K&L Gates’ Latin America practice represents clients across diverse industries ranging from energy, infrastructure, real estate, and transportation to mining, retail, telecommunications, and hospitality. We advise multinational companies on entry and exit strategies, corporate and tax structuring, and regulatory matters in Latin America. Our clients include corporations, issuers, foreign investors, lenders, borrowers, underwriters, funds, and governments in nearly 20 Latin American countries.
We are resident in key financial centers and cities around the globe and have strong relationships with government officials, financial institutions, and professional and business community leaders in Latin America. We leverage our business relationships, understanding of the business culture, and global platform to help clients achieve their business objectives.
For Latin American companies with business interests abroad, we assist them in navigating through the evolving business and legal landscape in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Our lawyers have been recognized by Chambers USA, Latin Business Chronicle, Latin Lawyer, and Euromoney, among others, for their cross-border Latin America experience.
Corporate and Transactional: We advise clients on investment, restructuring, and outsourcing opportunities ranging from acquisitions and divestitures to strategic alliances and joint ventures. Projects include factory relocations, outsourcing, power plants, marine terminal facilities, transportation and logistics, and other infrastructure development.
Finance: We have represented lenders and borrowers in financings throughout Latin America, including commercial lending, asset-based lending, structured finance, asset securitization, project finance, trade and commodity finance, and debt restructurings.
Taxation: We advise multinational corporations and investors on tax matters relating to cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, VAT, joint ventures, licensing, cross-border services, cross-border distribution of products, import tariffs, holding company structures, tax treaty planning, and transfer pricing arrangements.
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investment Treaty Disputes: We represent Latin American and multinational clients in litigation and arbitration matters arising out of contractual disputes, expropriations, bank failures, business interruption, and investigations, among others. We also assist clients in utilizing bilateral investment treaty structures to provide greater protections against local expropriation.
Regulatory: We assist both public and privately owned U.S. companies, as well as foreign companies that list securities on U.S. markets, with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) related matters. In the United Kingdom, we assist companies with matters arising under the U.K. Bribery Act. We also advise multinational corporations on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory process at every stage of the product life cycle—from planning and development, to approval and marketing, to enforcement and ongoing compliance.