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Latin American Investment — Florida


Greenberg Traurig, PA - Latin American Investment

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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 "They are hands-on and go all the way to understand each party's position and find solutions," remarks a satisfied client.

"It is a very complete service and convenient service," reports one source.

Work highlights Continued to act for Torres Unidas in connection with the extension and upsizing for its credit facilities in Chile and Peru. The lending bank was Scotiabank.

Represented Grupo Terra on its acquisition of the insurance, credit card and consumer banking operations of Citibank El Salvador. The matter is valued at $158 million.

Significant clients The Related Group, Guidewell Sanitas, Lazard MBA, MesoAmerica.

Notable practitioners

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is praised for her handling of complex transactional matters. She is widely recognized for her M&A work and also offers experience on banking matters, notably including acquisition finance.

Randy Bullard offers an impressively broad Latin America-focused practice, with recognized strength in the M&A and finance spaces. He offers experience on cross-border matters in a range of sectors, including energy, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Emilio Alvarez-Farré has experience handling a range of corporate and securities transactions, notably including M&A and joint venture matters. His clients include major corporate multinationals and private equity firms.

Yosbel Ibarra is cochair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian practice and is noted for his experience handling acquisitions and joint ventures. Clients describe him as "focused, hard-working and creative."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Latin American Investment

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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.

Notable practitioners

The "phenomenal" Miguel Zaldivar has a strong reputation for handling of complex cross-border transactions related to the energy sector. He excels in matters such as M&A and project financing.

José Valdivia cochairs the firm's Latin America practice and offers significant experience in almost all regions of Latin America. He is noted for his involvement on project finance transactions.

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White & Case LLP - Latin American Investment

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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 praise the firm's "excellent service" and appreciate the "very in-depth knowledge" of the lawyers.

"They are excellent lawyers and deliver high-quality work on time and know how to keep the client satisfied," reports one source.

Work highlights Represented Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and Wells Fargo on the amendment and restatement of a $116 million loan, as well as the provision of a new $374 million loan, for Corpbanca.

Acted for Wells Fargo and Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on a $125 syndicated loan facility for Scotiabank de Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Viana has a strong reputation for his handling of complex cross-border financings, notably with respect to energy projects. Recently he advised Mizuho Bank in connection with the amendment and restatement of a $200 million unsecured credit loan facility for Santander Chile.

Victor Mendoza is adept at handling capital markets and bank finance transactions, notably with respect to the Brazilian market. Sources say: "Victor is a subject matter expert who has tremendous instincts for the counterparty's behavior and provides expert, practical advice on how to achieve the client's ultimate goal."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Latin American Investment

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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 finacings, 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 "Hughes Hubbard has provided excellent, timely and cost-efficient service," enthuses a satisfied client.

One client remarks that "Hughes Hubbard & Reed delivered high-quality service in all matters" and notes "the commitment of the partners and the proactive approach" as a particular highlight.

Work highlights Acted for Multibank as borrower in an inter-bank credit agreement, with a sydicate of six banks acting as lenders. Standard Chartered acted as administrative agent on the $55 million facility.

Acted for BNP Paribas Securities, Natixis and MUFG Union Bank in connection with a $900 million syndicated export prepayment facility to Fibra.

Significant clients Chiltern, MUFG Union Bank, Citibank, Alta Rail, Doral Bank.

Notable practitioners

Amy Dulin is well known for her advice in the structured finance space, including syndicated loan facilities and acquisition financing. Sources praise her "excellent, timely and cost-efficient service."

Federico Goudie chairs the firm's Latin America group and offers a broad practice covering M&A, project finance and structured finance transactions. Sources describe him as "committed and proactive with deep involvement in all matters."

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Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP - Latin American Investment

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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 firm's service is great and everyone is very personal and professional," reports one market commentator.

Clients remark that the team's attorneys are "easily accessible and know when to give and when to push."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Banco de Credito e Inversiones in its $947 million acquisition of City National Bank of Florida from Bankia.

Provided ongoing representation to the Banacerraf and Cohen families in their acquisition of Espirito Santo Bank from Banco Espirito Santo.

Significant clients Ocean Bank, First Bank of Florida, G4S, Amadeus North America, Pensam Capital.

Notable practitioners

The "very professional" Alcides Avila is praised by clients for his experience in the banking market. He has notable experience handling regulatory, lending and M&A transactional matters.

Marco Ferri has experience handling a range of corporate and banking transactions, with particular expertise in M&A, joint ventures and equity investments.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Latin American Investment

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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 report: "The service was excellent both in terms of the lawyers' interpersonal skills and their technical expertise."

"They are proud professionals that know the drill," remarks one source.

Work highlights Provided counsel to Financiera de Desarrollo Niconal in a series of project financings, notably financing for the construction of the Perimetral Oriental de Bogota and the Pacifico 3 projects.

Significant clients Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, Buenavista Renewables, Fibra INN, FirstBank Puerto Rico, Banco Pichincha.

Notable practitioners

George Mencio is known for his work on cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions with a Latin American component. He is co-leader of the firm's corporate, M&A and securities practice group.

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Hunton & Williams LLP - Latin American Investment

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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 "Hunton & Williams is an excellent law firm providing high-quality services," proclaims one satisfied client.

"The firm provides wonderful client service. Clients are at the center of how the lawyers think," remarks one market source.

Work highlights Acted for Essilor in its $19 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rozin, a Central American optical equipment manufacturer.

Represented Biscayne Petroleum, the portfolio company of a Nicaraguan investor, in the sale of over 100 Florida gas stations to 7-Eleven.

Significant clients Banco de Sabadell, Santander, ACS Infrastructure Development, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, MasterCard International.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Margarit is "very professional with a deep knowledge of his practice," according to his clients. He is well known in the banking and infrastructure sectors and has particular expertise in handling cross-border financing trasnactions.

The "top class" Fernando Alonso has a wealth of experience handling sophisticated corporate transactions in the Latin America region. Interviewees describe him as "very professional and always available."

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Jones Day - Latin American Investment

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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.

Work highlights Provided counsel to the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation in relation to a number of credit facilities and loan agreements, including a $9 million credit facility to TicoFrut.

Advised Jinko Solar in connection with the development and financing of three solar projects in Mexico.

Significant clients Crédito Real, Iberdrola, Haitong Bank, Santander, Fisterra Energy.

Notable practitioners

Richard Puttré primarily focuses his work in the project finance and energy space. He is noted for his expertise working with lenders, borrowers and underwriters in complex financing transactions.

Fradyn Suárez is well versed in cross-border financings, including project and acquisition financing. Sources agree that she is "very strong" in transactions with a Latin American component.

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Fernando C Alonso

Hunton & Williams LLP

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The "top class" Fernando Alonso has a wealth of experience handling sophisticated corporate transactions in the Latin America region. Interviewees describe him as "very professional and always available."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Dulin is well known for her advice in the structured finance space, including syndicated loan facilities and acquisition financing. Sources praise her "excellent, timely and cost-efficient service."

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Greenberg Traurig, PA

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is praised for her handling of complex transactional matters. She is widely recognized for her M&A work and also offers experience on banking matters, notably including acquisition finance.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carlos Viana has a strong reputation for his handling of complex cross-border financings, notably with respect to energy projects. Recently he advised Mizuho Bank in connection with the amendment and restatement of a $200 million unsecured credit loan facility for Santander Chile.

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Miguel A Zaldivar

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "phenomenal" Miguel Zaldivar has a strong reputation for handling of complex cross-border transactions related to the energy sector. He excels in matters such as M&A and project financing.

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Emilio J Alvarez-Farré

Greenberg Traurig, PA

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Emilio Alvarez-Farré has experience handling a range of corporate and securities transactions, notably including M&A and joint venture matters. His clients include major corporate multinationals and private equity firms.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Randy Bullard offers an impressively broad Latin America-focused practice, with recognized strength in the M&A and finance spaces. He offers experience on cross-border matters in a range of sectors, including energy, telecommunications and manufacturing.

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Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very professional" Alcides Avila is praised by clients for his experience in the banking market. He has notable experience handling regulatory, lending and M&A transactional matters.

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Juan Pablo Cappello

Private Advising Group, P.A.

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Clients describe Juan Pablo Cappello of Private Advising Group, P.A. as "warm and personal" and say he has "good business perspective in a deal." His expertise spans both corporate and finance matters, with a particular focus on the venture capital space.

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Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

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Marco Ferri has experience handling a range of corporate and banking transactions, with particular expertise in M&A, joint ventures and equity investments.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Federico Goudie chairs the firm's Latin America group and offers a broad practice covering M&A, project finance and structured finance transactions. Sources describe him as "committed and proactive with deep involvement in all matters."

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Fernando Margarit

Hunton & Williams LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fernando Margarit is "very professional with a deep knowledge of his practice," according to his clients. He is well known in the banking and infrastructure sectors and has particular expertise in handling cross-border financing trasnactions.

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José Valdivia III

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

José Valdivia cochairs the firm's Latin America practice and offers significant experience in almost all regions of Latin America. He is noted for his involvement on project finance transactions.

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Pedro Antonio Alvarez

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira, LLP

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Pedro Antonio Alvarez of Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira, LLP has experience working on a number of corporate matters, including public-private partnerships and M&A, in both Latin America and the Caribbean.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Francisco Cerezo of DLA Piper LLP (US) is considered to be "very smart, with a very deep knowledge of the Latin America region." He is head of the firm's Latin America corporate practice and has extensive experience handling public-private partnerships and complex M&A transactions throughout the region.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Yosbel Ibarra is cochair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian practice and is noted for his experience handling acquisitions and joint ventures. Clients describe him as "focused, hard-working and creative."

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Broad and Cassel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carlos Loumiet of Broad and Cassel has a wealth of experience in Latin America, having been active in the region for 40 years. His primary strengths are in corporate and banking work, including M&A, cross-border financings and venture capital transactions.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Mencio is known for his work on cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions with a Latin American component. He is co-leader of the firm's corporate, M&A and securities practice group.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Mendoza is adept at handling capital markets and bank finance transactions, notably with respect to the Brazilian market. Sources say: "Victor is a subject matter expert who has tremendous instincts for the counterparty's behavior and provides expert, practical advice on how to achieve the client's ultimate goal."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Murphy of DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses his practice on financing, capital markets and M&A transactions. Clients regard him as a "meticulous and creative attorney."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Puttré primarily focuses his work in the project finance and energy space. He is noted for his expertise working with lenders, borrowers and underwriters in complex financing transactions.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Fradyn Suárez is well versed in cross-border financings, including project and acquisition financing. Sources agree that she is "very strong" in transactions with a Latin American component.

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Richard L Winston

Winston Legal Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Winston of Winston Legal is recognized for his handling of corporate matters in Latin America, including M&A and tax planning. He offers particular knowledge of the Brazilian market and is described by interviewees as "beyond excellent."

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