British Virgin Islands: Harneys Strengthens Latin American Practice
Last Updated: 11 July 2007

Harneys the BVI law firm is strengthening its Latin American Practice with the recruitment of Marco Martins. Martins has spent the last 5 years with Norton Rose in London and prior to that was with Shearman & Sterling in both California and London. Marco is Brazilian but qualified in England and New York. He will have responsibility for Harneys’ Latin American practice.

Martins’ experience includes a number of major Spanish and Portuguese privatizations, including Repsol, Endesa, Electricidade de Portugal, Iberia and Red Electrica de Espana, and he was involved in the privatization of YPF of Argentina and the renegotiation of Brazilian Government Bonds in the early 1990s.

Commenting on the appointment development partner Peter Tarn said "Latin American and Brazil in particular are key to our strategic objectives but have not previously received the investment they deserve. Marco's appointment is a huge step towards redressing that balance and we are actively seeking to build a team around him. We believe that language skills are not enough and to have found a lawyer of Marco's quality and experience who also has the cultural grounding to add value in those markets is very exciting".

Martins echoed that statement "I am delighted to be joining a technically superb team with a very clear vision of where it wants to be and enormously confident that we can deliver a product that the markets needs. This is an exciting time for Latin America, with key countries like Brazil and Argentina entering a new and dynamic stage of economic development and the whole region becoming ever more integrated with the world’s leading economies. I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop Harneys’ practice in this key region and the timing could not be better".

Contact Details

For further information please contact Peter Tarn at or Marco Martins at

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