As home to some of the world’s largest emerging markets and global enterprises, Latin America presents a unique set of legal issues and regulatory challenges to companies and investors in the region. Ropes & Gray attorneys have many years of experience working throughout Latin America and have built strong relationships with a number of local law firms and other service providers in the region. A vast network of colleagues advises clients across industries on their most critical business issues and are familiar managing matters in diverse practice areas including anti-corruption & international risk, government enforcement/white collar, hedge funds, tax, private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions, investment management, private investment funds, special situations, antitrust, and finance.
By the Numbers
- 120+ Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking attorneys
- 400+ anti-corruption matters handled involving Latin American countries
- 45+ Latin America funds reviewed for more than 24 separate investors*
- $3.2 billion in M&A transactions handled in Latin America*
* in the past five years
What We Do
Our anti-corruption and international risk attorneys established the firm’s roots in Latin America and has developed a reputation for successfully guiding our clients through an ever-changing legal landscape, sharpening our expertise in the geographies that cause our clients the greatest concern. In Latin America and the Caribbean, we have handled over 400 anti-corruption matters, including one monitorship, over 82 investigations, 111 compliance matters, and 212 diligence matters in countries and territories such as Anguilla, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Clients in Latin America rely on us to be their trusted partner before and after the commencement of enforcement activity; to conduct sensitive internal investigations; and to provide counsel on risk assessment, prevention and compliance.
With veterans of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, our team offers representation to Latin American clients concerning all antitrust matters, including business arrangements; interactions with suppliers, customers and competitors; and the litigation of patent-antitrust and price-fixing class actions.
Our integrated team assists clients in Latin America across the entire special situations spectrum: distressed asset acquisitions, loan portfolio purchases, structures involving novel debt instruments or challenging refinancings, and deals with corporate crisis as their genesis. Our ability to deliver an integrated service across practice areas and geographies is critical to the needs of investors with the broad investment mandates characteristic of special situations deals.
Ropes & Gray represents clients across all industries in their pursuit of business-critical transactions, and has significant experience in M&A deals for Latin American companies and in leading matters for private equity firms or their portfolio companies investing in Latin America.
Combining significant experience in a wide range of disciplines and industries, our team provides practical, innovative solutions for real estate-based transactions. With a coordinated approach to real estate, private equity, finance, tax, investment and environmental goals, we identify opportunities and manage risk to help clients in Latin America.
Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the special tax and structuring issues of investments—natural resources, leveraged buyouts, hedge funds, co-investment funds, real estate funds and energy/infrastructure—spanning Latin America.
With attorneys fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ropes & Gray has represented clients on matters ranging from transactions to financings to government investigations throughout Latin America. Our experience representing clients in the follow countries, regions and territories includes:
Our recent experience in the region includes:
- Serving as asset manager fund counsel, advising on structuring, documentation drafting, placement, subscription review and tax issues relating to the formation of real estate funds in Latin America.
- Representation of leading fixed-income fund manager in the development of new fund offerings targeted at retail and institutional investors in Brazil.
- Helping Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico (LCPR) obtain an aggregate $715 million of first lien and second lien credit facilities for the refinancing of LCPR’s existing credit facilities. In June of 2015, Ropes & Gray again assisted LCPR in obtaining an aggregate $267.5 million of incremental credit facilities for LCPR’s acquisition of Choice Cable.
- Representing Centerbridge Partners and Monarch Capital in the $1.4 billion sale of Satélites Mexicanos (SatMex), a leading provider of fixed satellite services in Mexico, to Eutelsat Communications, which has operations in Brazil.
- Advising several multinational companies with operations in Latin America with respect to investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC and other foreign regulators into potential violations of FCPA regulations and in the implementation of compliance programs.
- Representing a multinational medical device manufacturer with respect to DOJ and SEC investigations alleging improprieties by the company’s employees in Brazil and Mexico.
- Anti-corruption-related due diligence concerning potential investments throughout Latin America.
- IPO representation, including the arrangement of share-for-share exchanges.
- Pre-transaction due diligence, including policy design and warranties, related to private equity investments in Latin America.
- Representation of current and former senior executives in connection with FCPA investigations involving activities in Latin America; in the case of a Chinese subsidiary of a U.S.-listed cosmetics company facing a DOJ and SEC investigation involving possible FCPA violations in China, the investigation’s scope has broadened to include possible bribes paid by company officials in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
- Chambers Latin America 2019: Ranked Ropes & Gray as a leading international firm in Latin America-wide: Corporate Crime and Investigations.
- Latinvex 2019: Ranked Ropes & Gray among the top international law firms in Latin America. Ropes & Gray made strides in the Latinvex Top Law Firms 2019 ranking 5th for FCPA & Fraud and 14th for Corporate/M&A. Ropes & Gray also received new rankings in the Capital Markets and Real Estate categories.
- Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers 2019: Recognized María González Calvet and Colleen Conry in “FCPA & Fraud.”
- Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2019: Recognized Colleen Conry and Nick Berg in “FCPA & Fraud” and Matt Posthuma in “Capital Markets”
- The Legal 500 Latin America 2018: Ranked Ropes & Gray among the top international firms in the “Corporate and M&A” category.
- The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist U.S. – Mexico 2018: Named Nick Berg and Jim Dowden to the Powerlist.
- Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2018: Matt Posthuma recognized.
- Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers 2018: Colleen Conry recognized.
- Latinvex Latin America’s Rising Legal Stars 2018: Nick Berg recognized.
- Latinvex Latin America’s Top Law Firms 2017: Ranked Ropes & Gray among the top 50 international law firms in Latin America. In addition, R&G was ranked highly in the corporate/M&A subcategory.
- The American Lawyer 2014: Ropes & Gray recognized for “Global M&A Deal of the Year (Latin America/Mexico) for our work on SatMex’s US$1.4 billion sale to Eutelsat Communications.