Leading law firms in Latin America’s two biggest economies are adding legal muscle in anticipation of a busy year for restructuring and hot sectors such as financial technology and mining.
In Mexico, full-service firm Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez has poached a name partner from local rival Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau. Thomas S. Heather will join Creel as an adviser focused on restructuring, arbitrage and corporate governance.
Creel said Heather is “widely considered to be one of the best lawyers for restructurings in Mexico.” He has represented financial creditors in the restructuring of companies such as construction giant ICA and glassmaker Vitro, and he serves on committees at some of Mexico’s largest corporates.
Meanwhile, Brazilian firm Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has lured infrastructure and energy partner Adriano Drummond Trindade from competitor Pinheiro Neto Advogados in Brasilia, and recruited banking and financial services partner Pedro Eroles in São Paulo.
“The arrival of the new partners allows for the strategic expansion of our service in these areas, which are of vital importance in the current economic scenario,” said Mattos Filho managing partner Roberto Quiroga.
The hirings bring Mattos Filho’s total partner count to 109.
Eroles, who previously worked at online payment companies PayU and PayPal, adds experience in advisory matters for financial institutions, payment firms and fintechs. He joins from Brazilian law firm FAS Advogados, where he was head of the banking, payments and fintech department.
Trindade’s practice centers on contracts, mergers and acquisitions, mining policy and regulatory issues.