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Hogan Lovells US LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

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Emil Arca heads the firm’s International Debt Capital Markets practice group for the Americas. He represents underwriters, placement agents, issuers, investors, lenders, borrowers, and insurers in debt capital markets, banking, and restructuring transactions in the United States and around the world, particularly in emerging markets. Originating in two dozen countries and involving diverse industries, many of the transactions were the first of their type involving a particular structure, asset type, or country.

Since 2001, Emil has had 11 transactions earn 23 “Deal of the Year” awards or other prominent recognitions such as, “Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year” for the Americas (International Financial Law Review, 2020); Financing Innovation of the Year and Structured Finance Deal of the Year (LatinFinance, 2014); Corporate Finance Deal of the Year (Latin Lawyer, 2014); commendations in the Financial Times 2019 and 2012 North American Innovative Lawyers awards; and Latin American Deal of the Year (Euromoney, 2010).

In emerging markets, Emil has worked with structured finance transactions backed by operating assets (airports, drill ships, mines, and toll roads); future flow cross-border assets (airline tickets, credit card merchant vouchers, diversified payment rights, export receivables, oil royalties, and telephone receivables); existing financial assets (commercial real estate leases, construction loans, residential mortgage loans, telephone receivables, and vehicle loans and leases); and more.

He has worked on U.S. securitization transactions backed by auto loans, equipment leases (aircraft, railcars, and small-ticket equipment), franchise loans, health care receivables, insurance premium finance loans, mortgage loans (commercial, multi-family, and residential properties), nonperforming assets, royalties, small business loans, and trade receivables.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

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.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

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.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

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.