Willkie provides strategic legal representation and trusted counsel to market-leading public and private companies operating in Latin America. Our attorneys work seamlessly across practices and borders to deliver efficient and effective solutions to complex problems. Working closely with clients, we promote their interests, protect their rights and position them for current success and long-term growth.
Willkie’s collaborative approach to client service is entrepreneurially inspired and client-focused. Clients grow with us over time. They hire us because of our reputation and our experience and then build long-standing allegiances based on results and the collegial process by which they are achieved. Our approach to client service includes:
- A pragmatic approach to the practice of law that puts the client first and forms the basis for longstanding relationships.
- Best-in-class practices that are frequently recognized by peers, clients and independent review publications.
- An attention to successful collaboration that encourages our bright and energetic lawyers to practice law at the highest levels by working together to serve client needs while maintaining high ethical standards and treating others with respect.
- Lawyers who not only possess the legal knowledge and experience to handle any transaction but who also have the ability to communicate effectively with clients throughout Latin America and the rest of the world.
Combining Comprehensive Legal Skills With Industry-Specific Knowledge
Willkie’s international experience—including the representation of U.S. and international corporations and investment banking clients in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures and private equity transactions—is both deep and broad.
Our ability to negotiate and close deals, coupled with significant knowledge of a region’s particular rules and regulations, financial and political regimes, and customs and culture, ensures that clients seeking to conduct cross-border business with Latin America get the maximum benefit from our vast experience.
Areas of Experience
Mergers and Acquisitions
Consistently ranked as a leader in domestic and cross-border M&A and other business combinations, Willkie has deep experience representing key participants in complex transactions.
Willkie is one of the few leading international law firms that has extensive U.S. and international experience in virtually every type of private equity transaction. From early-stage venture capital financings to cross-border, multibillion-dollar leveraged buyouts, we successfully represent all major parties in the transaction.
Capital Markets and Finance
Willkie represents domestic and foreign issuers and financial institutions in the full range of sophisticated capital-raising transactions in U.S. and Latin American markets.
Willkie’s multidisciplinary Energy practice advises market-leading clients operating across the globe—from development-stage firms to established multinational companies and private equity investors—in complex matters involving mining, oil and gas clean tech and alternative sources of energy.
Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement
Willkie’s leading Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement attorneys advise clients across industries that invest and operate businesses in Latin America. We provide counsel on regulatory and legal issues that arise in connection with the coordination of business initiatives in the United States. We also have particular experience in advising on matters relating to international business practices, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, anti-money laundering, export controls, financial reporting, and trade and financial sanctions.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Willkie’s Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group is an interdisciplinary team experienced in all aspects of transactional, regulatory and litigation work. Our Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Group provides top-tier counsel and strategic advice on matters affecting the industry in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, disclosure, governance, structured finance, reinsurance, insurance regulatory, registered products, litigation and tax. Our Insurance Dispute Resolution and Counseling team is unique in that it represents clients in all three segments of insurance coverage disputes – policyholders, insurance brokers and insurance companies.
We represent major manufacturers, financial services companies, accounting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, publishers, and corporate officers and directors in complex commercial litigation. We have extensive experience handling cases that involve multi-jurisdictional claims and U.S. and non-U.S. law (including Latin American) and parties.
Willkie’s preeminent Asset Management Group provides legal services to a wide array of clients in the asset management industry, including privately owned investment advisers, publicly traded asset management firms, broker dealers, insurance companies and banks. We regularly advise asset managers on subjects ranging from operations, to fund formations, to compliance and regulation. We provide insight and knowledge into the legal needs of sponsors of public and private funds alike, allowing us to bring a practical, efficient approach to analyzing issues and solving problems. In Latin America, our practice includes advising funds of funds and family offices on U.S. aspects of fund structuring and investments.
The Tax group at Willkie is an international, multi-disciplinary leader in the field, providing sophisticated tax planning and structuring advice in a practical, timely and efficient manner. Our tax lawyers work closely with our M&A, private equity, insurance transactional, real estate, asset management and business reorganization and restructuring colleagues on complex transactions, both domestic and cross-border, to provide a single package of seamless advice.