Latin America

Among emerging global markets, Latin America in particular has experienced tremendous economic growth in recent years. A number of factors, including a rise in commodities prices, high demand for natural resources, and improved leadership in the region, have helped to create a burgeoning middle class and unprecedented wealth and stability throughout Latin America.

Dechert is a global specialist law firm with the expertise, reach and resources to provide top-ranked, world-class arbitration, transactional, financial and litigation services throughout this attractive emerging market.

An Innovative Approach

Global firms seeking to provide cross-border advisory services to either local or international clients involving Latin America often face intense difficulties from the complex maze of regulation that was developed long before the internationalization of global capital markets.

We at Dechert are known for our out-of-the-box thinking. In 2013, the Financial Times named Dechert a Top U.S. Innovative Law Firm, citing our work as lead counsel to the Ad Hoc Group of Vitro Noteholders in connection with the highly contentious cross-border restructuring of approximately US$1.6 billion in defaulted senior notes issued by Mexico’s largest glass manufacturer.

An Established Practice

For more than three decades, Dechert’s Latin America practice has advised on complex matters and structured transactions involving Latin America. Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 Latin America ranked us among the top law firms for international arbitration in Latin America in 2015. We were also recommended for corporate and mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 Latin America.

Dechert’s diverse, multijurisdictional team of experienced lawyers is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Our regional expertise with the complexities of individual markets and business, together with our top-ranked transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution practices throughout Latin America, help clients achieve their strategic objectives wherever they do business.

Dechert’s Foreign Lawyer Program

Our international network is further bolstered by the firm’s Foreign Lawyer Program, where lawyers from relationship firms are seconded to Dechert and vice versa. To support Dechert’s growing Latin America practice, we host foreign lawyers from leading law firms in Latin America.

Areas of Focus

International Arbitration

Dechert has one of the most prominent international arbitration groups in the world. We have built a strong reputation for handling high-stakes, multi-billion dollar commercial and investment disputes in Latin America as reflected by the multi-national companies, states and state entities that have entrusted us to act on their behalf.

Our team handles a broad range of arbitration-related work and has the capacity to manage cases exclusively in Spanish and/or Portuguese. We have experience in virtually all major arbitration rules and proceedings involving factually and technically complex disputes, governing laws and venues. Our deep industry experience includes the construction, oil and gas, mining and telecommunications sectors.

Antitrust/Competition

Dechert defends international companies against sensitive cartel and criminal investigations, resolves government antitrust investigations, and structures and secures government agency review of proposed mergers under the antitrust laws of the United States, the European Union, China and other jurisdictions. We frequently work with local counsel in South America to secure merger clearances in Brazil and in other South American countries.

Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring and Reorganization

Dechert’s cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring work in Latin America has been shortlisted for awards by Latin Lawyer, IFLR and the Financial Times. We represent distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders and creditors in every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle. We focus on achieving our clients’ financial and business goals in the most expedient manner possible, including advocating relentlessly on their behalf when necessary.

Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Dechert’s corporate finance lawyers deliver technical securities expertise combined with practical commercial judgment and knowledge of local markets. We represent foreign issuers, sovereign and quasi sovereign entities, underwriters and others in equity and debt offerings involving Latin America, and advise on a full range of corporate finance transactions originating in the region.

We handle a broad range of products, including American Depositary Receipts, Brazilian Depositary Receipts, common and preferred stock and catastrophe bonds, and counsel Latin American issuers on ongoing disclosure obligations under the U.S. federal securities law and corporate governance matters.

Financial Services and Investment Management

We have provided comprehensive legal services to Latin America’s financial services sector for decades, beginning with our advising on the formation, registration and initial public offering of The Mexico Fund, Inc. in 1981 and the organization and registration of the fund’s advisor, Impulsora del Fondo México. Dechert offers a broad range of transactional and regulatory services to U.S. and Latin American banks, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions.

International Litigation 

Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debtholders, hedge funds and other financial institutions rely on our international litigators to help resolve their most intractable commercial disputes, many of which span multiple jurisdictions, cultures and legal systems. We handle matters before courts, administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies, and employ alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for clients who wish to avoid the costs and publicity associated with litigation.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We represent buyers, sellers and advisers in planning, negotiating and executing cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving Latin America. Our lawyers advise Latin American companies seeking to establish or expand their global footprint outside the region, and we maintain a network of relationships with trusted local law firms to provide our clients with the representation that best meets the scope and complexity of their legal needs.

Private Equity

Dechert handles every phase of the investment lifecycle. We form funds for private equity sponsors and institutional investors and help raise capital, structure investments for private equity funds and represent the portfolio companies of our clients in a variety of transactions and financings.

International Trade

Dechert advises clients across industries and jurisdictions on a wide range of international trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, anti-corruption, customs procedures, trade defense measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment.