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Marcello Hallake

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Energy / Mergers and Acquisitions / Projects and Infrastructure


Marcello Hallake focuses his practice on representing U.S., European, and Asian companies, financial institutions, and investment funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations, private equity, projects, infrastructure and other financing transactions in Latin America and around the globe, as well as representing Brazilian and Latin American companies in cross-border transactions. He also has extensive transactional experience in advising companies in the energy, telecommunications, media, and technology sectors.


Marcello practiced approximately 18 years in the United States prior to relocating to Jones Day’s São Paulo office in 2012.


English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.


Marcello is a member of the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations, including Brazil Foundation, CDI International, AlfaSol, and SĂŁo Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound ("MIS"). He is a former chair of the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the New York City Bar Association.


Georgetown University (LL.M. 1994); Louvain University (Belgium) (M.A. in Public and International Affairs 1994; J.D. 1993); Saint-Louis University (Belgium) (B.A. 1990).

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Jones Day's broad geographic footprint has enabled it to develop a significant market share of major Latin America corporate and M&A transactions. Established offices in Mexico City and Sao Paulo are supported by Latin America-focused practitioners and teams in Miami, New York, Madrid and elsewhere. The firm impresses on inbound, outbound and intra-regional deals and has experienced a notable upswing in engagements from private equity investors. It is noted for its recent record in energy, power, and telecoms deals. Clients include Engie, GIC Special Investments, J&F Investimentos, Nutrien, Millicom International Cellular, UPL and Pure Biofuels del Peru. With a tight axis between New York and Sao Paulo practice groups, the firm has a particularly strong record in Brazil; recent matters saw New York and Sao Paulo-based Wade Angus and Sao Paulo partner Marcello Hallake lead the team that advised ENGIE on its proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of Transportadora Associada de Gas from Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Angus also led the group that advised GIC Special Investments on its $308m acquisition of a 25% stake in Brazil's Algar Telecom. In other headline work, the practice advised Nutrien on the $4.1bn sale of its stake in Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) to Tianqi Lithium. Miami partner and Colombian native Nicholas Rodríguez is another key member of the practice, with an enviable record in telecoms deals. Miami's Enrique Martin has a fine reputation, as do Michael McGuinness and María Luisa Cánovas in New York. Sao Paulo of counsel Artur Badra is also recommended.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Jones Day's multi-office strategy is paying considerable dividends with its market share of renewable energy projects in Mexico particularly noteworthy, along with strong levels of activity in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. The firm's Sao Paulo office has also achieved considerable recognition for its record in energy and infrastructure M&A. The firm has a strong weighting towards project developers and sponsors, although is gaining ground with DFIs and MLAs thanks to the work of Fradyn Suårez in Miami and with commercial banks through Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno in New York. Moreover, the firm is building a strong record in representing Chinese investors, developers and lenders. Clients include ENGIE, Banco Santander, IDB, Jinko Solar, EDF, Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico, Cemex and Elecnor. Recent mandates include advising Chinese solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar, and its project company Solar Park Viborillas, on the development, construction, and senior financing of a 130MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Mexico; and Banco Santander on a bridge loan to Concesionaria Autopista Silao to finance the construction and equipment of the Silao Toll Road in Mexico. The 'high quality' team provides 'timely responses' and includes Miami partner Richard Puttré, who is a leader in renewable energy projects, most notably for Spanish developers; and Sao Paulo's Marcello Hallake , who deserves recognition for energy and infrastructure M&A. In Mexico City, Alberto de la Parra has a tremendous record in infrastructure projects and financings, and has a long-term association with the development of the new Mexico City airport; in 2018 he advised Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México on its $1.6bn IPO of Fibra E Shares on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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