Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has applied for a licence to open an office in Brazil, with aviation partner Jeremy Shebson set to head the practice.
The firm intends to open an office in São Paulo later this year, subject to regulatory approval. It will be the first international launch for BLG since the firm opened in Singapore in 2004.
Senior partner Simon Konsta said: “This expansion is in response to client demand. Our proposed São Paulo office will allow us to broaden our services to aviation clients and to extend the reach of our international arbitration, insurance, and marine, energy and trade practices.”
In South America BLG has a joint-venture with Chilean firm, Estudio Carvallo. Shebson will split his time between London and São Paulo, while associate director Fernando Albino will support him in Brazil.