Servicios Legales
Indacochea & Asociados
Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados
Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa

Winner: Moreno Balidivieso Estudio de Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados is a powerhouse firm with a wealth of experience working on high-end international matters. The firm is a market-leading name across the board and enjoys particular praise for its corporate practice, regularly handling complex work for major multinational companies such as Siemens, AON and Johnson & Johnson. The lawyers' continued excellence in the areas of banking & finance, dispute resolution, intellectual property and real estate has also been consistently highlighted by market onlookers.


BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão
Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados
TozziniFreire Advogados
Trench, Rossi e Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker & McKenzie International)

Winner: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho is an outstanding full-service firm with market-leading expertise in corporate/M&A, capital markets and tax, as well as first-rate knowledge of the insurance and oil & gas sectors. The firm's select client roster also benefits from its excellent banking & finance and dispute resolution teams. It remains one of the most sought-after names in the Brazilian market by elite domestic and international clients such as Banco do Brasil, Vale, Odebrecht, Apple, Google and Santander, amongst many others. Recent work highlights include representing several underwriters in the BRL16.1 billion global offering of shares by Telefônica in the Brazilian and US markets, as well as advising Renova Energia on the USD5 billion sale and swap of its shares held in Brazilian renewable power assets to TerraForm Global.


Winner: TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados wins the award in a very competitive market after receiving high volumes of positive client endorsement across various sectors. The winner was singled out for “the vast experience of the partners, their strong engagement with clients, their knowledge of our company and their ability to meet all our demands swiftly and efficiently."


Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias & Muñoz
Consortium Legal
García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios
Nassar Abogados
Pacheco Coto

Winner: Consortium Legal

Consortium Legal remains a pre-eminent presence in the Central American region, with ten offices located across Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The firm maintains stand-out strength in an impressive range of practice areas across each jurisdiction, with particular prowess in handling major transactional mandates on behalf of significant multinational clients. The firm's offering also spans a multitude of other services, with market-leading expertise in intellectual property, tax, and dispute resolution.


Barros & Errázuriz Abogados
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos & Cía
Claro & Cía
Morales & Besa
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Prieto y Cía

Winner: Carey

Carey is an internationally renowned corporate firm with top-notch expertise in cross-border M&A, capital markets and banking transactions. The firm is also noted for its strength representing clients from the TMT, energy, and mining sectors. Highlights this year includes advising Barrick Gold in its USD1 billion disposal of its 50% share in the Zaldívar copper mine. The firm also excels in competition, tax, labour and employment and IP mandates. This year, the firm retained its band one status in twelve out of seventeen practice areas, with clients frequently praising its deep bench of market-leading practitioners and full-service capabilities.


Winner: Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU y Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU y Uría wins the client service award this year after impressing commentators with its dedication to client service. Amongst a plethora of positive feedback, interviewees informed us that: “Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU y Uría is a very cohesive team – the partners get actively involved in the issues, and provide you with quick, prompt and efficient responses. They always deliver in-depth analysis within agreed time frames."


Baker & McKenzie
Brigard & Urrutia
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz

Winner: Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta is a first-rate firm in the Colombian legal market with significant strength in complex contentious mandates. In Eduardo Zuleta, the firm has the stand-out lawyer in this field, with significant activity in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations and civil litigation, particularly in the oil and gas sector. It also boasts top-ranked practices in banking & finance and corporate/M&A, and is regularly instructed by the likes of Ecopetrol, International Finance Corporation and Schlumberger Surenco.


Winner: Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia wins the client service award after receiving strong endorsements from clients across a range of sectors. Sources commented that: “The lawyers provide high-quality legal advice and strategies, as well as excellent response times, which gives us complete confidence in the outcome."


Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias & Muñoz
Batalla Salto Luna
Consortium Legal
Nassar Abogados
Pacheco Coto

Winner: BLP

BLP is a powerhouse in the Costa Rican market, with a distinguished and sizeable team excelling in major transactions in the corporate, M&A and finance spaces. The firm also now counts a market-leading projects practice amongst its strengths, as a result of its impressive portfolio of multi-jurisdictional project finance deals. Stellar expertise in the insurance field continues to be a point of excellence, and it also offers complementary capabilities in labour, disputes and public law advice. Recent work highlights include advising a consortium of local banks along with the International Finance Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank on the USD1.5 billion financing of the Reventazón Hydropower Project.


Castillo y Castillo
Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez
Pellerano & Herrera
Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

Winner: Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez

This distinguished name in the Dominican market continues to be a dominant presence at the forefront of numerous practice areas. The firm maintains a leading position in the fields of corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, and labour and employment, and adds to its accolades this year with a top-tier ranking in intellectual property. The team remains a leader in high-level transactions, with recent work including advising Citibank as underwriter regarding EGE Haina's local bond issuance worth USD100 million.


Winner: Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi takes the award after receiving praise from numerous interviewees. Sources point out that: “The firm's lawyers are highly capable and very strong technically; they know the market very well and work to a high standard."


Bustamante & Bustamante
Coronel & Pérez
Corral Rosales Carmigniani Pérez
Paz Horowitz
Pérez, Bustamante & Ponce

Winner: Pérez, Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez, Bustamante & Ponce remains a leading light in the Ecuadorian market and continues to excel in advising both domestic and international clients. The firm particularly shines in corporate matters, with José Rumazo-Arcos garnering a huge amount of respect in this field. The firm has offices in both Quito and Guayaquil and boasts an impressive clientele, advising the likes of Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Citibank. The firm also receives praise for its outstanding work in the areas of dispute resolution, real estate and tax, and is also particularly active in matters related to the energy and natural resources industry.


Arias & Muñoz
Consortium Legal
Espino Nieto & Asociados
Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

Winner: Consortium Legal

This regional heavyweight remains a top-tier player in El Salvador, with a market-leading team in the corporate and commercial sphere which regularly handles high-level transactions on behalf of major investors. The firm also enjoys a strong position in the banking and finance field, as well as offering ample capabilities in intellectual property matters. Amongst the firm's caseload this year was its handling of the Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran aspects of AIG's acquisition by Grupo ASSA.


Arenales & Skinner-Klée – LatamLex
Arias & Muñoz
Carrillo y Asociados
Consortium Legal
Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Winner: Arenales & Skinner-Klée – LatamLex

An outstanding player in the Guatemalan arena, which this year gained recognition as a top-tier practice in the corporate/M&A field. The firm is additionally recognised for its leading strength in the intellectual property sphere, as well as offering coverage spanning dispute resolution, labour, and banking and finance mandates, with remarkable experience in handling the mergers, acquisitions and incorporations of banks. The firm maintains a stellar client roster featuring market-leading multinationals from a wide variety of industries.


Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias & Muñoz
Bufete Melara & Asociados
Consortium Legal
García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios

Winner: Consortium Legal

This firm maintains its position as a heavyweight in the Honduran market, topping the tables for corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution and tax. With offices in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and the Bay Islands, the firm can provide its clients with comprehensive coverage of the jurisdiction. Its client roster continues to include major names from the international energy market, which benefit from the firm's expertise in complex corporate transactions and governance.


Baker & McKenzie
Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C.
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.
Galicia Abogados, S.C.
Hogan Lovells BSTL
Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.
Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.
Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.
Santamarina y Steta SC
White & Case SC

Winner: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enríquez

This domestic giant is widely lauded as a powerhouse of the transactional world, with market-leading expertise spanning the corporate, banking and finance, capital markets, and real estate fields. The firm is regularly sought after by major multinational names for complex and high-value transactions, with its handling of significant M&A deals bolstered by its top-tier antitrust practice. The team remains at the cutting edge of innovative financial instruments in the capital markets space, and continues to provide capabilities in insurance, environmental, and tax matters. Stand-out cases in the firm's workload this year include its representation of AT&T in its 100% acquisition of Nextel de México, a deal worth approximately USD1.875 billion.


Winner: Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes

In a very competitive marketplace where client satisfaction is high across the board, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes received particularly outstanding feedback, with clients telling our researchers: “What impresses us is that the firm understands when something is urgent, and their lawyers know how to handle these kinds of matters. They understand the pressures of a multinational corporation; they know that sometimes we only have moments to review something."


Alvarado y Asociados
Arias & Muñoz
Consortium Legal
García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios
Pacheco Coto

Winner: Arias & Muñoz

A prestigious name in the Central America region with a frontrunning presence in the Nicaraguan market. The team offers widespread capabilities across multiple fields, with leading practices in corporate and commercial work and energy and natural resources, as well as garnering additional recognition for dispute resolution, real estate, and intellectual property. Its transactional work flow over the past year includes its representation of global private equity investor Advent International regarding its acquisition of a minority interest in the Avianca subsidiary LifeMiles, worth approximately USD347.7 million.


Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee
Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega
Galindo, Arias & López
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán
Morgan & Morgan

Winner: Arias Fábrega & Fábrega

This Panamanian powerhouse continues to garner widespread acclaim for its leading position across the legal market. Its roster of top-tier rankings spans a multitude of practice areas, including banking and finance, dispute resolution, projects and capital markets, as well as retaining a high level of recognition within Panama's shipping and offshore sectors. The firm excels in advising significant multilateral companies and major financial institutions, and maintains a network of affiliated offices across Europe and Asia.


Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown
Fiorio, Cardozo & Alvarado
Olmedo Abogados
Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja
Vouga Abogados

Winner: Estudio Juridico Gross Brown

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown has cemented its reputation as one of the pre-eminent firms in Paraguay, gaining widespread recognition for its renowned expertise in banking & finance and corporate matters. Jorge Gross Brown is considered one of the most esteemed and distinguished practitioners in these spheres, and the firm counts among its stellar clientele a number of international banks such as Grupo BBVA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase. The firm also possesses a stand-out practice in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration.


Estudio Echecopar - member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
Miranda & Amado Abogados
Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya
Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas Abogados Financieros
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Winner: Rodrigo Elias Medrano

Rodrigo Elias Medrano is a full-service heavyweight adept at handling sophisticated corporate and project finance transactions, including M&A deals and capital markets offerings. It also has an acclaimed disputes resolution practice, representing blue chip clients in litigation and arbitration cases. The firm has had a remarkable year impressing clients and peers alike in numerous practice areas. It rose to the top band in public law, power-related energy, and white collar crime. It now occupies the top band in seventeen practice areas, confirming it as a clear market leader.


Winner: Rebaza Alcázar & De Las Casas

Rebaza Alcázar & De Las Casas was singled out by sources for the team's “great capacity to lead in complex situations and find creative solutions to help a transaction progress.” Interviewees also highlighted that: “The lawyers are available and there is always a partner in charge who is able to give support to the client.”


Ferraiuoli LLC
Fiddler González & Rodríguez PSC
McConnell Valdés LLC
O’Neill & Borges LLC
Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC

Winner: McConnell Valdés

McConnell Valdés is acclaimed as a frontrunner in the Puerto Rican market and is lauded by market onlookers for its prowess in the real estate, tax and corporate sectors. The firm also leads the way in the areas of corporate, environment, intellectual property and labour & employment. Silvestre Miranda continues to be revered for his experience in the financing and development of real estate projects. The firm is regularly instructed by both local and international companies and its client roster comprises global household names such as Walmart, Google and Kraft.


Guyer & Regules
Hughes & Hughes
Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause
Posadas, Posadas & Vecino

Winner: Guyer y Regules

Guyer y Regules is an esteemed law firm representing a roster of blue chip clients.  Its sizeable corporate finance department enjoys a commanding market share in both corporate/M&A and banking and finance transactions. Clients include major multinational investment banks such as JP Morgan and HSBC, as well as leading pension funds such as Sura and Banco Hipotecario. The firm has remained at the forefront of sovereign debt issuances as well as the acquisition of renewable energy assets. Aside from corporate/M&A and banking and finance, the firm maintained its band one statuses across the fields of dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, labour & employment, real estate and tax.


Winner: Ferrere

Ferrere stood out this year for its outstanding feedback and level of client of satisfaction. Sources declared: “The work is immaculate; there are no flaws. They really stand out - their service is excellent, they are very knowledgeable, their dedication is second to none and they are available around the clock."


Baker & McKenzie SC
D’Empaire Reyna Abogados
Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright

Winner: D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is a corporate powerhouse noted for its international clientele from an array of sectors including banking, telecoms and manufacturing, amongst others. The firm has unrivalled prowess in multi-jurisdictional finance operations, including sovereign and large corporate debt issuances. Aside from corporate/M&A and banking and finance, the firm also offers market-leading practices in tax, public law and competition, as well as life sciences and environment. This year the firm also performed strongly in labour and employment, rising to the top band on the back of excellent feedback from market sources.


Winner: Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie receives superb feedback from its clients in a number of practice of areas. Sources informed our researchers that: “The firm has a fantastic team. The lawyers have great technical knowledge and they consider different scenarios when proposing solutions. They are also responsive and easy to reach." Interviewees also commented favourably on the firm’s cross-border capabilities.



Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Winner: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a powerhouse international firm, regularly retained to handle many of the most complex corporate matters in the Latin American region. The firm offers comprehensive capabilities across the spectrum of corporate finance deals, including in M&A, divestitures and joint ventures, for leading local and multinational clients. The team's expertise encompasses a vast range of sectors such as manufacturing, energy and natural resources, and technology, among others. A recent work highlight for the firm involves advising Vale on its USD2 billion Simandou iron ore joint venture.


DLA Piper LLP (US)
Greenberg Traurig, PA
Hogan Lovells
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Greenberg Traurig, PA 

Greenberg Traurig is a heavyweight Florida-based firm with an on-the-ground Latin American presence in Mexico. The firm has considerable experience advising clients involved in the regional markets, often acting on the full range of M&A transactions including private equity and venture capital matters, as well as cross-border finance deals. The team is regularly retained by corporate borrowers and multinational corporations from a wide range of industries such as telecommunications, energy and insurance. A recent stand-out transaction for the firm involved acting for Infraestructura Internacional on the company's investment in Mexican company Sierra Oil & Gas.


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is a stellar international firm with market-leading capabilities in banking and finance matters. The firm frequently advises on the full spectrum of corporate, acquisition and project finance transactions, with considerable experience acting as lender's counsel on syndicated revolving and term loans and in structuring multi-currency facilities. The team is well-versed in mandates related to the energy sector, with particular expertise in oil and gas. A recent work highlight for the firm was its representation of HSBC Mexico in connection with the USD4.5 billion restructuring of Corporación GEO and some of its subsidiaries.


Arnold & Porter LLP
Astigarraga Davis
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
King & Spalding LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: King & Spalding

King & Spalding has a highly respected international arbitration team with a potent Latin America practice. The firm draws upon the considerable size and experience of the team to handle both investment treaty disputes and commercial arbitration throughout the region. The practice group is regularly called upon to represent corporate clients in disputes under all major institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules, with notable expertise in matters related to the energy and natural resources sector, among others. A stand-out disputes case this year for the firm is the USD10 billion arbitration between Chevron and Ecuador in which King & Spalding successfully represented Chevron, who claimed the government of Ecuador was guilty of breaches of the US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.


Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Global heavyweight Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wins the award after impressing clients with its handling of major Latin American-related disputes. Sources tell us that the team is “utterly professional, thorough and competent in dealing with all the technical challenges. The lawyers provide efficient, well thought-out advice and are very familiar with the workings of the tribunal and opposing counsel."


Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: White & Case

White & Case boasts a widely respected projects practice with strength across both financing and development. The team is highly regarded for its finance capabilities, including the creation of complex funding structures. The practitioners' expertise encompasses the transport and infrastructure sectors with particular prowess in the energy sphere, including LNG and renewable power. This year White & Case advised on a number of headline-grabbing project finance mandates, including representing Concesionaria Vial Sierra Norte in the financing for the USD200 million Longitudinal de la Sierra – Tramo 2 toll road in Peru.


Winner: Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU y Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU y Uría is one of the leading firms in the continent, with outstanding multi-jurisdictional capabilities. It particularly impressed the market this year with its tremendous growth and development. In Colombia and Chile, the firm offers market-leading practices in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and projects. In addition, the firm successfully merged with Peruvian firms Delmar Ugarte Abogados and Ferrero Abogados, further strengthening its regional footprint, in particular in the member countries of the Pacific Alliance. In all three jurisdictions and beyond, the firms continues to advise an impressive roster of regional and international clients on range of high-level corporate transactions and contentious cases.