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About Us

Fernando Scornik Gerstein LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 35 lawyers in locations in Spain and London. We strive to be the first choice for those seeking legal advice of high standard from solicitors with extensive experience in both Spanish and English Law, as well as is cross-border legal issues. We are a multidisciplinary practice with expertise in Civil & Commercial Law, Litigation, Real Estate, Probate, Family Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Law. Our firm has the advantage of having multinational and multilingual solicitors and staff, which in turn benefits our clients who also come from a variety of countries and backgrounds. Our clients are predominantly private individuals, however, we also work with public and private companies, as well as a number of non-profit organisations.


Our firm has a business culture that allows for the development of close relationships with our clients. We understand our clients’ objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with these objectives. As a result of our success, we have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisors.


Fernando Scornik Gerstein LLP further understands the advantage of diversity within the firm, and is proud for its diversity program. We value the talents and perspectives of our diverse teams of lawyers, which enhance our ability to successfully serve our clients.


Fernando Scornik Gerstein LLP and its lawyers serve the community with the same unwavering dedication, commitment to hard work and legal excellence that they bring to all matters handled by the firm. Through our pro bono program, lawyers and other legal professionals give their time, resources and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to engage in important national litigation, and to partner with local legal service providers to ensure access to the justice system. We understand that by enriching the lives of those around us, we grow as a firm and as individuals. As well as pro-bono legal representation, Fernando Scornik Gerstein LLP invests in making a positive impact in our communities by sponsoring local community service programmes, as well as the charitable activities of our lawyers and staff.


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Legal Events

  • Hydrocarbons are currently at the forefront of many practitioners’ minds in Latin America. Late in 2013, Mexico opened up its oil and gas sector to private investment for the first time in three generations, with historic energy reforms. Brazil had a mixed year with the eleventh bid round last May being hailed a success, but the Libra auction in October attracting just one bidder and significant popular opposition. Colombia, on the other hand, continued to be the fastest-growing oil production country in the region, launching its biennial 2014 bid round in February. Amid the positive news in Mexico, there are concerns over whether its recent reforms go far enough to attract foreign investment: will the country get the secondary legislation and the structure of oil and gas contracts right? What are the latest opportunities and setbacks of investing in the region more broadly, particularly as regards farm-ins and farm-outs, and investing in assets formerly owned by national oil companies like Pemex? In Brazil, the onshore gas sector struggled to attract interest in the twelfth bid round in November, which was dominated by Petrobras and a few small independents. This exacerbated already deep concerns over the country’s tough local content laws, delays in environmental licensing and lack of gas transport. Can Brazil’s gas sector learn anything from neighbouring countries that have invested in LNG export projects? How has Latin America dealt with the impact of a plethora of US gas exports since the North American shale boom? Other key issues for practitioners include the prospects for oil and gas services suppliers investing in Latin America, especially those who now face a complex contractual matrix in Brazil that includes both production-sharing and concession agreements. There is also, of course, the question of how investors in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will fund all of the necessary development, while balancing risk. These issues and more will all be discussed at Latin Lawyer’s Fifth Oil & Gas Conference, which will take an in-depth regional focus on regulation, M&A opportunities and financing in the sector. Chaired by Brian Bradshaw of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Paulo Valois of LO Baptista, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel, the conference will bring together leading in-house counsel and private practice lawyers from across Latin America and the US. Join us to take part in the debate. For further information or sponsorship enquiries, please contact LLevents@LatinLawyer.com.Delegates who wish to stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro can book using a discounted rate. To book a room, please click on the following link. Book your group rate: Latin Lawyer >>