Latin America and the Caribbean

A&O Shearman's lawyers have a long track record of working across Latin America and the Caribbean, giving us a rich and nuanced understanding of the region's cultures and business practices.

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Our team is rooted in Latin America and is comprised of bilingual lawyers, many of whom are trained in both civil and common law.

We are committed to covering Latin America across jurisdictions, industries, and legal disciplines, and advise our clients on their most high-profile, groundbreaking and complex transactions, regulatory challenges and disputes.

Our global footprint offers a competitive edge and enables us to service our clients on both outbound and inbound deals. Our Latin America office hubs in São Paulo, New York, and Washington, D.C. are integrated with our global network, including in Amsterdam, Austin, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Deep industry expertise

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling matters in every country in the region and across all sectors, including traditional and renewable energy, mining and metals, finance, and digital infrastructure. 

We offer a full range of services from finance to capital markets (including derivatives, securitizations and structured finance transactions), M&A, restructurings, insolvencies, and disputes. Our international arbitration group is among the strongest in the market and we are renowned for our track record of success in investor-state claims, particularly in the energy sector.

What sets us apart in the region

Broad service offering

Our team acts for local and international financial institutions, private capital and private equity investors, infrastructure funds, project sponsors and developers, sovereigns and state-owned enterprises, regional and multinational financial institutions, and export credit agencies. We offer a full range of services, including project development, finance, capital markets, general corporate transactions, M&A and joint ventures, restructurings, insolvencies, and investigations and disputes.

Strong ties with local firms

Our strong ties on the ground are strengthened by our longstanding relationships with local firms, as we act alongside national firms on all of our cross-border transactions. With more than 250 alumni hailing from the top firms and local companies across the region, we stay connected and in tune with the changing legal and business landscape through our network of trusted peers.

Commitment to outstanding service

Our lawyers are committed to providing our clients with the highest-quality legal services and are regularly recognized by major publications such as Latin Lawyer, LatinFinance, Latinvex, Bonds and Loans and IJGlobal. In addition, we are one of only a few international firms with numerous attorneys recognized and ranked among the top three bands across practices and industries in prestigious legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

Explore our capabilities

We advise our clients from our office in São Paulo and our Latin America hubs in New York and Washington, D.C.

Meet our leads

View the expertise of our regional and country partner leads across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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