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Latin America Practice
Fredrikson & Byron supports clients’ rapidly-growing business interests throughout Latin America. We advise U.S. companies doing business in Latin America as well as Latin American companies expanding to the U.S.
What We Do
Fredrikson & Byron is the only Minnesota law firm with a subsidiary in Latin America. Fredrikson & Byron, S. de R.L. de C.V., located in Saltillo, Mexico, supports clients throughout Latin America, including Central and South America, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Our Latin American lawyers in Mexico and Minnesota advise clients on a broad range of corporate and international matters ranging from corporate structure, tax, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, finance, contracts, labor and employment, securing debt, manufacturing (including setting up maquiladora and PITEX programs), joint ventures, and sales, distribution, licensing and franchising. We also work extensively with real estate developers and individuals purchasing and/or developing real estate in Latin America. Our work includes representing U.S. lenders, hedge funds and investors on deals in Latin America.
The firm’s Latin America practice includes attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experience with international companies and the issues they face. Patrick Kelly and Luis Reséndiz oversee the Saltillo office, drawing on their diverse cultural backgrounds and experience to counsel clients from Latin America doing business in the U.S. and from the U.S. doing business in Latin America. Having lived in both Spain and Mexico, Pat is fluent in Spanish and reads Portuguese. Pat has advised clients doing business throughout Latin America for over 25 years. Pat assists clients with structuring cross-border operations and has experience working with clients on cross-border electricity and biofuels projects. Luis, a native of Mexico, graduated from law school in both Mexico and Minnesota, and he is licensed and has practiced law for 10 years in both jurisdictions. His dual education and experience uniquely qualify him to advise individuals and companies performing cross-border operations.
Richard Weiner, Chair of the firm’s International Department, has worked on projects in Latin America for over 30 years. Having lived and worked for a law firm in Puerto Rico, Richard is fluent in Spanish and reads Portuguese. He has worked on corporate transactions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and the Caribbean. Richard has extensive experience advising clients on cross-border energy projects. Marvic Salminen-Morillo practiced law in her native country of Venezuela before moving to Minnesota in October 2009. A native Spanish speaker, she also reads Portuguese. Other attorneys in the firm’s International Group also work on Latin America projects on a consistent basis.
Mexico native, Carolina Rodriguez, joined Fredrikson & Byron, S. de R.L. de C.V. in April 2017. Carolina received her law degree in Saltillo and also attended the Universidad Finis Terrae Law School in Santiago, Chile. She has expertise on cross-border corporate and commercial projects, including formation of legal entities, IMMEX/maquiladora operations, Mexican labor law and cross-border mergers & acquisitions. Carolina is licensed in Mexico only.
- Acquiring International Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Rights
- Equity Joint Ventures
- Export Licensing
- Foreign Investments in U.S. Enterprises
- Developers Buying and Developing Real Estate in Foreign Countries
- Distribution, Licensing and Franchising
- Foreign Investments in U.S. Real Estate, including Tax and Regulatory Aspects
- Immigration Matters
- International Patent Litigation
- International Joint Ventures
- Foreign Sales Corporations
- Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Corporations
- International Banking Transactions
- International Sales and Distribution
- International Franchising
- International Sourcing
- Foreign Tax Treaties Interpretation
- Labor and Employment including Expatriate Issues
- International Collections
- Letters of Credit and other International Trade Finance Mechanisms
- Licensing Patent, Trademark, Know-How, and Rights in other Jurisdictions
- Cross-border wind energy, electricity export and biofuels projects
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Disposition of Companies and Business Segments
- NAFTA, MERCOSUR, and WTO Issues
- Worldwide IP Registration
- Strategic Alliances
- Technology Transfer
- United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods
- Customs Country of Origin Labeling Requirements
- Investments in Foreign Corporations
News & Articles
July 8, 2014
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Gabinete Corporativo, S.C., one of the largest full-service law firms in the Bajio region in Mexico, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation describing their commitment to better serve their clients collaboratively across borders.
January 7, 2014
On December 26, 2013, the president of Mexico published a decree granting tax incentives to the maquiladora industry. The decree lessens the impact of some of the changes under the tax reform. The decree became effective on January 1, 2014. Read more for a summary of important aspects of the decree.
December 1, 2011
Everyone who has followed events in Brazil over the years has heard year after year that the country was on the verge of emerging as an international economic powerhouse. While it took a while for Brazil to finally emerge, it is certainly the case today that it has arrived, and U.S. manufacturers looking for new markets can no longer have serious aspirations in Latin America without having a Brazil strategy.