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Paul Hastings LLP

200 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10166, USA
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Work +1 212 318 6000
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Fax +1 212 319 4090
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Steven Sandretto

Tel:
Work 1(212) 318-6776
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Paul Hastings LLP

Work Department

Corporate/ Latin America

Position

Steven Sandretto is an of counsel in the Latin America and Corporate practices of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. He has extensive experience representing issuers and investment banks in a wide range of international and domestic securities offerings, with a particular emphasis on Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield debt offerings. His practice consists of advising on capital markets transactions and corporate matters, with a focus on transactions in Brazil.

Education

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2002 Michigan State University, B.A., 1995


Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Paul Hastings LLP remains a dominant force in Mexico, but is spreading its geographic coverage. Brazil has become a more pivotal market for the firm, while Colombia, Peru and Argentina are also providing a growing number of engagements. It is an increasing presence in project bonds, most notably those connected to toll-road infrastructure programmes. Clients include Grupo Industrial Alfa, Sigma Alimentos, Nemak, Axtel, Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG), Grupo Kaltex, Concesión Ruta al Mar, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. In a landmark deal, it advised the initial purchasers on the $1.64bn Fibra-E offering by Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) on the Mexican stock exchange; this was the largest IPO in Mexico since 2013. Showcasing its greater prominence in Brazil, it advised the Brazilian power company CEMIG on a $500m bond offering, having advised on its subsidiary CEMIG GT's inaugural bond offering in 2017. The Latin America team is 'very experienced across the board',  provides 'superb attention to detail', 'deep involvement from senior partners' and is 'top tier in Mexico'. The core capital markets team 'have been together for a long time and it shows', with clients indicating that it is 'highly coordinated and engaged', 'always gives good and timely advice', 'very proactive', 'really experienced' and 'always looking for a good and balanced solution'. Michael Fitzgerald is the doyen of the Mexican capital markets and is supported ably by Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup. Sao Paulo partner Steven Sandretto is building the firm's presence in Brazil and Cathleen McLaughlin is the primary name on project bonds and hybrid structures. Counsel Pedro Reyes is another senior individual in the team.

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