Over the past decade, Latin America has experienced tremendous growth, which has led to expanded opportunities in a wide range of industries — from energy, mining and infrastructure to telecommunications, transportation, real estate and hospitality.
Gowling WLG’s multidisciplinary legal team holds an in-depth understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges in the region. We take a practical, results-driven approach to advising Canadian and international clients investing in Latin America — as well as Latin American companies investing in Canada, the UK and beyond.
Local knowledge & expertise
With Spanish and Portuguese-speaking professionals who are qualified to practise civil law in Latin America, we work closely with our clients and local law firms across the region to ensure legal matters are handled seamlessly. Our unparalleled knowledge of Latin America's financial markets, industry sectors, legal system, business environments and cultural traditions enables us to tailor our services to meet the specific needs of our clients doing business in Latin America.
The strength and depth of our team has allowed us to develop strong relationships with Latin American business leaders, preeminent local law firms and legal professionals, governments, and institutional organisations. Through our offices in the major financial centres of Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Singapore and Beijing, we’re directly connected to key international markets. This gives us access to primary sources of financing for foreign investors looking to invest in Latin America — and for Latin American clients investing abroad.
Dedicated Cuba team
Gowling WLG launched a dedicated Cuba initiative in response to the economic growth and commercial activity projected to take place in Cuba over the next several years. Drawing on the collective expertise of numerous professionals — including an on-the-ground consultant in Havana — our Cuba team is focused on helping international clients pursue business and investment opportunities and strategically position themselves in the emerging Cuban market. (Gowling WLG delivers strategic advisory services in Cuba through Gowling WLG Consulting Inc.)
Energy & infrastructure leadership
Having played a leading role in some of the most significant international energy and infrastructure transactions and litigation in recent history, Gowling WLG offers market-leading expertise and deep industry knowledge in the energy (oil and gas, nuclear and renewable) and infrastructure sectors. We represent private and public sector clients across a diverse range of energy-related operations and activities, providing assistance with their development, financing and secured lending transactions.
Our team has also been at the forefront of the renewed international focus on projects, public-private partnerships (P3) and infrastructure growth, and has acted on numerous Latin American matters. As a result, we’re well-equipped to lay a strong foundation for your project — regardless of its size, industry or complexity.
Effective mining solutions
Gowling WLG delivers forward-looking advice and practical solutions to mining and natural resources clients across Latin America. Our expertise covers a full range of business issues, including financings and stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions, exploration and joint ventures, operations and closures, regulatory and compliance issues, off-take, royalty and streaming agreements and transactions, and engineering and service contracts.
Working together with our firm colleagues in aligned practice areas, we also offer integrated, sophisticated counsel in key areas such as project and debt financing, public equity, environmental compliance, intellectual property, and occupational health and safety risk assessment and management.
Business integrity, anti-corruption & international litigation support
Our Canadian White Collar Defence & Investigations Group is a leader in corporate compliance and global anti-corruption rules and legislation, and is frequently called upon to address corrupt practices such as bribery and money laundering. In addition, we provide due diligence for acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and other business arrangements, and advise on the design and implementation of appropriate corporate compliance systems.
Our extensive litigation capabilities also include knowledge and experience in global arbitration and bilateral investment treaties. This expertise can be critical to the resolution of your cross-border commercial disputes — in Latin America and beyond.
To learn more about how we can help you pursue business opportunities in Latin America and beyond, please contact Andrew Witts or France Tenaille.