Latin America’s growing economies have created opportunities for companies, financial institutions and other investors in the region as well as for Latin American companies doing business around the world. The lawyers in our Latin America Group have experience working with the full range of clients based and doing business in the region. Integrating our New York headquarters with our São Paulo, London and Paris offices, we are intimately familiar with the business culture and legal landscape in Latin America, enabling us to provide personal, creative and effective service to our clients.
Clients benefit from our top-flight global mergers and acquisitions work for acquirers and targets and our recognized capital markets team, which has a long track record advising issuers and underwriters in securities offerings, including initial public offerings and debt offerings. We also advise financial institutions, borrowers and sponsors in syndicated lending, project finance, securitization and prepayment of exports transactions. We participate actively in debt restructurings, including tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. We also advise Latin American companies in respect of SEC reporting obligations and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance matters.
Chambers Latin America has ranked our practice highly, citing us as a leader in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and project finance. We were specifically noted for our "spectacular and reliable presence in equity and bond work” and our “fast-paced and top-quality performance” in mergers and acquisitions work. In addition, we were recognized in Brazil specifically for banking, finance and capital markets matters. Our lawyers have also been awarded “Deal of the Year” honors by trade publications such as Latin Finance and Project Finance Magazine.
Areas of Focus
- Banking and Finance
- Bankruptcy and Restructuring
- Capital Markets
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Fund Formation
- Litigation and International Arbitration
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Project Finance
Iochpe-Maxion, a publicly traded Brazilian auto parts and railway equipment manufacturer, in the acquisition of Michigan-based Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. for approximately $725 million
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., the Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company that is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Colombia, in a debt reprofiling that included (i) an offer to exchange $450 million 8.75% senior notes due 2016 for newly issued 7.25% senior notes due 2021, (ii) a $300 million offering of 7.25% senior notes due 2012, (iii) the early conversion into equity of C$240 million 7% convertible debentures due 2013, and (iv) a $193 million drawdown under a syndicated revolving credit facility
Morgan Stanley as lead manager in an offering of $1 billion 7% Perpetual Notes by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, one of the largest steel companies in Brazil and Latin America
Banco BTG Pactual US Capital Corp. (and other underwriters) in the establishment by Banco BTG Pactual S.A. of a $3 billion Global Medium Term Note Program and issue of $500 million senior notes with BTG Pactual US Capital Corp. as arranger and BTG Pactual US Capital Corp., JP Morgan and Bradesco BBI as underwriters