Sidley has maintained a valued presence in Latin America for over 50 years. We represent major local and multinational companies and financial institutions, private equity and other investment funds, sovereign governments and state-owned enterprises in transactions throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. In the course of these representations, we have developed in-depth knowledge of the key issues that typically present themselves in Latin America transactions and have developed strong relationships with local counsel in each major jurisdiction to work through them.
Our Latin America team is comprised of approximately 40 lawyers firmwide, many of whom are able to conduct business in Spanish or Portuguese, and who spend a significant amount of time working on matters in one or more of the aforementioned jurisdictions.
Many key lawyers on our Latin America team are located in New York City, a key financial center for Latin America, in Houston, Texas, the gateway to cutting-edge trends and developments in the energy sector, and in Washington, D.C., where regulatory regimes impact and help shape global policy.
Our lawyers have assisted clients on a wide variety of legal issues in myriad industries and legal disciplines. Those disciplines include:
- debt and equity transactions
- financial services
- fund formation
- international arbitration
- international trade
- mergers and acquisitions
- private equity
- project finance and infrastructure
We represent clients based throughout Latin America in matters across the region, as well as in the United States, Asia and Europe. Our practice is structured to give our clients unsurpassed access to our lawyers.
Our team draws on the extensive resources of the firm’s international reach, working together seamlessly from Sidley’s offices around the globe and within multiple areas of the firm’s practice.
We are committed to providing high quality legal services and to developing long-lasting relationships with our clients. Sidley is a recommended firm in the International chapter of the 2015 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250. We were named one of the “Latinvex Legal 50 (2014): Latin America’s Top Law Firms”, listed among the leading law firms for Latin America cases at The World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in 2015, the “Top Ten Project Finance Firms” and “Top 15 Arbitration Firms” in 2014 by Latinvex, a publication that focuses on business in Latin America.
Our lawyers have been consistently recognized by Chambers Latin America across many practice areas, including Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Energy and Natural Resources and International Arbitration.
Our team is also recognized by Legal 500 Latin America in the areas of Projects & Energy, Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and International Arbitration. Sources have told that publication:
“Sidley Austin LLP ‘is among the best; it is extraordinary’.”
In 2012, we increased our transactional, regulatory and litigation capabilities in Latin America, particularly in the energy, project development and finance and communications sectors, with the opening of our Houston office.
In 2013, we further expanded our reach into Latin America with the addition of two teams of lawyers in Dallas who focus on litigation and private equity and include several members who are native Spanish speakers and have active practices in Latin America. Latin America is a strategic area for Sidley, so we will continue to look for opportunities to grow and invest in the region.