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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 BROAD STREET, NEW YORK 10004-2498, USA
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United States

Founded in New York in 1879, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP comprises approximately 875 lawyers conducting a global practice through 12 offices on four continents. The firm offers clients the benefits of a global and multi-disciplinary partnership that relies primarily on internally generated growth. S&C’s lawyers dedicate themselves to providing clients with consistently high-quality legal services.

Main areas of practice

Capital markets and corporate finance: S&C has been a key participant in many recent high-profile corporate finance transactions, advising issuers, underwriters, selling shareholders, lenders, sponsors, borrowers and other market participants around the world. The firm is a leader in US and global IPOs, privatizations, leveraged finance and sovereign debt offerings.

Financial services: S&C remains the leading global law firm on M&A, finance and capital raising, complex regulatory issues, corporate governance, legislative developments, significant litigation and enforcement matters, corporate investigations and tax matters affecting financial institutions. Its expertise extends to clients in the banking, payments, broker-dealer, commodities, futures and derivatives, insurance, consumer finance and investment management and alternative investment management sectors. The firm provides clients with the experience, knowledge, dedication and service needed to ensure their strategic business objectives.

M&A: the leading firm in global M&A, S&C mobilizes teams of lawyers worldwide for clients on their largest and most important domestic and cross-border transactions. A perennial leader in global M&A, Sullivan & Cromwell advised in over $3.9tn in announced transactions worldwide over the past ten years.

Litigation: the ?rm takes an innovative global, multidisciplinary approach to every matter and is regularly chosen as lead counsel in many of the highest-pro?le and most complex matters before courts, arbitration panels and regulators. The firm represents clients from a wide range of industries and is known for its ability to navigate clients through high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and investigations.

Project development and finance: S&C is a leader in project development and finance. The firm has advised on many of the most transformative and complex projects and financings in both developed and emerging markets involving oil and gas, mining, other natural resources, and infrastructure. The group also advises clients in joint venture arrangements, M&A and public-private partnerships in these critically important sectors.

Real estate: S&C’s commercial real estate group occupies a unique leadership position in global commercial real estate transactions. As an industry-based group, its real estate attorneys utilize a multidisciplinary approach to offer clients expertise in public and private market joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, financings and capital markets issuances, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, the structuring and formation of private equity funds, separate accounts and other real estate investment vehicles, complex restructurings of family-owned businesses and assets, and stadium development financing and other sports-related matters.

Tax: S&C’s highly regarded tax group has a global reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies, as well as providing pivotal tax advice on corporate transactions. S&C plays a significant role in structuring new, tax-advantaged financial instruments and complex M&A transactions, and represents prominent industrial and commercial enterprises in US, French, UK and cross-border tax matters. The firm prides itself on developing solutions to tax problems that are both tax-efficient and practical, meeting the real constraints under which its clients operate.

Other areas of focus: to meet the diverse needs of its clients, S&C’s lawyers offer a multi-disciplinary approach across a number of other practice areas, including antitrust, competition, corporate governance, executive compensation/ERISA, FCPA, intellectual property & technology, investment management, private equity, and restructuring & bankruptcy.

Senior Chairman H Rodgin Cohen

Chairman Joseph C Shenker

Other Offices:Beijing
Hong Kong

Number of Partners: 170

Number of Other Fee-Earners: 718

Latin America

Founded in 1879, Sullivan & Cromwell (S&C) currently conducts a global practice with approximately 875 lawyers in 13 offices on four continents. S&C’s work in Latin America reflects the multidisciplinary nature of its global practice and its experience advising clients on highly sophisticated and complex matters. The firm’s integrated approach creates teams of lawyers from across its practice areas, many of which consistently rank first by deal value among international firms in the region.

Areas of practice

Mergers and acquisitions: S&C is the number one international law firm for announced Latin America M&A deals by value in the first half of 2017, full-year 2016 and over the last five and ten years. The firm advised on the largest Latin America deal of 2016, representing State Grid in its Brazil acquisition; as well as CIC Capital as a consortium member in its acquisition of a stake in Petrobras’ gas pipeline unit; Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $20.1bn acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in Grupo Modelo; AT&T in its acquisition of Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $2.5bn and its $1.875bn acquisition of Nextel Mexico; LATAM Airlines in various M&A transactions; CPPIB in various infrastructure and energy acquisitions in the region; GBM Infraestructura and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners in the Tres Mesas wind project acquisition; Bankia in its approximately $947m sale of City National Bank of Florida to Banco de Crédito e Inversiones; and Diageo in its sale of Bushmills to Jose Cuervo Overseas and its acquisition of Tequila Don Julio from Casa Cuervo.

Capital markets and corporate finance: S&C is well known for its expertise advising on complex and innovative capital markets transactions. The firm recently represented: Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA) on repurchase transactions, increasing BCRA’s USD cash reserves by $5bn; Morgan Stanley and other initial purchasers in a $531m senior secured notes offering and Crédit Agricole and other lenders in a $500m senior secured credit facility, each in connection with KKR’s acquisition and leaseback of certain Pemex oil and gas infrastructure assets; LATAM Airlines in several offerings and its Santiago Stock Exchange listing; Colbún and CMPC in various offerings, including the first green bond by a Chilean-listed company; and Repsol in its disposition of Argentine Government bonds. The firm acts as designated underwriters’ counsel for sovereign financings and liability management transactions by the governments of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Panama and issuer’s counsel to the Republic of Paraguay. In addition, S&C is a leader in sophisticated project bond offerings thanks to its experience on landmark projects in the region, such as on Colombia’s 4G projects.

Project finance: S&C has been the number one legal adviser to sponsors/borrowers in project financings in the region since its work on the groundbreaking Escondida project in Chile in the late 1980s. For over 30 years, the firm has worked on important financings on landmark oil and gas and mining and infrastructure projects for international clients including Antofagasta, Anglo American, BHP Billiton, HudBay Minerals, GasAndes, Rio Tinto, Sumitomo Corporation, Statoil and Total, among others. Recent projects include: the Antucoya copper project in Chile; the Minas-Rio mining project in Brazil; and the Sierra Gorda, Esperanza (the largest mining project financing ever to sign in Latin America) and El Tesoro projects in Chile; the OCP pipeline in Ecuador; and the Constancia project in Peru.

Dispute resolution: S&C’s international arbitration and dispute resolution practice covers a wide spectrum of matters in Latin America, including cases relating to antitrust and EC competition, contract and commercial matters, criminal defense and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, international securities and corporate law and international commercial arbitration. Recent clients include: Anheuser-Busch InBev, BCRA, Bancolombia, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Repsol, Standard Chartered Bank, Statoil, Tenaris and Volaris.

Partners: 170

Other fee-earners: 718

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