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Daniel Ganitsky

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Latin America


Daniel Ganitsky is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Latin America Groups. Over the course of his career, Daniel has had significant roles in numerous public company transactions, acquisitions of private companies or businesses, restructurings, proxy contests and financial advisor representations. In the last six years, he has worked on almost 50 publicly announced transactions with an aggregate value of more than $65 billion. Born in Colombia, Daniel is fluent in Spanish and has worked on transactions throughout Latin America with many of the leading law firms and investment banks in the region. 

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Best known for middle market deals and transactions involving financial sponsors, Proskauer Rose LLPstand-out for its services and the different perspective each partner brings’. The firm has an established Latin America practice group, the core of which includes several natives of the region and a range of Spanish and Portuguese speakers. The team’s connections to Latin America have enabled it to develop an impressive list of local and regional clients. As an international law firm in São Paulo, it is somewhat unique in providing funds formation advice, enabling it also to access advisory roles with private equity houses and asset managers on transactions in Brazil, Colombia and Peru especially. ‘Very dynamic and accessible’, the team is ‘good value for money’, ‘responsive, and knowledgeable of the legal and market issues’; additionally, its ‘partners are hands-on’, provide ‘practical advice’ and ‘great service’ with ‘faster and more accurate responses’ than competitors, according to clients. Recent matters include advising Frontera Energy (formerly Pacific Exploration & Production), on its acquisition of the outstanding 36% ownership of Pacific Midstream from International Finance Corporation (IFC); and representing long-term global client AccorHotels on its $64m joint venture with Brazil Hospitality Group to manage a portfolio of 26 hotels in Brazil. In another middle market deal, it represented engineering and construction company Graña y Montero on its $85m sale of its stake in GMD to private equity firm Advent International. Highly focused on Latin America, Colombian-born Daniel Ganitsky is ‘an outstanding M&A lawyer’, while Latin America practice head Carlos Martinezexcels in M&A and capital markets’. Head of the São Paulo office Antonio Piccirillo is a ‘go-to lawyer’, who is admired for his ‘technical knowledge’, ‘broad experience with US and Brazilian legal issues, capacity to convey complex concepts in a simple way’ and ‘ability to establish a trusting relationship with clients’. Also ‘very experienced’, São Paulo-based Fábio Yamada is ‘a dynamic and hands-on partner’.

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United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Proskauer Rose LLP’s wide-ranging real estate practice encompasses private equity investments, financing, leasing and all stages of the development process, including land acquisition, construction financing and contract negotiation. Practice co-head Ronald Sernau has significant experience in the New York market, where he advises on high-value transactions involving trophy properties; Sernau recently acted for Extell Development Company on the recapitalization of its marquee Central Park Tower project and, along with Steven Lichtenfeld and Perry Cacace, advised New York REIT on its acquisition of an equity interest in an existing joint venture which owns Worldwide Plaza in Manhattan. On the lender side, private equity specialist Jeffrey Horwitz and M&A lawyer Daniel Ganitsky acted for Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Starwood Waypoint on its $20bn merger with Invitation Home. Notable cross-border matters for the team included Horwitz and Lichtenfeld advising Accor on its $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts from the Qatar Investment Authority and Oxford Properties. Inland Real Estate and IO Data Centers are also key active clients.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Proskauer Rose LLP has an impressive standing on both the East and West coasts, with Los Angeles managing partner and co-head of the global M&A group Michael Woronoff being one of the most prominent M&A lawyers in California. The firm continues to impress in large-cap transactions, including those in the healthcare and life sciences, leisure and hospitality, technology, consumer products, real estate and sports sectors. It recently advised long-time client Celgene on its $9bn acquisition of Juno Therapeutics, and assisted Morgan Stanley as the financial adviser to Starwood Waypoint regarding its $20bn merger of equals with Invitation Homes. The firm has a fine record in cross-border deals, especially those involving Latin America; in this regard Carlos Martinez is a key partner. Other key clients include Accor, Ascena Retail Group, Arkema, Discovery Communications, Grifols and a series of prominent private equity houses. The ‘top-notch’ team provides ‘a service and advice that is consistently outstanding’. Ron Papa is co-head of the global M&A group and Robert Cantone is praised for his ‘knowledge, demeanor and professionalism’, with one client saying he is ‘one of the finest lawyers in the United States’. Jeffrey Horwitz has an outstanding record in real estate, leisure and hospitality deals, and Daniel Ganitsky is another prominent member of the team, especially in cross-border deals. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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