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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, is a leading international law firm providing a broad range of legal services to clients globally. Curtis operates through its 17 offices in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Central and East Asia. The firm’s international orientation has been a hallmark of its practice for nearly two centuries.

Dedicated to counseling clients involved with some of the most challenging international transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has assisted governments and companies to develop financial structures, infrastructure and energy, and telecommunications in many emerging nations.


Capital markets: Curtis assists clients through all stages of the capital-raising process. The firm counsels issuers, investment banks, private equity funds and strategic shareholders in capital raising in different jurisdictions.

Energy and power: Curtis offers extensive experience in matters relating to the international petroleum and power industries. The firm’s work in this area includes the structuring, negotiation and drafting of the full range of international petroleum contracts, project finance transactions and international litigation and arbitration.

Finance: attorneys handle the full complement of debt and equity finance issues, including structured and asset-backed lending, issuances and placements in the public and private securities markets, the bilateral and syndicated bank market, and other institutional capital markets.

International arbitration: ranked among the top firms globally, Curtis has been retained to handle many of the world’s largest and most significant disputes. Curtis is well known for acting on behalf of states, state-owned entities and international organizations, both in disputes and non-contentious matters.

International investment: Curtis is uniquely positioned to help non-American companies take advantage of the business opportunities presented in the US and other jurisdictions. The firm’s multidisciplinary group of lawyers have backgrounds in commercial transactions, M&A, import/export, IP and tax.

International tax: provides sophisticated tax counsel in high-profile transactions and disputes, with particular expertise in cross-border tax planning.

International trade: Curtis’ top-rated international trade group provides practical solutions to global trade, international investment, market access and export control issues.

Investment management: advises on the structuring, implementation and ongoing maintenance of investment funds.

Litigation: advises on contested matters in courts, administrative and appellate forums, domestic arbitration, and corporate internal investigations. The firm also has an active white-collar crime practice.

M&A and private equity: represents private and public companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, governments and state-owned companies in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions.

Project finance and infrastructure development: active in major project finance transactions in the international petroleum and power industries.

Real estate: advises on virtually every type of real property. Clients include governments, private and sovereign funds, REITs, corporate lenders and developers of all types, as well as individuals, partnerships and corporate investors.

Restructuring and insolvency: Curtis has developed a reputation as the leading law firm in ‘conflicts counsel’ and special counsel engagements. Clients encompass debtors, creditors, lenders, equity owners, trustees and liquidators.

  • Chairman
  • George Kahale III
  • Managing Partners
  • Joseph D Pizzurro
  • Matias A Vega
  • Other Offices
  • Almaty
  • Ashgabat
  • Astana
  • Beijing
  • Buenos Aires
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Milan
  • Muscat
  • Paris
  • Rome

Latin America

For nearly two centuries, Curtis has represented Latin American-based clients, as well as international clients doing business in the region. Established in 1991, Curtis' Mexico City office was one of the first to be opened by an international firm in Mexico. Buenos Aires followed in 2011. Curtis' Latin America practice is among the largest of any international law firm and is highly developed. It has an enviable track record of helping clients, including governments, state-owned entities, corporates and private individuals, achieve successful results in their transactions and disputes. The firm's Latin America practice is particularly well known for its oil and gas, corporate, and arbitration focus.

The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in New York in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. The firm has always had an international outlook and a pioneering spirit: it remains the only US-headquartered firm licensed to operate in Oman and is the only law firm with offices in Turkmenistan. With 17 offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Central and East Asia, this internationalist tradition continues today.

Main areas of practice: Curtis represents Latin American governments and state-owned companies and advises internationally based clients on acquisitions and dispositions of assets and equity interests throughout Latin America. Its clients in the region operate across a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, metals, water, energy, industrial and consumer products, agriculture and food products, telecommunications, transportation, finance, media and tourism. The Latin America team has counseled on transactions in virtually every country in the region. All Curtis lawyers in Mexico City are bilingual and many hold law degrees from Latin American jurisdictions, placing Curtis in a unique position among international law firms. Its attorneys have intimate and first-hand knowledge of the region combined with experience advising on some of the largest transactions in Latin America. Curtis' Mexico City office routinely draws upon the firm's international network to provide full-service representation to clients in Latin America. The firm's international arbitration practice is particularly strong in Mexico City precisely because Curtis utilizes this integrated team approach.

The Buenos Aires office advises clients on local and international matters in the fields of banking and financial services, agribusiness, real estate, project finance and infrastructure, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, investment management, venture capital, restructuring and litigation. Clients include domestic and foreign companies and individuals, commercial and investment banks, as well as governments and multilateral agencies.

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