Latin America

In what Latin Lawyer described as a “coup for Orrick,” in early 2016 we added a team of lawyers in our Houston office with deep experience throughout Latin America. We have a team of more than 30 lawyers across our firm who focus on the region, counseling on corporate, M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions; energy project development and finance; and regulatory compliance, investigations, dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Recognized by Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Latin Lawyer, our team includes lawyers who are fluent in Spanish and English and are admitted to practice in Latin American jurisdictions. We know the region’s civil law system, business practices, and regulatory and political landscapes, which allow us to add value for international clients seeking to grow their presence in Latin America. The team also works with lawyers across more than 25 Orrick offices worldwide to help Latin American clients pursue expansion strategies and obtain capital in the international markets.

We guide clients through complex cross-border matters that are shaping the future of a region ripe for substantial international investment. These have included the acquisition of the Dominican Republic’s largest airport company, advice to sovereign entities, matters arising out of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, and award-winning Mexican electric and renewable power generation transactions.

Our team has handled matters in every Latin American country and works in the region on a daily basis. We have developed a strong network of contacts in the business and government sectors, connecting us with the key professionals in the region. As a result, we have long-standing collaborative relationships with top local law firms in Latin America that complement our strengths and reinforce our ability to counsel clients on the most complex international legal matters.

Our team’s wide-ranging experience includes:

Practices    Industries
Mergers and acquisitions   Oil & Gas
Joint ventures   Power
Private equity   Solar
Banking and finance   Wind
Structured finance   Mining & Minerals
Capital markets   Biofuels
Energy and infrastructure   Manufacturing
Project development and finance   Transportation
Cross-border commercial transactions   Telecommunications
Real estate   Technology
Regulatory and government matters   Pharmaceuticals
Internal and regulatory investigations   Real Estate
International arbitration and dispute resolution                 Food & Beverages
Tax   Retail
  • Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

    Our team offers deep corporate experience for clients in regulated and nonregulated industries. We represent private equity funds in real estate joint ventures throughout Latin America including Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. We have handled numerous acquisitions and restructurings in the energy, mining, telecommunications, transportation and shipping industries. We were awarded Latin Lawyer’s Restructuring Deal of the Year for our representation of the Mexican government in the Satmex bankruptcy. We also act for sovereign entities in Latin America in connection with innovative financing strategies. We have represented international financial institutions in a number of corporate financings in the oil and gas, health care, hospitality, transportation and other sectors in the Caribbean and Latin America that funded corporate expansion, acquisitions, restructurings and working capital.


    We combine a powerful energy practice with deep experience in Latin America. Our experience extends across the electric power, renewable energy, and oil and gas sectors. We have represented oil field service companies in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. We are at the forefront of helping clients understand and capitalize on the abundant opportunities arising out of Mexico’s recent energy reform. Our team has counseled on award-winning transactions, such as the development and financing of a 600 MW generating facility in Mexico, named Latin American Merchant Power Deal of the Year by Project Finance, and the $2 billion bid for a U.S./Mexico pipeline construction. Our renewables work has included wind power generation projects in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

    Litigation, Compliance and International Arbitration

    We help our clients manage risk and compliance in an often challenging political environment. For a Fortune 500 heavy equipment manufacturer, we conducted an internal investigation of a whistleblower allegation that its Mexican subsidiary violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by bribing Mexican officials to help win bids for sales of equipment to a number of government entities. In a recent whistleblower retaliation case, we counseled an international financial institution in connection with Sarbanes-Oxley complaints regarding fraudulent and unlawful activities occurring in a number of Latin American countries. We offer Latin American companies one of the top-ranked U.S. litigation platforms equipped to help resolve all types of commercial disputes.

Client Results




Some of the recognition we have received