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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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Work +55 11 2504 4210
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www.tauilchequer.com.br

Eduardo Lima

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Work +55 11 2504 4238
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Mayer Brown

Career

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

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown regularly advises syndicated lenders on loans to Brazilian companies, and is experienced in cross-border financings. The team has been active in debt restructuring, advising clients such as Banco Bradesco, Banco Santander, Banco Rabobank, Itaú Unibanco and GE Capital. The latter instructed the team on the debt restructuring of Queiroz Galvão Energia and other companies in the group. Eduardo Lima is the name to note.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has extensive international ties and regularly acts on large infrastructure and construction projects. With particular expertise on the financing side, it is advising Banco Credit Agricole do Brasil, Banco Santander, Banco BTG Pactual and Banco ABC Brasil on an ongoing infrastructure project, including in relation to new security, guarantees from existing sponsors and potential investments by new investors. The ‘agile’ and ‘supportiveEduardo Lima is recommended alongside Bruno Aurélio.

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Public law

Within: Public law

Under the leadership of Bruno Aurélio, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has developed a strong public law and regulatory practice, acting for clients in the transport, power and sanitation sectors, among others. Aurélio and Eduardo Lima advised Consortium Walks on the bid process for public lighting in the municipality of São Paulo.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity

Within: Electricity

With ‘an exceptional response time’, the power team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has ‘strong technical knowledge of the law’. It is assisting Parnaíba Gás Natural in the acquisition of stakes in the Azulão oil field previously owned by Petrobras; and advised Total on the acquisition of a number of thermal power plants. ‘Business-oriented’ senior counsel Débora Yanasse is recommended alongside Eduardo Lima.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

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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