Evan Koster > Hogan Lovells US LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
Hogan Lovells US LLP Offices
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If an explanation of complex financial products has ever left you feeling more confused than you were before, contact Evan Koster.
As the Hogan Lovells global coordinator for derivatives and commodities, Evan demystifies the products and their legal implications – in both English and Spanish – and represents clients in a broad spectrum of derivatives, commodities, and structured products in the United States and Latin America.
Evan’s experience is both broad – including all asset classes, such as commodities, fixed income, foreign exchange, and equities – and narrow, including energy derivatives (e.g., natural gas, oil, power) and energy trading. In addition to his transactional work, he counsels clients regarding Dodd-Frank derivatives regulatory and compliance issues, and has been active in advocacy related to the Dodd-Frank rule-making process.
Before joining Hogan Lovells, Evan was an in-house derivatives counsel at two financial institutions and an outside derivative counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and sovereign entities. His experience with many clients across the spectrum provides the perspective he needs to help close transactions and solve issues quickly.
Not content with having just one area of focus, Evan also represents financial institutions, sovereigns, and corporate borrowers in Latin American debt capital markets, especially energy-related transactions, in both primary offerings and liability management exercises such as restructurings. He has represented clients in leading sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt transactions in Latin America, including the Republic of Ecuador’s return to the capital markets in 2014 the precedent setting restructuring of its debt in August 2020.
Evan is frequently quoted in The Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Risk Magazine, and Latin Lawyer, and has written on topics related to derivatives and Latin American debt capital markets transactions.
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Colombian American Association; Venezuelan American Association;
Latin America Practice Committee and Equity Derivatives Committee International Swaps and Derivatives Association;
Structured Products Association
J.D., The George Washington University Law School, High Honors, Order of the Coif, 1990; M.A. International Studies, the University of Miami, 2987; B.A. Brandeis University, 1985 University of Miami, 1987; Brandeis University, 1985
Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s US-based global offerings practice is largely driven by Latin America transactions. This includes sovereign offerings and structured finance-related transactions; diversified payment rights deals are a particular forte thanks to the expertise of senior figure Emil Arca. While much of the practice centers on debt transactions in emerging markets throughout Latin America, the firm has landed a growing market share of equity offerings from Brazil. Evan Koster is noted for sovereign offerings and Sina Hekmat is experienced in representing German issuers in global offerings.
Headed up by Evan Koster, the derivatives team at Hogan Lovells US LLP has a particular focus on the Latin America region. Clients include sovereign entities and international financial institutions, which Koster advises on regulatory issues and transactions involving the energy, insurance and healthcare industries. The group is well integrated into the firm’s global service network and often works alongside colleagues in Europe and Asia to handle cross-border structured deals and derivatives contracts.
Hogan Lovells US LLP is a major player in regulated industries, particularly life sciences and healthcare. The firm is also at the forefront of real estate (including REIT), tech, consumer and food transactions. Its sizeable presence in Washington DC makes it especially well suited to regulated industry transactions, though its considerable growth in New York has enabled it to develop a more wide-ranging practice, including closer links to underwriters. The firm is also active in sovereign debt offerings, particularly those by Latin America sovereign issuers. Washington DC partner Eve Howard became global head of capital markets in July 2020 and has an outstanding record in big-ticket transactions. In New York, Stuart Morrissy has helped the team to develop strong relationships with key investment banks. Richard Aftanas joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2020, further strengthening the team’s connections to major issuers and underwriters, and Ben Garcia joined the team from Milbank. Evan Koster is recommended for sovereign deals in Latin America, and Washington DC’s David Bonser stands out in REIT offerings. Washington DC-based counsel Tifarah Allen is also recommended. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.
Hogan Lovells US LLP has a broad-based capital markets practice covering a range of equity and debt products, along with structured finance and derivatives transactions. It also has broad geographic coverage, which includes sovereign offerings for the Republic of Ecuador, a key long-term client for the Latin America practice, and the city of Córdoba in Argentina. Emil Arca is global head of the capital markets group and a leader in structured finance and securitisations, notably diversified payments rights transactions. Evan Koster is noted for sovereign bond offerings, while Sao Paulo’s Isabel Carvalho is an experienced figure in Brazil IPOs and follow-on offerings. Ben Garcia has joined the firm from Milbank to provide additional senior-level capital markets expertise to the Latin America team, especially in the project bonds segment.
Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s efforts to develop stronger connections to agency lenders and DFIs has enabled it to build a fervent pipeline of Latin America financing engagements. The firm also represents a number of Latin American banks and has extensive experience in sovereign debt restructurings. The core of the practice centres on project and infrastructure finance, corporate lending, and trade and receivables finance. It is also at the forefront of derivatives and securitisation, thanks to the presence of Emil Arca and Evan Koster; Koster was also a lead partner in advising the Republic of Ecuador on its collective action clause capital markets transactions, as part of the country’s large international debt restructuring. Ricardo Martinez is a key figure in corporate lending, project finance and trade finance, has been instrumental in developing connections to agency lenders and DFIs, and has a particularly strong record in Brazil, Colombia and Chile. All named individuals are based in New York.
- Capital markets: debt offerings - United States > Finance
- Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - United States > Finance
- Capital markets: global offerings - United States > Finance
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