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White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
Miami, Florida 33131-2352
United States
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Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations

White & Case LLP‘s strong presence in Miami, including an established white-collar practice, provides it with deep cultural and language connections to Latin America. Michael Garcia has an extensive record in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, with impressive experience in FCPA violations and accounting fraud; he previously passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, giving him additional knowledge of accounting and auditing practices. The firm’s strong commitment to the region is evidenced by sizeable offices in Sao Paulo and Mexico City, along with a well-developed US-based Latin America team, including additional investigations and white-collar experts in Washington DC and New York. Maria Beguiristain is noted for investigations and white-collar cases involving Ecuadorian and Central America entities. New York partner Virginia Chavez Romano and Mexico City’s Enrique Espejel are also key members of the team.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

White & Case LLP is an absolute giant of the Miami market with deep and extensive connections to Latin America. Much of the Miami-based Latin America team’s focus is on financings, ranging from project finance through to aviation finance. Moreover, the group has an established record in Latin America restructurings, and white-collar crime and investigations. International arbitration is another area of growth for the office with Silvia Marchili splitting her time between Houston and Miami; she frequently represents claimants in investment arbitrations against Latin American states and state entities; this includes being part of the team that represented Red Eagle Mining in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia under the Canada-Colombia bilateral investment treaty. In white-collar crime and investigations, a Miami team featuring Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain have an excellent standing in FCPA violations and accounting fraud, notably in Brazil, Ecuador and Central America. In the finance segment, Carlos Viana (head of the Latin America team), Sean Goldstein, Jeannine Acevedo and Anna Andreeva comprise an outstanding team, particularly in energy and infrastructure finance, while Christian Hansen is a leader in aviation finance. Richard Kebrdle is a prominent figure in Latin America restructurings, and Fernando de la Hoz covers a range of M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions, notably in the metals and mining segment. Victor Mendoza is an experienced name in capital markets and debt financings. Former capital markets partner Mark Bagnall has retired.