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Doug Doetsch

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Douglas Doetsch serves as head of the firm’s Latin America practice and co-head of the firm's global Banking & Finance practice. He advises clients on acquisition and other leveraged lending transactions, structured credit transactions, and project financings, particularly in Latin America and other emerging markets. He is also a leader in cross-border securitization transactions, especially future cash flow securitizations. In his cross-border work, Doug also regularly advises on emerging market debt restructuring and debt exchange offers. In addition, his transactional work involves asset and stock acquisitions, real estate investments, and cross-border joint ventures. Doug also advises emerging market companies on capital market offerings.


Kalamazoo College, BA, 1979; Columbia University, JD, 1986.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Mayer Brown’s ‘overall excellent’ finance team is popular for lender and borrower work, and has well-stocked teams in New York, Chicago, Charlotte and Houston. Jointly led by David Duffee in New York and Douglas Doetsch in Chicago, the firm is strong in several areas, including energy finance, fund finance and Latin American financings (an area where Doetsch has particular expertise). Recent highlights on the lender side include advising the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets and HSBC Securities on a $1.5bn loan extension to Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is another client, which it advised on a $1.25bn syndicated loan to KKR Asian Fund III. Significant borrower mandates included advising Yum! Brands on a $3.5bn refinancing, and acting for Frontier Communications Corporation on $1.5bn term loan. Other major clients include Plastipak Holdings, Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund, and the Jordan Company. Key partners include Adam Wolk and the ‘top notch’ Kristin Rylko. The firm recently expanded in New York following the recruitment of Scott Zemser from Allen & Overy LLP.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

Texas Department of Transportation on the SH 288 Toll Lane project in Houston. P3 specialist Joseph Seliga was particularly active in this regard. In another example of the practice’s strong infrastructure capability, Douglas Doetsch and Nadav Klugman assisted the noteholders with the private placement of senior secured notes to be used for the purposes of redeveloping the L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda. In the energy sector, New York-based Christopher Erckert and David Bakst advised Celeo Redes Operación Chile on the issuance of dollar-denominated and local currency-denominated notes to finance the construction and operation of electricity transmission projects in Chile. The team also acted for lenders such as Deutsche Bank on various mid-market financings for renewables projects. Barry Machlin and Paul Astolfi are additional contacts. All named partners are based in Chicago except where stated otherwise.

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