Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies 2016?

Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies 2016?

Which law firms are regularly retained by the region's largest 100 companies? LACCA presents its landmark research.


Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies?

Latin America’s troubled state-owned oil and gas companies continue to dominate the top spots in the region, but this year’s research reveals that companies in the extractive sector continued to feel the impact of low commodity prices in 2016.


Who represents Latin America's biggest companies 2016: the full list

Each year, LACCA conducts detailed research into which law firms represent Latin America’s largest 100 companies, as ranked by revenue. These tables show which companies make up our top 100, and also which law firms represent them, both region-wide and in different jurisdictions.


Top 100: Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela

Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela may have governments with populist traits and similar reputations as challenging jurisdictions to do business, but LACCA’s research shows the outlook for companies operating in each country varies greatly.

Top 100: Uruguay & Paraguay

Uruguay and Paraguay’s strategic geographical positions and strong macroeconomic frameworks mean both countries continue to be an important hub for some of the region’s biggest companies despite facing a more complicated external environment.

Top 100: Peru

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been working to boost economic growth and investment in the country, but factors ranging from mining strikes to a broadening corruption investigation and the after-effects of El Niño have been affecting progress.

Top 100: Mexico

Uncertainty surrounding the new US administration's trade policies left many investors wary about investing in Mexico in 2016, but the country’s economy has proven to be relatively resilient to external shocks and recent reforms have provided opportunities for companies and law firms alike.

Top 100: Central America and Panama

Central America’s economy may have slowed, but the commitment shown by governments across the region to meeting ambitious renewable energy targets and combating corruption have kept local law firms busy. 

Top 100 – Colombia

Growth in Colombia may have slowed in recent years, but the country still managed to outperform other economies in the region last year. It’s increasingly business-friendly policies continue to attract investment and a successful peace accord with FARC is expected to further boost investor confidence in 2017. 

Top 100: Chile

An uncertain economic climate and a flurry of government reforms have crimped business confidence in one of Latin America’s most stable economies, but Chile’s business-friendly reputation means the country remains a hub for major businesses around the region and kept law firms busy in 2016.

Top 100: Brazil

Economic crisis and political turmoil took its toll on companies in Latin America’s largest economy in 2016, but LACCA’s analysis finds that difficult market conditions also translated into an increase in demand for legal services.

A mixed picture

LACCA’s research paper ‘Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest Companies?’ reveals that while many GCs continue to focus on bringing strategic matters in-house to save costs, they are much more likely to use law firms when it comes to litigation, complex transactions and regulatory matters.

The region's leading firms

We analyse which law firms came out on top of our research into “Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest Companies”.

Top 100: Argentina

A little over a year on from the election of President Mauricio Macri, private practice lawyers in Argentina say business is thriving as the country becomes increasingly attractive to foreign investors seeking local counsel. 

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