Latin America and the Caribbean

Haynes and Boone has one of the largest Latin American/Caribbean practices among the AmLaw 100 law firms, with 60 lawyers serving clients from our Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, New York, London, Washington D.C., and Austin offices. These lawyers are native speakers or fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French and are comfortable working with civil law and international law concepts. The firm is experienced in virtually all Latin American and Caribbean markets. Our lawyers have helped clients navigate and complete some of the most ambitious and challenging projects involving transportation, infrastructure and energy.

Haynes and Boone lawyers are dedicated to providing excellent service to clients, and we have received numerous accolades for our work in Latin America, including:

CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA 2016, Chambers and Partners, 
Leading work in five Latin America and Mexico business law categories: corporate/M&A and energy and natural resources, banking and finance, projects and real estate.

LATIN LAWYER 2015, Law Business Research Ltd, 
Eight practice groups and 17 individual lawyers recognized for their work.
Top four law firms by deal value and top six by deal count for Mexico M&A transactions.

LATINVEX 2015 ranked the firm as a Top 5 law firm in Banking & Finance, Top
10 in Project Finance, and Top 20 doing business in Latin America.

Mexico City Office

Haynes and Boone, SC, the firm’s fully-integrated Mexico City office, was formed in 1994, and includes 30 lawyers and law clerks advising on Mexican law. It employs the same technological resources as the U.S. offices of the firm. The firm is unique in having permanent senior Mexican lawyers based in its U.S. offices and conversely having an American expatriate working in its Mexico City office, thereby providing integrated working teams from both its U.S. and Mexican platforms. In response to the Mexican energy reforms, the firm has increased its energy law capabilities in the Mexico City office, including a partner in the tax and environmental areas, respectively.

The Mexico City office has extensive experience in complex corporate, finance, real estate, energy and mining, competition, environmental, and litigation matters. The firm has also earned “Deal of the Year” recognition for its recent work in Mexican real estate, private equity, and energy arenas, respectively, including Latin Lawyer’s 2015 Corporate Finance Deal of the Year for Blackstone’s US$3.3 billion acquisition of General Electric’s Mexican real estate assets, LatinFinance Magazine’s 2013 M&A Deal of the Year for Afore XXI-Banorte’s US$1.8 billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer, and Project Finance Magazine’s 2012 Project Finance Deal of the Year for Tarahumara Pipeline, S.de R.L. de C.V, in its successful public auction bid to build and operate the US $440 million, 380-kilometer Chihuahua pipeline.

Our Mexico City office has a U.S. trained upstream oil and gas lawyer, as well as a former in-house counsel at a major U.S. airline with deep transportation experience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. All of the lawyers in the Mexico City office are bilingual and many of them have obtained post-graduate degrees in the U.S. and/or worked in the United States with a U.S. law firm (two are licensed to practice in the State of New York and one in the State of Texas). Recently, the firm has been very active in the Mexican oil and gas bid rounds on behalf of foreign clients. The office also has a deep real estate practice experience, having advised U.S., UK, and Spanish hotel groups and private equity groups on a variety of transactions in recent years. The firm has a secondment program whereby its Mexico City associates work on a temporary assignment in the Texas offices, thereby providing additional international experience for its Mexican team.

Brazil Practice Group

Haynes and Boone has extensive experience in advising clients in numerous types of cross-border matters involving Brazil. Some of the firm’s recent experience in Brazil includes extensive work in a corporate restructuring on a post-merger basis, large cross-border loan transactions on behalf of foreign financial institutions and a local power company, hotel development work for a large international chain, and a cross-border investigation of a large Brazilian company. The firm contracts with a Brazilian foreign associate as part of its commitment to the Brazilian market.

Cuba Practice

As part of its Americas Practice Group and in response to recent changes in U.S. foreign policy, Haynes and Boone has also formed a Cuba Team focused on international regulatory, transactional and dispute related areas to help clients with new opportunities related to trade with Cuba. The firm has been very active in the Cuban market since the Obama Administration reforms, particularly in the aviation sector, developing an in-depth knowledge of local Cuban foreign investment issues, including but not limited in the finance and tax areas. Through this recent experience, the firm has developed close relationships with Cuban counsel.

Spanish Practice

The firm also has an active practice advising Spanish companies in their investments and projects in the U.S. and Latin America, particularly Mexico. These clients have been active in the infrastructure, finance, and energy sectors, among others. Recently, the firm represented a Spanish water company in a large investment in the San Antonio, Texas area. The firm works with many of the largest Spanish law firms and at times has Spanish lawyers working on its staff in its U.S. offices.

Latin American Energy

Haynes and Boone has an active Latin American energy practice. In addition to its work in the Mexican market, we have advised Latin American energy companies in Argentina and Colombia, advised an international energy company in the divestiture of its Central American downstream assets, and advised a U.S. investor in acquiring a distressed power company in Honduras through an extensive bid process. The firm has been very active in the Vaca Muerta area in Argentina in non-conventional investments.

Aviation

We have a strong aviation practice focused on Latin America and the Caribbean and over the years have advised American Airlines, US Airways, IATA, Grupo Taca, Cathay Pacific, Sabre and Aerolineas Argentinas, among others, in their important projects throughout the region. The firm has experienced lawyers in this area based in Dallas, Washington D.C., Houston, and Mexico City. Most recently, the firm served as lead international counsel in the post-merger international integration of one of the largest transportation groups in the world, serving markets in more than 50 jurisdictions in every continent. We have been involved in the recent investigations of the Mexican aviation sector part by the Mexican Competition Commission (Cofece) and in the recent liberalization of air service between the U.S. and Cuba on behalf of two international clients. In 2015, the firm was selected in a bid process to serve as IATA’s U.S. and Latin American counsel.

Experience in Other Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean

In addition to its strong Mexican and Brazilian practices, the firm distinguishes itself with a strong presence in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, having worked in more than 30 jurisdictions in the region and through such work has developed a strong network of Latin American law firms. We are also a founding member of the multidisciplinary World Services Group (WSG), which has a strong network of Latin American law firms and other professional service providers, and Techlaw, an international network of law firms with strong technology practices. Haynes and Boone is frequently called upon to advise in complex multi-jurisdictional work in the region and leverages well these relationships (in conjunction with its internal Latin American resources) on behalf of its clients.

Latin American Attorneys on Staff in U.S. Offices

Haynes and Boone has an active foreign associate program for experienced Latin American and Spanish lawyers. The firm has hosted foreign associates from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela to work in its U.S. offices. In addition, we have a regular training program that provides an opportunity for our Mexican lawyers to work in one of our U.S. offices (typically Dallas or Houston) for up to one year. Additionally, we regularly arrange for younger foreign lawyers to study on scholarship with the Center for American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation) in Dallas for an intensive six-week conference. The effect of these collective efforts is a dedicated and extensive international network of Latin American lawyers with whom we collaborate on projects in the region on behalf of our clients and in-depth local knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean market.

Publications

We actively write on important legal developments in the region. For instance, we publish the annual update on South American energy for the Matthew Bender Energy Law and Transaction treatise, and an overview of Latin American aviation developments for Latin Lawyer. A partner at the firm was the editor for English and Spanish versions of Doing Business in Texas, a publication of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, focusing on in-bound considerations for foreign investors investing in Texas and the United States at large.

Leadership Positions in the International Bar

We are active in a variety of leadership positions for the international bar. Three partners in the firm served as Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Two partners served as the chair of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. Partners have also served in leadership roles of the International Bar Association. Recently, one partner successfully led a Texas Supreme Court Task Force which resulted in the unanimous decision by that court to adopt the New York rule in Texas, making Texas more competitive with New York and allowing qualified foreign lawyers with LL.M degrees to sit for the Texas Bar exam.


Recognition

Latinvex

Patricia Mastropierro Named to Latinvex Top 100 Female Latin American Lawyer List

Haynes and Boone Argentine Foreign Associate Patricia Mastropierro has been named one of the Top 100 female lawyers practicing in Latin America by Latinvex, the Miami-based publisher of daily news and weekly analysis on Latin America business.


Published by Latinvex in March, 2016

Aviation

Transportation

Haynes and Boone Advises American Airlines on Historic Service to Cuba

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers advised American Airlines Group in connection with the April commencement of American Eagle flight service, operated by Republic Airlines, from Miami to Camaguey and Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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