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Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Corporate Department.


Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro



English, Portuguese, Spanish.


University of Bristol, LL.B., with honours, 1995; College of Law, York, L.P.C., with Distinction, 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Norton Rose Fulbright has achieved further growth in restructurings and general lending for Brazilian and international banks, along with a notable uptick in ESG and sustainability-linked loans. The firm continues to be at the forefront of rail and metro financings across Latin America and remains active in renewable energy financings in Mexico and elsewhere. Its presence in Sao Paulo and Mexico City is complemented by its US offices, particularly New York and Washington DC, which have teams strongly focused on Latin America. Moreover, its London and other European offices, are integral to international bank relationships that bring the Latin America team a wealth of engagements. Sao Paulo managing partner Charles Johnson has spent more than two decades in Brazil, specialising in structured trade finance, project finance, asset finance and restructurings. Michael McCourt is another key partner in Sao Paulo, along with Daniel Spencer, who is a leader in infrastructure finance across Latin America. Sao Paulo counsel Caspar Davey, a fluent Mandarin speaker, has had a pivotal role in representing Chinese banks and sponsors in Latin America infrastructure financings, particularly in the rail sector. Raquel Bierzwinsky splits her time between New York and Mexico City, and specialises in project finance in Mexico, particularly in the renewable energy field. Washington DC partners Sarah Devine, a Spanish speaker, and Jeremy Hushon, hold strong connections to a wealth of agency lenders that are active in Latin America. London partner Giles Brand is active in offshore oil and gas financings in Brazil.