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Latin American Investment — Florida


Greenberg Traurig, PA - Latin American Investment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An outstanding choice for investment work in Latin America, covering the full spectrum of matters, including critical and complex M&A, secured and unsecured financing transactions, joint ventures and acquisition financing. Represents a variety of clients in sectors ranging from telecommunications through retail to agribusiness. Significant focus on the Mexican and Brazilian markets, among others.

Strengths One commentator says: "The firm brilliantly handles highly complex matters," adding that "they are great at integrating multidisciplinary transaction teams where the M&A practitioners are supported by litigation, regulatory and special situations experts, as well as other practices, as they become necessary throughout the transaction."

Sources also note that "they are extremely efficient in translating differences in culture before those differences turn into issues."

Work highlights Assisted subsidiaries of Grupo Assa in a share purchase agreement with American International Group for the acquisition of 100% of AIG's Central American operations.

Advised The Related Group in its acquisition of a 50% interest in the São Paulo mixed-use development Parque Global. Also assisted with related joint venture agreements.

Notable practitioners

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó has extensive M&A experience in a wide array of industry sectors. She is particularly noted for her expertise in banking matters. Clients praise her "sheer brilliance," saying: "She has a great handle on complex financial and accounting matters, which makes her structures truly fantastic. Also being multilingual and multicultural makes her an excellent problem solver."

Randy Bullard is an expert in both corporate transactions and financing matters. He regularly represents major businesses and banks in cross-border financings and investments in sectors such as retail, energy and telecommunications. One client says: "He knows a lot about Latin American markets and banking and finance in general," and adds: "I have worked with many firms and I have never seen a partner as involved as he is - he has considerable expertise."

Emilio Alvarez-Farré's practice encompasses financing and corporate law. He advises clients in a range of industries on M&A transactions, acquisition finance and loan structuring, and also assists with joint venture agreements.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Internationally well-regarded practice with a deep Latin American focus and particular expertise in the projects space. Strong knowledge of the Ecuadorian, Mexican, Honduran and Venezuelan markets, representing companies, governments and other institutions on a variety of matters including hydroelectric, renewable, conventional power, and oil and gas projects. Also advises in connection with M&A and sophisticated financing transactions.

Strengths Market sources say: "They're a very good team for structured finance transactions, with a particular knowledge of the Brazilian market."

Notable practitioners

Miguel Zaldivar is known for his expertise in energy matters and project finance. Particular areas of expertise include cross-border financing and power development.

José Valdivia is an experienced projects counsel with a wide-ranging knowledge of the law across Latin American jurisdictions. His expertise includes project financing as well as acquisitions, disposals and development.

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White & Case LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading team with a strong Latin America-focused practice. Involved in the energy, projects, infrastructure and manufacturing markets with deep knowledge of power generation, LNG, mining and metals and oil and gas, among other sectors. Represents a roster of highly regarded clients including multinational corporations and financial institutions. Offers particular strength in sophisticated project financings.

Strengths Clients say: "They are excellent lawyers, delivering high-quality work on time and maintaining a strong commitment to client satisfaction."

Further sources add that "it's definitively a first-class team," saying: "They show profound dedication to the client and a pragmatic attitude and business sense."

Work highlights Advised the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Export Development Canada as lenders on a $100 million term loan facility for Enaex.

Assisted Invenergy Wind and its subsidiaries with the financing and acquisition of the Campo Palomas Wind Farm in Uruguay.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Viana is highly regarded for his expertise in financing, and is especially active assisting in the development of energy projects. He is also experienced in various types of project transactions, and is particularly noted for his broad knowledge of the region and his experience in multijurisdictional deals.

Victor Mendoza concentrates his practice on capital markets and banking finance transactions. He is especially well versed with the financial market in Brazil.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice offering notable expertise in a variety of transactional matters, with a strong track record for its handling of financings and M&A across Latin America. Regularly represents leading financial institutions and multinational corporations on acquisition financings, project financings and aviation financings, among other matters. Has recently partnered with Rio de Janeiro firm Saud Advogados to offer clients an enhanced service with respect to the Brazilian market.

Strengths Clients say that "the firm provides excellent, timely and cost-efficient service and advice on Latin American transactions."

Sources also commend "the commitment of the partners and the proactive approach" taken by the team.

Work highlights Represented Rabobank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Capital and Natixis in multiple capacities regarding a $115 million syndicated export prepayment finance agreement for Guarani and two of its subsidiaries as an amendment to an existing loan facility.

Advised Bank of America on a number of business aircraft financing matters and leases with customers in Brazil and other parts of the region.

Notable practitioners

Amy Dulin frequently represents major international names in the banking and finance sphere. She is particularly well versed with acquisition finance and structured loan facilities, and boasts significant experience in cross-border work.

Federico Goudie is well versed in a range of corporate and finance work. He regularly acts on M&A transactions, acquisition financing and restructuring as well as general corporate matters. Clients commend him for being "very committed and proactive, with a deep involvement in all matters."

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Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A highly respected Florida firm with an active Latin America practice in its Coral Gables office. Strength in a broad range of matters including cross-border M&A, syndicated finance and asset-based lending. Experience throughout the region, with particular strength in matters pertaining to Central America and the Caribbean.

Strengths The group receives praise from clients for its "personal service."

Notable practitioners

Alcides Avila is known as a very experienced counsel for banking and finance matters. He primarily acts on banking sector acquisitions, sales and regulatory compliance issues.

Marco Ferri advises on varied corporate and finance mandates, including refinancings, corporate strategy and M&A. He is also experienced in equity transactions and related acquisition financings.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its handling of investments, financings and M&A in Latin America, with areas of particular strength including syndicated lending and acquisition finance. Also noted for its strength in asset finance and infrastructure project finance. Significant expertise in the Colombian and Mexican markets.

Strengths Clients say: "The lawyers are all extremely professional and courteous, and always available, even on short notice."

One commentator says: "The service has been excellent both from a technical point of view and a personal one - the availability of the team has been immeasurable. They have provided the resources that we have required in order to close the transactions and have even received praise from our counterparties due to their dedication."

Work highlights Continues to advise Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on project financing matters. Assisted the client as credit enhancement provider regarding the finance structure for the Costera Cartagena-Baranquilla road infrastructure project.

Notable practitioners

George Mencio is experienced in M&A in a variety of sectors. He is recognized for his expertise in cross-border transactions and his knowledge of corporate agreements such as joint ventures in Latin American jurisdictions.

Norberto Quintana is described by clients as "a very talented and smart lawyer with a lot of knowledge in this field." They add that "he provides confidence to his clients and he is always available at any time." He represents lenders and borrowers in structured finance transactions in a variety of sectors, and is particularly active assisting in project finance for in the energy and infrastructure spaces.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Latin American Investment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A recognized presence in the Latin American market, with strengths including cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Areas of skill include the representation of clients in PPPs with respect to infrastructure project work, together with a broad range of other strategic investments. Clients hail from a range of industries, including the infrastructure, banking and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths The team draws praise for its "extraordinary technical capabilities and business focus," with clients highlighting "their experience and understanding of both the business environment and client needs."

Sources also say: "They are very creative in building and negotiating a strategy."

Work highlights Advised Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura in $7 million of follow-on financing for the Tourist Corridor of Honduras toll road.

Assisted Promerica Financial Corp. in acquiring the stock of Banco Citibank de Guatemala and three affiliated entities from Citibank.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Alonso is a corporate expert with significant experience assisting with transactions of all kinds in Latin American jurisdictions. Sources say: "He is always looking to help the client in matters, even exceeding his duties." He regularly represents major names from the financial sector.

Fernando Margarit focuses his practice on loan facilities and project financing. He represents both banks and borrowers active in a range of industries. Market sources highlight his "deep knowledge of his practice area."

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Jones Day - Latin American Investment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Wide-ranging international practice with a substantial presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Particular strengths in the Miami office include project finance and syndicated finance, while the team is further bolstered by the impressive regional capabilities of the wider firm in Latin America. Particularly noted for its experience of matters in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Strengths Clients consider the firm "capable of managing matters of any degree, including problems that are out of the ordinary."

Sources also say that the team "are distinguished by their knowledge of trends, industry and the market in Latin America."

Work highlights Represented Atlas Holdings in its acquisition of the Interactive Printer Solutions division of NCR, including manufacturing facilities in Chile and Mexico.

Advised a group of co-lenders, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Clean Technology Fund, in the financing of a municipal gas lighting project in Baja California, Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Richard Puttré focuses his practice on project financing and transactions. He is particularly active on work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He works with both lenders and developers on cross-border deals across a number of Latin American jurisdictions.

Fradyn Suárez is an experienced financing attorney well versed in cross-border deals. She advises banks and financial institutions with work such as acquisition finance, debt restructurings and syndicated lending, and is especially active on project finance deals.

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Band 1

Fernando C Alonso

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fernando Alonso is a corporate expert with significant experience assisting with transactions of all kinds in Latin American jurisdictions. Sources say: "He is always looking to help the client in matters, even exceeding his duties." He regularly represents major names from the financial sector.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Dulin frequently represents major international names in the banking and finance sphere. She is particularly well versed with acquisition finance and structured loan facilities, and boasts significant experience in cross-border work.

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó has extensive M&A experience in a wide array of industry sectors. She is particularly noted for her expertise in banking matters. Clients praise her "sheer brilliance," saying: "She has a great handle on complex financial and accounting matters, which makes her structures truly fantastic. Also being multilingual and multicultural makes her an excellent problem solver."

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carlos Viana is highly regarded for his expertise in financing, and is especially active assisting in the development of energy projects. He is also experienced in various types of project transactions, and is particularly noted for his broad knowledge of the region and his experience in multijurisdictional deals.

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Band 2

Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Randy Bullard is an expert in both corporate transactions and financing matters. He regularly represents major businesses and banks in cross-border financings and investments in sectors such as retail, energy and telecommunications. One client says: "He knows a lot about Latin American markets and banking and finance in general," and adds: "I have worked with many firms and I have never seen a partner as involved as he is - he has considerable expertise."

 

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Miguel A Zaldivar

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Miguel Zaldivar is known for his expertise in energy matters and project finance. Particular areas of expertise include cross-border financing and power development.

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Band 3

Emilio J Alvarez-Farré

Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Emilio Alvarez-Farré's practice encompasses financing and corporate law. He advises clients in a range of industries on M&A transactions, acquisition finance and loan structuring, and also assists with joint venture agreements.

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Band 3

Juan Pablo Cappello

Private Advising Group, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Juan Pablo Cappello of Private Advising Group, P.A. is known for his fund-raising and financing expertise. He frequently represents corporate clients from a range of industries with seed and early series financings. Sources say he is "very well connected" and "has a good business perspective in a deal."

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Band 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Federico Goudie is well versed in a range of corporate and finance work. He regularly acts on M&A transactions, acquisition financing and restructuring as well as general corporate matters. Clients commend him for being "very committed and proactive, with a deep involvement in all matters."

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Band 3

Fernando Margarit

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fernando Margarit focuses his practice on loan facilities and project financing. He represents both banks and borrowers active in a range of industries. Market sources highlight his "deep knowledge of his practice area."

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Band 4

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alcides Avila is known as a very experienced counsel for banking and finance matters. He primarily acts on banking sector acquisitions, sales and regulatory compliance issues.

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Francisco Cerezo of DLA Piper LLP (US) regularly acts for corporate investors in acquisitions throughout the region. He is especially experienced with cross-border M&A transactions and deals in the energy sector. Clients value that "when efficiency is required, he can come up with strong solutions in a legal, technical or commercial battle and also provide a good analysis of the problem."

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Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marco Ferri advises on varied corporate and finance mandates, including refinancings, corporate strategy and M&A. He is also experienced in equity transactions and related acquisition financings.

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Band 4

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Mencio is experienced in M&A in a variety of sectors. He is recognized for his expertise in cross-border transactions and his knowledge of corporate agreements such as joint ventures in Latin American jurisdictions.

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Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Mendoza concentrates his practice on capital markets and banking finance transactions. He is especially well versed with the financial market in Brazil.

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Murphy of DLA Piper LLP (US) is a corporate and banking lawyer with extensive experience in M&A, debt structuring and project finance. Clients describe him as "an extremely meticulous and creative attorney" who "is always available and really inspires confidence."

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Band 4

Richard P Puttré

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Puttré focuses his practice on project financing and transactions. He is particularly active on work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He works with both lenders and developers on cross-border deals across a number of Latin American jurisdictions.

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Band 4

Norberto E Quintana

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Norberto Quintana is described by clients as "a very talented and smart lawyer with a lot of knowledge in this field." They add that "he provides confidence to his clients and he is always available at any time." He represents lenders and borrowers in structured finance transactions in a variety of sectors, and is particularly active assisting in project finance for in the energy and infrastructure spaces.

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Band 4

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Fradyn Suárez is an experienced financing attorney well versed in cross-border deals. She advises banks and financial institutions with work such as acquisition finance, debt restructurings and syndicated lending, and is especially active on project finance deals.

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Band 4

José Valdivia III

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

José Valdivia is an experienced projects counsel with a wide-ranging knowledge of the law across Latin American jurisdictions. His expertise includes project financing as well as acquisitions, disposals and development. 

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Band 4

Richard L Winston

Winston Legal Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Winston of Winston Legal Group assists corporate clients with a broad range of matters relating to their Latin American operations. Areas of particular expertise include M&A transactions, tax, and corporate structuring. Clients highlight "his ability to have a full comprehension of the legal environment and to analyze all the pros and cons before suggesting the better strategy."

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