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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

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White & Case LLP’s broad banking and finance offering continues to impress across Latin America. In addition to having established offices in São Paulo and Mexico City, the firm has prominent finance teams in Miami, New York and Washington DC that serve the Latin America market and ‘delivers services across the financing spectrum’, according to one client. Sabrena Silver joined the New York office from Linklaters LLP in 2017 to add further credibility in highly structured transactions. Since joining the firm, Silver advised Deutsche Bank on a $150m syndicated loan to Colombian national airline Avianca, the transaction taking into account aspects of Colombian law that impact sale of future receivables, US Chapter 11 concerns and receivables generated under a Costa Rican-law, credit card processing agreement. The firm’s longstanding focus on Argentina has paid dividends with a series of finance engagements in the jurisdiction, while its hugely impressive Brazilian borrower client base, ensures a steady pipeline of significant transactions. The São Paulo office advised Fibria International Trade (as borrower) and Fibria Cellulose S (as guarantor) on a $700m unsecured export prepayment loan facility to finance the group’s production and export of cellulose products and to refinance certain existing export related debt. It also represented Petrobras and its subsidiary Petrobras Netherlands on a $1bn syndicated loan to the latter, which is guaranteed by Petrobras and secured by a semi-submersible oil production vessel and an interest in insurance proceeds payable in respect of the vessel. In aviation finance, the Latin America team has also experienced significant growth, thanks in part to the efforts of Miami partner Christian Hansen, who represents the likes of Aeroméxico and Copa Airlines. Acquisition finance and securitisation continue to be major segments for the practice, as is project finance in which the firm has a high market share of Latin America deals in both energy and infrastructure. Miami partner Carlos Viana is ‘a dominant finance lawyer’, who is ‘fully involved in the transaction’, is ‘very responsive and sympathetic to clients’ needs’ and has ‘good knowledge of the industry, products and counterparties’. São Paulo partner John Anderson has made a big impression in Brazil, especially with local borrowers; he is regarded as ‘very smart’, having ‘a lot of integrity’ and being ‘pragmatic’: he ‘focuses on the things that matter and doesn’t waste time on the things that don’t’. New York and Miami partner Jeanine Acevedo is ‘very responsive, patient, and thorough’, and is very well regarded for project finance. Miami’s Fernando de la Hoz is another prominent name, as is head of the São Paulo office Donald Baker. Miami associate Thomas Pate is ‘always responsive and able to fully grasp any concern of the client and how to mitigate it’.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

White & Case LLP are ‘real experts in the leveraged finance market’ who ‘provide immense value for the fees that we pay them’. Clients appreciate the ‘extremely talented and deep bench’ as well as the ‘close partner attention and consistent personnel from deal to deal’. Global banking head Eric Leicht is very well regarded in the market, and one major client notes: ‘no leveraged lending lawyer in my professional experience provides superior lender representation’. The ‘excellent’ US banking head Jake Mincemoyer is also praised for being ‘extremely efficient and knowledgeable’ and ‘has a ton of relevant knowledge about the market’. Other key names include Eric Klar in Miami, as well as New York’s David Bilkis, Eliza McDougall, and Dan Nam. The firm also boosted its ranks in the US through the arrival of Rob Bennett and Justin Wagstaff from the London office, and the recruitment of Sabrena Silver from Linklaters LLP, who is known for her Latin America expertise. Deal highlights include representing Deutsche Bank, Mizuho and Credit Agricole on a $1.54bn loan to Softbank subsidiary Foundation Holdings for its acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. The firm also advised Nomura Securities and Jeffries Finance on the $2.5bn recapitalisation of BJ’s Wholesale. The borrower side was also active, and the firm advised Pilot Travel Centers on a major $4.6bn refinancing. Another highlight was advising Stone Point Capital on the $1bn financing for its acquisition of Focus Financial Partners.

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