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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

White & Case LLP is best known for its impressive standing in Brazil, although it has genuine credibility throughout the region including in Peru, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Through its New York, Miami, São Paulo and Mexico City offices, it has a Latin America platform that few can match, and the practice enjoys an even mix of issuer and underwriter engagements and has an established record in equity, debt and structured note deals. The team has exceptional experience in both equity and debt, including SEC-registered IPOs, high-yield debt, sovereign bonds, project bonds, green bonds, hybrid products and liability management transactions. It advises most of the major underwriters in the region and also has a range of impressive issuer-side relationships, especially in Brazil. In recent work it advised the owner-and-operator of Santiago’s metro system, Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro, on its $500m debt offering to finance the construction of two new subway lines; and represented Fibria Overseas Finance on its $700m green bond offering, guaranteed by Fibria Celulose, the company’s first-ever green bond and the largest green bond offering by any Brazilian issuer. In one of the headline equity follow-on deals of 2016, the São Paulo team advised Energisa on its $396m public offering; and in yet another highlight, it represented Minerva Luxembourg on its $1bn high-yield debt offering, guaranteed by Minerva, one of Brazil’s largest producers of beef products. Head of the Latin America practice (and founder of the São Paulo office back in 1997), Donald Baker is a senior statesman in Brazil and has unrivalled connections to local issuers and active underwriters. New York partner John Vetterli is well regarded among issuers and underwriters and is active in key markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. New York’s Daniel Nam has a background in high-yield debt and is a key player in liability management transactions, and Miami partner Mark Bagnall has a fine record in SEC-registered deals and is especially active with Brazilian issuers. Also in Miami, Victor Mendoza is another key member of the team, while São Paulo’s John Guzman is a versatile young partner covering a range of equity and debt deals and is noted for his liability management expertise. São Paulo partner John Anderson is recommended for project bonds transactions. Since publication, Taisa Markus has joined in New York from Paul Hastings LLP.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

White & Case LLP’s traditionally issuer-focused practice secured an impressive volume of high-profile manager mandates during 2017. As a case in point, regional practice head John Vetterli and Andrew Weisberg advised the joint book-running managers on a $2bn cross-border bond issuance by Peruvian government-owned Petróleos del Perú. Furthermore, Gary Kashar and Colin Diamond advised the underwriting syndicate on two debt offerings by Delta Air Lines totaling $2.4bn. Walt Disney remains a trophy client on the issuer side and recently engaged the firm to advise on $6bn worth of debt issuances, including a C$1.2bn SEC-registered offering sold in Canada through private placement - Michelle Rutta led that work. The team, which is largely centered in New York, has also recently handled matters for Avangrid, Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro and Société Générale.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

White & Case LLP handles a broad spread of equity matters for both issuers and underwriters, with notable expertise in technology, life sciences, infrastructure and cross-border - particularly Latin America-related - offerings. In a strong example of its multijurisdictional prowess New York-based John Vetterli, who is regional head of the Americas capital markets group, acted alongside the firm’s Sao Paulo office to assist Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima with its IPO and listing of American depositary shares on the NYSE, totaling $1.1bn. On the underwriter side, the ‘technically excellent’ Colin Diamond - also based in New York - advised the underwriters on three offerings by IQVIA Holdings worth a combined $2.7bn. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Kornit Digital, NeuroDerm and Roivant Sciences. In 2018, global capital markets specialist Taisa Markus joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

White & Case LLP’s practice, which is steered from New York by Americas capital markets head John Donovan, is a strong performer in Latin American, European, Middle Eastern and Asian markets. Highlights included ‘very strong’ regional group lead John Vetterli working hand-in-hand with the Sao Paulo office to advise Argentina’s Loma Negra Holding on its $1.1bn IPO. New York-based Colin Diamond is also a high-profile figure in the team and acted alongside New York’s Holt Goddard, and the Hong Kong and Singapore offices, to asssist the underwriters with a $1.1bn sale of ordinary shares and American depositary shares of Melco Resorts & Entertainment. Among its recent debt work, the firm advised the joint book-runners and the co-manager on Peruvian state-owned Petróleos del Perú’s $2bn bond offering. In 2018, capital markets specialist Taisa Markus joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

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