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Latin-America Guide

Banking & Finance — Latin America-wide

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 29 partners
- approximately 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Revered practice acting for an impressive roster of multinational companies on some of the region's most sophisticated cross-border transactions. Particularly active in finance deals relating to Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Regularly advises major names from the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors on secured and unsecured syndicated loans to fund projects and refinance debt. Also represents lenders, including global and regional commercial, investment and development banks.

Strengths

"The firm has an incredible reputation for handling the big-ticket deals."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank as arranger and initial lender on a USD100 million loan to YPF in Argentina.  

Counsel to an ad hoc group of bondholders and backstop DIP subscribers of Óleo e Gás Participações in a USD500 million project bond restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Cooper is described by market commentators "as possibly the top restructuring lawyer in the region." He advises on complex debt and bankruptcy matters, particularly in Brazil and Mexico, including the major refinancing deal for Óleo e Gás Participações. He also acts for global investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

Sources regard Jorge Juantorena as "a great technical lawyer," and note his focus on transactions concerning Mexico. Experience includes advising clients from the engineering and construction sectors on various lending facilities, including bridge loans.

New York-based Wanda Olson has extensive experience advising on commercial bank lending and debt restructuring. Capital markets and acquisition finance are also key areas of focus.

Since publication, Carmen Amalia Corrales has retired from this practice.

Significant clients Alsacia & Express, Colbún, Deutsche Bank, Empresas ICA, ENAP.

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Powerhouse banking practice, frequently called upon to advise clients on a wide array of corporate and project finance and refinancing transactions. Highly experienced representing borrowers, notably corporate giants in the aviation, energy and telecoms sectors. Also acts for financial institutions on cross-border secured and unsecured term loan facilities. Additional areas of strength include asset and trade finance. Recent mandates span deals in Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Peru.

Strengths

"The team's professionalism and capacity to execute deals are impressive." 

Work highlights Advised sponsors Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Teekay Offshore Platforms as well as borrower OOGTK Libra on a USD1 billion secured loan.  

Acted for Citibank on USD300 million margin loan agreement with Camargo Corrêa.

Notable practitioners  

Highly esteemed market leader James Florack is described by clients as "a phenomenal banking lawyer," and "a wonderful professional who I can't praise highly enough." He is also noted for his strength in acquisition and leveraged finance. Recent mandates include advising Odebrecht on a term loan facility to finance a hydroelectric power plant in Peru.

Clients report that Manuel Garciadiaz "is extremely diligent and responsive." He frequently assists global investment banks and regional companies with margin and term loan agreements.

Seasoned practitioner Stephen Hood is recognised by peers for his experience in the field. He continues to act on major finance deals in the region, particularly for oil and gas projects. He co-led on the Odebrecht Oil & Gas, Teekay Offshore Platforms and OOGTK Libra work highlight. 

Significant clients Banco de Crédito del Perú, Santander, BR Properties, Elementia, Mexichem.

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded banking practice renowned for its impressive track record advising on the financing of projects across the region. Routinely acts for consortiums of investment banks and has extensive experience advising lead arrangers on large syndicated loan deals. Experience also includes handling facilities backed by export credit agencies (ECA). Active in a wide array of sectors, notably conventional and renewable energy, infrastructure, telecoms and manufacturing.

Strengths

"The team is my number one for financing. The lawyers are very experienced; their knowledge of the local market ensures that the transactions run smoothly."

Work highlights Acted for Gol LuxCo as borrowers on a USD300 million term loan guaranteed by Delta Air Lines.

Represented the lender in a USD270 million senior unsecured revolving facility for Chilean utility company E.CL.

Notable practitioners  

Revered market leader Carlos Albarracín "is very, very good," according to commentators. He regularly advises lenders on high-profile financing deals throughout the region, with a notable focus on Mexico, Colombia and Peru. He also led the team on the USD270 million senior unsecured revolving facility granted to E.CL in Chile.

Interviewees report that Carolina Walther-Meade "is very intelligent and conducts negotiations in a smooth way. She really understands the clients demands and the Brazilian mentality." Walther-Meade concentrates her practice on project finance deals, with experience across the Latin American region.

Significant clients Partners Group, Mizuho, Grupo R, Sete Brasil, Export-Import Bank of Korea.

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global leaders in banking with demonstrable expertise in a wide range of corporate, acquisition and project finance deals. Noted activity in the energy sector, particularly in oil and gas mandates. Restructuring is also an area of focus, notably in the Mexican market. Acts extensively as lender's counsel on syndicated revolving and term loans. Clients include Asian, European and Latin American investment banks and private equity funds. Experience also encompasses structuring multicurrency facilities. 

Work highlights Advised Raízen Energia on a USD450 million term loan and USD285 million revolving credit facility granted by a consortium of major investment banks.

Acted for Banco Nacional de México, Integrante del Grupo Financiero Banamex, División Fiduciaria, as administrative agent on a dual-tranche, multicurrency, senior unsecured finance deal for Tenedora de Cines. The aggregate total of the deal was approximately USD390 million.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of department Denise Grant is endorsed by market commentators as a "lead lawyer in Chile." She represents financial institutions, multinational companies, multilateral agencies and ECAs in an array of unsecured and secured finance deals. She led the team on the Tenedora de Cines work highlight mentioned above.

Widely respected practitioner Jeanne Olivier is described by sources as "mature, liked by clients and able to command the respect of banks." She has a wealth of experience in acquisition and project finance deals across the region. Corporate restructuring is also an area of significant focus. 

Cynthia Urda Kassis is recommended by interviewees as "a very high-quality project finance lawyer." She regularly acts on complex cross-border financings in the energy and natural resources sector. Recent mandates include advising Raízen Energia on a USD450 million term loan and USD285 million revolving credit facility. 

Well-regarded banking lawyer Stuart Fleischmann focuses principally on structured cross-border finance. He is particularly active in the telecoms, oil and gas, and metallurgy industries.

Significant clients Abengoa, AES Gener, Bancolombia, Transelec, Banamex.

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 29 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional heavyweight with a strong banking practice regularly sought out to advise global financial institutions in connection with loan facilities for Latin American banks. Also assists corporate giants from the oil and gas, mining, transport and industrial sectors with major project finance mandates. Advice covers syndicated lending such as bridge loans and revolving credit agreements. Corporate finance is also an area of noted strength, including acquisitions and export prepayment facilities. 

Strengths

"The team's work is of a really high quality. The lawyers are truly focused on the jurisdictions in which they work, and dedicate a lot of time to each client."

Work highlights Acted for Standard Chartered Bank as administrative agent and HSBC Securities, Standard Chartered Bank and Wells Fargo Securities as global co-ordinators on an amendment and restatement of a USD490 million facility for Corpbanca.

Assisted Votorantim Industrial and its subsidiary Votorantim Cimentos with a five-year unsecured revolving credit facility granted by a consortium of 14 banks worth an aggregate total of USD1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Baker is recognised by market commentators for his expertise and understanding of the Brazilian market. He is renowned for his experience advising on complex finance transactions for corporate and industrial clients. Export prepayment facilities and syndicated lending are areas of significant strength.

Clients state that Carlos Viana "knows the people and the industry. He always thinks about his client's interests and keeps them up to date with changes." They add: "He is very intelligent and dedicated." He is acclaimed by peers for his syndicated lending work, advising major investment banks and corporate companies.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Highly respected magic circle firm with expertise in structured finance and syndicated credit facilities for Latin American, especially Brazilian, companies in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Acts for an impressive roster of lenders including global financial institutions, regional banks and multilateral agencies. Also handles limited recourse financing, equity investments and debt restructuring.

Strengths

"The team delivers an excellent service and offers great value for money. In terms of billing and moving a transaction forward the firm stands apart from others."

Work highlights Advised Banco Safra on a USD205 million term loan arranged by Standard Chartered Bank and Mizuho Bank.

Assisted Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecémand (CSP) and sponsors Vale, POSCO and Dongkuk Steel with a USD3.1 billion project finance deal. 

 Notable practitioners

Clients attest that Dorina Yessios "knows her industry very well, and is very proactive and committed to the transaction." She regularly acts for global and regional banks lending to the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

São Paulo-based Bruno Soares has experience advising on an array of finance structures, including syndicated credit and pre-export facilities. He led the team on the aforementioned Banco Safra term loan and on a USD3.1 billion project finance deal for Brazilian company CSP.

Significant clients Brasil Foods, BTG Pactual, Banco Itaú-Unibanco, Credit Suisse, US Ex-Im Bank.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers.

What the team is known for Market leaders in the energy sphere, with a strong banking and finance team offering comprehensive coverage of asset, acquisition and project finance deals, as well as restructuring mandates. Acts extensively for lenders, including investment banks and multilateral agencies. Bank borrower facilities are also an area of focus, including advising Asian investors on loans to regional lenders. Renowned for its strength in structured finance, particularly for infrastructure projects.

Strengths

"The team is good for complicated negotiations when there is an asymmetrical relationship between borrowers and lenders. The lawyers have a strong holistic approach and can anticipate whether a client might want to restructure a deal in future."

New developments Gianluca Bacchiocchi recently joined the firm.  

Work highlights Advised Mizuho as agent and senior lender in connection with Airosaru Drilling's USD500 million restructuring. 

Acted for IFC in connection with a USD400 million multi-tranche loan facility to Itaú Banco.

Notable practitioners

Regional managing partner Evan Cohen's practice covers project, acquisition and asset finance deals. He is deeply experienced in term loans and revolving credit facilities. Recent mandates include acting for Omni Helicopters in a deal to finance the purchase of helicopters.

Jay Gavigan is endorsed by sources for his significant banking specialism. Acquisition finance is an area of strength, notably in connection with the energy sector. Gavigan recently represented Bancolombia in the USD130 million acquisition of an energy generation company in the Dominican Republic.

Christopher Willott is noted by peers for his project finance work in the energy and natural resources sector. He frequently represents major lenders such as commercial banks, ECAs and multilateral organisations.

Renowned securitisation expert Gianluca Bacchiocchi has a wealth of experience acting for sponsors and lenders on infrastructure projects. He is recognised for his work on the Red Dorsal fibre-optic network in Peru, as well as advising on major toll road projects in Colombia.

Significant clients UBS, Banco Bradesco, ING, Citibank, BTG Pactual.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Experts in structured finance acting principally for multinational lenders. Regularly sought after to assist with complex transactions involving ECAs, multilateral entities and institutional investors. Regularly advises on a range of credit facilities, including bridge, term and margin loans. Debt restructuring is also an area of focus. Has noted involvement in corporate finance deals in the energy and natural resources space.

Work highlights Represented Société Générale in a USD370 million margin loan to Banco Santander Brasil.

Acted for HSBC in connection with the USD115 million financing for a subsidiary of Grupo México.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Doetsch impresses clients with "his knowledge of complex structures." They go on to report: "He has his fingers on the pulse and knows what the industry looks like in Latin America." Doetsch frequently acts for global investment banks and multilateral agencies on secured and unsecured syndicated term loan agreements.

Interviewees describe David Duffee as "a true banking lawyer." He works extensively for lenders, acting for multinational banks on structured loans to companies in the energy and natural resources sectors. Recent mandates include advising on deals involving Brazilian, Colombian and Costa Rican entities.

Significant clients Banco de Crédito del Perú, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, IFC, Bank of Montreal.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners 
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Potent finance practice advising global investment banks, asset managers and multinational companies on corporate and acquisition finance deals. Regularly handles syndicated lending and structured transactions, including export credit facilities and securitisation, with additional experience advising on complex restructuring mandates. Noted involvement in the energy, financial services, retail and manufacturing sectors. Recent mandates include deals in Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Strengths

"The team is reliable, friendly and customer-oriented. It has a very good group focused on Latin America and the rates are fair."

Work highlights Represented Electro Dunas in connection with a USD25 million term loan arranged by BTG Pactual.

Acted for Citibank as lead arranger on a USD195.4 million credit facility for InRetail Shopping Malls.

Notable practitioners  

Clients report that David Williams "is able to see the bigger picture while taking care of the smaller details in a transaction." He represents corporate borrowers in connection with high-value syndicated loans and has extensive experience in the Chilean market. Recent mandates include negotiating a USD200 million term loan on behalf of Molibdenos y Metales.  

Respected practitioner Jaime Mercado is co-head of the São Paulo office. He represents companies in the transport, retail and agriculture sectors on an array of finance deals. Experience includes acting on high-value debt restructurings, including representing Unigel Participações on a USD334 million debt refinancing deal.  

Todd Crider represents borrowers and lenders on complex credit transactions. He has notable activity in Peru, including advising Electro Dunas on the aforementioned USD25 million term loan work highlight.

Significant clients Rabobank, Scotiabank, Brasil Foods, The Carlyle Group, COPEC.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Prestigious international firm with an impressive track record representing corporate clients and global financial institutions in complex banking transactions. Acquisition finance is an area of recognised strength, with noted activity across the energy, natural resources and transport sectors. Frequently advises on syndicated multi-tranche loans and senior credit facilities to fund corporate ventures and to finance infrastructure projects.

Strengths

"The exceptional breadth of experience and creativity of the team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom adds significant value to our transactions. The lawyers are creative and resourceful and provide innovative advice and novel legal solutions. They are always available; their utmost dedication to client service and commitment to excellence is extraordinary."

Work highlights Represented BBVA, Banco Itaú and Scotiabank as lead arrangers in a USD645 million syndicated loan to Empresa de Energía de Bogotá.

Acted for Bancolombia as lead arranger and lender in a USD160 million secured syndicated loan to AI Loyalty in connection with its acquisition of a 30% stake in LifeMiles.

Notable practitioners  

Sources enthuse that Alejandro González Lazzeri "is dedicated to Latin America and understands market dynamics and regulations. He is bilingual, has great business acumen and always goes the extra mile. His insight is invaluable." They go on to comment: "He is brilliant, extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic." Recent mandates include advising multinational lenders on deals in Colombia.

Since publication, Richard Aldrich Jr has retired from this practice.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its considerable experience representing governments and central banks on an array of finance and regulatory matters. Advises global and regional financial institutions on compliance matters as well as transactions involving debt refinancing and acquisitions of distressed companies and assets. Offers adept handling of mandates concerning national reserves, swap transactions and syndicated loans.

Strengths

"We value the firm's dedication and efforts in providing us with a high-quality service. The lawyers are very knowledgeable and are always available, even on weekends and holidays. We have fluent and fruitful communication with them."

Work highlights Represented the Banco de Costa Rica in connection with a USD125 million syndicated term loan with BLADEX.

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head Gregory Harrington advises an impressive roster of regional banks on compliance matters. He has noted experience in export prepayment financing, particularly for Brazilian borrowers, and is also recognised for his activity in the Peruvian market.

Significant clients Banco de Crédito del Perú, Republic of Panama, Bradesco, Central Bank of Brazil, Republic of Honduras.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Respected practice group regularly called upon to advise multinational banks, with noted activity in Brazil. Well known for adept handling of trade finance deals, including high-value export pre-payment facilities. Other areas of strength encompass acquisition and asset finance, particularly in the aviation sector. Team additionally offers advice on refinancing deals, including bank closures and insolvency matters.

Strengths

"The service provided by the team is top-notch, which has been fundamental given the complexity of the matter concerned." 

Work highlights Represented HSBC, Scotiabank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho and Sumitomo as lenders in connection with a USD600 million export prepayment facility for a Brazilian conglomerate.

Notable practitioners

According to impressed market sources, Amy Dulin's "experience in commodities finance is unrivalled." They continue: "She is wonderful and widely recognised by both borrowers and lenders. She is great at facilitating transactions and making the process easy." Dulin advises on a range of structured finance deals and led on the aforementioned work highlight regarding a USD600 million export prepayment facility.

Clients are quick to highlight Federico Goudie, commenting that "he is very knowledgeable and has good negotiating skills." They also value his reliable advice and understanding of their businesses. Goudie's practice principally covers acquisition finance mandates.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, HSBC, Natixis, Crédit Agricole, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Pan-regional practice with a strong track record advising investment and development banks as well as corporate borrowers on an array of finance deals. Frequently acts for international lenders and Latin American companies in the energy and telecoms sectors on secured credit facilities, with notable activity in Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Additionally well versed in handling debt refinancing mandates involving distressed borrowers.

Strengths

"The team is proactive and has deep knowledge of the financial markets. The lawyers are always willing to tend to the needs of the company and they advise us from both a legal and commercial perspective."

Work highlights Acted for NII Holdings on restructuring of its USD875 million credit facilities in Mexico and Brazil with the China Development Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Clients report that James Salerno "has a genuine interest in seeing a process through to completion. By being proactive, he gives more than is necessary to a transaction." Recent mandates include advising Canacol Energy on a USD200 million secured credit facility. 

 Significant clients Inter-American Development Bank, Jefferies, NII Holdings, Citibank, NRG.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice advising regional and international banks on secured syndicated credit facilities, including structured loans. Also represents corporate borrowers, notably in the agriculture and energy sectors. Active handling cross-border deals in a number of countries across the region. Recent mandates involve Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.

Strengths

"We are extremely happy with the team. The lawyers provide a comprehensive service and the advice goes beyond the transaction at hand. It is a bonus that the partners are always available. They liaise very well with local lawyers across multiple jurisdictions. They are deal makers and know how to keep a transaction moving forward."

Work highlights Advised Noble Americas as initial lender in connection with a USD1 billion term loan to PetroEcuador.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Sabrena Silver as "a very commercial lawyer, who grasps concepts quickly and can walk the client through any issues that need to be highlighted." They continue to endorse her commitment to their work, commenting: "Her ability to familiarise herself with the nuts and bolts of a transactions is impressive." She led the team on the USD1 billion term loan granted by Noble Americas to PetroEcuador.

Significant clients Banco Itaú, Falabella, Citibank, Santander, Bancolombia.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Respected practice known for its activity in the project finance space, including non-recourse debt finance. Advises corporate borrowers, multilateral agencies and global banks on syndicated structured trade credit and revolving credit facilities. Recent mandates include handling deals in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors, particularly in Peru, Brazil and Chile.

Strengths 

"I am very happy with the work, service and insight provided by the team. The overall experience has been great."

Work highlights Advised Vale on a USD3 billion syndicated revolving credit facility arranged by a consortium of global investment banks.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Johnson is highlighted by market sources for his considerable knowledge of pre-export finance. He advises both lenders and borrowers on cross-border structured finance deals. Johnson led the team advising Vale on the aforementioned USD3 billion credit facility agreement. 

Significant clients Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Grupo ACS, ING, Credit Suisse.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 10 partners
- approximately 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice with experience acting for corporate lenders and borrowers, particularly in the Mexican market. Noted activity assisting with deals in the food and drink and automotive industries and a solid reputation for its work in corporate and project finance deals, including bilateral and syndicated loans. Offers significant experience in secured dual-currency finance deals. Advice also covers debt refinancing and structured transactions.

Strengths

"The team is excellent: the lawyers are experienced and have in-depth knowledge."

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Michael Fitzgerald is highly respected by market commentators for his work across the sector, including banking and finance and capital markets transactions. He is a dominant figure within the Mexican market, acting for borrowers and lenders in large structured finance deals and debt restructuring.

Respected partner Robert Kartheiser "is a phenomenal project finance lawyer," according to interviewees. He is particularly active in the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kartheiser's key clients include high-profile corporate borrowers and equity investors.

Market sources assert that Taisa Markus is "very good at empathising with her clients." They add: "She is well respected, assertive and her advice is always clear." She has experience advising on secured, subordinated and structured finance deals.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Emerging practice with demonstrable strength advising on syndicated term and revolving loans. Active in pre-export finance deals, representing both borrowers and lenders, including import-export banks. Clients also include leading international banks and insurers. Has noted activity in Brazil and Mexico, frequently handling deals in the telecoms and energy sectors.

Strengths

"The service provided by the team is excellent. We value the lawyers' business acumen and knowledge of financing under New York law."

Work highlights Advised Mizuho Bank on three separate loans to Elektro Eletricidade e Serviços, WEG and CPFL Energia. The deals are worth USD60 million, USD220 million and USD75 million respectively.  

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees state that Antonio Piccirillo has "in-depth knowledge of the market and is always accessible." They add: "He is an exceptional lawyer with vast knowledge. He goes above and beyond to provide the best advice on every matter." They also highlight his experience in complex transactions. Piccirillo advised Mizuho Bank on the aforementioned work highlight.

Clients express strong appreciation for David Fenwick's "business-savvy" approach. He advises arrangers and borrowers on international loan facilities, including notable clients from the telecoms and energy sectors. He also acts for investors from across Latin America, Europe and Asia.  

Clients praise Carlos Martinez as "pro-business and very available." He advises creditors and borrowers on a range of transactions, including bank loans and debt restructuring. He also has experience in ECA lending.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners 
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded international firm acting for US, European and regional investment banks on acquisition deals for local commercial banks. Also advises corporate borrowers in the energy and natural resource sector on secured and unsecured credit facilities, primarily to finance projects. Noted activity handling deals in Colombia, Chile and Uruguay.  

Strengths

"The team is outstanding. It has the talent to respond to the most important and complex issues that we face internationally."

Work highlights Advised Ecopetrol on an unsecured loan agreement for USD1.925 billion with eight international investment banks.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say that Sergio Galvis's "strategic sense and ability to consider matters holistically are highly valuable." His practice covers both acquisition and project finance. He is particularly active advising corporate borrowers in the oil and gas and mining sectors.

Christopher Mann's wide-ranging practice takes in bank restructuring, acquisition and project finance mandates. He has experience handling deals in the energy and natural resources and telecoms sectors.

Significant clients Bancolombia, Santander, Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs, Bankia.  

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Advises clients on a range of project finance and debt refinancing mandates throughout the region, with noted presence in Argentina and Mexico in particular. Sector-specific expertise spans the energy, natural resources, consumer goods and tourism industries. Clients include major state-owned petrochemical companies.

Notable practitioners  

Co-chair of the firm's finance group David Bayrock represents private and public institutions in an array of international transactions. Concentrates on debt restructuring, trade and project finance, including structured transactions. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with a significant regional footprint and on-the-ground presence in multiple jurisdictions throughout Latin America. Advises lenders and borrowers on project finance deals, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector. Noted involvement in joint ventures and debt refinancing deals. Clients typically include major energy companies and investment banks. 

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head John Murphy is endorsed by peers for the strength of his practice in the region. Recent mandates include representing corporate borrowers in project finance deals in Colombia.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Pacific Rubiales, BTG Pactual, Natixis, Credit Suisse.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners 
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted practice group operating primarily out of its Miami and Mexico City offices. Represents corporate borrowers from the financial services, telecoms and energy sectors in cross-border finance deals. Advice covers the negotiation of credit facilities, including secured and unsecured loans.

Strengths

"The team at Greenberg Traurig provides an excellent service. We value its availability, approachability and understanding of our internal policies. The lawyers' fast response times distinguish them from others in the market."

Work highlights Advised Grupo Bio Pappel on a USD225 million syndicated secured credit facility arranged by Credit Suisse in a loan designed to finance the acquisition of a Mexican manufacturing company.

Notable practitioners  

Impressed clients report that Randy Bullard is "extremely approachable and efficient," adding: "He has a good understanding of how cross-border transactions work and of different jurisdictional rules." Bullard regularly handles deals in Colombia, Chile and Central America.

Significant clients Banco do Estado do Rio Grande, Barclays Bank, Omega Energy International, Universidad de los Andes, Mesoamerica Investments.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 40 partners. 
- approximately 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable practice well known for advising sovereign states and state-owned energy companies on major loan agreements. Also acts for lenders including FIBRAs, banks and multilateral institutions on multicurrency credit facilities. Noted activity in Mexico, Venezuela and Ecuador. 

Strengths 

"The lawyers know the jurisdictions that we work in incredibly well. They are savvy in terms of getting to know the client and understanding the local laws."

Work highlights Acted for Fibra Uno in the negotiation of a USD360 million dual-currency syndicated revolving credit facility arranged by Banco Santander México. 

Notable practitioners

Appreciative sources state that Emil Arca "really goes into the details to master the whole transaction." Peers highlight his "very good client relationships." He has significant experience handling structured cross-border finance deals.

Significant clients PDVSA, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ecuador, Banco Mercantil del Norte, Grupo Financiero Banorte, IFO.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners 
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing practice with considerable experience negotiating syndicated loan agreements for corporate clients. Has noted expertise advising on asset finance mandates in the aviation sector. Also represents multinational financial institutions lending to regional banks. Project and acquisition finance are other key areas of focus.

Strengths

"I love the team at Holland & Knight. It is responsive, thinks outside of the box and wants to find solutions. The firm's rates are also competitive."

Work highlights Represented BLADEX, part of a nine-bank syndicate, in a USD125 million loan to Banco de Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners  

Clients state that Stephen Double "is diligent and highly knowledgeable about the loan market." They also comment: "His availability, especially when handling time-sensitive matters, is very important." He advised BLADEX on several cross-border loan deals including the aforementioned highlight. 

Norberto Quintana is "permanently looking at ways to assist clients and is always one step ahead when considering their needs," according to impressed sources. They continue: "He assumes a leading role in driving transactions forward and co-ordinating with lawyers across multiple jurisdictions."

Significant clients Consorcio Omerga, BICSA, Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas, First Bank of Puerto Rico, Santander.

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第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 161 partners
- 210 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Miami-based practice with a strong track record advising on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects across the region. Works extensively on deals involving multilateral agencies, representing both lenders and borrowers. Also advises on asset-backed loans particularly in the real estate sector. 

Strengths

"We value the team's quick responses, the high quality of its work and the reasonable fees. The fact that the lawyers strive to solve and not create problems distinguishes them from competitors." 

Notable practitioners  

Fernando Alonso is the key client contact at the firm.

Significant clients Santander, Grupo ICE, Citibank, Promerica Financial, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Boutique practice noted for its adept representation of regional and global commercial and investment banks. Strong focus on trade finance, assisting clients with export prepayment facilities. Also advises on loans to banks as well as to agriculture and mining companies, particularly in Brazil.

Notable practitioners  

Respected partner Susanna Stern is commended by interviewees for her activity in the sector and for her knowledge of the Brazilian market in particular. Stern typically represents lenders in secured bilateral and syndicated cross-border loans and pre-export facilities.

Russell Leblang is described by market sources as "an excellent professional with a great understanding of financing under New York law." They add: "He is flexible and always prepared to protect his clients' interests."

Significant clients ING São Paulo, ABN AMRO, Itaú Unibanco, Rabobank Brasil, IIG Capital.

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第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 73 partners
- 115 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises financial institutions, including commercial banks, multilateral credit agencies and insurance companies. Particularly active in project finance in the energy sector, above all in oil and gas. Also advises corporate borrowers, particularly in Mexico, on secured credit facilities.

Work highlights Represented Fermaca Global and Fermaca Pipeline El Encino as borrowers in the USD858 million finance deal to build a 445 km natural gas pipeline in Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Respected practice co-head Antonio Del Pino advises on a wide array of operations across the region, with notable experience assisting borrowers with project finance mandates in the oil and gas sectors. Recent work highlights include transactions in the Mexican and Venezuelan markets. 

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第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 40 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced practice group handling credit facilities and refinancing deals for projects, notably in the oil and gas, infrastructure and food and drink sectors. Frequently represents US and Japanese investment banks and corporations in deals affecting Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Strengths

"The team is very client-friendly. The lawyers invest a lot of time and are interested in working with us to develop new initiatives and to see them develop and succeed. They have been great at helping us to understand the legal market before launching a transaction."

Work highlights Advised the bondholders on the OAS's debt restructuring programme. The bonds are worth in excess of USD1 billion. 

Notable practitioners

Market sources say that Thomas Mellor "provides an excellent service. He covers all angles and really understands the legal market." They go on to report: "He has great knowledge of Brazilian law." Mellor leads the team on many of its most important debt financing and lending mandates.

Significant clients National Bank of Kuwait, The Norinchukin Bank, Prudential, HSBC, Sumitomo Metal & Mining.

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第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Long-standing Latin America practice, now with an enhanced regional footprint due to its integration into Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría. Frequently advises Spanish banks on their investments in the region. Team has notable activity in consumer banking, energy and tourism sectors. 

Work highlights Advised Banco de Sabadell on the financing of Blue Bay's USD100 million acquisition of a hotel in Mexico.

Notable practitioners 

Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira is the key client contact at the firm.

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Senior Statesmen

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Stephen Hood is recognised by peers for his experience in the field. He continues to act on major finance deals in the region, particularly for oil and gas projects. He co-led on the Odebrecht Oil & Gas, Teekay Offshore Platforms and OOGTK Libra work highlight. 

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered market leader Carlos Albarracín "is very, very good," according to commentators. He regularly advises lenders on high-profile financing deals throughout the region, with a notable focus on Mexico, Colombia and Peru. He also led the team on the USD270 million senior unsecured revolving facility granted to E.CL in Chile.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Richard Cooper is described by market commentators "as possibly the top restructuring lawyer in the region." He advises on complex debt and bankruptcy matters, particularly in Brazil and Mexico, including the major refinancing deal for Óleo e Gás Participações. He also acts for global investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to impressed market sources, Amy Dulin's "experience in commodities finance is unrivalled." They continue: "She is wonderful and widely recognised by both borrowers and lenders. She is great at facilitating transactions and making the process easy." Dulin advises on a range of structured finance deals and led on the aforementioned work highlight regarding a USD600 million export prepayment facility.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Michael Fitzgerald is highly respected by market commentators for his work across the sector, including banking and finance and capital markets transactions. He is a dominant figure within the Mexican market, acting for borrowers and lenders in large structured finance deals and debt restructuring.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly esteemed market leader James Florack is described by clients as "a phenomenal banking lawyer," and "a wonderful professional who I can't praise highly enough." He is also noted for his strength in acquisition and leveraged finance. Recent mandates include advising Odebrecht on a term loan facility to finance a hydroelectric power plant in Peru.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Denise Grant is endorsed by market commentators as a "lead lawyer in Chile." She represents financial institutions, multinational companies, multilateral agencies and ECAs in an array of unsecured and secured finance deals. She led the team on the Tenedora de Cines work highlight mentioned above.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Donald Baker is recognised by market commentators for his expertise and understanding of the Brazilian market. He is renowned for his experience advising on complex finance transactions for corporate and industrial clients. Export prepayment facilities and syndicated lending are areas of significant strength.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Douglas Doetsch impresses clients with "his knowledge of complex structures." They go on to report: "He has his fingers on the pulse and knows what the industry looks like in Latin America." Doetsch frequently acts for global investment banks and multilateral agencies on secured and unsecured syndicated term loan agreements.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe David Duffee as "a true banking lawyer." He works extensively for lenders, acting for multinational banks on structured loans to companies in the energy and natural resources sectors. Recent mandates include advising on deals involving Brazilian, Colombian and Costa Rican entities.

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Alejandro González Lazzeri

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources enthuse that Alejandro González Lazzeri "is dedicated to Latin America and understands market dynamics and regulations. He is bilingual, has great business acumen and always goes the extra mile. His insight is invaluable." They go on to comment: "He is brilliant, extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic." Recent mandates include advising multinational lenders on deals in Colombia.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Robert Kartheiser "is a phenomenal project finance lawyer," according to interviewees. He is particularly active in the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kartheiser's key clients include high-profile corporate borrowers and equity investors.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources say that Thomas Mellor "provides an excellent service. He covers all angles and really understands the legal market." They go on to report: "He has great knowledge of Brazilian law." Mellor leads the team on many of its most important debt financing and lending mandates.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Jaime Mercado is co-head of the São Paulo office. He represents companies in the transport, retail and agriculture sectors on an array of finance deals. Experience includes acting on high-value debt restructurings, including representing Unigel Participações on a USD334 million debt refinancing deal.  

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Widely respected practitioner Jeanne Olivier is described by sources as "mature, liked by clients and able to command the respect of banks." She has a wealth of experience in acquisition and project finance deals across the region. Corporate restructuring is also an area of significant focus. 

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Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees state that Antonio Piccirillo has "in-depth knowledge of the market and is always accessible." They add: "He is an exceptional lawyer with vast knowledge. He goes above and beyond to provide the best advice on every matter." They also highlight his experience in complex transactions. Piccirillo advised Mizuho Bank on the aforementioned work highlight.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Cynthia Urda Kassis is recommended by interviewees as "a very high-quality project finance lawyer." She regularly acts on complex cross-border financings in the energy and natural resources sector. Recent mandates include advising Raízen Energia on a USD450 million term loan and USD285 million revolving credit facility. 

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients state that Carlos Viana "knows the people and the industry. He always thinks about his client's interests and keeps them up to date with changes." They add: "He is very intelligent and dedicated." He is acclaimed by peers for his syndicated lending work, advising major investment banks and corporate companies.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients report that David Williams "is able to see the bigger picture while taking care of the smaller details in a transaction." He represents corporate borrowers in connection with high-value syndicated loans and has extensive experience in the Chilean market. Recent mandates include negotiating a USD200 million term loan on behalf of Molibdenos y Metales.  

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-chair of the firm's finance group David Bayrock represents private and public institutions in an array of international transactions. Concentrates on debt restructuring, trade and project finance, including structured transactions. 

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Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients express strong appreciation for David Fenwick's "business-savvy" approach. He advises arrangers and borrowers on international loan facilities, including notable clients from the telecoms and energy sectors. He also acts for investors from across Latin America, Europe and Asia.  

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients say that Sergio Galvis's "strategic sense and ability to consider matters holistically are highly valuable." His practice covers both acquisition and project finance. He is particularly active advising corporate borrowers in the oil and gas and mining sectors.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Gregory Harrington advises an impressive roster of regional banks on compliance matters. He has noted experience in export prepayment financing, particularly for Brazilian borrowers, and is also recognised for his activity in the Peruvian market.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Charles Johnson is highlighted by market sources for his considerable knowledge of pre-export finance. He advises both lenders and borrowers on cross-border structured finance deals. Johnson led the team advising Vale on the aforementioned USD3 billion credit facility agreement. 

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources regard Jorge Juantorena as "a great technical lawyer," and note his focus on transactions concerning Mexico. Experience includes advising clients from the engineering and construction sectors on various lending facilities, including bridge loans.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe Sabrena Silver as "a very commercial lawyer, who grasps concepts quickly and can walk the client through any issues that need to be highlighted." They continue to endorse her commitment to their work, commenting: "Her ability to familiarise herself with the nuts and bolts of a transactions is impressive." She led the team on the USD1 billion term loan granted by Noble Americas to PetroEcuador.

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Landay Leblang Stern

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Susanna Stern is commended by interviewees for her activity in the sector and for her knowledge of the Brazilian market in particular. Stern typically represents lenders in secured bilateral and syndicated cross-border loans and pre-export facilities.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Appreciative sources state that Emil Arca "really goes into the details to master the whole transaction." Peers highlight his "very good client relationships." He has significant experience handling structured cross-border finance deals.

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned securitisation expert Gianluca Bacchiocchi has a wealth of experience acting for sponsors and lenders on infrastructure projects. He is recognised for his work on the Red Dorsal fibre-optic network in Peru, as well as advising on major toll road projects in Colombia.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Impressed clients report that Randy Bullard is "extremely approachable and efficient," adding: "He has a good understanding of how cross-border transactions work and of different jurisdictional rules." Bullard regularly handles deals in Colombia, Chile and Central America.

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Regional managing partner Evan Cohen's practice covers project, acquisition and asset finance deals. He is deeply experienced in term loans and revolving credit facilities. Recent mandates include acting for Omni Helicopters in a deal to finance the purchase of helicopters.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Todd Crider represents borrowers and lenders on complex credit transactions. He has notable activity in Peru, including advising Electro Dunas on the aforementioned USD25 million term loan work highlight.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practice co-head Antonio Del Pino advises on a wide array of operations across the region, with notable experience assisting borrowers with project finance mandates in the oil and gas sectors. Recent work highlights include transactions in the Mexican and Venezuelan markets. 

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients state that Stephen Double "is diligent and highly knowledgeable about the loan market." They also comment: "His availability, especially when handling time-sensitive matters, is very important." He advised BLADEX on several cross-border loan deals including the aforementioned highlight. 

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Well-regarded banking lawyer Stuart Fleischmann focuses principally on structured cross-border finance. He is particularly active in the telecoms, oil and gas, and metallurgy industries.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients report that Manuel Garciadiaz "is extremely diligent and responsive." He frequently assists global investment banks and regional companies with margin and term loan agreements.

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jay Gavigan is endorsed by sources for his significant banking specialism. Acquisition finance is an area of strength, notably in connection with the energy sector. Gavigan recently represented Bancolombia in the USD130 million acquisition of an energy generation company in the Dominican Republic.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are quick to highlight Federico Goudie, commenting that "he is very knowledgeable and has good negotiating skills." They also value his reliable advice and understanding of their businesses. Goudie's practice principally covers acquisition finance mandates.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources say that Howard Kleinman of Dechert LLP "is flexible, attentive and able to come up with solutions that are effective across borders." They also highlight his strength acting as counsel to lenders. Recent transactions have principally focused on Mexico and Chile.

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Landay Leblang Stern

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Russell Leblang is described by market sources as "an excellent professional with a great understanding of financing under New York law." They add: "He is flexible and always prepared to protect his clients' interests."

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Broad and Cassel LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Florida-based Carlos Loumiet of Broad and Cassel is praised by clients for his "availability and creative problem-solving skills." He handles project and acquisition finance deals as well as venture capital investments. He is active in deals in the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Christopher Mann's wide-ranging practice takes in bank restructuring, acquisition and project finance mandates. He has experience handling deals in the energy and natural resources and telecoms sectors.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources assert that Taisa Markus is "very good at empathising with her clients." They add: "She is well respected, assertive and her advice is always clear." She has experience advising on secured, subordinated and structured finance deals.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise Carlos Martinez as "pro-business and very available." He advises creditors and borrowers on a range of transactions, including bank loans and debt restructuring. He also has experience in ECA lending.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head John Murphy is endorsed by peers for the strength of his practice in the region. Recent mandates include representing corporate borrowers in project finance deals in Colombia.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

New York-based Wanda Olson has extensive experience advising on commercial bank lending and debt restructuring. Capital markets and acquisition finance are also key areas of focus.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Norberto Quintana is "permanently looking at ways to assist clients and is always one step ahead when considering their needs," according to impressed sources. They continue: "He assumes a leading role in driving transactions forward and co-ordinating with lawyers across multiple jurisdictions."

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Vera Rechsteiner of Andrews Kurth LLP works extensively with multilateral agencies on financing projects across the region. Rechsteiner regularly handles inter-bank lending and the financing of social infrastructure projects. Recent mandates involve Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients report that James Salerno "has a genuine interest in seeing a process through to completion. By being proactive, he gives more than is necessary to a transaction." Recent mandates include advising Canacol Energy on a USD200 million secured credit facility. 

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Latin America guide

São Paulo-based Bruno Soares has experience advising on an array of finance structures, including syndicated credit and pre-export facilities. He led the team on the aforementioned Banco Safra term loan and on a USD3.1 billion project finance deal for Brazilian company CSP.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees report that Carolina Walther-Meade "is very intelligent and conducts negotiations in a smooth way. She really understands the clients demands and the Brazilian mentality." Walther-Meade concentrates her practice on project finance deals, with experience across the Latin American region.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Christopher Willott is noted by peers for his project finance work in the energy and natural resources sector. He frequently represents major lenders such as commercial banks, ECAs and multilateral organisations.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients attest that Dorina Yessios "knows her industry very well, and is very proactive and committed to the transaction." She regularly acts for global and regional banks lending to the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

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