MIAMI (March 11, 2016) – Holland & Knight is recommended as one of Latin America's leading law firms worldwide, with noteworthy practices in the U.S., Mexico and Colombia, in the latest edition of Latin Lawyer 250.
Holland & Knight's U.S.-based Latin America Practice is one of only 48 recommended internationally, one of 15 recommended in Colombia and one of 36 recommended in Mexico. The group is noted for its work in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, arbitration, litigation, and white-collar crime and compliance. Several attorneys are acknowledged for their experience with cross-border engagements, including Latin America practice chair Roberto Pupo, Financial Services practice chair, Joe Sirven, and co-chair of the International & Cross Border Transactions group, George Mencio. Holland & Knight attorneys Alberto Hernandez, Maria Currier, Tom Morante, Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, Xavier Ruiz, Fabian Pal, Alejandro Landa, José Antonio Prado, Jose Vicente Zapata, , Stephen Double, Norberto Quintana, Andres Fernandez, Gabriel Caballero, Boris Otto, Guillermo Uribe, Carlos Meza, Adolfo Jimenez, Alex Gonzalez, Jesus Cuza, Marisa Marinelli, Jose Casal, Daniel Jiménez, Gregory Baldwin, Ilene Pabian, Eduardo Ramos, Nancy Hengen, James Hohenstein, Don Zarin and John Brownlee were also singled out for praise.
The guide describes Holland & Knight's investments in Latin America over the last several years as "bearing fruit—there has been a noticeable uptick in banking and finance work, particularly in Peru, and the New York team seems to be working nicely alongside colleagues in Bogota.” The guide goes on to say, "the firm added further depth in Bogota in 2015 by absorbing an IP and antitrust firm, hiring a partner with experience in global natural resource companies and relocating a newly-promoted partner from New York."
Additionally, the guide explains how Holland & Knight’s growth outside of Latin America contributed to the services it can provide to its Latin American clients: "New offices in Houston and Denver are expected to play a key role in the firm's Latin American practice group, which all contributes to its wider north-south strategy for the Americas."
Latin Lawyer's research process includes polling legal practitioners operating in Latin America and canvassing their clients; thousands of visits to law firms and face-to-face interviews in all 18 Latin American countries covered, as well as in the United States, Canada and Europe; and collecting feedback from corporate counsel.
Holland & Knight's Mexico team received accolades for its work in banking and finance, capital markets, energy, labor and litigation, with special mentions for Boris Otto, Alejandro Landa, José Antonio Prado, Guillermo Uribe, Daniel Jiménez and Leslie Palma. The newest member of the team, Antonio Casares, was singled out for his experience on complex M&A deals. The team's leader, Mr. Otto, is a "recognized name in Mexico's broader financial community," according to the guide.
"At the firm's helm is the impressive figure of Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, who cut his teeth establishing one of Colombia's market-leading firms…His own reputation is undoubtedly proving to be an effective recruitment tool within Colombia's fiercely competitive market for talent," according to Latin Lawyer. The guide also acknowledges "the firm's ability to leverage an international network," and portends that "Colombia's larger firms may soon find Holland & Knight a force to be reckoned with."
About Holland & Knight's Latin America Practice Group: Holland & Knight has one of the largest and most diverse Latin American practices among U.S. law firms. The Latin America Practice Group includes more than 125 attorneys with in-depth experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and financing transactions, and business disputes in and involving Latin America in commercial centers throughout the world.
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