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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Media & Communications, Technology and Intellectual Property, Latin America Practice




Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a long-term association with Latin America, notably in both strategic and private equity transactions. The firm is at the forefront of deals involving complex compliance and corruption issues, and transactions involving distressed assets. Financial institutions and media and telecoms sectors are key areas for the Latin America team, which has an especially strong record in Brazil, although it has genuine Latin America-wide credibility. Clients include Amber, Brookfield Asset Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração, The Carlyle Group, Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), Organizações Globo, Prumo Logistica and Vinci Partners. the team advised Carlyle  on its strategic minority investment in Brazilian casual dining and fast-casual restaurant chain, Grupo Madero; and also advised Brookfield Business Partners on its proposed $170m acquisition of a 55% controlling stake in Brazilian fleet management company, Ouro Verde. Other matters included advising Ambev on its $926m acquisition of a 30% interest in brewerCervecería Nacional Dominicana, and on the restructuring of its joint venture with E. León Jimenes, one of the largest companies in the Dominican Republic. One client praises 'the quality of the team in general and the availability of senior lawyers to actively participate in all stages of the deal, which guarantees the adequate assessment of risks and negotiation opportunities throughout the process'. Native Colombian partner David Grosgold has an excellent reputation for financial institutions and insurance deals in Latin America. Head of the Latin America practice Maurizio Levi-Minzi is noted for strategic and private equity transactions across the region. Gregory Gooding and Michael Gillespie are also experienced in Latin America M&A transactions, and John Vasily is noted for insurance deals. All named individuals are based in New York. Former counsel Armando Rivera Jacobo moved to White & Case LLP in July 2019.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

The New York-based media and entertainment practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is jointly led by Jonathan Levitsky, Michael Gillespie and Michael Diz, and handles a range of corporate transactions. In recent work, Levitsky advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and assisted The Carlyle Group with its agreement to purchase Crestview Partners’ remaining shareholding in NEP. The group has also been active for financial advisers in significant transactions. Greater Media, Meredith Corporation and Tribune Media are all clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael Gillespie - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides the full spectrum of transaction services, but is notable for its work with large financial advisers on high-value transactions. Jonathan Levitsky works across both public and private M&A mandates, and recently handled work for Discovery Communications in connection with its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks, advised the Carlyle Group on acquiring Crestview Partner's shareholding in live broadcast company NEP, and advised Spruce House Investment Management on its $170m investment in GTT Communications. Levitsky, along with M&A specialist Paul Bird, advised Tribune Media on its now-cancelled sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, and currently advises on Tribune's pending $6.4bn sale to Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest upcoming deals in the broadcast market. Levitsky leads the group along with Michael Gillespie and Michael Diz, both of whom specialize in telecoms and media transactions. Other prominent team members include William Regner and Jeffrey Rosen, who have a strong track record of work with large financial advisers, including clients such as Guggenheim Securities, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Securities. Latin American media conglomerate Globo Comunicação e Participações, private equity firms Spruce House Investment Management, and broadcast company MSG networks are other notable names among the firm's client list.

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