Holland & Knight - Latin America Practice

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Holland & Knight’s Latin America Team regularly counsels clients in cross-border transactions, international trade and taxation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets, venture capital and private equity investments, project finance, real estate, international licensing and franchising, international litigation and arbitration, labor and employment, regulatory advice and government matters.

Our U.S. and international offices – combined with the depth and scale of our practices, regional relationships and global reach – enables Holland & Knight to provide comprehensive and seamless legal services to our clients, regardless of location.



Holland & Knight is well-positioned to address client needs and goals with our full-service representation and value-added services around the globe. We are highly experienced in helping clients in the strategic areas of growth in Latin America, including in financial services, energy, mergers and acquisitions, and transportation and infrastructure.



2023 Legal 500 Latin America

Colombia Practice | Recommended for Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Competition and Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Projects, Public Law and Tax

Mexico Practice | Recommended in Mexico for Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, International Trade and Customs, Projects and Infrastructure, Real Estate, Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT), and Tax

2023 Latin Lawyer 250

Holland & Knight is recognized in Latin America for its “raising its game considerably” with 33 individuals earning mention; Latin America Practice noted for work in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Arbitration, Litigation and Tax

2023 Chambers Latin America 15 attorneys honored as “Latin America’s best advisors” with top rankings in International Counsel: Banking & Finance and Project Finance; Colombia: Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Competition/Antitrust and Energy & Natural Resources: Environment and Tax; Mexico: Tax: Non-Contentious, Banking & Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate/M&A, Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT), Projects and Capital Markets; Cuba: Corporate/ Commercial: International Firms (Up and Coming)

2022 Chambers Global 22 lawyers | Top rankings in 11 practice areas and markets | Among the “world’s leading firms” in Globalwide: Asset Finance, Shipping: Finance and Shipping: Litigation; Latin America-wide: Banking & Finance

2022 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide Recognition in Colombia, Banking & Finance, Project Development, Project Development: Mining, M&A and Capital Markets: Debt | Recognition in Mexico, Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, Project Development, Banking, M&A, Project Finance and Investment Funds

American Lawyer’s 2022 Diversity Scorecard

Ranked No. 1 for Hispanic Partners, top 5 for African American Partners and top 10 for Hispanic Non-Partners

35+ years of representing local and international clients doing business in the region 185+ attorneys fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese with multicultural and multilingual services to help clients succeed 700+ foreign-trained lawyers have worked in our U.S. offices through our renowned Foreign Lawyer Trainee Program
lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in the legal profession, earning accolades for service, responsiveness, results and pro bono

Our mission is to provide seamless, efficient client-centric services over a wide range of industries.

Collaboration across practices and offices, along with highly focused management of matters and cases, enables us to deliver dynamic legal support, regardless of location.




Holland & Knight’s substantial experience in a wide range of business sectors is enhanced by our established working relationships with business and government leaders.

ƒ As innovators in financing structures – that are now considered market role models – we have in-depth knowledge of how to work with country-level officials to analyze, design and draft legislation and regulations that advocates our client’s position in the marketplace.

ƒ We have been a key participant in several first-ever transactions in Latin America, including numerous largescale deals, and are at the forefront of constitutional reforms and new energy laws in Mexico and beyond.


The firm partners with clients to deliver innovative business and legal solutions. Holland & Knight is one of the few U.S.-based firms with full-service offices in Mexico and Colombia, which allow us to play a key role in helping clients achieve their short- and long-term goals.

Recent Notable Deals in the News

ƒ Represented the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) as lender in Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) financing totaling US$8 billion, where ICBC acted as part of a syndicated lenders party. The transaction was divided into a senior unsecured syndicated term loan facility agreement for an amount up to US$2.5 billion and a senior unsecured syndicated revolving credit facility agreement for an amount up to US$5.5 billion. This transaction was recognized as “Syndicated Loan of the Year: Pemex” by LatinFinance’s 2019 Project and Infrastructure Awards.

ƒ Advised Fibra UNO, Mexico’s largest real estate investment trust, in connection with a $1 billion dual tranche (U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos) five-year sustainability-linked revolving credit agreement. The syndicated facility complies with the LSTA’s Sustainability Linked Loan Principles and is the first of its kind for a Mexican borrower like Fibra UNO. This transaction was recognized as “Financing Innovation of the Year: Fibra UNO” by LatinFinance’s 2019 Project and Infrastructure Awards.

ƒ Represented Proyectos Inmobiliarios, developers of Arena Bogotá, the largest arena in Latin America, in the US$10 million sale of the facility to Cárdenas Entertainment and Marketing Group.

ƒ Represented Mitsubishi Union Bank, N.A., and TMF Group, which acted as collateral agents in the US$8.7 billion financing of Engie’s acquisition of TAG, Brazil’s largest gas pipeline company. The transaction was named the“Oil & Gas Financing of the Year” at LatinFinance’s 2019 Project and Infrastructure Awards.

ƒ Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Colombia’s infrastructure development bank, and Banco Davivienda as lenders for the solar project Bosques de los Llanos 1. In the financing of the project, FDN and Banco Davivienda contributed equally toward a senior loan of up to $44.7 billion Colombian pesos.

ƒ Legal advisor under Colombian law for MUFG Bank Ltd. on its US$163.5 million financing for the La Virginia-Nueva Esperanza transmission line project. MUFG acted as coordinating lead arranger, administrative agent, offshore collateral agent and hedge provider on the transaction.


Roberto R. Pupo

Chair, Latin American Practice Group

Miami Partner



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