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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Ulises Pin

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Latin America Team; Telecommunications, Media & Tech

Position

Ulises represents US and foreign communications and technology companies on corporate, financial, and regulatory matters. He also advises private equity firms, venture capital funds, and financial institutions on investments in the telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) sectors. Ulises represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and government agencies in Mexico, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He has substantial experience in cross-border transactions.  Ulises’s practice covers all sectors of the TMT market, including wireline, wireless and international communications, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), infrastructure projects (land and submarine networks), satellite services, and emerging technologies. He counsels on complex cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; public offerings; joint ventures; and private and public equity investments. He also represents public and private companies in international corporate and finance transactions across industries, including telecommunications, technology, energy, retail, and real estate.

Languages

Native Spanish speaker

Member

International Bar Association; Mexican Bar Association

Education

Escuela Libre de Derecho, J.D.; New York University, Master of Laws


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP remains best known for bilateral and syndicated loans in Brazil and continues to be a leader in bondholder debt restructurings across the region. Argentina is a growth market for a team that is also active in Central America. Moreover, the practice is increasingly active in private placements in Latin America. The firm is especially close to HSBC, which it advises on multiple transactions, and has a growing connection to the likes of ING, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America; its private placement work, in turn, is driven by a number of insurance company clients. The team continues to advise the steering committee of bondholders in the restructuring of Brazilian construction company OAS; and represented Argentina’s sovereign bondholders on their rights under equal treatment clauses and in connection with related settlement discussions. Notably, the firm’s bondholder debt restructuring expertise is increasingly sought by banks to assess creditor exposure. Timothy DeSieno has an outstanding record in bondholder debt restructurings in the region, while co-chair of the Latin America practice Thomas Mellor is known for bilateral and syndicated loans, especially in Brazil. Brazil-qualified and Houston-based Felipe Alice is known for restructurings and front-end lending; also in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez has immense experience in that jurisdiction; while Washington DC-based Ulises Pin is particularly noted for telecoms financings. Hartford partner Daniel Papermaster and Thomas O’Connor are recognised for private placements in the region. Luis Torres-Cervantes is the key name at associate level for bank lending. All named individuals are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP expanded its team with prominent Latin American corporate specialist John Crespo and Mexico qualified Adrian Talamantes from King & Spalding LLP; Crespo is active in corporate transactions across Latin America, predominantly related to energy matters, while Talamantes is especially focused on midstream and upstream transactions in Mexico. Their arrival has strengthened the team not only in upstream and midstream oil & gas and LNG but also across other key industries such as telecoms and financial services. Mexico continues to be a strong focus for the practice; and in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is another key, corporate transactional practitioner. Beyond Mexico, the firm is active throughout Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Clients range from multi-latinas to US-based clients, private equity investors and other multinationals. The team advised Sumitomo Corporation on its takeover of banana producer Fyffes, which has extensive operations in Central and South America; and also assisted General Cable Corporation with its two-step acquisition of Colombian manufacturer of cable and wire manufacturer Procables. Other key partners include Felipe Alice, who is recognised for Brazil energy deals; and Washington DC-based partner Ulises Pin who has extensive experience in telecoms transactions, particularly in Mexico.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its ‘great strength and expertise in spectrum and satellite issues’.Andrew Lipman is highly experienced in regulatory, legislative and transactional work in this space, with particular expertise in common carrier, wireless, satellite and broadcasting matters. He advised Securus Technology on challenging the FCC’s price cap rulings, and defended it in two civil actions in the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging that its prices were unreasonable and unlawful. He also assisted Facebook with its global acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber. Catherine Wang is highly skilled on regulatory work and possesses ‘an impeccable track record of achieving desired outcomes and maintaining constructive relationships with policymakers’. She advised Deer and Company on GPS, satellite and rural broadband regulations. Timothy Bransford is an expert in domestic and international regulations, and has ‘a high technical and legal competency’ and ‘provides extremely thorough analysis with respect to complex situations’. Ulises Pin is an expert in regulatory and transactional matters, and assisted Globalstar with obtaining mobile satellite services licenses in the 2.5 GHz band in a number of Asian and Latin American regions. Russell Blau and Tamar Finn advised a number of telecoms providers on the reform of business data services regulations. Ronald Del Sesto and William Wilhelm are also key figures.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides a ‘very high-quality service’ and the team is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘very well informed about industry players and trends’. The practice is based in Washington DC, where practice head Andrew Lipman is known for his ‘business acumen’; he assisted Securus Technologies with its $1.7bn acquisition by Platinum Equity, and advised Cincinnati Bell on its $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom. Russell Blau has strong transactional expertise, with a client roster that includes telecoms carriers, ISPs, equipment vendors and media companies. He recently advised Consolidated Communications on the regulatory aspects of the client’s $1.3 billion all-stock acquisition of FairPoint Communications, and assisted EQT AB with its acquisitions of fiber telecoms network operators Lumos and Spirit Communications. Catherine Wang has expertise in complex transactional regulatory matters, as well as wireless and spectrum issues. She recently assisted Zayo Group with its acquisitions of Electric Lightwave, AboveNet and 360 Networks. Other key figures include satellite specialist Timothy Bransford, William Wilhelm, who typically advises on online media and VoIP issues, and cross-border regulatory specialist Ulises Pin. Wang and Pin are ‘excellent’ and ‘work seamlessly together as a team and with their other colleagues’.

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