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albert Navia is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Latin America practice. His experience spans a broad range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), joint ventures, financings, public private partnerships, fund formations, corporate and securities compliance (including FCPA) and corporate restructurings. A primary focus of his practice involves representing leading companies, emerging and high growth companies, investment funds and family offices in the U.S. and Latin America in industries such as energy (including renewable energy), infrastructure, oil and gas, telecommunications, media and technology, financial services, real estate, consumer products, food and beverage, and sports and entertainment.

In addition to his firm experience, Talbert was the founder and co-head of investments at two private equity funds and a venture capital firm focusing on the US and Latin America. Talbert was honored among the “Legal Elite” in Latin America by Hispanic Business magazine and was featured as one of the top deal makers in the region by LatinFinance magazine. Clients recognize Talbert as “very user-friendly. He has a commercial approach to the law and is very, very sharp.” “[He] is a respected practitioner in the Latin American corporate market, with interviewees commenting on his ‘strong practice’ in the field. He is regularly called upon to assist international clients with cross-border M&A, capital markets, and corporate mandates and has additional experience advising on private equity-related transactions.” Another client told Legal 500 Latin America that Talbert is “the best’, ‘a most experienced lawyer’ and ‘a great leader of team lawyers.’”

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to impress in complex and headline transactions. It remains at the forefront of future flow securitisations, SEC-registered offerings and inaugural bond offerings, recently advising Nueva Elektra del Milenio and its parent, Grupo Elektra, on a future flow transaction involving remittances from the United States to Mexico. Corporate restructurings are another forte for the team, which represents a number of US-listed Latin American businesses. The group has a particularly strong record in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. It is also well positioned to grow its Brazil capital markets practice following the hire of ‘remarkable corporate lawyer’ Rodrigo Carvalho in April 2021; he was previously Bank of America’s head of investment banking (legal division) in Sao Paulo. Co-head of the Latin America team Allen Miller is rated for SEC-registered deals, corporate governance engagements and future flow securitisations. Co-head of the group Talbert Navia is noted for bond offerings in Mexico and Argentina. Sey-Hyo Lee  and Claude Serfilippi are also key members of the team. All named individuals are based in New York.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

More than a fifth of Winston & Strawn LLP‘s substantial global arbitration caseload involves Latin America-related matters. The practice group is particularly strong in the mining sector, with work for clients in the hospitality and oil-and-gas segments also prominent. Practice chair Ricardo Ugarte  (in Chicago) specialises in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty matters and is the main point of contact, with additional senior support coming from the New York-based Talbert Navia and Allen Miller, who co-chair the firm’s overall Latin America offering. Litigation expert Marcelo Blackburn  in New York is another key name, alongside Sofia Arguello – whose practice covers a broad range of disputes and investigations in Latin America.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s central team of Latin America specialists has an impressive standing in banking and finance matters, covering corporate lending, acquisition finance and receivables finance, right through to future flow transactions and warehouse financing structures. It has established connections to Latin American lenders and borrowers, and is growing its presence in Brazil through ‘amazing lawyerRodrigo Carvalho , who was Bank of America’s head of investment banking (legal division) in Brazil, prior to joining the firm in April 2021. Allen Miller  is noted for his contacts in Chile and Mexico, frequently advising on big-ticket financings and restructurings in those jurisdictions; he is also a leading name in novel securitisation and structured finance transactions. Talbert Navia  is also recognised for acquisition finance and Claude Serfilippi   is another core team member with extensive financing expertise. Following his arrival from Hogan Lovells US LLP, Richard Puttré  played a role in the establishment and launch of the firm’s new Miami office in May 2022, and will bring further project finance experience to the team, especially in renewable energy. All other named individuals are based in New York. Since research concluded, the firm has made an additional heavyweight-hire to the new Miami office, bringing in Carl Fornaris , formerly co-chair of the financial regulatory & compliance group at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he had spent much of his 30-year career; a former head of legal and compliance for the Latin America region at Barclays Bank, he arrives as co-chair of the firm’s financial services practice – effective July 2022.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s Latin America group has a substantial emphasis on M&A and private equity. This includes both inbound and outbound transactions. The firm launched a Miami office in May 2022, appointing senior Latin America M&A specialist Enrique Martin (a recruit from Jones Day) as managing partner. The wider team has experienced a further uptick in acquisitions and investments by Latin American businesses in the US, including deals originating from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and El Salvador. The firm has made a real impact in Brazil deals following the 2021-hire of ‘incredible lawyer’, Rodrigo Carvalho, the former head of investment banking (legal division) at Bank of America in Brazil, who is now based in Sao Paulo. The Latin America team also continues to be at the forefront of private equity investments and funds formation thanks to the presence of Latin America practice group co-head Talbert Navia. It remains noted for its record in Chile, in part due to its connection to Enel Américas, the Santiago based electricity conglomerate. Co-head of the Latin America team Allen Miller is widely recognised for his record in public M&A for Latin American businesses, including Enel Américas. Kevin Smith is another experienced figure in Latin America M&A and private equity. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.