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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 > Projects and energy

Norton Rose Fulbright has deep roots into Latin America, including project finance-focused practices in Sao Paulo and Mexico City, alongside teams in New York, Houston and Washington DC that have a strong emphasis on the region. Renewable energy, mining and resources, and transport infrastructure are core to the practice, which represents a range of bank lenders, agency lenders and DFIs, financial investors and sponsors. Mexico City and New York-based Raquel Bierzwinsky is a leading figure in Mexico renewable energy projects. Washington DC partners Sarah Devine and Jeremy Hushon are key to DFI and agency lender relationships, and advise on transactions across the region. Todd Alexander is another experienced name in Latin America renewable energy projects. Charles Johnson is a prominent project finance specialist in Sao Paulo, where Daniel Spencer is noted for project bonds experience. Hernán González and Leopoldo Olavarria are key names in Mexico City. Rachel Crouch impresses at associate level. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

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.