Chairman: Paul W Theiss, Chicago
Chicago Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay, London
Total number of lawyers worldwide: More than 1,500
Americas Offices: Brasília,* Rio de Janeiro,* São Paulo*, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC
Asia Offices: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo
Europe Offices: Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris
Middle East Office: Dubai
*In association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados
Mayer Brown is one of the most active international law firms in Latin America and the Caribbean. In December 2009, Mayer Brown formed an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, with offices in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and in 2015, the firm opened an office in Mexico City, signalling its commitment to Mexico’s growing energy market. Mayer Brown offers a range of international law services across the region — principally cross-border M&A and finance (including project finance), debt and equity global capital markets offerings and dollar debt restructuring. The firm also represents clients in cross-border legal disputes and advises major Latin American companies on their US securities law reporting requirements and obligations under Sarbanes-Oxley.
Through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Mayer Brown’s clients also have access to a full-service Brazilian law practice, with special emphasis on infrastructure, the oil and gas sector, securitisation, debt and equity capital markets, tax and litigation. See also the profile for Tauil & Chequer Advogados in the Brazil section of this directory.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Mayer Brown represents banks around the world in the full range of their financing activities, including secured and unsecured financing, acquisition financing, project financing and structured finance transactions. The firm has long been active in representing banks and other financial institutions in financing transactions involving Latin American borrowers.
Projects & Infrastructure:
Mayer Brown’s projects team regularly represents sponsors, investors, developers and financial institutions in project financings throughout Latin America. The firm’s experience includes advising on projects in the power, renewables (including ethanol), oil, gas and pipeline, mining, toll road, marine terminal and airport sectors.
Mayer Brown has wide-ranging capital markets experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. The firm regularly represents issuers, underwriters and placement agents in offerings by Latin American and Caribbean companies of securities in the international capital markets, including high-yield and investment-grade bonds, medium- and short-term notes, bonds collateralised by a diverse range of receivables and equity securities.
Debt Restructuring & Liability Management:
The firm is active in representing companies, creditors and financial advisers in debt restructuring and liability management transactions. As financing conditions in the international capital and bank markets remain uncertain, an increasing number of companies have been required to restructure their debt through consensual negotiations with their creditors.
The lawyers in Mayer Brown’s Latin American corporate/private equity practice represent a broad spectrum of public and private companies, private equity and leveraged buyout firms, special committees, closely held companies, management groups and individuals across the region. The firm also regularly advises regional, national and global investment banks in their roles as financiers or financial advisers in M&A transactions.
Mayer Brown has particular experience in the energy and natural resources sectors, where its team has extensive experience in oil and gas, LNG, power and mining-related transactions across the region. In Mexico, the firm is advising major oil and independent energy companies on the ongoing hydrocarbon bid rounds, oil- and gas-related contracts, renewable and natural gas power projects, infrastructure and financial services.
Mayer Brown regularly assists fund sponsors, advisers and investors in structuring investment funds in Latin America. The firm’s private investment fund practice includes the representation of private funds and their sponsors in connection with fund formations, portfolio investments and transactions, fund administration and regulatory matters.
Tax Planning & Controversy:
Mayer Brown’s tax practice assists clients in minimising the tax burden with respect to Latin American operations and transactions. Mayer Brown often acts as the lead tax adviser on multinational transactions, coordinating tax advice in the countries involved in order to structure transactions in the most advantageous way. It also works with multinational companies to plan, coordinate, implement and defend their transfer-pricing policies in Latin America and elsewhere.
The firm’s Latin America real estate practice draws together lawyers from its real estate, tax, ERISA, corporate and finance groups who have extensive experience in real estate transactions originating in Latin America. Mayer Brown’s experience includes the formation of real estate investment funds, investments in real estate portfolio companies, public offerings by real estate companies and joint ventures with local developers and operators.
International Dispute Resolution:
Mayer Brown represents clients in arbitration matters before most major international arbitral institutions. The firm has extensive experience in cross-border legal disputes and litigation involving multinational parties and has represented companies throughout Latin America with respect to arbitration and litigation matters in the United States.