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Luke Iovine III

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Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice


Luke Iovine is a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. He chairs the office’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Mr. Iovine’s practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters, where he represents public and private companies in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and a variety of other joint venture and business combination transactions. He has represented numerous companies in the telecommunications, media, financial services, pharmaceutical, software, real estate, and biotechnology industries.


Member, New York Bar Association


Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1990, Valedictorian and Managing Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review Bucknell University, B.S.B.A., 1987

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Paul Hastings LLP is further building on its excellent investment bank relationships. The Latin America M&A team has an especially fine record in Peru and Colombia, while Mexico is providing a growing number of deals for a team that benefits from the multitude of corporate relationships established by Michael Fitzgerald, a titan of that particular market. Central America and the Caribbean are also good regions for the M&A group, which is particularly active in retail, energy and infrastructure. The team is 'well trained', 'driven' and has 'an outstanding work ethic and pro-deal attitude'. It is 'able to convey knowledge and simplicity to clients and counterparties' and 'the team has a strong presence in Latin America having done many deals in Colombia, Peru and other countries in the region'. Further south, the practice advised Argentina's YPF on the sale to GE of a 25% interest in YPF EnergĂ­a ElĂ©ctrica, which has two operating assets, five under construction and 11 greenfield projects with a total net capacity of approximately 3.5GW. It also advised Quicorp, the Andean region's leading pharmacy chain, on its $583m acquisition by InRetail PerĂș; and Accendo Banco on its proposed purchase of Deutsche Bank’s Mexican operations; the deal did not close. Robert Leung 'has a commercial background which makes him a dealmaker' and 'clients trust him as he is able to communicate legal issues very clearly, while allowing the client to make an informed decision'. He is 'very knowledgeable and has strong relationships in Colombia' and his 'understanding of the region and culture has allowed him to retain very important clients'. Mike Huang has a similarly strong reputation, as do Luke Iovine and counsel Veronica Rodriguez who are also regular advisers on Latin America M&A transactions. In a significant mid-August 2019 hire, the team was strengthened still further with the high-profile hire of former Sao Paulo office-head Jonathan Kellner from Shearman & Sterling LLP; 'a go getter', he is 'personable, people trust him and has spent years establishing the relationships that he needs' as a result he 'has made a name for himself', provides 'fantastic leadership' and 'is very frank and loyal'.

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