Latin America Practice

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King & Spalding features an award winning Latin America Practice that provides its clients with an extensive and successful experience in the region, proven regional familiarity, deep knowledge of the civil law system and international law, as well as members born or raised in Latin America, several of whom have practiced in Latin American jurisdictions and who have extensive language capabilities.

Our lawyers represent clients in complex, large mergers, acquisitions and divestitures worldwide, including in nearly every country in Latin America.  We help multinational companies to commence business activities in the region, including advising on entry and exit strategies.  Over the years, we have gained unparalleled experience with Fortune 50 companies on day-to-day and cutting-edge corporate, operational and reorganization matters, partnering with our clients for successful results.  We regularly advise clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, retail, mining, oil and gas, electric power, transportation, freight forwarding, logistics, telecommunications and hospitality.

Our lawyers also help multi-national companies with significant transnational disputes related to Latin America.  We have represented multi-national clients in high profile matters pending in or emanating from various Latin American jurisdictions, including Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama.  With more than 50 members, King & Spalding’s International Arbitration group has handled arbitrations under all of the major international arbitration rules, institutional as well as ad hoc.  The group’s experience in Latin America includes arbitrations concerning projects and transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  This experience extends to both commercial and investment arbitration.

We also have a full-service international trade practice with trade attorneys and consultants who have represented clients throughout Latin America and the rest of the world.  We represent both domestic producers (petitioners) and foreign producers (respondents) in trade investigations.  We regularly advise companies and governments in connection with WTO dispute settlement proceedings in Geneva.  We also work with both local and foreign companies in structuring their operations so as to take full advantage of the various regional trade agreements and regulations that might impact operations in the region.  We also regularly advise importers on the requirements of customs laws in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, including NAFTA, CAFTA and Mercosur customs provisions, and we advise exporters on compliance with U.S., U.K., and other EU export licensing, embargo and trade sanctions regulations.

Selected Achievements

  • Chambers Latin America 2014 ranked King & Spalding as a top-tier firm (Band 1) for international arbitration work for the fifth year in a row

  • Chambers Latin America 2014 recognized King & Spalding in the Latin America-wide projects section

  • Latin Lawyer counts King & Spalding among top Latin American practices for fourteenth year in a row in 2014

  • Latin Lawyer 250 repeatedly selects King & Spalding as one of the leading Latin American practices focusing on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, trade and arbitration

  • Chambers Latin America awarded King & Spalding the 2010 Award for Excellence for international arbitration work in Latin America

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers named King & Spalding one of the leading firms in Texas in the areas of energy, natural resources, and mergers and acquisitions, with special recognition for its Latin American expertise

  • Chambers Global consistently recognizes King & Spalding’s Latin American Practice

  • King & Spalding was the recipient of the Latin American Refinancing Deal of the Year for 2009 by Project Finance

  • Mergermarket ranks King & Spalding among top 10 for South and Central American mergers and acquisitions in 2007-2008

  • Thomson Financial consistently ranks King & Spalding in the top 10 law firms for Latin American mergers and acquisitions

  • Petroleum Economist ranks King & Spalding in the top 10 international law firms with the most knowledge of energy law and transactions in South America

  • American Lawyer ranks King & Spalding as one of the 12 leading firms in the world in international arbitration, with special recognition for Latin American expertise

  • King & Spalding participates in more Chapter 19 NAFTA dispute settlement cases than any other law firm, according to the NAFTA Secretariat Web site

Roberto J Aguirre Luzi 
T: +1 713 276 7412 HOUSTON
R Doak Bishop (Doak) 
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Henry Burnett (Harry) 
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Vera De Brito de Gyarfas 
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Joshua M Kamin (Josh) 
T: +1 404 572 4849 ATLANTA
Craig S Miles 
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Stephen J Orava (Steve) 
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