Norton Rose Fulbright has created a leadership team for the global law firm’s Latin America practice, appointing partner Willie Wood
(Houston) as its chair. Along with Wood, the Latin America leadership team is comprised of Efren Acosta and Ned Crady (Houston), Andrew Haynes (Rio de Janeiro), Leopoldo Olavarria
(Bogotá), Ramon Andrade (Caracas) and Tom Vita
Norton Rose Fulbright offers a full-service legal practice across Latin America, with more than 180 lawyers working on cross-border and in-country matters. Nearly 100 of these lawyers reside in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá and Caracas offices. In addition, more than 80 lawyers focus on Latin America matters from offices in Houston, New York, Washington, DC, Calgary, Toronto, London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, and Sydney.
Wood, who led his firm’s Latin America practice for nearly 15 years prior to its 2013 combination to become Norton Rose Fulbright, said:
“Latin America is a key region for Norton Rose Fulbright, and we have assembled a robust leadership team to provide strategic direction. We plan to further expand our practice in LatAm to benefit our clients both locally and worldwide.”
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Latin America team includes partners who hold significant leadership roles throughout the firm. The US head of energy & infrastructure, Wood also serves on the firm’s global supervisory board. Acosta leads the Houston office’s corporate, M&A and securities practice. Haynes is the co-head of the Brazil practice. In Latin America, Olavarria leads the energy practice and Andrade oversees the technology and innovation practice.
As one of the largest global teams working on matters involving Latin America, Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients on complex transactions, financings and disputes, while navigating regulatory requirements, in several key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.
In-depth knowledge of the region enables Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers to advise clients on a wide range of cross-border and local matters, including foreign investment, energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, litigation, international arbitration, regulatory compliance, government investigations, insolvency, tax, banking, competition, international trade, FCPA and anti-bribery and corruption.
The 2016 Chambers Global Guide recognized Norton Rose Fulbright for its Latin America work in projects as well as fraud and corporate investigations. The 2016 Chambers Latin America Guide honored the firm for its international arbitration practice. Latin Lawyer placed Norton Rose Fulbright on its “Latin Lawyer 250” list of top international law firms practicing in Latin America. In addition, the Legal 500 Latin America 2015 Guide ranked the firm as a leading firm in international arbitration as well as projects and energy.