Latin America is one of the most diverse and exciting regions in which to do business. Central America, South America and the Caribbean islands are home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, as well as areas that face significant political and fiscal challenges. The mix of cultures and languages similarly reflects the highly varied geography, natural resources, and legal and business systems that govern Latin American commerce domestically and across borders.
McGuireWoods has extensive experience advising domestic and foreign clients with interests in Latin America in a broad range of corporate, financial and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures; project finance, syndicated finance, and corporate and commercial lending; and a range of international supply chain agreements such as procurement agreements and distribution agreements. We also represent public- and private-company clients in the negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts, and provide full-spectrum guidance in cross-border sales, tax, real estate and going-private transactions.
We understand that Latin America is not monolithic, and that our guidance must be tailored to the specific political, legislative, business and cultural practices of each country in which we represent clients. We have advised individuals, corporations and institutional investors in dozens of countries across the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and other Caribbean island nations.
We regularly work with experienced local counsel and other advisors to provide seamless guidance that blends the full resources and legal acumen of McGuireWoods with the invaluable insights of domestic practitioners. The ability to communicate directly with clients, government officials and parties on all sides of a transaction is another important benefit of our services. A number of our lawyers are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese; firmwide, our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.
Our capital markets and finance lawyers represent investment banks, syndicated and asset-based lenders, nomads, brokers, sponsors and market entrants on private equity, initial public offerings (IPOs), securities matters, debt finance and credit facilities, and compliance with national and international government regulations and exchange rules. We have advised clients on investments in Latin America involving retail enterprises, manufacturing, hotels and family businesses, as well as Eurobond issuance, property development and carbon credits derived from rain forests.
We have in-depth knowledge in a range of extractive industries, including oil and gas, mining and other natural resources. Our energy team represents governments, utilities and industrial energy consumers in the development, acquisition, sale and financing of natural gas, power-generation and other facilities, marketing and trading of energy commodities, and other issues related to project development, international energy development, environmental law, land use, contract negotiation, taxation and privatization.
McGuireWoods' lawyers offer their regional experience, connections and contacts, as well as the resources of an international law practice. To provide an integrated, cost-efficient full range of legal services to our clients, we work with the assistance of local law firms (where appropriate), including fellow members of global legal networks Lex Mundi and LNI.