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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Arnold & Porter operates a dynamic Latin America banking and finance practice, driven by steady pipeline of regulatory and transactional engagements. Having advised many of the region’s central banks over many years, the Latin America team has outstanding regulatory framework credentials in the region, and its global financial services regulatory credentials were further reinforced by the arrival of former US Senator Christopher Dodd as senior counsel in January 2018; Dodd was a principal architect of the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Latin America practice has also seen growth in securitisation, derivatives and structured finance mandates since the firm merged with Kaye Scholer in 2017. Clients include a number of large and medium-size financial institutions in the region, including Itaú BBA and Itaú Unibanco, Banco do Brasil, Central Bank of Brazil, Banco Votorantim (Brazil), Banco Credit Suisse (Brazil), Bradesco, Banco de Credito del Peru and Banco de Costa Rica. It advised the Republic of El Salvador on a $99m credit agreement with Credit Suisse and also advised Grupo Energía Bogotá, the electrical power and natural gas utility company, on a $749m unsecured credit facility. Whitney Debevoise has outstanding credentials in regulatory issues and financings, having worked with a number of central banks in the region over the years; he is also increasingly active in infrastructure financings in Central America. Gregory Harrington has a fine record in Brazil where he has advised on a number of regulatory issues and continues to advise Brazilian lenders on export finance transactions. Panama native Raul Herrera has an established record in project finance transactions for multilateral and bilateral agencies, parastatal agencies and project sponsors. Neil Goodman and Arturo Caraballo are also key members of the team. All partners are based in Washington DC.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Arnold & Porter continues to stand out for its sovereign issuance expertise; it remains the primary issuer counsel to a number of sovereigns and sub-sovereigns, including Republic of Colombia, Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Panama, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Costa Rica, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Republic of Honduras. Moreover, its merger with Kaye Scholer in January 2017 has enabled it to expand its structured finance and securitisation practice in Latin America. Outside of the sovereign space, the firm is gaining traction in representing bondholder groups in corporate restructurings and in advising Latin America-based emerging growth companies looking to raise funds through the capital markets. In 2017, the firm advised the Republic of Colombia on a series of capital markets offerings, including three bond issuances with an aggregate value of $3.9bn. It also advised the Republic of Panama on its $3.01bn shelf registration statement. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Whitney Debevoise is a leader in sovereign issuances, historically acting for the likes of Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Panama; he has represented Brazil on every sovereign issuance from 1988 to 2016. Neil Goodman has a longstanding connection to Venezuela, where he has represented the state in numerous capital markets offerings, as well as state-owned entities such as the Central Bank of Venezuela, PDVSA and Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela; other major sovereign clients include Colombia, which he has advised on a series of recent deals, as well as El Salvador, Costa Rica and Argentina. Gregory Harrington, Arturo Caraballo, Raul Herrera and counsel Carlos Pelaez are also important members of the team.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

The 2017 merger between legacy firms Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter allows the combined practice to draw upon an extensive 13-office network across five countries. The firm is particularly renowned for its niche strength in sovereign bond issues - for both issuers and underwriters - and it acted on a steady stream of such deals through 2017. Notable examples of its issuer-side work included New York’s Steven Tepper advising the Republic of Turkey on a $1.2bn sukuk and Washington DC-based Whitney Debevoise assisting the Republic of Honduras with its $700m notes offering. On the underwriter side, Tepper advised Citigroup Global Markets, JP Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank on Iraq’s $1bn bond offering. Washington DC partners Gregory Harrington and Neil Goodman are also names to note.

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  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

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