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    Latin America

    Our Latin American team assists clients throughout the world by providing both outbound and inbound legal and public policy services to and from Latin America. Our structure consists of country desks as well as assistance throughout the more than 30 nations comprising Latin America.

    Inbound services include representing sovereign governments and agencies, as well as private sector clients seeking assistance with the US government, in matters such as trade and tariff policy, immigration, and importation of goods and services. Our outbound representation involves clients seeking opportunities in Latin America. We engage our firm’s  various practice groups, as well as local expertise, to provide our clients with the most comprehensive and coordinated representation possible.

    Our lawyers and policy professionals are proficient in counseling, negotiating, resolving disputes, and preparing and reviewing documents in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

    Why Choose Us

    • More than 60 lawyers in various practice groups around the world, who offer you decades of experience working on behalf of clients in Latin America in areas including corporate/M&A, infrastructure development and finance, banking and finance, dispute resolution, public policy, maritime, life sciences, trade and competition, antitrust, FCPA/UKBA, tax and foreign investment, and restructuring, and immigration.
    • Country desks comprised of lawyers who have intimate knowledge of the local environment and understand the unique aspects of distribution networks, government procedures, employee benefit plans and environmental laws, as well as tax, customs and legal systems. The country desks are Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia/Chile, Peru, Cuba and Panama/Central America. 
    • A full-service legal office in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) that boasts a staff of US-trained and highly qualified lawyers with experience representing financial institutions, energy companies, real estate investors and developers, public-private partnerships, entertainment venues, retail operations and nearly a dozen Major League Baseball teams.
    • Access to our global network. In particular, our Miami, Houston, Washington DC, Madrid and New York offices provide a strong link to Latin America business.
    • Our preeminent Public Policy Practice is consistently recognized as the leading US offering in the areas of public policy, lobbying and the representation of sovereign governments and entities across the region and around the globe.
    • A long history of representing sovereign governments in the region on a variety of matters, including general representation, free trade agreements and various trade acts.

    Arbitration

    Our International Dispute Resolution Group has been ranked by numerous publications as one of the top international arbitration practices in the world. We are counsel in some of the largest investment treaty disputes around the globe, and have recorded two of the top 12 arbitral awards in the world within the last decade.

    We have long-established practice groups throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia immersed in the dispute resolution practices specific to each region. Our award-winning practice sets itself apart by finding innovative and practical solutions and employing strategic techniques, including early case evaluation; screening for appropriate dispute resolution procedures; billing and status-reporting flexibility; and a range of technology tools, combined with professionalism and commercial awareness.

    Our lawyers are highly experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, including:

    • Adjudication
    • Advocacy
    • Arbitration
    • Dispute prevention
    • Expert determination
    • Litigation
    • Mediation

    Banking and Finance

    Our banking and finance experience in the region ranges from advising shareholders in one of the largest deals in the history of the Dominican Republic’s financial sector and acting as local counsel on the issuance of billions of dollars of secured notes, to providing representation of banks in syndicated loan and complex loan restructuring efforts, to offering legal advice on financial issues for the implementation of mobile payments systems in the region.

    We assist multinational clients in the structuring and placement of foreign direct investments in different sectors of the region’s economy and advise them while negotiating, executing and securing international financial transactions, including institutional private lending, asset-based lending, project financing, bond issuances and securitizations. Our lawyers have provided assistance and advice in the drafting, negotiation and execution of syndicated loan agreements, promissory notes and related collateral documents, including various mortgage agreements, bank account pledge agreements, insurance policy assignment agreements, relevant contracts assignment agreements and chattel mortgages over equipment and furniture.

    Corporate

    Our lawyers regularly advise global public and private companies on international mergers and acquisitions, as well as securities law matters in the region. This includes advising multiple companies in spinoff and carve-out transactions of manufacturing and sales operations in Latin America and serving as primary outside securities compliance and governance counsel to several foreign private issuers.

    Our lawyers’ specific capabilities in this area include:

    • Joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions – Structuring and establishing joint ventures, including preparing and negotiating letters of intent, teaming agreements, joint development agreements, partnership agreements and shareholders’ agreements. We have also structured mergers and acquisitions within the Latin American oil and gas industry.
    • Project assessment and due diligence – Performing on-site project due diligence, conducting risk assessments, and preparing and negotiating confidentiality agreements.
    • Bid evaluation and preparation – Analyzing bid requirements, preparing and analyzing bid questions and answers, structuring and negotiating bid bonds, preparing bids and participating in post-bid clarification conferences with government entities.
    • Corporate formalities – Evaluating and implementing Latin American corporate requirements and procedures as well as tax structures. We have experience in structuring and negotiating Latin American consortium and corporate documentation including documentation used in the formation of Latin Americansociedades anónimassociedades de responsabilidad limitada and similar structures. We also have experience in forming project companies and in drafting and legalizing corporate documentation including organizational charters, corporate authorizations and powers of attorney. In addition, we are familiar with international notarization and legalization procedures.

    Energy

    We have exceptional experience providing legal services in connection with energy-related matters in Latin America. Our energy lawyers have worked extensively in the region, and many are capable of counseling, negotiating, drafting and providing other legal services in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Our energy lawyers have worked on projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

    Throughout Latin America, we have represented developers and contractors in all aspects of the development and financing of energy projects including power plants, pipelines, processing facilities and transmission lines. We have also represented a variety of major investors, financial institutions and other entities in analyzing and responding to public tenders for Latin American energy projects, negotiating concession documentation, and negotiating and preparing the full range of project documentation, including project company contracts, equipment, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements and fuel supply agreements. Our finance experience includes non-recourse and limited-recourse financing, as well as more traditional corporate credit transactions. We have provided corporate, tax and dispute resolution counseling for such projects.

    Government Investigations and White Collar

    Our Government Investigations & White Collar Practice, spanning 47 offices in 20 countries and fluent in more than 20 languages, is familiar with the local customs, courts and regulatory and legislative bodies necessary in a defense against governmental actions. Our team includes litigation and trial lawyers who honed their skills in senior positions with the US Attorney’s Office and the US Departments of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security and Department of the Treasury. We were involved in four of the 10 largest DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and anticorruption investigations, including as monitor of one of the largest FCPA matters in recent history.

    Labor and Employment

    Our Labor & Employment Practice assists numerous multinational and local clients with their business operations in the Dominican Republic and across the Latin American region. We have deep experience providing general legal assistance and advice to clients entering into, interpreting or terminating labor agreements in the Dominican Republic. We also provide pre-litigation assessment and advice to clients, as well as represent them in labor claims usually filed by employees before Dominican courts. Very often, our team is engaged to assist in the hiring or separation of high-level executives and advisers, acting in a discrete and effective manner.

    We have also assisted clients with the transfer and relocation of executives and employees, and have advised them on the sometimes complex cross-border legal issues originating from such decisions. Our team also engages in extensive due diligence processes leading to the merger with or acquisition of companies operating in different sectors or segments of the Dominican economy. Dominican Republic labor laws offer employees considerable termination benefits, so the labor and employment part of the due diligence process is critical.

    Projects

    We have one of the most highly-regarded infrastructure finance legal practices in the world, with more than 60 lawyers who specialize in this area of work. Squire Patton Boggs is ranked among the leading firms in Latin America in IFLR 1000’s Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America for project finance, corporate and dispute resolution. In the area of highways, roads, rail and bridges that form basic transport infrastructure, we have designed and participated in many government-sponsored financings, and are involved in privately financed public sector projects throughout the world. Our work includes advising a consortium to construct an underwater cable system between and among Angola, Brazil, Uruguay, the US and Portugal.

    Public Policy

    Our public policy practitioners are trusted advisers to sovereign governments on how best to advance their objectives in Washington DC, Brussels and beyond. As developing markets mature, so does the demand for legal services from both government and business. The enduring relationships we have formed with government officials in capitals across the region, in Washington DC and around the world enable us to successfully engage on behalf of private businesses operating abroad to help them overcome challenges, whether they involve routine contracts, multibillion dollar infrastructure projects or critically sensitive matters of national security.

    Real Estate and Hospitality

    Our Latin America practitioners in our real estate and hospitality teams assist a wide variety of local and international clients, ranging from high-end tourism development projects, to Major League Baseball teams and the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean. The team regularly assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of complex real estate and related financial documents, comprehensive due diligence processes and cross-border legal issues frequently faced by multinationals in the country. They are also frequently engaged in large mergers and acquisitions to evaluate the associated real estate risks.

    Sanctions

    Our sanctions team is built on our ability to advise on the shifting regulatory framework across the globe. We have extensive experience in advising and representing a wide range of companies and financial institutions in Europe, the US, Latin America and other jurisdictions on export controls and sanctions from a multijurisdictional perspective. Our sanctions team is part of our overall global import and export compliance team, providing a “one-stop” solution to global trade compliance through rapid, professional and tailored advice and compliance tools to fit your business needs and processes.

    Sovereign Advice and Counsel

    We have served as trusted legal and political advisers to more than 100 sovereign governments and entities around the world, with deep experience in Latin America trade, finance and general matters. We also have years of experience helping governments address the numerous congressionally-mandated annual reports from the US Department of State and other federal departments and agencies that contain country-specific reviews, which, if negative, can carry considerable consequences. More broadly, our defense, trade, financial and national security lawyers liaise with the US Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury and Department of the State – as well as the congressional committees of jurisdiction – to address our clients’ foreign policy-related needs and concerns.

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    Our country desks are teamed with lawyers who dedicate their practices to multinational clients and Latin America-based businesses. They have intimate knowledge of the local environment and understand the unique aspects of distribution networks, government procedures, employee benefit plans and environmental laws, as well as tax, customs and legal systems. They also serve to connect Latin American multinational companies to the firm’s worldwide offices. 

    We also have experience and relationships with firms in countries across the region. For opportunities within the region where no country desk is listed, please contact Al Cardenas or Jorge Fernandez.


    More than 60 lawyers around the world who have practiced in the region, represented clients in Latin America matters and worked in business and government positions in the region, form our Latin America Practice. 

    These multilingual lawyers offer decades of experience working on behalf of clients in Latin America in areas including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development and finance, banking, international dispute resolution, public policy, maritime, life sciences, international trade, competition-antitrust, FCPA/UKBA, tax and foreign investment, restructuring and insolvency, and immigration.

    The team is led by an executive committee, including:



    • Recognized as one of the top 50 international law firms in Latin America by Latinvex 2015.
    • The Santo Domingo office was recommended as a Top Tier Firm for its Dominican Republic Corporate and Finance Practice by The Legal 500 2015. The publication also recommended the Santo Domingo office for Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Tourism. Alejandro Peña-Prieto was listed as a Leading Lawyer for Corporate and Finance and recommended for Real Estate and Tourism. Other recommended lawyers from the office were Awilda Alcántara for Corporate and Finance; Pedro Gamundi for Corporate and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Tourism; and Rhina Martínez Brea for Corporate and Finance and Real Estate and Tourism.
    • IFLR 2015 highly ranked the firm in the category of Latin America (international firms): Energy and Infrastructure, with two lawyers named Leading Lawyers in Latin America.
    • The Los Ramones Pipeline Project earned several major recognitions from leading trade publications. Representing long-standing client Pemex, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, we served as lead development counsel on all four portions of the 1,000 km natural gas pipeline project that extends from Texas to central Mexico.
    • The firm was shortlisted by Latin Lawyer for Deal of the Year: M&A regarding its work on the Centro Financiero BHD and Grupo Financiero León merger.
    • Santo Domingo office managing partner Alejandro Peña-Prieto has been named among the leading lawyers in Latin America for the third consecutive year by Latinvex. “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” recognized him in the categories of M&A and Energy.
    • IFLR1000 2015 gave the firm a top practice ranking in the category of Financial and Corporate, with three lawyers recognized as Leading Lawyers in Latin America.
    • We have been ranked among the top international law firms in Latin America in the Latinvex Legal 50 2014. Additionally, the firm ranked #4 among Top Litigation Firms and #14 among the Top Corporate/M&A Firms, as well as in terms of Number of Partners devoted to the Region.
    • The Legal 500 Latin America 2014 guide recognized the Santo Domingo office as a leading corporate and finance law firm in the Dominican Republic. It was ranked as a top tier firm for Corporate & Finance, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Tourism. Four lawyers earned the title Leading Lawyers in Latin America.
    • IFLR 2014 highly ranked the firm in the categories of Energy and Infrastructure: Disputes, Energy and Infrastructure: Corporate and Energy and Infrastructure: Finance. Three lawyers were selected as leading lawyers.
    • Santo Domingo Managing Partner Alejandro Peña-Prieto has been named to leading Latin America business publication Latinvex’s annual list of “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers.”
    • Who’s Who Legal 100 2014 named 30 of our lawyers to its directory, including two lawyers from the Latin America practice.
    • Chambers Global 2014 ranked the regional practice areas of Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A (expert based abroad), and Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources (expert based abroad). The firm was also recognized in Latin America-wide: Arbitration (International). Four lawyers were ranked in the guide.
    • Latin Lawyer 250 2014 named us as one of only four firms, and the only international firm, to be “recommended” in the Dominican Republic.
    • Chambers Latin America 2014 listed three lawyers as leaders in their field and recognized the Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial and Dominican Republic: Labor & Employment practice areas.
    • IFLR 2013 ranked the firm in Corporate, Disputes, and Project Finance. The Santo Domingo office ranked as one of the top five firms in the market. Three lawyers earned the title of Leading Lawyers in Latin America.
    • IFLR1000 2013 recognized three lawyers and the practice area of Dominican Republic: Financial and Corporate.
    • Chambers Global 2013 ranked three lawyers and three practice areas: Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A (Experts Based Abroad), and Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources (Experts Based Abroad).
    • Chambers Latin America 2013 ranked three lawyers and two practice areas: Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial and Dominican Republic: Labor & Employment.
    • Shortlisted as “Dominican Republic Law Firm of the Year” for Chambers Latin America Awards 2013.
    • The Legal 500 Latin America 2012 recommended the firm in the following practice areas: Dominican Republic: Corporate and Finance, Dominican Republic: Dispute Resolution; and Dominican Republic: Real Estate and Tourism.
    • Squire Patton Boggs was recognized as an international firm region-wide and our office in the Dominican Republic was recognized specifically in the 2012 edition of LatinLawyer 250. The guide also recommends the firm’s independent network firms in Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. 11 lawyers are named in the guide.
    • IFLR 2012 recommended the firm in the Financial and Corporate category for the Dominican Republic, and recognized two lawyers.
    • Chambers Global 2012 ranked two lawyers and the practice areas of Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial and Dominican Republic: Labor & Employment.
    • Chambers Latin America 2012 ranked two lawyers and the practice areas of Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial and Dominican Republic: Labor & Employment.
    • Recognized as an international firm regionwide along with its office in Santo Domingo in the Latin Lawyer 250 2011. Nine individual lawyers were named in the guide.
    • Chambers Global 2011 ranked three lawyers and three practice areas, including Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial, Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial: Real Estate, and Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources.
    • Chambers Latin America 2011 recognized the firm in seven practice areas: Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial; Dominican Republic: Real Estate & Tourism; Venezuela: Competition/Antitrust; Venezuela: Corporate/M&A; Venezuela: Dispute Resolution; Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources: and Venezuela: Labor & Employment, with 10 lawyers highly recommended.
    • Recognized as an international firm region-wide along with its offices in Santo Domingo and Venezuela in the Latin Lawyer 250 2010, with 15 individual lawyers named in the guide.
    • Chambers Global 2010 ranked the following practice areas: Dominican Republic: General Business Law, Venezuela: Banking & Finance, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A, Venezuela: Dispute Resolution, and Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources, with eight lawyers individually recognized.
    • IFLR1000 2010 ranked the following practice areas: Dominican Republic: Financial and Corporate, Venezuela: Banking and Capital Markets, Venezuela: Mergers and acquisitions, and Venezuela: Project Finance, and four lawyers. 
    • Chambers Latin America 2010 highly recommended eight practice areas and 14 lawyers. The practice areas ranked were Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial; Dominican Republic: Real Estate & Tourism; Venezuela: Banking & Finance; Venezuela: Competition/Antitrust; Venezuela: Corporate/M&A; Venezuela: Dispute Resolution; Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources; and Venezuela: Labor & Employment.
    • PLC Which Lawyer? 2009 named us among its Global 50 and ranked as follows in individual areas: Venezuela: Recommended in Corporate/M&A and Energy; Recognized in Competition/Antitrust, with two lawyers were named to the guide.
    • Latin Lawyer 250 2009 ranked the firm’s offices in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela and recognized nine lawyers.
    • Chambers Global 2009 recognized four practice areas and seven lawyers, including Dominican Republic: General Business Law, Venezuela: Banking & Finance, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A, and Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources.