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Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

AV JUSCELINO KUBITSCHEK 1455, 5TH, 6TH AND 7TH FLOORS, 04543-011 SÃO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL
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Eduardo Lima

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Mayer Brown

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Eduardo Lima is a partner of the banking and finance practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados. Eduardo represents financial institutions, multilateral organisations, equity sponsors, private equity houses and corporate clients in financing transactions, banking regulatory and related matters, including project financings (with experience of wide range of infrastructure and energy transactions), acquisition financings, out-of-court restructurings, asset-based loans and structured trade finance. He has particular experience advising sponsors, lenders (including ECAs) and government agencies, on the commercial and financing aspects of the development, funding, restructuring, sale and purchase of energy and infrastructure assets (especially power generation and transmission, ports, airports, roads and water projects), including financings by way of bank debt and capital markets funding.


Brazil

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Due to its international set-up, Mayer Brown can 'liaise and conduct matters with foreign offices in an effective and diligent manner'. The group, which sources hail as being 'guided by great leaders, who set a perfect example of technical and negotiation skills', also impresses with its 'marked business approach to legal issues'. Energy-related deals are a strong suit and department head Eduardo Lima ('an experienced partner and skilled negotiator') advised GE Energy Financial Services on a $120m standby guarantee-and-credit facility for CELSEPAR, the sole shareholder of CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe, as a complementary source of financing for the development of a gas-fired, combined-cycle thermal power plant. Other recommended names include counsel Priscilla Santos ('constantly demonstrates superior technical knowledge') and project finance specialist Luis Montes.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

The capital markets and securitisation practice at Mayer Brown, brings to bear strong expertise in cross-border and infrastructure-related transactions. Highly regarded department head Carlos Motta ‘has the experience to really take on board the client’s concerns’ and recently advised the underwriters, led by Banco Bradesco BBI, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, BB Investimentos and Nomura, on Banco Inter’s R$672m IPO. On the debt front, the firm advised EDP São Paulo Distribuição de Energia and EDP Espírito Santo Distribuição de Energia on each of their offerings of infrastructure debentures, worth R$260m and R$190m respectively. Finance partner Eduardo Lima is also a key contact.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Mayer Brown is 'highly responsive and committed' and can rely on its strong international network. The client portfolio includes numerous financial institutions such as Banco Santander, which instructed the group to handle the issuance of surety letters worth R$91m to guarantee the long-term financing provided by Banco do Nordeste for the construction and development of a solar power project. Other matters included contractual assistance for a private port terminal project. The 'highly dedicated and deal-oriented' Luis Montes and 'strategic thinker Eduardo Lima, who is 'agile' and 'supportive' are both highly regarded. The team was strengthened further by the arrival of Bruno Werneck (who provides 'practical and forward-looking advice'), and former senior associates Bruno Salzano (infrastructure M&A) and Mario Saadi (infrastructure and administrative law) from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in March 2019. However, Bruno Aurélio subsequently left the firm, moving to Demarest Advogados in October 2019.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity

Within: Electricity

The ‘pro-business’ group at Mayer Brown stands out for its ‘deep knowledge of the law and industry’. A key player in power projects, the firm also shines in corporate and M&A, finance, regulatory and contentious matters. In a recent headline, the firm advised GE Energy Financial Services on a $120m credit facility for CELSEPAR as a complementary source of financing for the development of a gas-fired combined cycle thermal power plant. Atlas Renewable Energy, EDP – Energias do Brasil and Vinci Partners are also key clients. Eduardo Lima and ‘very strong’ recently made-up partner Débora Yanasse are the names to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Mayer Brown has a rich history of bank-led project finance work, coupled with a growing standing among DFIs, export credit agencies (ECAs) and project sponsors. It is also an accomplished player in project and infrastructure bonds, including private placement-driven financings. The Latin America practice is located across in multiple centres, most notably in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Houston, Mexico City and in Brazil through Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. The Brazil team recently led advice to GE Capital in connection with the $1.5bn financing of CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe's Porto de Sergipe I thermoelectric complex project in Barra dos Coqueiros; the largest cross-border, energy-related transaction in Brazil for some years, it was financed through a mixture of a bond issuance and multilateral lenders. The firm is a major player in the renewable energy segment right across Latin America and advised MUFG, Natixis and SMBC, as lenders, on the $135m financing of the expansion of the 133MW Los Guindos diesel-fired power station in southern Chile’s Biobío region. In the private placement segment, the firm represented the note purchasers in the $103m placement of senior secured notes and $11.5m subordinated secured notes to refinance the Naranjal and Del Litoral solar power plants in Uruguay; the structure builds on the firm's previous work in private placement project bonds, including the Campo Palomas wind project in Uruguay. In the project bonds and private placement segment, New York and Washington DC partner Christopher Erckert  is a recognised authority, though he is also an experienced traditional project finance practitioner, particularly in the renewables sector. Houston partner Robert Goldberg is an experienced figure in Latin America power and renewables projects. London's Ian Coles is a mining sector leader with considerable experience in Latin America. Houston's Pablo Ferrante and Jose Valera are highly rated for oil-and-gas, LNG, power and renewables deals. Ariel Ramos  is a big name in Mexico City, while Barry Machlin and Douglas Doetsch are pivotal figures in Chicago. Washington DC's Gabriela Sakamoto is an emerging talent and Eduardo Lima is a key name in Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown's Sao Paulo office.

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