Morgan Lewis has a vibrant Latin America practice with a number of competitive advantages. Across the region our key practices include energy, telecommunications, project development, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and financial restructuring. We also have strong capabilities in tax, regulatory, investment management, real estate, labor and employment, litigation, and international arbitration, among other areas. Many of our practices are routinely ranked by Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America, Latinvex, Latin Lawyer, and other publications as leading practices in the region.
Our offices in Houston and Miami have deep cultural and business ties to Latin America, and with more than 2,200 legal professionals around the world, our firm’s size allows us to do more work for clients in Latin America across a broader array of areas than many of our competitors. Additionally, our globally recognized practices have attracted a strong network of local counsel in the region that we rely on for advice.
We understand that Latin America is increasingly important to our clients as the region continues to be profoundly transformed by the dramatic rise of the middle class. The effect of this demographic shift on markets is dramatic. Consider the energy sector: While demand growth for electricity in the United States has slowed, demand in Latin America is expected to double between 2010 and 2030, requiring $430 billion in new investment. The telecomm industry tells a similar story, with a number of companies announcing recent investments in Latin America totaling billions of dollars.
From energy, financial services, technology, and infrastructure to consumer and retail, the markets in Latin America for many of our clients provide more opportunity for growth than in the United States. And our clients in the Asia-Pacific region are investing in Latin America for additional reasons, including to secure the natural resources needed to help fuel emerging economies. In all of these situations and more, our team gives clients confidence that their matters will be handled with creative, compelling solutions.
Morgan Lewis has a thriving team dedicated to Brazil, which is both an exciting and daunting market for our clients. Despite a recent economic slowdown, Brazil maintains well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors; has a rapidly expanding middle class; continues to expand its presence in world markets; and is on many experts’ short list of those countries to most affect the 21st century. Our lawyers have worked on a number of leading matters in Brazil, especially in the areas of finance, restructuring, energy, telecoms, investment management, labor and employment, and antitrust. We are consistently sought out in both flourishing and uncertain times.
Our Latin America team has advised clients on business issues related to Cuba for decades. Drawing on our experience, we assist clients with understanding the emerging opportunities and navigating the existing legal and regulatory complexities associated with business activities in Cuba. We are familiar with the history and laws relating to US policy on Cuba, including the long-standing embargo, the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC’s) regulations, the various statutes codifying the Cuba sanctions, and the myriad changes that have taken place since the United States announced in 2014 a historic overhaul in US-Cuba relations.
As the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest source of imports, and with a highly developed manufacturing sector and numerous free-trade agreements, Mexico is important to our clients both in the United States and around the world. Our lawyers have worked on a number of leading matters in Mexico, especially in the areas of finance, restructuring, energy, telecoms, corporate/M&A, investment management, labor and employment, and antitrust.
Our top-tier antitrust and competition practice has a long history in Latin America, particularly in Brazil and Mexico. We have a track record of providing high-quality advice and achieving successful outcomes for clients engaged in a full range of matters, including antitrust investigations, infringement actions (including actions for damages), and merger control.
In Latin America, we advise clients on a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, venture capital, and other public and private equity financings. Our clients include corporations, private equity firms and hedge funds, investment and commercial banks, venture-capital firms, entrepreneurs, and management teams.
Lawyers on our Latin America debt capital markets team are known market leaders who understand the nuances of Latin American business practices, laws, and cultures. Advising clients from offices in New York, Houston, London, and Hartford, we represent all types of market participants in debt securities offerings designed to conform to global standards while accommodating local legal and regulatory requirements.
Our team includes lawyers licensed to practice in Latin American jurisdictions who are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In addition, our clients benefit from our ability to draw upon longstanding collaborative relationships with local legal counsel and key business partners throughout Latin America.
We counsel corporations, sovereign governments, underwriters, and investors on a wide range of debt capital markets transactions, including US Securities and Exchange Commission–registered offerings, Rule 144A offerings, Regulation S offerings, debt private placements, liability management transactions, and restructurings.
Morgan Lewis is frequently ranked among the top law firms in various capital markets league tables. Our team has experience advising clients on the full spectrum of debt capital markets products, including Eurobonds, high-yield notes, convertible and exchangeable bonds, regulatory capital instruments, medium-term note programs, and structured products. We have particular experience with the listing of debt securities on stock exchanges around the world, including on the New York Stock Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, and Irish Stock Exchange, among others.
Morgan Lewis is a leading provider of legal services to the energy industry in Latin America and globally. We provide practical, thoughtful, and informed advice on some of the world’s most complex and significant energy transactions. With more than 100 energy lawyers operating in key energy and financial centers, we advise on project development and finance; mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; capital markets transactions; and regulatory and compliance issues. Our coverage extends across the energy spectrum, from oil and gas to liquefied natural gas, petrochemicals and refining, and conventional and renewable electric power.
Our finance practice in Latin America advises clients on banking and finance transactions, capital markets transactions, private placements, and restructurings. Our clients include banks, funds, insurance companies, development finance institutions, and sovereigns.
Our well-known investment management practice has experience in Latin America. We handle the formation and operation of private investment funds (including international private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and other private investor funds) and represent institutional investors in funds. We also advise funds, investment managers, broker-dealers, corporate finance, and other financial services firms on all aspects of regulation and compliance.
Morgan Lewis has one of the largest intellectual property (IP) practices of any full-service law firm in the world. We provide a range of IP services, including litigation at the district court, International Trade Commission, and appellate levels; patent preparation and prosecution; trademark and copyright counseling and portfolio management; post grant and other administrative proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office; licensing, technology transfer, and other transactions; and addressing IP issues in corporate transactions.
Our telecommunications, media, and technology team is on the cutting edge of the communications field in Latin America and globally. We enjoy an international reputation because we understand the communications industry’s history—from the evolution of this sector throughout the last 40 years to where it is today—as well as where future opportunities and roadblocks may lie. Our team includes lawyers formerly in senior-level positions with government agencies, as well as lawyers with in-house industry experience.
The global reach of our renowned labor and employment practice allows us to provide employment and immigration services to clients from all business sectors on a range of domestic, Latin American, and multijurisdictional projects. We work closely with our partners licensed in Brazil and Mexico, and our network of counsel in Latin America is particularly active in Puerto Rico.
Companies that operate in Latin America face increased anticorruption risk and scrutiny. We bring a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers to advise clients in white collar litigation, government investigations, and compliance matters. From pre- and post-transaction due diligence to compliance counseling and training, we implement mechanisms designed to reduce the risk of corrupt activity and the enforcement actions and consequences that may flow from them.