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Latin America


Expertise > Regional  > Latin America Practice Areas
Harneys has been active in Latin America for decades but with the opening of our Uruguay office in 2010 and the appointment of a permanent representative in Brazil in 2011, we are in a strong position to serve our growing client base throughout the region.

Overview

We assist Latin America clients who wish to use offshore structures to accomplish their commercial objectives, whether they are inward-facing, outward-facing or domestic in nature. Harneys has been active in Latin America for decades but with the opening of our Uruguay office in 2010 and the appointment of a permanent representative in Brazil in 2011 we are in a strong position to serve our growing client base throughout the region.

Our Montevideo office is staffed by qualified lawyers who are aware of the business environment in which our clients operate and who can be relied upon for sound and reliable service on even the most complex cross border transactions. Our areas of expertise include the setting up of investment funds, trusts and foundations, the structuring of project financing transactions, joint ventures and listings in international capital markets.

Our Latin America practice group comprises partners and senior associates from all of the firm’s major practice areas. Together these lawyers provide unrivalled legal and commercial expertise related to BVI, Cayman, Anguilla and Cyprus law, as well as an understanding of the business environment within which our clients operate.

Recent experience

Harneys has wide ranging experience advising Latin American interests in transactions ranging from fund set up to debt financing. Our client list includes names such as Banco Bradesco, Petrix, Valé, General Electric, Banco de Crédito del Perú, FRAM Capital and Atlantic Security Bank.

  • Advising SAB Miller plc and its subsidiary Bavaria S.A. on Bavaria S.A.'s listing of US$1.325 billion in corporate bond securities on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange in March 2011. The listing was the first of its kind by a Latin American company.
  • Acting as BVI counsel to a private company concentrating on the exploration and development of fertilizer projects in Brazil on the first-ever plan of arrangement under the BVI Business Companies Act.
  • Advising Brazil-based international mining company Valé on a US$1 billion offering of notes by its wholly-owned Cayman Islands subsidiary.
  • Providing Banco de Crédito del Perú with group restructuring advice in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands; and regulatory, compliance and fund set-up advice in the Cayman Islands.
  • Providing Brazil’s Banco Safra, Banco Bradesco, Petrix, and FRAM Capital with Cayman advice related to new investment funds.
  • Advising a major Latin American oil producer on BVI law aspects of a cross-border joint venture valued at over US$3 billion.
  • Providing BVI advice to Estrella, a private oilfields service company with operations in 4 Latin American countries on a range of corporate matters.

Contacts

Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Partner
Cayman Islands
Elkie Rose
Elkie Rose

Associate
Cayman Islands
Adriana  Varela
Adriana Varela

Associate
Montevideo
Horacio Woycik
Horacio Woycik

Consultant
Montevideo
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord

Senior Associate
London
Rodrigo Loureiro
Rodrigo Loureiro

Associate
Sao Paulo
Maria Pia Buchi
Maria Pia Buchi

Consultant
Sao Paulo
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