Winston & Strawn’s deep experience representing companies and other entities across Latin America and the Caribbean has made the firm a go-to resource for the strategic development of our clients’ businesses and the vigorous protection of their interests in the region. With broad command of a diverse range of issues within the region’s key industry sectors, our attorneys advise Fortune 500 companies, government and quasi-governmental entities, financial institutions, private equity and other investors, domestic and international oil and gas exploration and production companies, petrochemical companies, refiners and shippers, and a range of commercial and infrastructure developers.
Winston’s corporate attorneys counsel U.S. and international investors, including Latin American investors, on both outbound investments originating in Latin America and inbound investments originating in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere. They structure and document joint ventures, strategic acquisitions/dispositions and spinoffs, and private equity investments and exits. They also advise Latin American issuers and placement agents/initial purchasers in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, as well as Latin American companies, governments and quasi-governmental entities in corporate, structured, and project finance transactions. Our corporate team advises clients in Latin America on some of the most innovative and complex transactions globally.
The firm’s Latin America & Caribbean litigation practice concentrates on commercial disputes involving companies in Latin America and the Caribbean or companies with interests in the region. Our arbitration group is known for its involvement in investor-state cases, often advising private investors, sovereign states, and state-owned entities. They are well versed in proceedings before a number of arbitral panels, including ICSID and the ICC. Winston has decades of experience representing clients in international arbitrations and enforcing awards around the world.
Our Latin America & Caribbean practice, led by Allen Miller, Talbert Navia, and Rodrigo Carvalho includes experienced English-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking lawyers with on-the-ground knowledge, supported by an established network of local counsel, which enables us to provide our clients with seamless, global service.
Winston & Strawn’s São Paulo office reflects the firm’s long-term investment in Brazil and the significant commitment of Winston’s Latin America practice group members to Brazil over many decades. Our fully bilingual São Paulo-based lawyers work with the Latin America team and others through the firm to represent Brazilian and international clients in transactional and disputes matters such as banking and finance, capital markets (including SPACs), corporate, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital (including fund formation), project finance, real estate, restructurings, tax, securities, antitrust, compliance, dispute resolution, environmental, exchange control, FCPA, international arbitration, labor, maritime, sanctions, and trade.
Winston’s Latin America team members have represented clients in transactions ranging in size from US$30 billion to smaller venture capital and other investments. We have been early innovators in adapting international deal structures to local Brazilian legal and regulatory requirements. Lawyers in our Latin America group have been involved in over 200 M&A, capital markets and finance transactions involving Brazilian companies. Our disputes practice has represented international clients before most of the major international arbitration tribunals and U.S. courts.
Our practice covers multiple sectors and industries including financial services (including disruptive technologies), energy (conventional and non-conventional), natural resources, telecommunications, media and technology, infrastructure, real estate, consumer products, aviation, and retail. As a result of our long-standing work in Brazil and the rest of the region, we have an in-depth knowledge of the region’s legal, cultural, political, regulatory, and commercial frameworks.Our lawyers offer a very entrepreneurial approach to the law by providing practical, innovative, and solutions-oriented advice, to help clients achieve their business objectives. Many of our lawyers have come from the client side, enabling us to provide efficient, effective and high-quality support that meets the structuring, negotiation, and implementation needs of our clients’ strategic projects.