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Banking & Finance — Latin America-wide


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- approximately 11 partners
- approximately 71 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent practice renowned throughout Latin America and particularly active in finance deals relating to Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Advises an impressive roster of multinational companies on some of the region's most sophisticated cross-border transactions, including major names from the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Assists with debt restructurings as well as secured and unsecured syndicated loans to fund projects. Regularly represents lenders, including global and regional investment and development banks.

Strengths Clients praise the firm, stating that "the service and support during the transaction was outstanding. The professionalism of the lawyers and the speed with which they responded to any issue are standout qualities, as well as their ability to adapt the work to the particular situation of each of the parties involved in the transaction."

Another client singles out the firm, stating: "They have a great team and we think very highly of them. They are able to move things along in a transaction, keeping things as simple and efficient as possible."

Work highlights Advised the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority on the estimated USD73 billion municipal debt restructuring.

Represented an ad hoc group of bondholders in the possible USD19 billion restructuring of Oi, following the company's bankruptcy protection filing.

Significant clients América Móvil, Arendal, Corporación GEO, Pemex, Pampa Energía.

Notable practitioners

Distinguished practitioner Richard Cooper receives praise from market commentators, who describe him as being "a phenomenally good lawyer." Interviewees highlight his knowledge of debt and bankruptcy mandates, which is exemplified by his role as lead counsel in the aforementioned Puerto Rican municipal debt restructuring work highlight. He boasts an impressive client roster of leading global financial institutions and corporations, assisting them with matters throughout the region.

The "great" Jorge Juantorena is held in high regard by market sources. They consider him to be a "very capable" practitioner and a recognised player in the Latin American market, with a particular presence in Mexico. His recent activity includes debt restructurings and project financings for clients within the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Buenos Aires-based Andrés de la Cruz receives client commendations, with one describing him as a "fast, accurate and integral" participant in transactions. He is experienced in advising arrangers, borrowers and lenders on a variety of credit facilities.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: James Florack and Manuel Garciadiaz
- 8 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Powerhouse banking practice, frequently called upon to represent borrowers, notably corporate giants in the aviation, energy and telecoms sectors. Assists with a wide array of complex corporate and project finance and refinancing transactions. Also acts for financial institutions on cross-border secured and unsecured term loan facilities. Additional areas of strength include asset and trade finance. Active across a wide spread of Latin American countries, with a local presence in São Paulo and recent mandates spanning deals in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Argentina.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for providing an "overall great experience; the team is responsive, knowledgeable and efficient, taking care of the legal details between themselves and leaving strictly commercial issues to the borrower and lender."

Another goes on to single out the firm, asserting that the service is "superb - the lawyers are super-reliable and on top of everything."

Work highlights Counselled the administrative agent and the lenders on a USD500 million and CLP657 billion senior unsecured term loan credit facility for Enersis Américas.

Advised Trituradora y Procesadora de Materiales Santa Anita, as borrower, and Elementia, as guarantor, on a USD128 million term loan facility.

Significant clients Banco del Crédito del Perú, Contour Global, Mexichem, GP Investments, Santander.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department James Florack receives praise from clients, with one singling him out as "the best loan lawyer by a factor of ten that I have encountered on both the lender's and borrower's side." Others go on to consider him to be "very hard-working, efficient and available 24/7." He regularly represents financial institutions in sophisticated corporate financings, high-yield debt offerings and leveraged lending mandates throughout the region. His sector expertise includes the oil and gas and manufacturing industries.

Long-standing São Paulo-based practitioner Stephen Hood is highly respected by market commentators for his notable project financing and restructuring expertise. He benefits from an in-depth knowledge of the energy sector, with oil and gas being a particular area of strength. He is additionally experienced in infrastructure transactions.

Manuel Garciadiaz is a well-regarded practitioner in the Latin American banking and finance market, with project financing being his primary area of expertise. He routinely assists major names within the oil and gas, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors.

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For more information about Davis Polk’s practices, please visit www.davispolk.com/practices.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Daniel Bartfeld, Andrew Jánszky and Marcelo Mottesi
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed 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 (ECAs). Active in a wide array of sectors, notably energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and manufacturing. Recent mandates span Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

Strengths Clients recommend them for their expertise in this market. One comments: "We have a very good relationship with the firm. The service is highly efficient. The team is regularly available, responsive and supportive."

Clients say that the firm "helps a lot and does a good job" in high-complexity transactions, further adding that "the team handles situations well" and achieves a "very successful deal."

Work highlights Counselled Citigroup Global Markets, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Intesa Sanpaolo, Société Générale and Mizuho Corporate Bank as lead arrangers on the cross-border USD2 billion euro-denominated syndicated revolving credit facility for América Móvil.

Represented Empresas Públicas de Medellín in a USD300 million facility provided by Export Development Canada and a USD1 billion loan from a consortium of global investment banks.

Significant clients Banamex, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Crédit Agricole, Goldman Sachs, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

Distinguished practitioner Carlos Albarracín is held in high esteem by clients, who consider him to be a "very well-qualified lawyer." His practice centres on structured financings throughout the region. He has particular expertise in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Albarracín led the team on the aforementioned Citigroup Global Markets et al work highlight.

Daniel Bartfeld is often called upon to assist lenders with project financings, covering a multitude of industries, including conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure. He has experience advising a diverse roster of clients, such as financial institutions and multinational corporations on their various transactions.

Carolina Walther-Meade is a well-known name in the market. She has experience advising on project financings and developments within the infrastructure and energy sectors, including complex cross-border transactions in Latin America.

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Milbank is one of the world's leading law firms for cross-border financing and project financing, with particularly strong experience in Emerging Markets including Latin America. Milbank is the only international firm with a project finance practice consistently recognized across all industries and in each country in Latin America where project financings occur, whereas our competitors each work only in a limited scope of countries or sectors.


We have successfully represented the leading players – including debt and equity investors, private sponsors and government lenders – in their most important and high-profile financings throughout Latin America. Our work has focused on power and energy projects (including renewable energy), oil/gas projects (upstream and downstream), a wide range of infrastructure projects, including roads, highways, bridges, rail systems, airports, and mining, and telecommunications projects, among many others.
Milbank is also active in leverage financing transactions involving Latin America where an increasing number of acquisitions are financed with cross-border bank and capital markets debt.


Our team is fully bilingual, including a large team of native Portuguese and Spanish speakers.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Denise Grant
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global leaders in banking with a strong bench of practitioners focused on Latin American transactions. Boasts 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, specifically in the Mexican market. Acts extensively as lender's counsel on syndicated revolving and term loans. Clients include global corporations, investment banks and private equity funds. Experience also encompasses structuring multicurrency facilities.

Strengths Clients say that the firm's lawyers are "always available, clearly explain why we should or should not go with a particular option, and are good at defending us."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to the GEO bank steering committee on the USD4.5 billion restructuring of Corporación GEO and 15 of its subsidiaries.

Counselled Crédit Agricole, as administrative agent, on a USD3.25 billion revolving credit facility for Pemex.

Significant clients Abengoa, AES Gener, BBVA, Transelec, IFC.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" practitioner Denise Grant is held in high esteem by interviewees, who comment: "She knows what she's doing - it's great to have her on a deal." She routinely handles sophisticated cross-border financing transactions, acting for multinational corporations, ECAs and financial institutions. Grant has wide-ranging regional knowledge, encompassing Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Colombia.

Jeanne Olivier is a well-recognised practitioner within the banking and finance market. She is regularly retained to advise clients on acquisition, project and corporate financings with a strong focus on Latin American jurisdictions. Her client roster includes both borrowers and lenders. She led the team on the aforementioned Corporación GEO work highlight.

The "phenomenally good" Cynthia Urda Kassis is highly regarded by clients, who state: "She is solution-oriented, commercially aware and explains issues really well - she's one of my favourites to have on a transaction." She has considerable experience assisting clients with complex financings, with a particular focus on those related to the energy and natural resources sector.

Stuart Fleischmann is respected by market sources, who recognise his work and his position in the market. He has significant experience advising on Latin American cross-border financings across numerous industrial sectors.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Paola Lozano and Paul Schnell
- 25 partners
- approximately 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious international firm with an impressive track record representing corporate clients, private equity funds and global financial institutions in complex banking transactions. Acquisition finance is an area of recognised strength, with considerable 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 infrastructure projects. Boasts wide-ranging regional experience, with notable presence in Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

Strengths One client is quick to praise the level of service provided by the team, as they remark: "The lawyers are extremely client-oriented, they never miss deadlines and will defend their client's interest to the end. They always find creative solutions to problems and their work is technically fantastic."

Another states: "The service and support we receive is extraordinary. The team goes the extra mile to make sure that we experience a high-quality service and representation. They understand the importance of being practical and working towards a closing timeline, as well as proactively resolving roadblocks in the negotiation."

Work highlights Counselled Bank of America and HSBC Securities as global co-ordinators and mandated lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, as well as a consortium of lenders, on a USD1 billion syndicated credit facility to Empresas Públicas de Medellín.

Acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank as global co-ordinator and the syndicate of lenders on a USD325 million pre-export revolving credit facility to CHS Agronegócio Indústria e Comércio.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Export Development Canada, First Solar, Hochschild Mining, Kimberly-Clark.

Notable practitioners

The "simply extraordinary" Alejandro González Lazzeri receives considerable feedback from clients, who say that "the level of his sophistication, knowledge of the market and negotiation skills are without comparison." One client goes on to declare: "I would trust him with every transaction - he is extremely committed to excellence." He has extensive experience in financing mandates throughout the region.

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Skadden has had a dedicated Latin America Group since 1990, significantly longer than most major law firms. Our group has advised clients on numerous major matters throughout the region, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, international banking matters, project financings, private equity transactions, restructurings, privatizations, and international arbitration and complex litigation matters.

We represent many major Latin American and international companies, investment banks and financial institutions, including underwriters and issuers, and individual directors and officers in some of the largest, most high-profile transactions and disputes in Latin America.  We have worked in more than 20 countries throughout the region and our work has been recognized for numerous rankings and “deal of the year” awards, including:


  • ranked in the top tier for corporate/M&A: international in Brazil by Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Latin America 2017;
  • the only U.S.-based firm ranked in the top tier for global M&A by Chambers Global 2017;
  • named the top Corporate/M&A practice in Latinvex’s Top Law Firms (2016) survey and among the top two international firms overall in the region;
  • recognized by Latin Lawyer, LatinFinance and other publications with “deal of the year” distinctions for numerous representations in the region, including 29 “deals of the year” in recent years; and
  • ranked first for announced Latin American M&A transactions in 2016 by Thomson Reuters.

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White & Case LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Donald Baker and Eric Leicht
- 26 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar practice group regularly sought out to advise lenders, arrangers and borrowers on a variety of complex financing transactions. Client roster includes investment and development banks, as well as corporate giants from the oil and gas, mining, transport and infrastructure sectors. Advice covers syndicated lending, such as bridge loans and revolving credit agreements. Corporate and trade finance is also an area of noted strength, including acquisitions and export prepayment facilities. Renowned for its regional focus, with on-the-ground presence in Mexico City and São Paulo.

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

Another client echoes this, as they note: "The firm provides a fantastic service. The team is always available for discussions and, in my opinion, possesses an in-depth knowledge of the matter in hand."

Work highlights Assisted Standard Chartered Bank, as administrative agent, and HSBC Securities, Standard Chartered Bank and Wells Fargo Securities, as global co-ordinators, with a USD116 million amendment and restatement of existing loans and a USD374 million senior unsecured syndicated term loan for CorpBanca.

Advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Export Development Canada, as lenders, on a USD100 million term loan facility for Enaex.

Significant clients Mizuho Bank, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, Votorantim, JBS, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Viana is a well-recognised player within the Latin American banking and finance sphere. He has considerable expertise in a range of financings, including acquisition, project and corporate transactions. His regional knowledge encompasses Colombia, Peru and Mexico, among other jurisdictions. Viana is routinely retained by clients to assist with infrastructure and energy mandates.

Practice co-head Donald Baker receives client feedback praising his efficiency in transactions. He is well-versed in a number of complex financing structures, including syndicated, secured and unsecured loans, as well as securitisations. He has considerable experience handling mandates related to the region and is currently based in São Paulo.

Clients declare that Sabrena Silver has particular strength in cross-border financings and add that "she is very reliable, super-diligent and knowledgeable of the space. She is also able to negotiate well and is particularly good at communicating with counterparties." Her experience includes advising financial institutions and international companies on a variety of transactions, with in-depth knowledge of the regional legal markets.

The "exceptional" Taisa Markus receives considerable feedback from clients, with one stating that "we received a really good service - she is an excellent partner that understands perfectly the business culture of Mexico." She has in-depth knowledge of cross-border financings involving a number of Latin American countries.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sami Mir, Bruno Soares and Dorina Yessios
- 9 partners
- approximately 20 other qualified lawyers

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, as well as multilateral international development and investment banks. Sector expertise spans the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Also handles limited recourse financing, equity investments and debt restructuring. Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo is among the firm's new client wins this year.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for being "really good in banking and finance matters; in particular the team gives constant support in order to close a deal as fast as possible."

Work highlights Counselled IFC on a proposed debt financing to Agricola Famosa in the form of a USD39.4 million A/B Loan.

Acted for Itaú CorpBanca and Helm Bank on a USD100 million loan to Suramericana in order to partially finance the acquisition of certain assets of RSA.

Significant clients Banco Safra, Citibank, Mizuho Bank, US Ex-Im Bank, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Bruno Soares stands out to clients for his practice in this field, with one highlighting him as a "very good and very knowledgeable practitioner." Others go on to note: "He provides the best service to his clients; he is an intelligent and brilliant lawyer." São Paulo-based Soares focuses his practice on structuring complex credit facilities and project financings.

Dorina Yessios has experience advising on various Latin American financing transactions and receives considerable praise from clients, who state: "She is involved throughout - everything is very well managed by her and she provides a very good experience. She has great technical qualities; she is good at negotiating and is very commercially minded."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jay Gavigan and Chris Willott
- 25 partners
- approximately 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned firm at the forefront of the energy sphere, complemented by a strong banking and finance team. Offers comprehensive coverage of asset acquisition and project finance deals, as well as restructuring mandates, particularly for infrastructure projects. Acts extensively for lenders, including international investment banks and multilateral agencies. Bank borrower facilities are also an area of focus, including advising Asian investors on loans to regional lenders.

Strengths Clients maintain that "the service provided is very good. The team responds to our advice and instructions with speed and precision. They are available at all times and they present us with alternative solutions to the problems we pose."

Work highlights Counselled a consortium of international and national banks, as well as debt funds, on the financing of eight Colombian toll roads, including the structuring of a USD2 billion multi-tranche, multicurrency financing package for three 4G toll roads.

Assisted the Inter-American Development Bank with a loan facility to Aegea Saneamento e Participações worth approximately USD97.4 million.

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, Banco Itaú, Goldman Sachs, Natixis.

Notable practitioners

Jay Gavigan is a well-known practitioner within the banking and finance market, regularly assisting lenders and borrowers in a range of transactions across the region. He centres his practice on project and acquisition finance, with a focus on syndicated loans. Gavigan's sector expertise includes energy and infrastructure.

Chris Willott is recognised by market sources and has a wide-ranging practice within Latin America, encompassing complex project financing mandates. He has in-depth knowledge of energy-related transactions and is routinely called upon to assist sponsors and borrowers with cross-border deals.

Gianluca Bacchiocchi is held in high esteem by interviewees, who remark that he is "a very smart and practical lawyer." They highlight him for his experience in project financing matters.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Douglas Doetsch
- approximately 9 partners

What the team is known for Solid banking and finance practice, active across Latin America with expertise in structured finance. Acts principally for multinational lenders, arrangers and borrowers and is 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, as well as on debt restructuring. Has noted involvement in energy and natural resources matters.

Strengths One client praises the firm for the "very good service" provided throughout, specifically highlighting its "knowledge of the structure and of what is required in local jurisdictions, so things can be tackled early in the process."

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase as arrangers on a USD250 million credit facility for Cinépolis.

Counselled IFC, as agent, on a USD135 million term loan facility to Vicentin.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Global Bank Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Société Générale, Prudential Real Estate Investors.

Notable practitioners

David Duffee is held in high esteem by market sources, who consider him an active player across Latin America. He has expertise in a variety of transactional mandates, including project and acquisition financings. Duffee has in-depth knowledge of syndicated loans, routinely advising major international financial institutions, as well as insurance companies and governmental entities. He led the team on the aforementioned Cinépolis work highlight.

Douglas Doetsch has considerable experience assisting clients with banking and finance mandates. Clients value his "hands-on and proactive" style of work. He has notable expertise in securitisations, structured credit facilities and debt restructuring. His broad client roster includes borrowers and lenders and he is routinely involved in cross-border transactions, having advised on matters throughout the Latin American region.

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Paul Hastings LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Fitzgerald
- 14 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice with experience acting for corporate lenders and borrowers on high-value loan facilities, particularly in the Mexican and Brazilian markets. Active on deals in the food and drink and automotive industries and boasts a solid reputation for its work in corporate and project financings, including bilateral and syndicated loans. Highly experienced in secured dual-currency finance deals. Advice also covers debt refinancing and structured transactions.

Strengths Clients enthuse that "the practitioners are among the most qualified and experienced lawyers, handling highly complex transactions and producing tailored strategies to suit the client's needs. Their understanding of Latin American cultures and legal markets is also outstanding."

Work highlights Acted for Mexican companies Axtel, as borrower, and Alestra, as guarantor, on a USD750 million senior unsecured loan from a consortium of international and national investment banks.

Advised Arendal on a debt restructuring, including USD100 million in MTN.

Significant clients Citi, Sigma Alimentos, BBVA, Invercap Holdings, JPMorgan Chase.

Notable practitioners

Revered practitioner Michael Fitzgerald is singled out by clients, who note that "my experience working with him has been excellent. He is creative, intelligent and very committed to closing the transaction in an efficient and timely manner." Others state that "besides being very knowledgeable and proactive he is always proposing efficient alternatives to come to an agreement." He has long-standing experience assisting clients within the Latin American banking and finance sector.

Robert Kartheiser is held in high esteem by interviewees, most notably for his extensive experience in complex project financings in Latin America. He concentrates his practice on asset-backed transactions and is routinely instructed to advise an impressive roster of international clients, including both lenders and borrowers. His sector expertise spans infrastructure and energy and natural resources.

Joy Gallup is well versed in cross-border debt restructurings and corporate financings throughout the region. She is appreciated by clients, who state that she has "very good experience" within the sector.

Since publication, Taisa Markus has left the practice.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Williams
- 5 partners
- approximately 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed finance practice routinely handling corporate and acquisition finance deals, including syndicated lending and structured transactions, such as export credit facilities and securitisation. Has additional experience advising on complex restructuring mandates. Often called upon to assist global investment banks, asset managers and multinational companies. Recent mandates include deals in Brazil, Mexico and Peru related to sectors such as energy and natural resources.

Strengths Interviewees are quick to single out the firm for its strength in this field, with one asserting: "Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is very well recognised for its Latin American banking and finance practice, with particular visibility in Argentina and Chile."

Work highlights Acted for FIBRA Macquarie México on a USD400 million dual-currency term loan and revolving credit facility.

Advised Bank of America, Citibank, Export Development Canada and HSBC, as the lenders, on a USD200 million term loan to multiple borrowers in the Brazilian electricity sector.

Significant clients Abengoa, Banco Itaú, The Carlyle Group, COPEC, Goldman Sachs.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators hold Jaime Mercado in high esteem for his practice in this area. He is well versed in advising clients on sophisticated cross-border corporate financing matters, with noteworthy experience assisting public and private entities, as well as financial institutions. Additional areas of expertise include project financing, private equity investments and liability management.

Clients are impressed by David Williams' expertise in this area, as one declares: "He has an in-depth knowledge and is particularly good at negotiating complex issues. He can explain both the legal and practical issues to us and is available at any time." His practice spans the Latin American region, with considerable experience in financings and restructurings related to Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Todd Crider receives solid recognition from market commentators who praise his knowledge and performance in the region. He has experience representing clients in a number of financing transactions, most notably those related to major energy and infrastructure projects.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Eli Whitney Debevoise and Gregory Harrington
- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected practice group with considerable experience representing governments and central banks on a variety of regulatory matters and financings. Assists global and regional financial institutions with compliance matters, as well as cross-border transactions involving debt refinancing and acquisitions of distressed companies and assets. Additionally advises on national reserves, swap transactions and syndicated loans.

Strengths Clients say that "the team provides valuable and reliable opinions supported by convincing arguments and legal references. They assess the implications of each contractual option and provide alternative solutions to minimise any risk."

Work highlights Counselled the Central Bank of Brazil on swap transactions with the European bank, as well as swap arrangements with non-European counterparties.

Significant clients Banco Bradesco, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Fintech Advisory, Cementaciones Petroleras Venezolanas, Republic of Panama.

Notable practitioners

The "highly capable" Gregory Harrington receives recognition from sources for his standing in the market. He is well-versed in international financial transactions, as well as regulatory banking matters. Harrington has experience throughout the region, with in-depth knowledge of Brazil and Argentina, as well as Panama, El Salvador and Honduras.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Amy Dulin and Federico Goudie
- 11 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Clients declare that the firm "always provides an impeccable service - the team's high level of professionalism and in-depth involvement in the transactions are qualities that particularly stand out, in addition to their good understanding of local legislation."

Work highlights Acted for BNP Paribas Securities and Natixis on a USD900 million syndicated export prepayment facility to Fibria International Trade.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Doral Bank, MUFG Union Bank, Rabobank, ING Capital.

Notable practitioners

Amy Dulin is held in particularly high esteem by market sources for her considerable expertise within the Latin American banking and finance sphere. One client singles her out, stating: "I would highly recommend her - she provides excellent, timely advice." Another goes on to add that "she is great; a pleasure to work with due to her experience and practical manner, as well as her devotion to her clients." She led the team on the aforementioned BNP Paribas Securities and Natixis work highlight.

Clients are quick to highlight Federico Goudie for his "full dedication, exhaustive investigations, precise analysis and excellent, well-founded recommendations." He has considerable experience assisting with financings across Latin America.

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Jones Day - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Brett Barragate, Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno
- 16 partners
- 20 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. Activity includes corporate and project financings, frequently representing international lenders and Latin American companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Maintains a particular focus on mandates linked to Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Additionally well versed in handling debt refinancing and regulatory compliance matters.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm in this area for "quickly putting together a team of experts on each specific subject in order to fulfil our needs, including lawyers from different jurisdictions. The level of attention given by the lawyers to close the deal and the constant follow-up by them is very impressive."

Work highlights Counselled Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México on Mexican law matters related to the financing for the construction of the new Mexico City airport, including a USD3 billion revolving credit facility through a syndicated loan.

Significant clients Santander, Citibank, Haitong Bank, Iberdrola, Oi Telemar.

Notable practitioners

James Salerno is praised by clients for being focused on their "needs and perspectives, as well as always being available to solve problems." He has noteworthy experience assisting with financial transactions in the region, frequently acting for borrowers and sponsors. His sector knowledge includes conventional and renewable energy.

Fradyn Suárez is highlighted by market commentators who recognise her practice in this field. She has experience in sophisticated cross-border financing mandates and has advised on matters across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Linklaters - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Michael Bassett, Matthew Poulter, Sabrena Silver and Conrado Tenaglia
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice advising regional and international banks, as well as investment funds, on secured syndicated credit facilities, including structured loans. Also represents corporate borrowers, notably in the retail and energy sectors. Active handling cross-border financings in a number of countries across the region. Recent mandates involve Ecuador, Chile and Brazil, with particular experience acting on matters linked to Argentina.

Strengths Clients maintain that the firm's "structuring and negotiating is always excellent; they are very practical in terms of the advice given. The team is particularly strong in highly structured transactions and can advise on what is necessary and what a lender can 'give' on."

Work highlights Acted for Axion, as borrower, on a financing totalling USD378 million consisting of an eight-year USD78 million loan from IFC and a USD300 million loan raised by IFC from several commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Significant clients Keystone Foods, Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, BAT, CIBC, Falabella Peru.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators state that Conrado Tenaglia "has an in-depth knowledge of the local market and a very good technical grasp of financial issues." He frequently assists with cross-border corporate finance matters, as well as debt restructurings.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Charles Johnson
- 10 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded 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 Brazil and Mexico through its local offices, as well as in Peru and Chile.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its "knowledge of the local market and legal view. They stand out for their experience in this field."

Work highlights Acted for Endesa Américas as borrower in relation to a USD200 million senior unsecured revolving credit agreement underwritten by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Significant clients Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Vale, Ultrapar Participações, ING.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" São Paulo-based department head Charles Johnson is considered by market sources to be a "very good, efficient and helpful" practitioner. He focuses his practice on Latin American mandates and has extensive experience advising lenders and borrowers on structured project and asset financings, as well as related restructuring mandates.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Martinez and Antonio Piccirillo
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key practice group with demonstrable strength advising leading international banks and insurers on sophisticated syndicated term and revolving loans. Active in pre-export finance deals, representing both borrowers and lenders, including import-export banks. Has noted activity across Latin America, with a particular focus on Brazil and Mexico, often handling deals in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients maintain that they "like to work with Proskauer Rose's lawyers because they add value to the process and point out risks in plans, as well as suggesting and discussing better solutions."

Work highlights Acted for Usina Coruripe on its USD700 million debt restructuring with 11 Brazilian and international banks.

Significant clients Assured Risk Transfer, Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Itaú, Mizuho Bank, Crédit Agricole.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise São Paulo-based partner Antonio Piccirillo as he "communicates very well, is great in discussing transactions and quickly understands what we need to do. He points out risks and suggests alternatives, adding value to the process and making deals work." He has considerable experience advising banks and other financial entities on debt restructurings and project financings.

Market commentators recognise David Fenwick as an active player in the banking and finance sector. He concentrates his practice on cross-border Latin American mandates, with particular expertise in acting for borrowers and credit enhancers. Fenwick's transactional experience includes advising on loan facilities and debt restructurings.

Carlos Martinez is frequently called upon by creditors and borrowers to represent them in cross-border credit facilities, project financings and debt restructurings. He has experience advising on matters throughout Latin America.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Werner Ahlers, Sergio Galvis and Christopher Mann
- 18 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Globally renowned firm with significant expertise handling financing matters related to the energy and natural resources sector. Routinely retained by US, European and regional investment banks to assist with acquisition deals for local commercial banks. Also advises corporate borrowers on secured and unsecured credit facilities, primarily to finance projects. Noted activity handling deals in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

Strengths Clients declare that "the service we receive from Sullivan & Cromwell is superb and the quality of the work the lawyers produce is fantastic. We always feel like we have the best lawyers at the table."

Work highlights Assisted Minera Escondida with an unsecured loan agreement granted by a consortium of global investment banks. The value of this refinancing deal was USD500 million.

Significant clients Antofagasta, Cementos Argos, Morgan Stanley, Minera Escondida, Corporación Andina de Fomento.

Notable practitioners

Sergio Galvis receives client appraisal for being "highly knowledgeable - he endeavours to walk us through a lot of very complicated issues that can arise in transactions." He has long-standing experience within the Latin American markets and is routinely called upon to assist with project financings and debt restructurings. In addition, Galvis is particularly active in securities offerings.

Sources praise Christopher Mann for his "client-oriented approach and ability to work around the clock." He focuses his practice on project financings, capital markets offerings and restructurings across Latin America.

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Bayrock and William Candelaria
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised practice group, often representing banking entities in connection with an array of cross-border finance facilities, including project finance and debt refinancing mandates throughout the region. Noted presence in Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina. Sector-specific expertise spans the energy, natural resources, consumer goods and tourism industries.

Strengths Clients state that the firm is "excellent and has a lot of experience in all types of financings. It possesses noteworthy commercial awareness and really assists with the transaction, helping to close the deal and focusing on the most important issues."

Work highlights Represented Axis and Navitas in several financings, as well as the creation of a restructuring plan, for a borrower client of Navitas, with a total value of USD265 million.

Significant clients Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, Grupo Posadas, Pemex Exploración y Producción, Petróleos de Venezuela, PNC Bank.

Notable practitioners

Clients attest that department co-head David Bayrock is "very well respected - he is a highly capable lawyer." He has considerable experience assisting clients with cross-border financings, including project finance and debt restructuring mandates. Bayrock has notable expertise in transactions emanating from the energy sector.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Robert Gruendel, Emil Infante, John Murphy and Juan Picón
- 15 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with a significant regional footprint and increasing on-the-ground presence in multiple jurisdictions throughout Latin America. Advises lenders and borrowers, including energy companies and investment banks, on project finance deals. Noted involvement in joint ventures and debt refinancing deals. Particularly active in Colombia and Honduras.

Strengths Clients declare: "The service received by the firm is very good in terms of quality and attention to detail. The lawyers are very responsive and provide a high level of personalised service and professionalism."

Work highlights Acted for the concessionaire Vial del Pacífico and the project sponsors, Corficolombiana and Iridium, relating to the secured loan financing of the Conexión Pacífico 1 divided highway P-3 project in Colombia, with an estimated value of USD1.2 billion.

Significant clients COFIDE, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo, Pacific Rubiales.

Notable practitioners

John Murphy is recommended by one client who says that they have been "extremely impressed with his style, efficiency and effectiveness in managing transactions," adding: "I cannot think of anyone else I would rather represent me in any negotiations." He is particularly well versed in project financings.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Randy Bullard and Patricia Menéndez-Cambó
- 18 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice group operating primarily out of its Miami and Mexico City offices. Active in representing a range of corporate borrowers from the financial services, telecommunications and energy sectors in cross-border finance deals, as well as in regulatory and compliance matters. Advice covers the negotiation of credit facilities, including secured and unsecured loans.

Strengths Clients say that they "have a very good opinion of the team. They understand our needs, are good at negotiating contracts and they comprehend the commercial aspects of each transaction."

Work highlights Acted for Klabin on a USD300 million loan from Inter-American Development Bank as part of the financing for the Project Puma greenfield pulp mill and infrastructure project in Paraná, Brazil.

Significant clients Alsis Fund, Banco do Estado do Rio Grande, MoraBanc Group, Republic of Panama, Torres Unidas.

Notable practitioners

Randy Bullard is singled out by market commentators, with one noting: "He knows a lot about Latin American markets and banking and finance in general. I have worked with many firms and I have never seen a partner as involved as he is - he has considerable expertise." He acts for both lenders and borrowers in regional financings.

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Greenberg Traurig’s global finance attorneys have wide-ranging experience structuring, documenting and negotiating domestic and international, secured and unsecured, financing transactions as well as the capabilities and depth to provide assistance in every substantive area of law that bears on these transactions. Our attorneys also assist clients in developing transaction structures that satisfy the requirements of lenders, borrowers and investors (including multi-jurisdictional tax structures and offshore tax vehicles). In today’s competitive corporate finance market, we provide our clients with the flexibility and innovation required to structure their transactions.



GT attorneys advise underwriters, issuers, investors and credit enhancers, servicers, special servicers and trustees on a range of public and private transactions, including DPRs and other future flow receivables, mortgage loans, construction loans and project bond financings. We also assist such clients with matters involving trade, credit card, lease, health care and film receivables and music royalties.


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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

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

Strengths The firm is highlighted by market sources, with one asserting: "They're a very good team for structured finance transactions, with a particular knowledge of the Brazilian market."

Notable practitioners

Emil Arca is respected by interviewees for his position in the market and is praised for his work in structured finance deals. He has considerable experience advising international clients on Latin American mandates, often acting for investors, lenders and borrowers.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José Sirven
- 35 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic practice with considerable experience negotiating a variety of loan facilities for corporate clients. Has noted expertise advising on asset finance mandates in the aviation sector. Also represents multinational financial institutions lending to regional banks. Areas of particular focus encompass project and acquisition finance, including syndicated loan agreements.

Strengths Clients maintain that "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 Counselled Bladex and Wells Fargo as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on an USD85 million senior unsecured syndicated loan to Banco BAC San José.

Significant clients Buenavista Renewables, Fibra Inn, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, GP Investments, Scotiabank.

Notable practitioners

Clients maintain that Stephen Double is a "very good lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience in financial matters. His quality of service is excellent." He is additionally singled out for his strength in cross-border transactions. He led the team on the aforementioned Bladex and Wells Fargo work highlight.

Norberto Quintana receives client appraisal for being "cutting-edge, efficient and client-focused, with great commercial sense. He really has his finger on the pulse in various Latin American jurisdictions." He has considerable experience assisting clients with structured finance mandates throughout the region.

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Holland & Knight's Latin American-wide banking and finance lawyers work across all industry sectors and have significant expertise in the representation of U.S., Latin American and European financial institutions in connection with financings and investments in Latin America.

We regularly represent both major Latin American borrowers and bulge bracket investment bank
lenders on syndicated loans, acquisition financings and structured financings throughout Latin America.

We have a strong practice advising Latin American airlines and multinational aircraft finance and leasing companies on transportation and asset finance deals.

Significant deals in the past 12 months involved syndicated club loans, unsecured financings, aircraft finance, and infrastructure financings, including toll roads and renewable energy projects.















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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fernando Alonso and Fernando Margarit
- 161 partners
- 210 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Clients appreciate the service provided by the firm, as one remarks: "Hunton & Williams is an excellent law firm providing high-quality services. The team involved in the transactions is always available, responding in due time with in-depth knowledge on all matters."

Work highlights Represented CIFI in a follow-on USD7 million financing for the Tourist Corridor of Honduras toll road.

Significant clients ACS Infrastructure, Santander, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BBVA, Grupo ICE.

Notable practitioners

Clients are quick to highlight Fernando Margarit's strengths in this area, noting: "He is client-oriented and ensures that we are legally protected at all times." He has experience handling a variety of cross-border financing transactions within Latin America.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sony Ben-Moshe and Antonio Del Pino
- 38 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice group assisting financial institutions, including banks, multilateral credit agencies and insurance companies, with various credit facilities. Particular expertise in debt restructurings, with experience in debt-for-equity swaps. Project finance in the energy sector, above all in oil and gas, is a specific area of focus.

Strengths Clients claim that they are "impressed with the very high quality of the team's work in this field."

Work highlights Acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Korean Development Bank, as the joint lead arrangers, joint bookrunners and initial swap providers on a USD350 million senior secured asset-backed financing.

Significant clients First Reserve, ICE Canyon, NORD/LB, Inter-American Development Bank, UBS.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Antonio Del Pino receives recognition from interviewees for his standing in the Latin American market. He centres his practice on cross-border mandates, often advising financial entities, as well as borrowers, on their regional transactions. He has particular knowledge of infrastructure-related matters.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Brian Bradshaw and Thomas Mellor
- approximately 40 partners
- approximately 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known banking and finance practice group with experience in credit facilities and refinancing deals for projects, notably in the oil and gas, infrastructure and food and drink sectors. Frequently acts on the lender and borrower sides of transactions, advising US and Japanese investment banks and corporations in deals affecting Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Strengths Sources call them an "an excellent firm with a very good approach to dealing with clients. The team covers many areas of expertise and knows Latin America very well."

Work highlights Acted for HSBC on a number of loan financing and restructuring matters.

Significant clients MetLife, Deutsche Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, Norinchukin, Sumitomo Metal & Mining.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators state that practice co-head Thomas Mellor is "knowledgeable and proactive on behalf of his clients." Others go on to note: "He is a great technical lawyer who builds long-lasting relationships with clients." He has extensive experience assisting clients with debt financings and restructurings, with a particular regional focus on Brazil and Argentina. He led the team on the aforementioned HSBC work highlight.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Richard Cooper receives praise from market commentators, who describe him as being "a phenomenally good lawyer." Interviewees highlight his knowledge of debt and bankruptcy mandates, which is exemplified by his role as lead counsel in the aforementioned Puerto Rican municipal debt restructuring work highlight. He boasts an impressive client roster of leading global financial institutions and corporations, assisting them with matters throughout the region.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Amy Dulin is held in particularly high esteem by market sources for her considerable expertise within the Latin American banking and finance sphere. One client singles her out, stating: "I would highly recommend her - she provides excellent, timely advice." Another goes on to add that "she is great; a pleasure to work with due to her experience and practical manner, as well as her devotion to her clients." She led the team on the aforementioned BNP Paribas Securities and Natixis work highlight.

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Michael L Fitzgerald

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered practitioner Michael Fitzgerald is singled out by clients, who note that "my experience working with him has been excellent. He is creative, intelligent and very committed to closing the transaction in an efficient and timely manner." Others state that "besides being very knowledgeable and proactive he is always proposing efficient alternatives to come to an agreement." He has long-standing experience assisting clients within the Latin American banking and finance sector.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department James Florack receives praise from clients, with one singling him out as "the best loan lawyer by a factor of ten that I have encountered on both the lender's and borrower's side." Others go on to consider him to be "very hard-working, efficient and available 24/7." He regularly represents financial institutions in sophisticated corporate financings, high-yield debt offerings and leveraged lending mandates throughout the region. His sector expertise includes the oil and gas and manufacturing industries.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "superb" practitioner Denise Grant is held in high esteem by interviewees, who comment: "She knows what she's doing - it's great to have her on a deal." She routinely handles sophisticated cross-border financing transactions, acting for multinational corporations, ECAs and financial institutions. Grant has wide-ranging regional knowledge, encompassing Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Colombia.

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Carlos Albarracín

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Carlos Albarracín is held in high esteem by clients, who consider him to be a "very well-qualified lawyer." His practice centres on structured financings throughout the region. He has particular expertise in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Albarracín led the team on the aforementioned Citigroup Global Markets et al work highlight.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Donald Baker receives client feedback praising his efficiency in transactions. He is well-versed in a number of complex financing structures, including syndicated, secured and unsecured loans, as well as securitisations. He has considerable experience handling mandates related to the region and is currently based in São Paulo.

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Douglas A Doetsch

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Douglas Doetsch has considerable experience assisting clients with banking and finance mandates. Clients value his "hands-on and proactive" style of work. He has notable expertise in securitisations, structured credit facilities and debt restructuring. His broad client roster includes borrowers and lenders and he is routinely involved in cross-border transactions, having advised on matters throughout the Latin American region.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

David Duffee is held in high esteem by market sources, who consider him an active player across Latin America. He has expertise in a variety of transactional mandates, including project and acquisition financings. Duffee has in-depth knowledge of syndicated loans, routinely advising major international financial institutions, as well as insurance companies and governmental entities. He led the team on the aforementioned Cinépolis work highlight.

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Alejandro González Lazzeri

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "simply extraordinary" Alejandro González Lazzeri receives considerable feedback from clients, who say that "the level of his sophistication, knowledge of the market and negotiation skills are without comparison." One client goes on to declare: "I would trust him with every transaction - he is extremely committed to excellence." He has extensive experience in financing mandates throughout the region.

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Robert Kartheiser

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Robert Kartheiser is held in high esteem by interviewees, most notably for his extensive experience in complex project financings in Latin America. He concentrates his practice on asset-backed transactions and is routinely instructed to advise an impressive roster of international clients, including both lenders and borrowers. His sector expertise spans infrastructure and energy and natural resources.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators state that practice co-head Thomas Mellor is "knowledgeable and proactive on behalf of his clients." Others go on to note: "He is a great technical lawyer who builds long-lasting relationships with clients." He has extensive experience assisting clients with debt financings and restructurings, with a particular regional focus on Brazil and Argentina. He led the team on the aforementioned HSBC work highlight.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators hold Jaime Mercado in high esteem for his practice in this area. He is well versed in advising clients on sophisticated cross-border corporate financing matters, with noteworthy experience assisting public and private entities, as well as financial institutions. Additional areas of expertise include project financing, private equity investments and liability management.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jeanne Olivier is a well-recognised practitioner within the banking and finance market. She is regularly retained to advise clients on acquisition, project and corporate financings with a strong focus on Latin American jurisdictions. Her client roster includes both borrowers and lenders. She led the team on the aforementioned Corporación GEO work highlight.

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Cynthia Urda Kassis

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "phenomenally good" Cynthia Urda Kassis is highly regarded by clients, who state: "She is solution-oriented, commercially aware and explains issues really well - she's one of my favourites to have on a transaction." She has considerable experience assisting clients with complex financings, with a particular focus on those related to the energy and natural resources sector.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Viana is a well-recognised player within the Latin American banking and finance sphere. He has considerable expertise in a range of financings, including acquisition, project and corporate transactions. His regional knowledge encompasses Colombia, Peru and Mexico, among other jurisdictions. Viana is routinely retained by clients to assist with infrastructure and energy mandates.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are impressed by David Williams' expertise in this area, as one declares: "He has an in-depth knowledge and is particularly good at negotiating complex issues. He can explain both the legal and practical issues to us and is available at any time." His practice spans the Latin American region, with considerable experience in financings and restructurings related to Chile, Colombia and Peru.

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Daniel D Bartfeld

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Daniel Bartfeld is often called upon to assist lenders with project financings, covering a multitude of industries, including conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure. He has experience advising a diverse roster of clients, such as financial institutions and multinational corporations on their various transactions.

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients attest that department co-head David Bayrock is "very well respected - he is a highly capable lawyer." He has considerable experience assisting clients with cross-border financings, including project finance and debt restructuring mandates. Bayrock has notable expertise in transactions emanating from the energy sector.

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Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators recognise David Fenwick as an active player in the banking and finance sector. He concentrates his practice on cross-border Latin American mandates, with particular expertise in acting for borrowers and credit enhancers. Fenwick's transactional experience includes advising on loan facilities and debt restructurings.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sergio Galvis receives client appraisal for being "highly knowledgeable - he endeavours to walk us through a lot of very complicated issues that can arise in transactions." He has long-standing experience within the Latin American markets and is routinely called upon to assist with project financings and debt restructurings. In addition, Galvis is particularly active in securities offerings.

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Gregory Harrington

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "highly capable" Gregory Harrington receives recognition from sources for his standing in the market. He is well-versed in international financial transactions, as well as regulatory banking matters. Harrington has experience throughout the region, with in-depth knowledge of Brazil and Argentina, as well as Panama, El Salvador and Honduras.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Long-standing São Paulo-based practitioner Stephen Hood is highly respected by market commentators for his notable project financing and restructuring expertise. He benefits from an in-depth knowledge of the energy sector, with oil and gas being a particular area of strength. He is additionally experienced in infrastructure transactions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" São Paulo-based department head Charles Johnson is considered by market sources to be a "very good, efficient and helpful" practitioner. He focuses his practice on Latin American mandates and has extensive experience advising lenders and borrowers on structured project and asset financings, as well as related restructuring mandates.

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Jorge U Juantorena

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "great" Jorge Juantorena is held in high regard by market sources. They consider him to be a "very capable" practitioner and a recognised player in the Latin American market, with a particular presence in Mexico. His recent activity includes debt restructurings and project financings for clients within the infrastructure and energy sectors.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "exceptional" Taisa Markus receives considerable feedback from clients, with one stating that "we received a really good service - she is an excellent partner that understands perfectly the business culture of Mexico." She has in-depth knowledge of cross-border financings involving a number of Latin American countries.

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Antonio Piccirillo

Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise São Paulo-based partner Antonio Piccirillo as he "communicates very well, is great in discussing transactions and quickly understands what we need to do. He points out risks and suggests alternatives, adding value to the process and making deals work." He has considerable experience advising banks and other financial entities on debt restructurings and project financings.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients declare that Sabrena Silver has particular strength in cross-border financings and add that "she is very reliable, super-diligent and knowledgeable of the space. She is also able to negotiate well and is particularly good at communicating with counterparties." Her experience includes advising financial institutions and international companies on a variety of transactions, with in-depth knowledge of the regional legal markets.

 Market commentators state that Conrado Tenaglia "has an in-depth knowledge of the local market and a very good technical grasp of financial issues." He frequently assists with cross-border corporate finance matters, as well as debt restructurings.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Emil Arca is respected by interviewees for his position in the market and is praised for his work in structured finance deals. He has considerable experience advising international clients on Latin American mandates, often acting for investors, lenders and borrowers.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Randy Bullard is singled out by market commentators, with one noting: "He knows a lot about Latin American markets and banking and finance in general. I have worked with many firms and I have never seen a partner as involved as he is - he has considerable expertise." He acts for both lenders and borrowers in regional financings.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Todd Crider receives solid recognition from market commentators who praise his knowledge and performance in the region. He has experience representing clients in a number of financing transactions, most notably those related to major energy and infrastructure projects.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Antonio Del Pino receives recognition from interviewees for his standing in the Latin American market. He centres his practice on cross-border mandates, often advising financial entities, as well as borrowers, on their regional transactions. He has particular knowledge of infrastructure-related matters.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients maintain that Stephen Double is a "very good lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience in financial matters. His quality of service is excellent." He is additionally singled out for his strength in cross-border transactions. He led the team on the aforementioned Bladex and Wells Fargo work highlight.

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Manuel Garciadiaz

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Garciadiaz is a well-regarded practitioner in the Latin American banking and finance market, with project financing being his primary area of expertise. He routinely assists major names within the oil and gas, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors.

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jay Gavigan is a well-known practitioner within the banking and finance market, regularly assisting lenders and borrowers in a range of transactions across the region. He centres his practice on project and acquisition finance, with a focus on syndicated loans. Gavigan's sector expertise includes energy and infrastructure.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

John Murphy is recommended by one client who says that they have been "extremely impressed with his style, efficiency and effectiveness in managing transactions," adding: "I cannot think of anyone else I would rather represent me in any negotiations." He is particularly well versed in project financings.

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Norberto E Quintana

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Norberto Quintana receives client appraisal for being "cutting-edge, efficient and client-focused, with great commercial sense. He really has his finger on the pulse in various Latin American jurisdictions." He has considerable experience assisting clients with structured finance mandates throughout the region.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

James Salerno is praised by clients for being focused on their "needs and perspectives, as well as always being available to solve problems." He has noteworthy experience assisting with financial transactions in the region, frequently acting for borrowers and sponsors. His sector knowledge includes conventional and renewable energy.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Bruno Soares stands out to clients for his practice in this field, with one highlighting him as a "very good and very knowledgeable practitioner." Others go on to note: "He provides the best service to his clients; he is an intelligent and brilliant lawyer." São Paulo-based Soares focuses his practice on structuring complex credit facilities and project financings.

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Landay Leblang Stern

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Susanna Stern of Landay Leblang Stern is praised by clients, who state that they are "very satisfied with the legal advice and customer service we always receive from her," highlighting that her work is of a "very high quality." Her practice centres on international financing transactions and she has particular knowledge of mandates related to the Brazilian market.

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Carolina Walther-Meade

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carolina Walther-Meade is a well-known name in the market. She has experience advising on project financings and developments within the infrastructure and energy sectors, including complex cross-border transactions in Latin America.

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Christopher Willott

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Chris Willott is recognised by market sources and has a wide-ranging practice within Latin America, encompassing complex project financing mandates. He has in-depth knowledge of energy-related transactions and is routinely called upon to assist sponsors and borrowers with cross-border deals.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Dorina Yessios has experience advising on various Latin American financing transactions and receives considerable praise from clients, who state: "She is involved throughout - everything is very well managed by her and she provides a very good experience. She has great technical qualities; she is good at negotiating and is very commercially minded."

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Gianluca G Bacchiocchi

Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gianluca Bacchiocchi is held in high esteem by interviewees, who remark that he is "a very smart and practical lawyer." They highlight him for his experience in project financing matters.

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Andrés de la Cruz

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Buenos Aires-based Andrés de la Cruz receives client commendations, with one describing him as a "fast, accurate and integral" participant in transactions. He is experienced in advising arrangers, borrowers and lenders on a variety of credit facilities.

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Stuart K Fleischmann

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Stuart Fleischmann is respected by market sources, who recognise his work and his position in the market. He has significant experience advising on Latin American cross-border financings across numerous industrial sectors.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Joy Gallup is well versed in cross-border debt restructurings and corporate financings throughout the region. She is appreciated by clients, who state that she has "very good experience" within the sector.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are quick to highlight Federico Goudie for his "full dedication, exhaustive investigations, precise analysis and excellent, well-founded recommendations." He has considerable experience assisting with financings across Latin America.

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Russell D Leblang

Landay Leblang Stern

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients call Russell Leblang of Landay Leblang Stern "a very good service provider; he is an expert in banking and trade finance, extremely proactive and very smart. He has sound negotiating skills and grasps the necessities of the client."

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Christopher L Mann

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources praise Christopher Mann for his "client-oriented approach and ability to work around the clock." He focuses his practice on project financings, capital markets offerings and restructurings across Latin America.

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Fernando Margarit

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are quick to highlight Fernando Margarit's strengths in this area, noting: "He is client-oriented and ensures that we are legally protected at all times." He has experience handling a variety of cross-border financing transactions within Latin America.

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Carlos E Martinez

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Martinez is frequently called upon by creditors and borrowers to represent them in cross-border credit facilities, project financings and debt restructurings. He has experience advising on matters throughout Latin America.

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Vera A Rechsteiner

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise Vera Rechsteiner of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP "for her style of work, as she is very efficient. She always knows how to structure the deal," adding that "she has so much experience." She focuses on project and acquisition financings related to the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fradyn Suárez is highlighted by market commentators who recognise her practice in this field. She has experience in sophisticated cross-border financing mandates and has advised on matters across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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