Proskauer’s New York-based Latin America practice was already well known when we established our São Paulo office in 2007. We felt it was important to be on the ground in order to offer the best possible service to clients based or doing business in Brazil.
Our São Paulo office is closely integrated with our Latin America practice, which represents a wide array of global companies and financial institutions doing business in the region. The practice has earned us a reputation as a go-to firm for corporate work, including banking and finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure/project finance.
Chambers Latin America has called us "a spectacular and reliable presence" and cited client praise for our "excellent team," and ranked us as a leading firm in the capital markets, bank finance, M&A and project finance categories.
Indeed, while many U.S. and UK firms boast of their Latin America capabilities, few can rival our talent and experience. The former head of Linklaters's São Paulo office joined us in 2009, bringing significant experience in international finance matters, including capital markets, bank finance and structured finance. He also had developed a loyal clientele that included the leading Latin American financial institutions. We now provide both U.S. and UK legal services with a fully bilingual team of two partners and three other lawyers.
This depth of experience and commitment to the region is what distinguishes us from our competitors.
Our transactional lawyers work with issuers and underwriters in securities offerings such as bond offerings, equity offerings and securitizations. We also represent many of the leading Latin American lenders and borrowers in a wide array of finance transactions, including syndicated loans, trade finance loans and other structured finance transactions.
We also are experienced in the development and financing of infrastructure projects such as ports, airports, drill ships and oil platforms. We represent lenders, project companies and sponsors in these transactions.
We advise U.S. and Latin American acquirors and targets in the purchase and sale of businesses and assets in Latin America, the U.S. and other geographies. In addition, we assist with fund formation in a variety of ways, including tax, regulatory, corporate structuring and day-to-day advisory services.
Our clients in Brazil include leading lenders such as Banco Itaú-BBA, Banco Votorantim, WestLB and Banco Santander, and prominent corporate groups such as the Votorantim Group, CSN, the Abril Group, TV Band and Cia. Hering.