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Norton Rose Fulbright

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's deep commitment to Latin America, primarily through its Sao Paulo, New York and Washington DC offices, has enabled it to maintain high deal activity in 2020 and into 2021. With a notable shift towards restructurings and refinancings, its multi-skilled lawyers continue to land big engagements in Brazil, Colombia, Chile and also Panama, where it has carved a particular niche. Although project finance has slowed, the firm continues to be active in energy, infrastructure and mining through a series of corporate financings. It continues to represent a range of corporate borrowers, banks, DFIs and agency lenders. Charles Johnson leads the Sao Paulo office, having completed almost 20 years in Brazil and is noted for structured trade finance, project finance and financial restructuring work. Michael McCourt has made a big impression on the market, notably in the restructuring field. Daniel Spencer is another key figure in project financings throughout Latin America and Raquel Bierzwinsky is noted for project finance in Mexico; admitted to practice in New York and Mexico, she splits her time between New York and Mexico City. Asset finance specialist Alison Baxter has relocated to London from Sao Paulo. All named individuals are based in Sao Paulo unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Charles Johnson; Raquel Bierzwinsky

Key clients



Deutsche Bank

Banco del Estado de Chile



IDB Invest

FinDev Canada

DFC (formerly OPIC)


Itapoá Terminais Portuários

Banco Rabobank International Brasil

BRK Ambiental Participações



Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO)

Société de Promotion et de Participation Pour la Coopération Economique (PROPARCO)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Banco Itau BBA

ING Bank

Banco Bradesco

Iochpe Maxion

Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Ultrapar Participações

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan


Banco Credit Suisse do Brasil


Banco do Brasil


DNB Bank

Banco BTG Pactual

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in:  Amsterdam ● Athens ● Austin ● Bangkok ● Beijing ● Brisbane ● Brussels ● Bujumbura** ● Calgary ● Canberra ● Cape Town ● Casablanca ● Dallas ● Denver ● Dubai ● Durban ● Frankfurt ● Hamburg ● Harare** ● Hong Kong SAR ● Houston ● Istanbul ● Jakarta* ● Johannesburg ● Kampala** ● London ● Los Angeles ● Luxembourg ● Melbourne ● Mexico City ● Milan ● Minneapolis ● Monaco ● Montréal ● Moscow ● Munich ● New York ● Nairobi** ● Ottawa ● Paris ● Perth ● Piraeus ● Québec ● Riyadh* ● San Antonio ● San Francisco ● São Paulo ● Shanghai ● Singapore ● St. Louis ● Sydney ● Tokyo ● Toronto ● Vancouver ● Warsaw ● Washington DC
*associate office **alliance

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions:
James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Randy Sutton and Jonathan Skidmore

Department Name Email Telephone
Rio de Janeiro Alison Baxter +5511 3372 0030 / + 5511 98996 6741
Sao Paulo Charles Johnson +55 11 3372 0001
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Silvia Fazio  photo Ms Silvia Fazio
Mr Charles Johnson  photo Mr Charles Johnson Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro
Mr Michael McCourt  photo Mr Michael McCourt
Mr Daniel Spencer  photo Mr Daniel Spencer Partner
English (fluent)