Latin America

With strong ties to Latin America and their collective experience of acting on some of the region’s leading cases, the lawyers at Signature are well placed to advise on disputes originating in South America.

We cover a wide range of industry sectors including oil and gas; infrastructure; mining and insurance.
With access to a wide network of reputable independent local professionals, and our industry and regional knowledge, we are able to ensure that disputes are managed efficiently and that they are resolved in so far as possible in accordance with our clients’ commercial objectives.

Chambers Latin America praises Hermès Marangos for his “enthusiastic and very knowledgeable of the Latin American region.”  The Guide also notes he enjoys impressive client feedback for his Latin American policy coverage work and sources report that Hermes “is an extremely knowledgeable individual but also one who appreciates the real-world scenarios in which laws apply.” He is best known for advising London insurers and reinsurers on coverage issues in several Latin American jurisdictions, with a particular focus on Brazil. He also has a strong non-contentious practice advising UK clients on regulatory matters in Latin America.

Latin America Team

Signature Litigation “stands out in the market for its expertise in litigation in Latin America.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Hermès Marangos

Hermès is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2023 for his insurance and reinsurance litigation practice. Hermès has been ranked as an expert in Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America for his Insurance expertise in the region.

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Latin America Experience

Advising reinsurers in relation to a series of losses to an extension of an oil refinery in Colombia.

Advising US and Canadian insurers in relation to coverage issues arising out of damage to a drilling rig in Brazil.

Advising reinsurers in respect of damage due to water leakage to a sulphur combustion furnace boiler in a sulphuric acid plant in Chile.

Advising on a major dispute involving a mining operation disrupted due to flooding.

Advising a London Market and US reinsurers on high-profile and complex D&O coverage issues in Brazil in connection with a class action brought in the US and an Insured v Insured claim in Brazil.

Advising London market underwriters in connection with a group action arising from complex claims before the Brazilian Appellate Courts, arising out of cattle feeding programmes.

Advising on an ICC arbitration brought by an Argentinean EPC contractor relating to the design and construction of a marine oil terminal.

Advising London market reinsurers on a significant pollution claim brought by the government of Colombia against the Colombian National Oil Company.

Advising on a dispute between Turkish energy platform constructors and a major Mexican oil company.

Advising on cross-border disputes for a Brazilian company with joint venture partners in the US.

Advising on LCIA disputes concerning the building of electricity plants in the Caribbean.

Defending various professional on D&O, TPL including Product Liability disputes and acting as arbitration counsel in all Latin American jurisdictions.

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