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Christopher L. Mann

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Christopher L. Mann coordinates Sullivan & Cromwell’s global infrastructure practice. Mr. Mann has more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of corporate and financing matters in infrastructure, natural resources and other sectors, including project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, capital markets, strategic finance and restructuring matters. He has acted frequently for sponsor and lending clients, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and hedge funds in equity and debt investments in the United States, Latin America, southern Africa and elsewhere. He is a core member of the Firm’s Latin America team and its CFIUS practice and also co-heads the Firm’s Africa practice. For further information on his practice, please visit S&C's website: 

United States: Finance

Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Up there with the best in this area’, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP attracts rave reviews for its ‘responsive and commercial lawyers’ and its arguably ‘unmatched ability to appropriately staff complex and cross-border transactions’. The New York-based practice, which excels in both debt and equity deals, is equally adept at advising managers and issuers, and routinely teams up with colleagues in key hubs in Australia, China, Europe and Japan. Recent global highlights include advising Japan Post Holdings on its ¥1.3tn global stock offering. In another equity headline, the ‘accurate, thoughtful and practicalCatherine Clarkin, together with Mitchell Eitel, advised BNP Paribas on its secondary offering of shares of common stock of First Hawaiian. Global infrastructure head Christopher Mann handled a string of major debt capital markets transactions during 2017, including assisting the underwriters with a $3bn global bond offering by the Federative Republic of Brazil. Other key names are: global co-head Robert Downes (‘a wonderful counsellor’); Robert Buckholz (‘very responsive and knowledgeable’); and very active younger partner Ari Blaut.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

Overall service is excellent’ at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where the New York-based team is ‘uniformly strong in intellect, negotiating, deal management, associate management and business judgement, as well as being pleasant people to deal with.’ The practice is particularly recommended for its work in the mining sector, where recent mandates include Sergio Galvis and Inosi Nyatta providing ongoing advice to Sierra Gorda on the finance for the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile; and Galvis and Christopher Mann assisting sponsors with various copper mining projects in Peru. Another strength is the LNG sector; Nyatta and John Estes handled a number of billion-dollar mandates for Cheniere Energy concerning the Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG export facility, including a $1.5bn offering in senior notes. On the infrastructure side, Mann was active on investment work in the US and overseas, and in one key deal he advised Pocahontas Parkway and Macquarie on the $600m sale of the Pocahontas Parkway in Virginia to Globalvia.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York-based team handled a number of deals in Latin America, including Christopher Mann acting for Colbún on its offering of notes due 2027. In the US, the firm’s significant investment bank following ensures that the team regularly acts as financial adviser on big-ticket mergers; Joseph Frumkin and Audra Cohen are acting for Morgan Stanley on Dynegy’s $20bn merger with Vistra Energy, and Stephen Kotran is counsel to Goldman Sachs on Great Plains Energy’s merger with Westar Energy.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York office is regularly engaged on ‘board level’ international and domestic M&A and financings for midstream and downstream operators such as Tesoro and Transportadora de Gas. Recent work includes Joseph Frumkin and George Sampas advising Enbridge on its $43bn merger with Spectra Energy, and Inosi Nyatta and John Estes acting for Cheniere Energy on various billion-dollar bond offerings. Werner Ahlers and Christopher Mann were highly active for key client Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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