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James Patti

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Jim Patti represents clients involved with transactions in the emerging markets, including Brazil, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru and Russia, and has been particularly active in transactions in Turkey. His work emphasizes fund-raising in all its forms, including debt and equity, and he is often involved in complex, cutting-edge transactions for which broad knowledge of the emerging markets is very beneficial. Matters include structured finance, eurobonds, project/infrastructure finance and general lending (secured and unsecured), as well as equity raises, debt restructurings and corporate transactions. Jim joined Mayer Brown in 1994. Prior to entering law school he worked as a financial analyst with Salomon Brothers Inc in New York City. Jim is a frequent speaker at seminars for emerging markets securitizations and similar matters.


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The University of Chicago Law School, JD 1994 Georgetown University, BS, magna cum laude 1989

Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Mayer Brown has maintained its strong standing in structured bonds, high-yield bonds, and project and infrastructure bonds. It is also building market share in Brazilian IPOs and straight debt transactions, working alongside its associate firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. It continues to be benefit from its excellent bank relationships and advises a number of Latin American banks on structured bond issuances. Finance-institution clients include Banco General, Credit Suisse, Global Bank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. In project and infrastructure bonds the practice recently advised Celeo Redes Operación Chile on its $600m issuance of dollar-denominated and local currency-denominated notes to finance electricity transmission lines; and also represented the noteholders in the private placement of $135m in investment grade-rated project bonds issued by Invenergy (to finance the operation of its 70MW Campo Palomas wind energy project in Uruguay). Among a number of Brazilian IPO mandates, the team advised Brazilian water sanitation company, Sanepar, on its $496m Rule 144A/Reg S IPO on the Brazilian Stock Exchange. Head of the Latin America practice and co-head of global banking and finance, Douglas Doetsch is a leader in securitisations and structured credit transactions. James Patti has extensive experience in Latin America, including in structured finance transactions, diversified payment-rights deals and infrastructure-related project finance. Leader of the Latin America project finance practice Christopher Erkhert divides his time between New York and Washington DC and has a fine record in project and infrastructure bonds. Washington DC partner Gabriela Sakamoto is also noted for structured bonds and project bonds. New York partner George Baptista is building the firm’s presence in Brazil equity deals and vanilla debt across Latin America. Named partners are Chicago-based unless stated.

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