Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Miami office has won the “Chambers Latin America Award 2012” for Excellence in Corporate & Finance.
Hughes Hubbard received the award on Sept. 17 in front of more than 400 guests in Miami Beach, Florida. The firm was chosen among six nominees in the Corporate & Finance (Florida-Based) category. Other finalists included DLA Piper LLP (US), Hogan Lovells US LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP and White & Case LLP.
The award recognizes the achievements of Hughes Hubbard’s Latin America practice over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. Hughes Hubbard has been shortlisted each year since the award’s debut in 2009.
In a brief acceptance speech in Portuguese and English, Senior Counsel Tim McCarthy, who started the Latin America practice in 1995, said: “We’ve been working very hard for many years to reach this point of earning this award.” Joining him on stage were partners Freddie Goudie, Amy G. Dulin, Mark Denham, Nick Swerdloff; associate Ana Spiguel; and visiting attorney Carlos Vasconsellos.
Chambers noted in a practice overview that Hughes Hubbard’s Latin America practice has more than 25 attorneys who work in tandem with the New York and Washington branches to service clients across the region. They focus on a broad range of corporate and finance matters, including syndicated and structured financings, contentious work, project finance, private equity and Mergers & Acquisitions. All of the group’s lawyers speak either Spanish or Portuguese, and many have lived or worked in Latin America. The firm’s client roster includes PwC, HBO Latin America, BNP Paribas, HSBC and Citibank. Chambers also highlighted the firm’s representation of a 20-bank syndicate in a $2.65 billion financing agreement for Brazilian conglomerate Votorantim Participacoes S.A.