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Latin America and the Caribbean

Allen & Overy’s Latin America team combines our strength in project finance, general finance, corporate/M&A, capital markets and international dispute resolution with cultural familiarity and language skills to provide clients with a highly effective service on Latin American and Caribbean transactions and dispute resolution and investigative matters.

The core of our team is based in New York, São Paulo,Washington, D.C. and London and we also draw on the talents of our outstanding group of lawyers in Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Madrid, and several other European and Asian cities. We have many lawyers who are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese as well as lawyers qualified in New York, England and a number of other civil law jurisdictions.

Our practice focuses on finance, including banking, projects, capital markets, derivatives, securitizations and structured finance more generally, as well as corporate matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and insolvencies. We advise our clients on transactions involving a variety of key sectors, including energy, oil and gas, other natural resources, infrastructure and telecommunications (including satellites). On the dispute resolution side, we focus on commercial and foreign investment arbitration as well as complex transnational litigation.

The breadth of our practice reflects the needs of our client base, which includes major financial institutions, sovereigns and regional and multinational corporations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and Asia. Our multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional capability ideally positions us to represent our clients in major cross-border investments and finance transactions in Latin America, as well as in major international disputes involving Latin American parties or that arise from transactions in the region.

Local knowledge

Our in-depth knowledge of the financial markets, different industry sectors and business environments throughout Latin America enables us to tailor our services to meet the needs of our clients and to manage each project swiftly and in a cost-effective manner. When necessary, we work with local law firms across the region. We have developed close relationships with the leading law firms in each country where we do not have our own office and work seamlessly with these law firms. 

Our culture

Allen & Overy operates as a fully integrated firm and our one-firm ethos binds together all our lawyers, offices and practice groups. Allen & Overy’s integrated-team approach has won us a number of awards and continues to be key to our success. Allen & Overy stands by the values of understanding our clients’ businesses, anticipating their needs and working with them to facilitate and guarantee innovative and successful transactions. We take pride in treating every transaction as a top priority and are dedicated to providing clients with outstanding strategic legal advice.


News and insights

Hong Kong

News: 22 December 2022

Allen & Overy advises IDB Invest’s USD115 million financing for Salaverry Terminal modernization in Peru

Allen & Overy (“A&O”) advised IDB Invest (“IDBI”) on a refinancing transaction to provide a USD115m loan to repay existing debt for the modernization of the Salaverry Multipurpose Port Terminal in…

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Publications: 12 January 2022

The UK National Security and Investment Act 2021: the impact on M&A

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape in the UK changed on 4 January 2022 when the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the Act) came fully into force. The following article has been…

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Publications: 08 July 2021

Infrastructure investors eye flexible debt terms in Latin America

Todd Koretzky and Dorina Yessios write in The Banker.

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Climate ESG prudential regulation and risk management

Publications: 05 July 2021

Country and sustainability risk mitigation: a briefing for energy and mining investors

The transition of the global economy to align with the Paris Agreement aims and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is presenting many opportunities for energy and mining investors. However, it is…

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International associates program

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Allen & Overy's international associates program draws on our relationships with leading local law firms and companies throughout the region, allowing selected attorneys to spend ten to twelve months in the New York or Washington, D.C. office as fully integrated members of our team. We typically have at least two, and at times more, international attorneys with us in New York and Washington, D.C. In recent years, our team has included international associates from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.

Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients.