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Arturo Carrillo

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Corporate Latin America


Partner - Latin America, Finance, Corporate


Arturo Carrillo is a partner in the Latin America and Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Carrillo has represented private and state-owned foreign companies, investment banks, bank groups and sovereign states in cross-border capital markets and liability management transactions, structured financings, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on Latin American matters. In addition, Mr. Carrillo has significant experience with European corporate and capital markets transactions, as he was based in Rome, Italy from 2001 through 2004.


Mr. Carrillo is fluent in Spanish and Italian.


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1997 University of Texas at El Paso, B.B.A. (Accounting), 1994 (highest honors)

Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Knowledgeable, practical and very efficient’, Paul Hastings LLP is a dominant force in corporate issuances in Mexico where it has a ‘great market share’; Michael Fitzgerald, who heads the Latin America department, has been involved with Mexico for some 25 years. In early 2017, he and the team advised the Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan (as global coordinators and initial purchasers) on Jose Cuervo’s $912m IPO through its parent company Becle. The firm also represented global aluminum components supplier to the automotive industry, Nemak, on its €500m Eurobond offering, which constituted the first high-yield debt issuance by a Mexican corporate in 2017. In yet another headline deal, the team advised the global coordinators and initial purchasers in a dual-tranche $2bn bond offering by the Mexico City Airport Trust as part of the financing for the new international airport; it was the largest bond financing for an airport and the largest green bond offering out of Latin America. The firm ‘is the best in the market’, ‘provides remarkable value’, ‘always looks for alternatives’ and ‘is very sensitive to cross border issues’. Clients suggest ‘there are very few firms that compare’ and that it has ‘the kind of lawyers you want to have on your side’. The Latin American team is developing its presence beyond Mexico, particularly in Peru and Colombia, and the opening of a São Paulo office in 2016 is giving the firm greater exposure to deals originating from Brazil. Other clients include Alfa, BBVA Banco Continental, BTG Pactual, Banco Itaú, Citigroup, Credit Suisse Group, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Cemig, TAESA and UBS. Additional key partners include the ‘very efficient, knowledgeable and resourceful’ Cathleen McLaughlin, who is a prominent name in project bonds; the experienced Taisa Markus, who has a fine record in Mexico, Brazil and Peru; Joy Gallup, who is noted for structured debt offerings, high-yield debt, project bond offerings and liability management transactions; and Arturo Carrillo, who provides additional expertise in Mexican real estate work, notably offerings by FIBRAs, the Mexican equivalent of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Steven Sandretto provides additional expertise from São Paulo. All partners are New York located unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent’ capital markets practice comprises ‘very responsive lawyers’. Among the names to note in New York, Latin America group lead Michael Fitzgerald impresses in Mexico-related matters and recently acted with Joy Gallup to advise Fideicomiso Hipotecario on its $170m follow-on offering. Fitzgerald also teamed up with Arturo Carrillo to advise Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank as the lead underwriters on a $175m follow-on offering by Mexican airline Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación. Yariv Katz acted for Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as joint book-running managers, in Sun Communities’ $284m follow-on offering. Jeff Hartlin, who splits his time between Palo Alto and San Diego, and San Diego-based Teri O’Brien are also recommended.

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