Chairman: George Kahale III
Managing Partners: Joseph D Pizzurro, Matias A Vega
Managing Partner, Mexico: Eloy Barbará de Parres
Managing Partner, Argentina: Luis Ayarragaray
International Offices: New York, Houston, Washington DC, Almaty, Ashgabat, Astana, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Milan, Muscat, Paris, Rome
For nearly two centuries, Curtis has represented Latin American clients as well as foreign clients doing business in the region, helping them achieve successful results in complex transactions and disputes. Curtis operates through its 17 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Central and East Asia. Curtis was one of the first US law firms to establish offices in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, and its Latin America practice group is one of the largest among international law firms. The firm’s clients in the region include governmental entities and private sector companies operating in a range of industries, including oil and gas, metals, water, energy, industrial and consumer products, agriculture and food products, telecommunications, transportation, finance, media and tourism.
Main Areas of Practice:
Curtis assists clients through all stages of the capital-raising process, from advice on registration and listing venues through preparation of offering documentation and negotiation of all key contractual documents. The firm counsels issuers, investment banks, private equity funds and strategic shareholders in multiple jurisdictions.
Curtis represents private and public companies, hedge funds, governments and state-owned companies in a broad range of acquisitions and divestitures. Curtis also counsels clients on joint ventures, strategic alliances, long-term supply contracts and other commercial agreements and associations.
Curtis offers extensive experience in matters relating to the international petroleum and power industries, particularly in the representation of states and national oil companies. The firm’s work in this area includes the structuring, negotiation and drafting of the full range of international petroleum contracts, project finance transactions and international litigation and arbitration. Curtis has been involved in several of the world’s largest energy transactions.
Curtis assists clients in debt and equity finance issues, including structured and asset-backed lending, bilateral and syndicated bank market, and capital markets. Curtis has represented clients in some of the largest project financings worldwide.
Curtis plays a leading role in major project development and finance transactions in the international petroleum and power industries. This work includes the development of new transaction structures, the adaptation of international structures to local legal requirements, and structuring of international bidding processes.
Curtis is ranked as one of the top law firms in the world in the field of international arbitration. The firm handles many of the world’s largest and most significant disputes, and its attorneys are highly experienced in all aspects of international arbitration. Curtis is well-known for acting on behalf of states, state-owned entities and international organisations, both in arbitration proceedings and settlement negotiations.
Curtis represents Latin American clients pursuing business opportunities outside the region. The firm’s US and foreign offices offer the legal support required to help clients achieve their global business goals.
Curtis offers clients sophisticated tax advice in corporate transactions and disputes. The firm represents private investors, international funds and public and private companies, and has developed particular expertise in cross-border tax planning.
Curtis provides clients with practical legal solutions in the areas of global trade, international investment, market access and export control. The firm’s lawyers advise clients on the laws and regulations applicable to the cross-border shipment of goods and services, and have represented both exporters and importers in some of the most significant international trade disputes of the past few decades.
Curtis provides advice on all legal aspects of professional investment management, including the structuring, implementation and ongoing maintenance of investment funds, in particular private equity funds, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds.
Curtis provides counsel in contested matters in courts, arbitration, administrative and appellate forums and corporate internal investigations. The firm represents clients in disputes on contracts, securities, commodities, pharmaceuticals, competition, environment, insurance, intellectual property, real estate and tax. Curtis also has an active white-collar criminal defense and investigations practice.
The firm’s private equity practice group represents management and sponsors. The team has structured and advised on private equity transactions around the world, dealing with numerous regulatory, tax and other issues posed by local and cross-border transactions.
Curtis provides legal advice in connection with a broad range of real property transactions, including transactions involving undeveloped land, office properties, hotels, shopping centers, warehouses, and residential, retail and industrial facilities. Its clients include governments, private and sovereign funds, REITs, corporate lenders, developers, individuals, partnerships and corporate investors.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm represents clients in reorganisations in and out of court, structured financings, distressed trades, asset and stock sales, acquisitions and non-performing loan portfolios. Clients include debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees, lenders and other financial institutions, equity owners and investors, trustees, liquidators and other court-appointed fiduciaries, and governmental agencies.