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Our lawyers are fully immersed in the world in which you operate. Whether you are based in North or South America or expanding your business to another region, we deliver legal expertise to support your commercial ambitions.

Recent years have seen an increase in both the number of foreign companies seeking to grow their business interests in Latin America and the global expansion of Latin American clients around the globe. If you are seeking to invest within the Americas, our teams can guide you through your most challenging legal issues.

Your partner in Latin America 

For clients in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa, the linkage of our offices in five of Latin America’s most dynamic economies – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru –  means your business in Latin America can be supported by a team of local contacts and over 220 lawyers on the ground who speak your language and know the jurisdictions. 

We are one of the few global full-service firms in Latin America that can offer you high quality local expertise in a full range of practice areas and a consistent and highly integrated service across all jurisdictions, working as a one team on cross-border matters. We combine deep sectoral knowledge and experience with expertise in the legal areas such as real estate, project finance, corporate/M&A, tax, administrative, dispute resolution, compliance, environmental and employment law.

We are recognised as leaders in key sectors, including energy, mining, infrastructure, banking and finance, agribusiness, hotels and leisure, life sciences and TMT, among others.

We work with key players that are shaping business in Latin America, including national and multinational industry leaders and government agencies, as well as with key stakeholders in North America. This means we are able to cover your needs across the whole continent. The diverse approach comes from our position as one of the largest law firms worldwide. 

Contact us via our online form or give us a call if you are seeking experienced legal experts to help you successfully grow and expand your business interests in the Americas. If you are interested in our capabilities in Latin America, visit the websites of our firms in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru and follow us on LinkedIn.

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28 September 2020
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve, of­fer­ing new op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nessesIt is now ex­pli­citly aligned with many areas that are in­creas­ing pri­or­it­ies for in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses, such as ESG prin­ciples and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. But in 2020 it faces un­pre­ced­en­ted head­winds, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it.This ma­ter­i­al is the found­a­tion of our new re­ports on BRI, cov­er­ing top­ics such as:The im­pact of Cov­id-19 on BRID­if­fer­ent views of BRI among Chinese and in­ter­na­tion­al par­ti­cipant­s­Joint ven­tures and part­ner­shipsProb­lems ex­per­i­enced in BRI pro­ject­s­Key risks and risk mit­ig­a­tion­BRI dis­pute res­ol­u­tion and ar­bit­ra­tionESG, sus­tain­ab­il­ity and BRI­Belt and Road 2.0The Di­git­al Silk Road  and the Health Silk RoadThe pro­spects for BRI after 2020Our find­ings from China are avail­able now and Asia-Pa­cific will fol­low soon. Re­ports on Cent­ral and East­ern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica will be pub­lished in the com­ing months.me­di­um me­di­um me­di­um me­di­um me­di­um me­di­um 
28 September 2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...
31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
11 September 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Me­di­ation Up­date: the Singa­pore Con­ven­tion in force on 12...
The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation (known as the “Singa­pore Con­ven­tion”) comes in­to force to­mor­row on 12 Septem­ber 2020. The Singa­pore Con­ven­tion...
22 June 2020
The Lat­in Amer­ic­an Gen­er­al Coun­sel
The first CMS Gen­er­al Coun­sel re­port in the Lat­in Amer­ica re­gion ex­plores the de­vel­op­ment of the GC role and how the world in which GCs work im­pacts them
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
April 2019
CMS Soil and Ground­wa­ter Con­tam­in­a­tion Guide
13 August 2020
Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
28 November 2018
Sup­port­ing you with data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity
CMS cap­ab­il­it­ies
13 August 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The start of a sea­son of change: LCIA Up­date
The LCIA has launched its new ar­bit­ra­tion and me­di­ation rules, which come in­to force on 1 Oc­to­ber 2020. This is the first de­vel­op­ment in a peri­od in which we are ex­pect­ing up­dates to ar­bit­ral rules from...
Dec 2017
LatAm quarterly en­ergy up­date
Decem­ber 2017
07 August 2020
Chile tax up­date
Chile has un­der­gone many changes in a very short time. Between so­cial un­rest, a tax re­form and the pan­dem­ic, it is im­port­ant to keep in mind cer­tain reg­u­la­tions that could help your busi­ness, and that...