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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

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Maria BeguiristainWhite & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a highly developed Latin America practice, featuring a sizeable cohort of white-collar crime and investigations specialists. This central team includes a number of native Spanish speakers. The group frequently represents clients in connection with FCPA violation and accounting fraud allegations, among other big-ticket matters, and has deep experience in engaging with the DOJ and SEC. It has handled some of the biggest corruption cases ever seen in the Latin America region. Michael Garcia is unique in having an accounting degree, making him especially well-equipped in accounting fraud investigations, while he also has a fine record in FCPA violation allegations, particularly in Brazil and Mexico. Maria Beguiristain is another experienced Latin America specialist with a particular focus on Ecuador and Central America. New York partner Virginia Chavez Romano and Mexico City’s Enrique Espejel are also key names. Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

White & Case LLP has one of the largest and most successful Miami-based Latin America teams. The Miami office operates as a hub for the region with highly acclaimed projects and finance lawyer Carlos Viana   at the helm of the Latin America practice group. Much of the practice’s caseload is driven by financings (including aviation finance), restructurings and projects engagements, along with a steady pipeline of white-collar crime and investigations matters. The team has advised on a series of solar power projects in Chile, along with renewable energy projects in Mexico and other energy projects in Colombia. Sean Goldstein   has an extensive record in infrastructure and renewable projects in multiple jurisdictions including Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Jeanine Acevedo  is another leading practitioner in energy and infrastructure, including PPP projects. Christian Hansen   is a leading name in aviation and asset-backed financings in the region, and Anna Andreeva   is also noted for asset-backed financings, bank lending and project financings. Additionally, dual-qualified (Florida/New York) corporate finance counsel Karen Katri  was raised to the partnership in October 2022. In the white-collar crime and investigations field, the Miami office houses Michael Garcia   and Maria Beguiristain  , notable figures in investigations and government enforcement actions in Brazil, Mexico, Central America and Ecuador.