Latin America

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.

Client Service

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 experience in the following areas:

  • Private Equity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Finance
  • Energy
  • Compliance Investigations & Enforcement
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Litigation
  • Asset Management
  • Tax

Recent Matters in Latin America*

  • Represented Vilmorin & Cie, one of the world’s leading seed companies, in its acquisition of two independent South American seed companies, Sursem (Argentina) and Geneze (Brazil) from Pampa Capital
  • Represented Zurich Insurance Group in its acquisition of the individual and group life insurance businesses and the long-term savings operations of EuroAmerica in Chile
  • Represented Zurich Insurance Group in its agreement to acquire 19 travel assistance providers in Latin America, including Brazil, positioning its Cover-More Group as the leader in global travel insurance and assistance in the region
  • Represented Weener Plastics Group, a leading manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging products for consumer goods companies, and 3i being invested in Weener, in Weener’s acquisition of Proenfar, a Colombia-based manufacturer of pharmaceutical and cosmetics plastic packaging solutions for the Latin American market
  • Represented Zurich Insurance Group in the acquisition of Australian insurer QBE in Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, for $409 million
  • Represented Assurant, Inc., a premier global provider of risk management solutions, in its $2.5 billion deal to acquire The Warranty Group, a leading global provider of protection plans and related programs; the transaction included operations in Brazil and Mexico
  • Represented Insight Venture Partners in its investment in Bionexo, a Brazil-based electronic business community for the health care industry in Latin America and Europe
  • Represented global shipping group CMA CGM in its acquisition of Mercosul Line from Maersk Line
  • Represent CMA-CGM and its subsidiary Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited on all aspects of the Kingston Container Terminal extension project in Jamaica, from the negotiation of the concession agreement to the closing of the financing made available by Development Financial Institutions (IDB, DEG and Proparco) and commercial banks under an A-B loan 
  • Represent PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. as the court-appointed monitor and authorized foreign representative of oil and natural gas enterprise involved in the exploration, development, and production of certain oil and natural gas interests, principally in Colombia, and, to a lesser extent, in other jurisdictions including Peru, Brazil, and Belize, Pacific Exploration & Production Corp. in chapter 15 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, resulting in the restructuring of approximately $5.4 billion
  • Represent participants in ongoing investigations regarding corporate governance, establishment of special commissions, investigative structures, and compliance with governmental expectations and requirements
  • Represented Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd in its joint venture with Bradesco Seguros, creating a leading commercial large-risk insurer in Brazil
  • Represented Altos Hornos de México S.A.B. de C.V., a large Mexican steel maker, in its suspension of payments proceeding in Mexican bankruptcy court and in connection with a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Mexican government to address a proposed “Coal Tax” 
  • Represent Yildirim Group in several transactions in Latin America, including the acquisition of coal-mining assets in Colombia and arbitration proceeding against CCX Colombia S.A., part of the EBX Group
  • Represented Zurich Insurance Group’s Brazilian subsidiary Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros S.A. in the negotiation of a distribution agreement with Via Varejo S.A. for the exclusive sale of extended warranty insurance through the Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio branded store networks of Via Varejo, covering almost 1,000 stores 
  • Represented Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in its acquisition of a majority stake in a leading surety company in Colombia, Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas S.A. Confianza
  • Represented Celsia SA, Colombia’s fourth-largest power producer, in its $840 million acquisition of stakes in seven power plants in Panama and Costa Rica from GDF Suez
  • Represent Mexican state-owned oil and gas company Pemex in a FCPA & RICO claim against HP filed in December 2014
  • Represented Insight Venture Partners in its investment in KaBuM!, a Brazil-based e-commerce computer/electronics seller
  • Represented Brazil-based tax and accounting software company Folhamatic Group in its sale to UK-based Sage Group
  • Represented Insight Venture Partners, Hotel Urbano’s major institutional shareholder, in connection with Hotel Urbano’s strategic relationship with and investment from The Priceline Group; Hotel Urbano is one of Brazil's largest and fastest growing online travel companies
  • Advised Maurel & Prom in its $460 million acquisition of Knightsbridge Investment Ltd.’s Colombian and Venezuelan oil and gas assets
  • Represented Insight Venture Partners in its investment in a Brazil-based provider of healthcare management systems
  • Represented Insight Venture Partners and Accel Partners in the investment in Decolar
  • Advise various funds of funds and family offices in LatAm with structures and investments in the U.S.

* Some matters were advised on by Willkie attorneys while at a prior firm.

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