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Latin America

Our Latin American practice 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, 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 firms’ 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 & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Public Policy, Maritime, Life Sciences, Trade & Competition, Anti-Trust, FCPA/UKBA, Tax and Foreign Investment, Insolvency & Restructuring, and Immigration.
  • Country Desks of lawyers who have intimate knowledge of the local environment and understand the unique aspects of distribution networks, government procedures, employee benefit plans, environmental laws, and 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 City offices provide a strong link to Latin America business.
  • A preeminent Public Policy Practice 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 the 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 agreement, 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 and 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. We are also 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 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 & White Collar

Our Government Investigations & White Collar resources, spanning 44 offices in 21 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, Homeland Security and 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 & 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, and represent them in labor claims usually filed by the employees before Dominican courts. Very often, our team is engaged to assist in the hiring or separation of high-level executives and advisors, 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 advisors 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 enables us to successfully engage on behalf of private businesses operating abroad to help overcome challenges, whether they involve routine contracts, multibillion dollar infrastructure projects or critically sensitive matters of national security.

Real Estate & Hospitality

Our Latin America practitioners in Real Estate and Hospitality 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 the 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 European, the US, Latin America and other jurisdictions on export control and sanctions from a multijurisdictional perspective. Our sanctions team is part of our overall global Import and Export Compliance practice, 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 advisors 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 experts liaise with the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Treasury and State – and 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, environmental laws, and tax, customs and legal systems. They also serve to connect Latin American multinational companies to services provided outside of Latin America 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 & 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 & Insolvency, and Immigration.

The team is led by an Executive Committee. Members are:



  • Recognized as one of the top 50 international law firms in Latin America by Latinvex, a leading Latin America business publication (2015)
  • The Santo Domingo Office is recommended as a Top Tier Firm for its Dominican Republic Corporate and Finance Practice by Legal 500 for 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 are 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.
  • The IFLR Energy and Infrastructure 2015 guide 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, Squire Patton Boggs served as lead development counsel on all four portions of the 1,000km 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 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 leading business publication. The 2015 list of “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,” recognized him in the categories of M&A and Energy.
  • The 2015 edition of IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate guide gave the firm a top practice ranking in the category of “Financial and Corporate,” with three lawyers recognized as “Leading Lawyers in Latin America.”
  • Squire Patton Boggs has been ranked among the top international law firms in Latin America in the Latinvex 2014 Legal 50 survey. Additionally, the firm ranked #4 among “Top Litigation Firms” and #14 among the “Top Corporate/M&A Firms” as well as in terms off “Number of Partners devoted to the Region.”
  • The Legal 500 Latin America 2014 guide has recognized the Santo Domingo 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 as “Leading Lawyers in Latin America.”
  • The IFLR Energy and Infrastructure 2014 guide 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 “2014 Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,” which recognizes the “leading attorneys from international law firms that are involved in the growing legal business in Latin America.”
  • Miami Partner Barbara Alonso has been named to leading Latin America business publication Latinvex’s list of “2014 Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers,” which recognizes the leading lawyers specializing in Latin America among international law firms.
  • The 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal 100 named 30 Squire Patton Boggs lawyers to its directory, including two lawyers from the Latin America practice.
  • The 2014 edition of Chambers Global 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.
  • The Latin Lawyer 250 2014 named Squire Patton Boggs 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.
  • The IFLR Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America 2013 – A Guide to the Industry’s Leading Law Firms and Lawyers guide, under “International Firms,” 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.”
  • The 2013 edition of IFLR1000 recognized three lawyers and the practice area of Dominican Republic: Financial and Corporate.
  • The 2013 edition of Chambers Global 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.
  • 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.
  • IFLR1000 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.
  • The 2012 edition of Chambers Latin America ranked two lawyers and the practice areas of Dominican Republic: Corporate/Commercial and Dominican Republic: Labor & Employment.
  • Squire Patton Boggs was recognized as an international firm region-wide along with its office in Santo Domingo in the Latin Lawyer 250 2011. 9 individual lawyers were named in the guide.
  • The 2011 edition of Chambers Global 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. 10 lawyers were highly recommended by Chambers.
  • Squire Patton Boggs was recognized as an international firm region-wide along with its offices in Santo Domingo and Venezuela in the Latin Lawyer 250 2010. 15 individual lawyers were named in the guide.
  • The 2010 edition of Chambers Global 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. 8 lawyers were recognized.
  • IFLR1000 2010, the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms, 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. 
  • The 2010 edition of Chambers Latin America, highly recommended 8 practice areas and 14 lawyers. The practice areas ranked are: 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.
  • The 2009 edition of PLC Which Lawyer? named Squire Patton Boggs among its Global 50 and ranked as follows in individual areas: Venezuela: Recommended in Corporate/M&A and Energy; Recognized in Competition/Antitrust. Two lawyers were named to the guide.
  • The 2009 edition of Latin Lawyer 250 ranked the firm’s offices in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela and recognized nine lawyers.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers 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.