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Chambers Latin America Awards 2017

 

The Chambers Latin America Awards 2017 took place on Friday 17th November at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Florida.

The awards are based on our research for the 2018 edition of Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Awards will be given to national 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 in Latin America. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service. 

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WINNERS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


Claus von Wobeser
Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Claus von Wobeser enjoys a huge reputation for his outstanding track record as party counsel and as arbitrator in international commercial and investor state arbitrations. He has acted in over 150 international cases under all the major institutional rules.
He is currently a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of ICSID and the London Court of Arbitration as well as Vice President of the Latin American Arbitration Association. He is also the Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at the esteemed Mexican law firm Von Wobeser y Sierra.
He receives outstanding client and peer endorsement who describe him as: “A top star in arbitration as counsel or arbitrator,” “first rate; dependable, independent, balanced – everything you need,”  “simply terrific,” and “in a class all by himself.”
 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION


Patricia Menéndez-Cambó
Greenberg Traurig, PA

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is the Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig and founder of its Latin American and Iberian Practice. She routinely advises clients on their investments and business strategies and is widely acknowledged as one of the leading Corporate M&A lawyers with a focus on Latin America.
Not only does Patricia command respect as a stellar practitioner in her own right, she is also a torchbearer for the advancement of women and ethnic minorities in the legal profession.
She draws stellar praise from market sources who note that “Menéndez-Cambó is sheer brilliance; she has a great handle on complex financial and accounting matters which make her structures truly fantastic. Also being multilingual and multicultural makes her a great problem solver and consensus seeker.”

 

ARGENTINA

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

Winner: Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela is a pre-eminent full-service firm in the Argentine market and one of the most institutionalised organisations in Latin America. The firm has expertise spanning banking and finance, corporate and labour and employment mandates, alongside its front running dispute resolution practice. It routinely represents high-profile domestic and international clients and is well versed in assisting major names hailing from the banking industry, such as Deutsche Bank and Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires. Sources single out the firm for the sophistication of its technical abilities and the breadth of its market coverage, as well as highlighting the proactive, creative and client-oriented bench of practitioners.

 

BOLIVIA

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

Winner: Indacochea & Asociados

Indacochea & Asociados is at the forefront of the Bolivian market with a highly revered practice spanning a variety of sophisticated domestic and international mandates. The firm enjoys a significant presence across the board and excels in sectors such as corporate, energy and natural resources and real estate, and is particularly strong in banking and finance and labour and employment. The firm is regularly instructed by major international clients, including Kimberly Clark, Sony and Nestlé.

 

BOLIVIA CLIENT SERVICE AWARD 

Winner: Moreno Baldivieso

Moreno Baldivieso took home the award after receiving high volumes of positive client endorsement. Sources “highly recommend” this firm “in Bolivia and abroad. The lawyers are extremely professional, dedicated and capable of carrying out the work. Their strengths include their availability, common sense, technical know-how of Bolivian law, and effective communication in cross-border cases."

 

BRAZIL

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

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



Mattos Filho is a premier full-service firm with market-leading expertise in corporate/M&A, capital markets, tax, competition and projects, as well as first-rate knowledge of the insurance and oil and gas sectors. The firm's blue-chip client roster also benefits from its excellent banking and finance, dispute resolution and labour and employment teams. Mattos Filho remains one of the most sought-after names in the Brazilian market by elite domestic and international clients such as Ambev, Bradesco, Itaú Unibanco, Embraer, Google, Goldman Sachs, Santander, BP and AIG, amongst many others. Recent work highlights include advising Petrobras on all stages of its sale of a 90% stake in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste for USD5.19 billion as well as assisting Camargo Corrêa with the sale of its BRL5.9 billion equity stake in CPFL Energia to State Grid International Development.

 

BRAZIL CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: Pinheiro Neto

In an extremely competitive market, Pinheiro Neto stood out for its stellar offering which won widespread plaudits from its clients. Sources commented that the firm “provides impeccable legal service particularly for complex work.” The lawyers are highly knowledgeable, very solutions-oriented, pragmatic and on top of cases. Their English is also excellent and all the cases they have handled efficiently.”


 

CENTRAL AMERICA

Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias
BLP
CENTRAL LAW
Consortium Legal
García & Bodán Abogados & Notarios
Lexincorp
Nassar Abogados
Pacheco Coto

Winner: Consortium Legal

This regional powerhouse remains a household name across the Central American isthmus, with market-leading presence in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. With ten offices and over 200 lawyers, the firm is well-equipped to handle major cross-border deals spanning the Central America region on behalf of prestigious multinational names. This year, its multi-jurisdictional caseload has included acting as counsel to Walmart in the corporate restructuring of the company's entire Central American operations.

 

CHILE

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

Winner: Claro & Cía

Claro & Cía is a heavyweight firm and is widely recognised as a leader in the Chilean corporate field, as well as banking and finance, projects and capital markets, advising key multinationals such as LATAM Airlines, Anglo American and Itaú Unibanco. The firm also boasts market-leading dispute resolution and competition/antitrust practices. It recently acted as counsel for Agrosuper in two class actions worth approximately USD1 billion filed by SERNAC, regarding alleged participation in a cartel. The firm also has a stand-out practice in energy and natural resources and including conventional and renewable sources.

 

CHILE CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: Carey

Carey won this award after attracting comments such as “one of the most outstanding characteristics is their client focus and business orientation, in addition to their vast experience across various areas, not only the legal but also the business dimension, and their long-term vision. The lawyers respond quickly to any doubts, and they have a notable disposition to co-operate in the case of any unexpected emergency. They also never neglect a single detail, which generates a lot of trust."

 

COLOMBIA

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
Brigard & Urrutia
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta
Lloreda Camacho & Co
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz

Winner: Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is a regional heavyweight with an exceptionally strong practice in Colombia. The firm excels in M&A matters, with additional expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources and projects. Recent work highlights include assisting the Inter-American Development Bank with the financing of a USD300 million PPP for the construction, rehabilitation and improvement of the Perimental de Oriente toll road concession. It also boasts an impressive clientele including the likes of AngloGold Ashanti, Goldman Sachs and Ripley.

 

COLOMBIA CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: Posse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz won the client service award after wowing its clients. Sources commented:"The advice is comprehensive, of the utmost professionalism and quality, with permanent accompaniment throughout the process. We particularly value that they have built a level of trust and confidence that will guarantee the best outcome.”

 

COSTA RICA

Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias
Batalla
BLP
Consortium Legal
Dentons Muñoz
Nassar Abogados
Pacheco Coto

Winner: BLP

A dynamic presence in the market, BLP maintains its reputation as a go-to name in Costa Rica for highly complex corporate transactions as well as major project finance initiatives. The impressive team wins praise from peers and clients alike for its depth of expertise across multiple practice areas, including corporate, real estate and insurance law. The firm is also highlighted this year for its potent competition and antitrust practice. One of its most noteworthy transactions in the last twelve months was advising Goldman Sachs on the USD1.2 billion financing for the construction of a 146-kilometre motorway.

 

COSTA RICA CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: Aguilar Castillo Love


Clients expressed their delight at working with this firm, with one commenting: “I am honestly so pleased with the lawyers at this firm; everything has been perfect. I trust them 100%. They are very proactive, supportive, responsive and professional and their response rates have been fantastic. I can't stress enough how happy I am with them and how great their service has been.”

 

CUBA (INTERNATIONAL COUNSEL)

Akerman LLP
Bird & Bird
Greenberg Traurig, PA
Holland & Knight LLP
Lupicinio International Law Firm
Uría Menéndez

Winner: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s Madrid-based practice is headed by the leading foreign expert on Cuba and has an unmatched track record helping foreign investors navigate the challenging investment regime in Cuba. The firm has more than two decades’ worth of experience advising clients on transactional mandates such as joint ventures with the Cuban state, as well as representing them in contentious mandates such as investment treaty arbitration cases. The team is particularly strong in renewable energy, natural resources and transport infrastructure projects.

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Castillo y Castillo
CENTRAL LAW
Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
OMG
Pellerano & Herrera
Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

Winner: Pellerano & Herrera

An esteemed name in the market with 65 years of history, Pellerano & Herrera continues to win acclaim for its long-standing prestige within the Dominican Republic. The team maintains an eminent reputation for handling high-value, innovative transactions, in which it regularly represents leading multinational corporations and financial players. The firm's deal flow this year has included acting as counsel to the underwriters in a USD2.5 billion offering of two series of bonds by the Dominican State.

 

ECUADOR

Bustamante & Bustamante
Carmigniani Pérez Abogados
Coronel & Pérez
CorralRosales 
Ferrere
Paz Horowitz
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Winner: Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce remains at the forefront of the Ecuadorian legal market, especially in the corporate sphere, where the firm is particularly strong. The firm also shines in the areas of dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, real estate and tax. It services clients from its offices in Quito and Guayaquil. This year the firm advised Time Warner on the merger control aspect with the local antitrust regulator regarding its merger with AT&T, and also counts among its clients ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline and Mitsubishi Motors.

 

ECUADOR CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: Ferrere

Ferrere won the award after impressing its clients who noted: “This firm has lawyers with experience in many areas which allows them to provide a comprehensive and high-quality service.” Sources continue:“They add value to our operations and for that reason we count on the opinions and the strategic insights of the lawyers to develop our new business opportunities.”

 

EL SALVADOR

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

Winner: Arias

Regional player Arias continues to be recognised as a leading name in El Salvador, and is consistently lauded for its top-tier transactional practice. The team advises a portfolio of leading international names on an impressive range of deals, involving industries spanning energy, insurance and banking. Its most cutting-edge work this year has included advising ASSA on the acquisitions of AIG's Central American operations in four jurisdictions, a complex cross-border deal in which the El Salvador office acted as coordinator.

 

GUATEMALA

Arias
BLP
Carrillo y Asociados
Consortium Legal
Mayora & Mayora, S.C.
QIL+4 ABOGADOS

Winner: Carrillo y Asociados

This pre-eminent domestic player has accrued an outstanding reputation over its many years of operation as one of the go-to names in the Guatemalan legal market. The firm maintains a leading position in the fields of banking, finance and corporate law, as well as earning recognition for its stellar capabilities in the tax arena, and increasing its standing in the IP field. Amongst its caseload this year was a major project involving the first generation and transfer of Verified Carbons Units Certificates in Guatemala, on behalf of Althelia Climate Fund.

 

HONDURAS

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

Winner: Consortium Legal

This leading name is recognised as a premier firm across the board in all keys areas of the Honduran legal market. Its capabilities include first-rate coverage of corporate, commercial and tax mandates, as well as of contentious proceedings. The team's work this year has included acting as counsel to Credit Suisse as lender on a USD50 million credit agreement with a Salvadoran borrower, and guarantors based in Honduras and Guatemala.

 

MEXICO

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
Von Wobeser y Sierra
White & Case SC

Winner: Creel García-Cuellar Aiza y Enriquez

Creel García-Cuellar Aiza y Enriquez remains at the cutting edge of the transactional arena. The team enjoys a sterling reputation at home and abroad for its handling of innovative and complex mandates. In particular, it is renowned for representing major multinational names in cross-border M&A work, high-value lending transactions, and ground-breaking capital markets matters. This year the firm handled the first public offering of FIBRA E investment securities in the Mexican market, on behalf of PINFRA; and advised MIRA Group on its first-of-its-kind issuance of project investment certificates (CERPIs) on the Mexican Stock Exchange. This year also witnessed an increased level of recognition in the fields of environment law and tax, the latter of which has also been boosted by the firm's recent launch of a dedicated transfer pricing group.

 

NICARAGUA

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

Winner: Consortium Legal

A strong local outfit of a renowned regional name, Consortium Legal's Nicaraguan team continues to enjoy a leading position in the market. The firm garners an impressive level of praise and recognition for its capabilities in the corporate and commercial fields, with similarly top-tier practices in real estate and dispute resolution. The team recently represented Cerberus as lender of a USD90 million syndicated loan granted to Lowell for the acquisition of a number of New Holland's entities across Central America.

 

PANAMA

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

Winner: Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

This esteemed full-service name maintains a prestigious position in the Panamanian market, offering first-rate expertise across a swathe of practice areas. The firm is a powerhouse for transactional mandates, and also offers top-tier capabilities in dispute resolution, offshore matters, and major projects. Stand-out deals this year have included advising Cable & Wireless Communications on its USD5.3 billion sale to Liberty Global, and representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal in international commercial arbitration proceedings relating to the third set of locks in the Panama Canal, with claims currently valued at USD800 million.

 

PARAGUAY

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

Winner: Vouga Abogados

Vouga Abogados is a top-tier Paraguayan firm with an outstanding reputation for its capabilities in day-to-day work as well as in more complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. The firm stands out for its work in corporate and dispute resolution matters as well as boasting impressive offerings in the banking and finance and environment spheres. The lawyers recently defended Petrobras in a claim filed by Grupo COMPASA related to an alleged breach of a USD47 million distribution contract and counts among its diverse client list Procter & Gamble, John Deere and Microsoft.

 

PERU

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

Winner: Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano is a powerhouse firm offering full-service capabilities to its impressive roster of blue-chip clients. The firm holds a leading position in many areas of law, having risen to the top band in TMT this year, as well as entering the oil and gas table for the first time. The team often advises on the most complex domestic and international matters, with recent work highlights including acting for Abastible on its USD335 million purchase of Repsol's Peruvian and Ecuadorian LPG operations. The firm has garnered praise from its clientele this year for its experience, teamwork and commercial understanding, as well as the lawyers' involvement in transactions and close working relationships with clients.

 

PUERTO RICO

Ferraiuoli LLC
McConnell Valdés LLC
O’Neill & Borges LLC
Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC
Reichard & Escalera LLC

Winner: O’Neill & Borges LLC

O'Neill & Borges is a distinguished full-service firm which regularly participates in high-end transactions and matters on the island. The firm is strong across the board, with particular expertise in corporate, real estate and tax practices, whilst also leading the way in dispute resolution, environment and labour and employment. They recently represented Allergan on the local aspects of the USD40 billion sale of its generic drug division to Teva and are frequently instructed by major multinationals such as Mars Caribbean & Central America, UBS and Toyota.

 

URUGUAY

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

Winner: Guyer & Regules

Heavyweight law firm Guyer y Regules maintains its impressive position in the Uruguayan market this year, sitting at the top of the tables for a number of practice areas, including corporate/M&A and banking and finance, where it boasts particularly strong benches of practitioners. The firm is widely regarded for its ability to handle cross-border transactions, often advising stellar international clients such as Unilever, HSBC and Engie on complex matters, with particular experience this year in bond issuances, credit facility formations, farm-out agreements and civil lawsuits. Clients extol the lawyers' comprehensive and solution-oriented advice, as well as their reliability and responsiveness.

 

VENEZUELA

AraqueReyna
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 is a dominant force in the Venezuelan legal market, delivering exceptional client service across a variety of practice areas. Both peers and clients consider the firm to be among the best in the country and it is regularly retained by its blue-chip clientele to counsel on complex domestic and international mandates. D'Empaire Reyna's recent work highlights include assisting Haitong Bank's Spanish subsidiary as dealer manager in its USD5 billion bond issuance by the Venezuelan state. Clients have been quick to note the firm's strengths this year, particularly appreciating the team's precise and business-oriented recommendations, as well as its ability to simply explain complex aspects of Venezuelan law to international clientele.

 

VENEZUELA CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

Winner: AraqueReyna

AraqueReyna won the client service award after consistently attracting positive feedback in multiple practice areas. Sources noted that "the firm's service has been outstanding. The lawyers have a great sense of service and relevant commercial insight. They have provided ingenious solutions to complex problems and demonstrated a high level of commitment."

 

INTERNATIONAL COUNSEL IN LATIN AMERICA

 

CORPORATE/M&A

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 LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a renowned heavyweight in the Latin American market, with stand out abilities in the full spectrum of corporate and M&A mandates. The firm is routinely retained by an impressive roster of clients, with considerable expertise assisting multinational companies hailing from the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. Examples of the work undertaken by the firm this year, include providing advice to Fintech on agreements with Telecom Italia and specific affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Telecom Italia's interest in Telecom Argentina. Clients and peers alike hold the firm in extremely high regards, with the team's commercially-oriented approach being highlighted as a key differentiator.

 

CORPORATE & FINANCE

Florida-based

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

Winner: Greenberg Traurig, PA

Stand-out Florida-based firm Greenberg Traurig boasts a potent corporate and finance practice with an important Latin American focus, reinforced by an on-the-ground presence in Mexico. The team represents both borrowers and lenders in complex cross-border project and acquisition finance deals. It is also well versed advising clients on regulatory and compliance matters. This year the team advised Klabin on a USD300 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the financing for the Project Puma greenfield pulp mill and infrastructure project in Paraná, Brazil. Clients particularly appreciate the firm's responsiveness, as well as the team's technical expertise and multidisciplinary abilities. 

 

CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Baker McKenzie
Covington & Burling LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Winner: Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered has an outstanding corporate crime and investigations department, with considerable expertise advising on anti-corruption mandates, including FCPA and cartel investigations, as well as compliance audits and preventative due diligence. The firm acts for a notable roster of high-profile domestic and international companies on matters across the Latin American region, with particular strength in the oil and gas, logistics and mining sectors. Peers identify the firm as a strong player within this market with a highly visible presence, while clients consider the team to be extremely sophisticated and experienced in all aspects of the practice area.

 

FINANCE

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: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett boasts a market-leading Latin American capital markets practice alongside a strong banking and finance offering. The firm is frequently called upon by major players in the region to advise on a variety of corporate finance mandates, with recent work highlights including assisting a group of financial institutions, acting as the deal managers, with General Shopping's offer to exchange subordinated unsecured notes for senior secured notes and equity. The firm's abilities in Latin America are bolstered by its on-the-ground presence in São Paulo, with clients also singling out the team for its broad regional knowledge, specifically pointing out the lawyers' experience in Argentina, Chile and Peru, alongside Brazil.

 

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer boasts an impressive international arbitration practice with a stellar track record acting on cases in Latin America. The team has particular expertise in Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia, regularly defending industry giants in investor-state disputes. Clients often hail from industries such as construction and telecommunications, with oil and gas being a further area of specialisation. This is demonstrated by the firm’s involvement representing ConocoPhillips in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against Venezuela as a result of Venezuela's expropriation of three high-value oil investments. Clients consider the team's proactive and creative approach when handling matters and the lawyers' business acumen to be among the firm's key strengths.

 

PROJECTS

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

Winner: Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance is an internationally revered firm boasting a long-standing history within Latin American markets as well as an on-the-ground presence in São Paulo. The firm particularly stands out for its projects practice, hosting a deep bench of practitioners with considerable expertise in complex financings, including assisting Metro de Lima Línea 2 and a consortium of sponsors on a multi-source project financing for the development of the Lima metro system involving a USD1.15 billion bond financing and a USD800 million structured financing. Peers highlight the firm’s strength in this area and its involvement in sophisticated transactions, with clients asserting that the practitioners are tenacious negotiators, as well as being solution-oriented and highly knowledgeable.

 


LATIN AMERICA LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR


Winner : Galicia Abogados


Galicia Abogados is one of the most sophisticated firms in Latin America. It boasts an enviable track record advising an impressive roster of blue-chip clients on some of the most significant cross-border deals. It counts on a deep bench of experienced practitioners and a high partner to associate ratio. The firm particularly impressed this year with its impressive expansion, incorporating leading tax and dispute resolution departments to complement its potent transactional practice.
Sources single out the firm for its exceptional client service, commercial awareness and integrated structure, commenting: “The lawyers take the protection of their clients’ interests very seriously, though their focus is always not to obstruct the deal, but rather to find a way to get it done.” And:  “They are highly capable from a technical perspective and I have always admired their corporate structure; it is rare to find so many lawyers integrated into a firm.”