Amérique latine

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 about 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.

Our teams are familiar with 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 or assess risk exposure 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.

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 and venture capital   Solar
Banking and finance   Wind
Structured finance   Mining & Minerals
Capital markets   Biofuels
Restructurings   Manufacturing
Energy and infrastructure   Transportation
Project development and finance   Telecommunications
Cross-border commercial transactions   Technology
Real estate   Pharmaceuticals
Regulatory and government matters   Real Estate
Internal and regulatory investigations   Food & Beverages
International arbitration and dispute resolution                 Retail
  • Corporate, M&A and Finance

    Our team offers deep corporate experience for clients in regulated and nonregulated industries. We represent private equity funds in real estate joint ventures throughout the region. We have handled numerous acquisitions and restructurings in the energy, mining, telecommunications, transportation and shipping industries. We have represented international financial institutions in a number of corporate financings, restructurings, and distressed investments 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. 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.


Some of the recognition we have received