Chair: Theodore V H Mayer
Latin America Practice Offices: Miami, New York, Washington DC
International Offices: Paris, Tokyo, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro***
*** In cooperation with Saud Advogados
Since its founding in 1888, Hughes Hubbard has provided high quality and high value service for its clients in resolving their most challenging and complex legal problems. With clients around the globe and lawyers from over 20 countries who speak more than two dozen languages, Hughes Hubbard has a strong global focus and prominent international practice, including an established and well known Latin America group. In 2016, the firm entered into a cooperation agreement with Saud Advogados, a Brazilian firm. The agreement gives Hughes Hubbard’s clients direct access to local law capabilities in Brazil, and provides Saud Advogados’ Brazilian clients access to a US and global perspective. Hughes Hubbard offers an in-depth understanding of the nuances of Latin America business transactions. Lawyers in the firm’s Latin America practice speak Spanish, Portuguese, or both; many have lived or worked in the region, and have great familiarity with Latin American culture. Hughes Hubbard’s wide range of legal services enables the firm to represent Latin American companies doing business in the United States and around the world, as well as multinational corporations and financial institutions doing business in Latin America.
Hughes Hubbard has been consistently ranked by The American Lawyer as one of the most elite law firms in the US. Additionally, Latin Lawyer 250 routinely selects Hughes Hubbard as a recommended firm. The firm has also either been a winner or a finalist for several Chambers Awards for Excellence including “Excellence in Latin America Corporate & Finance,” “Excellence in International Trade,” and “Excellence in International Arbitration,” which the firm has won twice. Hughes Hubbard’s Latin America practice has acted as lead counsel in a number of transactions named ‘Deals of the Year’ by various publications in recent years. The firm’s $4.35 billion Petrobras financing was named ‘Syndicated Loan of the Year’ by LatinFinance magazine. In addition, the firm’s $900 million Fibria financing was named ‘Trade Finance Deal of the Year’ by LatinFinance.
The firm’s aviation practice is also widely recognised. In the last six years, 12 Hughes Hubbard deals have been selected ‘Deal of the Year’ by Airfinance Journal. Hughes Hubbard was also named 'Americas Law Firm of the Year' for 2017 by Airline Economics magazine. One of the firm’s best-known cross-border practices, international arbitration, also consistently receives awards for being among the world’s best. For four years in a row, it was identified as one of the world’s leading international arbitration law firms in the elite GAR 30. The firm also received the Silver Award from the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards as a top firm in arbitration and the first Legal 500 US Award for ‘International Arbitration Team of the Year.’
Main Areas Of Practice:
Cross-Border Finance & Corporate Transactions:
Hughes Hubbard regularly represents many of the world’s leading financial institutions in complex derivative and financial products transactions and as lead arrangers, administrative agents, collateral agents and participant lenders in a wide variety of cutting-edge, cross-border syndicated and bilateral loan facilities, with particular emphasis on acquisition financings, trade finance transactions, project financings, aircraft lease financings, financial restructurings, and corporate structuring for tax optimisation. The firm also represents borrowers in similar transactions. Hughes Hubbard advises multinational and international corporations in the structuring, negotiating and implementing of crossborder mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, private equity investments, capital markets transactions; and also handles aviation matters, compliance, and other corporate and commercial transactions.
International Arbitration & Litigation:
Hughes Hubbard represents sovereign states and private sector clients in a wide range of international disputes, including international commercial and treaty arbitration, as well as litigation in national courts. The firm’s attorneys have acted as advocates and as arbitrators under the rules of most of the leading institutions and covering a wide range of industries.
The practice assists clients in the entire range of international trade regulatory matters that govern imports, exports, and trade compliance. The group regularly advises clients on US export controls and sanctions, trade remedies, trade agreements (including the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization) and arbitrations conducted under trade agreements, market access, customs, controls on foreign investments, and international government procurement.
FCPA & Anti-Corruption:
Over the last several years Hughes Hubbard anticorruption attorneys conducted investigations in nearly 90 countries — from Latin America to China — and involving a wide range of industries. Attorneys have advised clients from the inside, including as general counsel; served as external compliance and defense counsel; served as government enforcement officials responsible for bringing civil and criminal actions; and represented parties in connection with congressional investigations.