International firms in Latin America - Guide to Law Firms 2016 (The Legal 500 Latin America 2016)

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Carlos Carpio is a leading industry figure and combines his public law expertise to advise on mega-projects with significant public impact, such as representing Inversiones La Maddalena on the development of a cruise terminal in Miraflores, Lima. Clients highlight the team's knowledge, focused application on each individual case and ' its capacity to understand and anticipate the counterparty '. Its ' very good team ' is strongly appreciated by clients, with one declaring it ' the best law firm I have worked with in years '.

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Practice head Rossana Natteri and her team provide a ' boutique service ' with ' quick solutions '; described as ' supportive and efficient ' and ' knowledgeable about their area', the group is praised for ' solving any obstacle ethically '. Associates Alberto Meneses and Paloma Hoyos are also consistently singled-out. Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International delivers a ' combination of commitment, professionalism and reputation' to developers, funds, lenders and public and private companies.

Banking and finance partner Marco Alarcon heads the real estate practice, demonstrating ' technical knowledge, expertise and attention to detail '. The team stands out for its ' comprehensive view of the situation under analysis ', ' experience in negotiations and contractual aspects ' and ' attention to detail '.

Arbe Abogados has a small practice group with notable clients including Illusione Constructora e Inmobiliaria and Inmobiliaria Pionero Dos. It advises on all aspects of land sales and purchase, development joint ventures, construction and management, procurement and the legal, planning and tax aspects of urban and rural projects. New to the ranking, the practice at De Bracamonte - Haaker - Castellares focuses primarily on construction, land and property transactions, and real estate funding. Topics included incoming investments - the opportunities for global businesses; legal developments and challenges; why ship finance is still important.

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Recognising in-house innovation, quality and excellence, the GC Powerlist: Latin America identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in South and Central America. The Legal Meet the team How can my law firm get involved? Real estate 1. Leading individuals 1.

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Breakfast Meeting — Developments in Panama: how they impact you doing business Topics included incoming investments - the opportunities for global businesses; legal developments and challenges; why ship finance is still important. GC Magazine Allocating risk through innovation in a connected world Richard Nohe, BT general counsel for the Americas, gives a call to action to his fellow GCs to embrace and proactively manage risk for their clients. The firm does not handle a high volume of matters, but does have a tradition of engagements in the biggest and most complex projects, particularly in the mining sector.

It is known for its sponsor-side representation. John Estes provides further financing expertise for mining sector clients. CMS continues to underscore its outstanding credentials in power, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure. Having brought in three new associate members from the Andean region into the firm's network in , Mexico City firm CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow became a full member in It has also attracted a series of lateral hires into its associate and full member network, which includes its original Latin America office in Rio de Janeiro.

The firm has achieved particular prominence in engagements linked to Mexico's energy sector reforms brought in by the previous administration and changes to Colombia's offshore oil-and-gas regime. Ted Rhodes is the managing partner of the Rio office and has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure projects.

It continues to make an impression in both power, including renewables, and in infrastructure. New York-based global co-chair of the energy practice Robert Gruendel is noted for project development in the oil-and-gas sector. Miami's John Murphy has a healthy record in project and infrastructure finance, while Washington DC partner Gregory Smith is helping to grow the firm's market share in Latin America project financings driven by agency lenders.

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International comparative guides Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions. Events and Awards. The firm has advised on the financing of a number of 4G toll road projects in Colombia and has a fine record in energy and infrastructure projects in Chile and Peru. Maschietto Maggiore Besseghini www. While their standing remains largely undisputed except perhaps by Baker McKenzie S. The team is representing the investors in a breach of agreement dispute regarding the construction and operation of hydroelectric plants, and continues to act for Huntington Ingalls Industries in its arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela arising from Venezuela's failure to pay for repairs on two Lupo class frigates.

Also in Washington DC, of counsel Amala Nath is rated for development bank and agency lender transactions; she has advised IDB on a series of financings connected to renewable energy and infrastructure projects in multiple Latin American jurisdictions. Mexico City's Marcelo Paramo is recognised for oil-and-gas and electricity transactions. The firm is becoming increasingly active beyond its Chilean beach-head, including in Argentina and Peru, and is expanding its range of projects to minerals such as lithium. The practice also has an leading reputation for greenfield project development work.

It advised Codelco on the build-operate-transfer BOT scheme for a desalination plant to deliver desalinated water to Codelco's existing Radomiro Tomic mine in Chile; this project is expected to set a benchmark for BOT contracting in Chile. The team's ' commercial skills make very complicated transactions to look easy and smooth ' and ' clients feel their interests are well protected '. Edward Dougherty is also highly rated for oil-and-gas transactions and for his Spanish language skills. With its practice group spread across its Washington DC, Houston and Miami offices, the firm has been able to target multiple industries and jurisdictions.

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It also has a niche in telecoms and cable infrastructure, along with particular experience in PPP projects for Spanish sponsors. The practice advised IDB and IDB Invest on a loan from FDN to support their financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia spanning transportation including its 4G roads programme , energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure.

The team is ' deeply involved in transactions ', has ' a practical aproach to resolving legal and commercial issues ', and its ' combination of knowledge, availability and negotiations skills make for a unique practice '. In sum, it is ' well-known, reputable and reliable ' with ' a group of professionals that have a wide range of skills '.

Jones Day 's multi-office strategy is paying considerable dividends with its market share of renewable energy projects in Mexico particularly noteworthy, along with strong levels of activity in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Moreover, the firm is building a strong record in representing Chinese investors, developers and lenders.

Recent mandates include advising Chinese solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar, and its project company Solar Park Viborillas, on the development, construction, and senior financing of a MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Mexico; and Banco Santander on a bridge loan to Concesionaria Autopista Silao to finance the construction and equipment of the Silao Toll Road in Mexico. Renewables is another area of strength.

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The firm has close connections to a number of major sponsors and continues to develop its standing among private equity investors. The firm benefits from the ' diverse backgrounds of team members ', which includes ' great transactional lawyers accompanied by regulatory experts ' that are ' outstanding, both in availability and knowledge '. According to one client, ' it was ready, probably like no other US law firm, to undertake and participate in projects coming as a result of Mexico's energy reforms '. Clients also praise the sector experience of the team, highlighting that several members have backgrounds in industry, including as engineers.

Ken Culotta is a seasoned practitioner with a fine record in oil and gas and LNG, having 'been doing deals in Mexico since the s '. Vera De Brito de Gyarfas has also achieved particular prominence in Latin America oil-and-gas and LNG transactions; she is ' an outstanding Latin American lawyer ', ' helps deals go through ', ' is a reference in oil-and-gas projects in the region ', and ' a multi-tasker with ease '.

Linklaters LLP 's coalesence of Latin America expertise is frequently applied to projects and energy transactions, with the firm showing a knack for tapping into especially active markets. With wide-ranging experience ranging from offshore oil and gas to telecoms infrastructure and renewables, the firm deserves recognition for its healthy market share of headline deals.

The firm has advised on the financing of a number of 4G toll road projects in Colombia and has a fine record in energy and infrastructure projects in Chile and Peru. Vijaya Palaniswamy is noted for energy and infrastructure projects in Chile and Michael Bassett has extensive experience in project finance, including in the offshore oil-and-gas sector. Matthew Poulter brings further versatility across multiple areas, including project bonds. Sidley Austin LLP is a big player in the power and oil-and-gas sectors, thanks in part to its burgeoning Houston office, which houses a number of Latin America specialists.

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The core team is noted for upstream oil and gas, LNG and power, with upstream oil and gas work in Mexico and Brazil a particular feature of the practice. Brian Bradshaw and David Asmus are major recent additions to the team and have brought additional and extensive experience in upstream and LNG work. Glenn Pinkerton provides further expertise in renewable energy projects, particuarly in Central America. The team is ' extremely talented ', delivering ' outstanding professionalism ', ' outstanding commitment and responsiveness to clients '.

It has ' a proactive and pro-business approach ' combining this with ' a hard-working mentality ' that 'constantly delivers great results and achieves objectives ' with ' world class solutions tailored to clients' needs '. It has an impressive mix of sponsor and lender relationships and is active throughout the region. Washington DC counsel Jorge Kamine is noted for oil-and-gas and renewables acquisitions and financings in Latin America.

In Mexico, it has achieved prominence in bidding rounds for exploration and production contracts, and in the development of natural gas pipelines and infrastructure to improve the flow of gas from the United States into the country. Downstream projects in Mexico are another growth area.

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In Brazil, it continues to be a force in presalt production sharing contracts. Clients praise the firm for ' identifying key country entry risk ', its ongoing support in post-closing matters, its ' network of professionals ', ' ability to meet almost any timeline, whether that means working overnight, holidays or weekends ', its understanding of how fast industries move, the manner in which ' requests or issues are routed to the correct team member ' and ' the way the team communicates internally '.

Now based in San Francisco, Boyd Carano has a long record in oil-and-gas bids, acquisitions and project development in Mexico and Brazil; he is also an experienced figure in Latin America renewables projects. The team's ' level of service is outstanding ' and it ' is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice '; ' the partners are completely involved ' and 't hey understand extremely well the Latin American market and the complexities that may arise in transactions '.