OUR LATIN AMERICAN CAPABILITIES
litigation, arbitration or negotiation, understanding
an opponent's mindset is critical to success. This
is particularly challenging in international cases.
Astigarraga Davis lawyers are accustomed to dealing
with foreign parties. Many of our international
lawyers are multicultural and fully bilingual, allowing
them to evaluate and measure communications without
the filter of a translator, reducing the risk of
LEGAL EXPERIENCE Many of our
lawyers know the foreign systems, their rules, and
the right questions to ask. That familiarity with
the procedures and ways of foreign jurisdictions
provides our clients a clear advantage. Described
by Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading
Lawyers as "a major figure in Latin American
litigation and arbitration," José Astigarraga
has been consulted by the World Bank on Latin American
legal reform and is involved in a variety of Latin
American legal projects, as are our other lawyers.
KNOWLEDGE COMBINED WITH LANGUAGE CAPABILITY
Even when the two sides
speak a common language, such as English, miscommunications
can occur where one of the participants is not totally
fluent. Concepts such as liquidación, pagaré
and embargo, might be subject to literal translation
but are not identical to corresponding American
or European legal concepts. Having overseen litigation
in many Latin American jurisdictions as well as
in the U.S., many of our lawyers are able to translate and
communicate the issues to our clients - not just
literally, but conceptually as well.
ADVANTAGE In addition,
our legal team is multicultural, including some
who were born or have lived abroad. Whether assisting
a multinational business negotiating a settlement
with a Latin American company, or a European or
Latin American company litigating with an American
firm, our lawyers understand the cultures and systems
that affect the dispute. Our firm is known to have
such skills. José Astigarraga has lectured,
particularly in Latin America, on issues such as
the impact of culture on the resolution of business
WITH SENSITIVE CASES In
many countries, corruption, political forces and
anti-foreigner resentment are important factors
that impact a dispute. Opposing parties may initiate
criminal proceedings in their home country to intimidate
the foreign company into settling. We are experienced
in countering such tactics.
As well, we have extensive experience
dealing with high-profile cases that require sensitivity
to public perception and political consequences.
For example, we have advised a European state-owned
company transporting nuclear waste through the region.
In addition, we represent foreign governments.
assignments require not just legal knowledge but
an in-depth understanding of the political landscape,
court systems, important players and public relations,
as well as sound judgment born of experience.
- THE FIRM'S BASE OF LATIN AMERICAN OPERATIONS
Davis handles cases throughout the U.S. and Latin
America from our office in Miami, often regarded
de facto as a Latin American city. For years, our
lawyers have handled matters throughout Latin America
without offices in those countries. In fact, we
enjoy one advantage over firms with foreign offices.
A firm with its own offices in a country will want
to engage its own personnel in that office, even
though another local firm might be more suited for
the client's particular problem. Our independence
from such pressures allows us to provide an objective
recommendation of the best local counsel for the
situation at hand.
Our firm has
experience with business disputes throughout the
Whether in a
dispute being litigated in more than one country,
or in a case pending in a single Latin American
jurisdiction, we can serve our clients well from
our base in Miami, the "Gateway to Latin America."
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