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Jonathan Kellner and David Flechner (L-to-R) Jonathan Kellner and David Flechner of Paul Hastings / Courtesy photo

Last year, as business prospects ramped up in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest economy, Paul Hastings took a hard look at its practice there.

The AmLaw 100 firm lacked critical mass to be truly competitive in the market, having lost two of the three Brazil-based lawyers that debuted its South American outpost in 2016. So Paul Hastings approached Jonathan Kellner, head of Shearman & Sterling’s São Paulo office and a longtime resident of Brazil, with an offer to switch alliances.

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Amy Guthrie

Amy Guthrie is Law.com International's Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City. She covers legal and business issues, including law firms, in-house counsel, and regulatory matters across Latin America. She can be reached at [email protected]

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