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Latin America is a region full of opportunities. Many of its countries are experiencing strong growth through investment from other continents. Eversheds Sutherland’s Latin America Group brings together the experience, skill-sets and contacts you need to succeed in the region – whatever your business strategy.

How can we help you?

Our dedicated team consists of English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking attorneys who have significant experience of doing business in Latin America. We also work closely with highly regarded law firms across the region, to ensure you have locally connected advisers on the ground where you need them. This network, known as the Eversheds Sutherland Latin America Alliance (ESLAA) , gives you access to a full spectrum of legal services, delivered globally across our offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In addition to our global footprint, Eversheds Sutherland offers dedicated Latin America service desks from both the United States and Europe. We can advise you on all aspects of doing business in Latin America, covering both legal and cultural issues through our in-depth knowledge of the area, combined with a global project management approach to help you achieve your commercial objectives.

Areas of strength

With years of experience, our Latin America Group has developed particular strength in the following areas:

Energy and Infrastructure

We have advised on strategic M&A deals to international energy companies investing into the region making us ideally placed to assist you in cross-border financing and project development across a wide range of energy related facilities and infrastructure. We have particular proficiency with infrastructure, oil and gas and renewable energy projects.

Latin America represents some of the most attractive renewable energy markets in the world. There are many opportunities in both greenfield projects and the secondary market, which require global funding and local support. We have published a comparative table comparing the key elements that international developers and investors should consider to understand the opportunities available in Latin America.

International Arbitration

Ranked in the top 14 practices worldwide by the Global Arbitration Review, our Latin America Arbitration Group is comprised of an experienced international team who can provide genuine insight and tailored legal advice on your inbound and outbound matters, and on international arbitrations across Latin America.

We regularly represent companies, financial institutions, and states in major commercial and investment treaty arbitrations internationally as well as both claimant investors and respondent states in disputes arising under multilateral and bilateral investment treaties. We can act for you in international commercial arbitration proceedings across Latin America, with specialization in energy, construction and infrastructure, telecommunications, manufacturing, trading and commodities, and financial services under all major arbitration institutions.

Hospitality and Leisure

We represent hotel and resort developers, owners, operators, lenders and servicers in projects throughout Latin America. Our experience extends to multiple practice areas and enabling us to assist you with a broad array of issues and projects across the hospitality industry.

We regularly negotiate management, franchise, sales and marketing, and other brand-related agreements on behalf of owners, and this experience enables us to anticipate the styles, preferences and requirements of the leading hotel brands. Our attorneys have significant experience in managing the legal and business issues related to branding, including agreements involving brands such as Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, InterContinental, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental. Our services tailored to the hospitality industry also include lending and servicing, joint ventures, construction and development, litigation and dispute resolution, energy and environmental issues.

Timber and Agribusiness

As timber and agribusiness investors expand their investment horizons globally, we are ideally placed in representing international investors and funds in your evaluation and acquisition of timberland and agricultural properties throughout Central and South America.

Our experience in the region includes representing foreign investments by timber investment management organizations (TIMOs) and other clients in acquisitions in various jurisdictions such as Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica and Panama.

Global Compliance and Crisis Management

Our Global Compliance and Crisis Management Team can defend you when facing parallel civil litigation and criminal investigations, multi-district proceedings, putative class actions, congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues.

We work with both with international clients operating in Latin America, as well as Latin America companies making outbound investments and operating globally.