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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

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Publications: 23 November 2023

Podcast: Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 - perspectives part 1

The Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 has the potential to transform trade finance by solving a piece of the puzzle that will permit market participants to ditch paper trade documentation and move…

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Publications: 16 March 2023

U.S. sanctions create risks and challenges for Paraguay's business community

In January 2023, the United States imposed sanctions on key figures in the Paraguayan economy. The impact of these sanctions are significant and will directly or indirectly impact most Paraguayan…

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Publications: 07 March 2023

Antitrust in focus - February 2023

This newsletter is a summary of the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Vivian Cao, partner at Allen & Overy Lang Yue, is our editor this month (learn more about…

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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.