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Latin America & Caribbean

Shearman & Sterling has been a leading international law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than a century and has played an active role in the economic development of the region. We have a dedicated team of partners and associates based in North America, Europe and São Paulo, Brazil, many fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, covering a large number of our clients' practice area needs. Our global platform provides our clients with advice on US, English, German, Italian, French, Hong Kong and international law in connection with Latin American transactions and disputes.

Our intimate knowledge of the local markets, coupled with the broad capabilities of a truly international firm, have made us the law firm of choice for companies, financial institutions, governments, governmental entities and multilateral agencies. Our team of lawyers assists clients throughout the region with their legal needs, with an emphasis on:

Opened in 2004, our São Paulo office is one of the most well-established foreign law presences in Brazil. Our São Paulo lawyers work closely with colleagues around the world to provide our clients with world-class legal services.

The practice is further supported by our Latin America Professional Development Group, a program borne out of our associates' strong professional and personal interests in the region.

“‘It is very clear that this is the area of strength for the firm. We really counted on the help of the team and the lawyers were there 24/7. They were really supportive and they had very good knowledge.’” —Chambers Latin America, 2015

Some of our most recent practice awards and accolades include:

  • Band 1 in Project Development & Finance (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 1 in Banking & Finance (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 2 in Capital Markets (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 2 in Projects and Energy (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 2 in International Arbitration (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 3 in Corporate and M&A (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Band 3 in Fraud & Corporate Investigations (Latin America-wide) —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Shearman & Sterling was awarded the Chambers U.S. International Counsel in Latin America: Finance Award.
  • Local Currency Deal of the Year (Findeter $1.3 Billion Bond deal) —LatinFinance, 2015
  • "It is very clear that this is the area of strength for the firm. We really counted on the help of the team and the lawyers were there 24/7. They were really supportive and they had very good knowledge." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • "The work is impeccable and the lawyers were very patient, flexible and accommodating. They have good business sense, an understanding of the Mexican mentality and are also very familiar with customer issues on behalf of banks or borrowers. I rate them highly." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • "The firm has a very strong capital markets team with great knowledge about all the relevant issues. We enjoyed working with them." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • "The lawyers handle cross-border aspects really well, working with the local lawyers constructively and harmoniously. Their service has been very good, particularly with regards to the political situation." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • "We really enjoyed working with them. The lawyers were very involved and practical, understood our concerns and learnt quickly. The fees were very reasonable." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • "We are satisfied with the work of this firm—it was an excellent performance. We appreciate the experience of the lawyers when handling hard situations. During stressful times they handled it well and transferred that calm to the client." —Chambers Latin America, 2015
  • Tier 1 for International Firms in Brazil —IFLR1000, 2014
  • Tier 1 in Corporate and M&A (Latin America-wide) —Legal 500 Latin America, 2014
  • Tier 1 for International Firms in Projects and Energy, Banking and Finance, and Corporate and M&A —Legal 500 Latin America, 2014
  • Local Currency Deal of the Year (Findeter Global-COP Bond) —LatinFinance, 2014
  • Restructuring of the Year (Lupatech Restructuring) —LatinFinance, 2014
  • Syndicated Loan of the Year (Sigma Alimentos Term Loan) —LatinFinance, 2014
  • Four Partners Named as “Latin America Legal Stars” —Latin Business Chronicle, 2014
  • Named "Law Firm of the Year"—LatinFinance, 2012
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