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John Vetterli

Tel:
Work +1 212 819 8200
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White & Case

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Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Latin America, Oil & Gas

Position

Partner

Career

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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Leading lawyers

John Vetterli - White & Case LLP

Within: Capital markets

White & Case LLP has further cemented its position as a Latin America-wide heavyweight. Widely regarded as a market leader in Brazil, it has developed a significant market share of SEC-registered equity offerings in Argentina. Moreover, it has further developed its standing in Mexico with the hire of New York partner Taisa Markus, who ‘has an incredible understanding of the Mexican market’, from Paul Hastings LLP; Markus also has wider experience, including in jurisdictions such as Peru and Argentina, and extensive contacts with key investment banks in New York. Along with broad geographic coverage, the firm has wide ranging experience across product and transaction types, including IPOs, high-yield debt, liability management, private placements, project bonds, green bonds and other hybrid products. Offices in New York, Miami, São Paulo and Mexico City ensure that it is well plugged into and acquainted with the region, where its clients include Banorte, Credit Suisse, CYDSA, Fibria, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Loma Negra, QGOG and VM Holding. Demonstrating its growing market share in Argentina, the firm advised leading Argentine cement producer Loma Negra on its $1.1bn IPO of American Depositary Shares on the New York Stock Exchange and ordinary shares on the Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos; this was the largest IPO by any Latin American issuer in 2017 and the third-largest ever by an Argentinian issuer. In another landmark deal, it advised the joint bookrunners and co-manager on the inaugural $2bn cross-border debt security issuance by state-owned oil and gas company Petroperú; the proceeds are intended to finance a large-scale upgrade and modernisation of the Talara Refinery in what was the largest-ever offering by a Peruvian issuer. São Paulo-based head of the Latin America practice Donald Bakerlands clients like no one else in Brazil’ and deserves much of the credit for the firm’s impressive market share in the jurisdiction. New York partner John Vetterli, who operates across the region, is a key member of the team for both underwriters and issuers. New York’s Daniel Nam has a longstanding focus on the region, including in high-yield debt and liability management transactions. Miami partner Mark Bagnall is another key member of the team, while John Guzman plays a pivotal role in São Paulo, acting in both equity and debt deals for Brazilian and other Latin American issuers. New York partner Bibiana Jaimes is an emerging name in Latin America debt and equity deals, including in Brazil.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

White & Case LLP launched a Houston office in February 2018, bringing in a number of senior practitioners with significant Latin America experience. The new Houston partners Jay Cuclis, Steven Otillar and Christopher Richardson have a strong focus on Latin America and significant oil and gas expertise; they joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP respectively. Building on the firm’s strong profile in downstream oil and gas, the new team extends its expertise into upstream and midstream development and commercial issues. With its eminent Mexico City office, the firm is well plugged into Mexico’s hydrocarbon sector reform-related work. Beyond oil and gas, the firm continues to impress in power and renewables, including in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It has also experienced growth in PPP engagements, including in Paraguay and Argentina. Showcasing its expertise in infrastructure and project bonds, the firm advised the banks on the $2bn cross-border debt issuance by state-owned Petróleos del Perú-Petroperú; the proceeds of what was the largest-ever offering by a Peruvian issuer are intended to finance a large-scale upgrade and modernisation of the Talara Refinery. It also represented Invenergy as sponsor, and Nicefield as borrower, in the refinancing of the 70MW Campo Palomas wind farm project in Uruguay. The firm is commended for its expertise in structuring and negotiating EPC, TUA and LNG contracts related to project development activities. Clients are ‘highly satisfied’ with its ‘support in all aspects’ and highlight its ‘customer oriented’ approach with its ‘interest in understanding client needs and commitment to these during the whole process’. ‘The level of service is high’ with ‘very prepared lawyers that deliver excellent performance’. Latin America project finance head Carlos Viana is ‘always a collegial professional and easy to work with’. São Paulo-based John Anderson provides ‘deep commitment’, ‘good technical coverage’ at a ‘reasonable cost’. In Mexico City, Sean Goldstein does an ‘excellent job’, is ‘always on top of what his associates are doing, and is always available to clarify, intervene and participate in any discussion or negotiation’. He has ‘sound experience’ in project development and project finance in the energy sector. Washington DC partner Victor DeSantis is recommended for oil and gas and infrastructure project finance; he is ‘very reasonable’, ‘knows what he is talking about’, has ‘years of experience’; ‘very commercial, practical’ he ‘is not out there to win points’, and ‘has a view on getting deals done and not getting lost in the weeds’. Washington DC’s Ned Neaher is also recommended for lender-side engagements and Miami-based Jeanine Acevedo is another key name in the team. New York’s John Vetterli brings leading capital markets expertise to the firm’s project and infrastructure bonds engagements. Former Mexico City partner José Ignacio Segura Alonso has joined Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.. Named partners are based in Miami unless stated.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt

Within: Capital markets: debt

White & Case LLP’s manager-side practice posted an impressive performance over the past year. Perhaps the group's flagship highlight, Andrew Weisberg acted for the underwriters in Syngenta Finance’s $4.7bn notes offering. In another high-value bank-side mandate, Gary Kashar acted for the underwriters in L3 Technologies’ $1.8bn senior notes offering. Among its issuer-side deals, regional practice head John Vetterli, together with Weisberg, assisted Avangrid with its $600m green bond offering. Other key contacts in the New York-based group include Colin Diamond and Michelle Rutta. In 2018, the group was bolstered by the hires of Latin America specialist Taisa Markus from Paul Hastings LLP and Rupa Briggs from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘committed and responsive’ capital markets group at White & Case LLP scores highly for its ‘excellent cross-border capability’ and ‘expertise in emerging markets’, with sources quick to highlight the ‘seamless coordination of its global team’. In a highlight example of its multi-jurisdictional prowess, group head John Vetterli, who splits his time between New York and Sao Paulo, acted with the Sao Paulo office to advise Argentina-based Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima on its IPO and listing of American depositary shares on the NYSE, totaling $1.1bn. The firm also secures a steady stream of sizeable domestic mandates. Most notably, Colin Diamond, who ‘combines broad knowledge with creative thinking’, and Holt Goddard advised the underwriters on BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings’ $733m IPO and also on its $837.2m secondary offering. Diamond and Goddard also paired up to advise HNA Tourism Group on the $1.3bn sale of the common stock of Park Hotels & Resorts and the subsequent repurchase by Park of 14 million shares. Named attorneys operate from New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Extremely good in emerging markets’, White & Case LLP is best known for its impressive record in Latin America-related deals. Its extensive international reach also encompasses strong footholds across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Sources attest that the firm fields ‘a seamlessly coordinated global team that is available and responsive around the clock’ and praise its ‘clear subject-matter expertise’ and ‘total commitment to getting complex deals across the line’. John Vetterli, regional head of the Americas capital markets practice, recently teamed up with the Sao Paulo office to advise Argentina’s Loma Negra on its $1.1bn IPO. Vetterli also acted alongside emerging markets specialist Colin Diamond, noted for his ‘broad knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking’, to advise the underwriters on the $1.4bn IPO and Nasdaq listing of Brazil-headquartered StoneCo. On the debt side, Andrew Weisberg, with support from the London office, advised the underwriters on a $4.7bn notes offering by Syngenta Finance. Other senior names in the New York-based group are John Donovan and Holt Goddard.

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