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Douglas Doetsch

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Douglas Doetsch serves as head of the firm’s Latin America/Caribbean practice and is a member of the firm's Banking & Finance practice. He advises clients on infrastructure financings in the port, airport and road sectors, acquisition and other leveraged lending transactions, and structured credit transactions. 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.


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Columbia Law School, JD 1986 Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law Université de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal 1983 Rotary Graduate Fellowship Kalamazoo College, BA, magna cum laude 1979 Phi Beta Kappa

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Douglas Doetsch - Mayer Brown

Within: Banking and finance

Mayer Brown’s breadth of product range and geographic coverage has served it well during a volatile period in the Latin America banking and finance sector. Despite fewer syndicated deals in the market, the firm has found bilateral loans a relatively fruitful segment of the market. Its expanding presence in Mexico City has brought an uptick in lending transactions in the newly liberalised hydrocarbons sector, including financings involving a capital markets component and drillship sector loans. Real estate deals in Mexico and Central America are another strength of the practice. Clients include Goldman Sachs, Banco Santander, Citibank, Mizuho Bank, Scotiabank, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and OPIC. The practice advised IFC and the OPEC Fund for International Development on the restructuring of major Latin American shipping group Ultrapetrol, which included the sale of approximately $65m of term loan financings, and also represented a syndicate of banks in the amendment and extension of a $1.5bn credit facility for Freeport-McMoRan subsidiary, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde. Other matters included advising Mizuho Bank as lead arranger on a $193m syndicated loan to Panama-based multilateral lender Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex). Chicago-based co-head of the Latin America practice and co-head of the firm’s global banking and finance practice, Douglas Doetsch is a ‘big player’ who is ‘extremely smart’, ‘pragmatic’ and is ‘always working to look for solutions’. New York partner David Duffee is co-head of the firm’s global lending practice and has a high degree of focus on Latin America, with a strong record in syndicated lending and acquisition finance. A ‘great lawyer’ who is ‘always mindful of the interest of the client’, New York and Washington DC partner Christopher Erckert couples ‘vast experience and market knowledge’ with a ‘practical approach to facilitate an efficient execution’; he demonstrates a ‘client-oriented approach’ and ‘unparalleled understanding of Latin America and structured finance transactions’. Other notable figures include Washington DC’s Gabriela Sakamoto, who advises a range of lenders, including banks, MLAs and export credit agencies (ECAs); Mexico City partner Ariel Ramos, who has broad financing experience in the jurisdiction, most notably in relation to projects; and Eduardo Lima at Brazilian associate firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown who is highlighted for his versatility and has extensive experience in restructurings and refinancings. Chicago-based senior figure Debora de Hoyos is also highly regarded.

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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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