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Norton Rose Fulbright
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6022
United States

Work Department

Banking and finance


Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Norton Rose Fulbright has exploited its extensive international network to make inroads into the increased capital flows from Asia. It remains a considerable presence in project and infrastructure finance, trade and commodities finance, and hybrid financings involving the capital markets; the arrival of George Baptista from Mayer Brown in May 2018 has added significantly to the firm’s Latin America capital markets expertise. The sizeable finance team in Sao Paulo is active across Latin America including in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina; it frequently works alongside colleagues in New York and Washington DC. The ‘team is really well prepared and has a lot of expertise‘, ‘looks into all details and doesn’t miss anything‘. Clients include Banco de Brasil, ING Bank, Banco Rabobank International Brasil, LATAM Airlines, Vale and Enel Brasil. Mining-sector finance is a growth area for the department and it advised Lundin Gold on its $350m senior secured project financing for the $1bn development and construction of the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador. In another major transaction a team advised Braskem on a $1bn syndicated revolving credit facility, one of the largest syndicated financings provided for a Brazilian entity in 2018. The team is also experiencing an uptick in engagements from alternative lenders and debt funds, and continues to be active in the restructuring segment in Brazil. Charles Johnson is a leader in Sao Paulo, where he has a broad mix of syndicated lending, restructuring, project finance, and trade and commodities financing work. Fellow Sao Paulo partner Daniel Spencer is a big name in project finance throughout Latin America, while Silvia Fazio, Michael McCourt and Alison Baxter are also important figures in Brazil. Raquel Bierzwinsky splits her time between New York and Mexico City and has a fine record in Mexico project finance. Washington DC partner Sarah Devine advises a number of multilateral agencies and development banks on Latin America financings.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Mayer Brown remains best known for structured products, infrastructure and project bonds, and high yield debt. It is well plugged-in to the region through its dedicated Mexico City office and its presence in Brazil through Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. Clients include Banco General, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Celeo Redes, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Global Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Sanepar. In Uruguay, the practice advised the note purchasers on a $114m senior private placement (and a subordinated private placement of a B-bond), to refinance the El Naranjal and Del Litoral solar power plants, as well as advising the investors on the $65m investment grade-rated project bond issued in the private placement market to finance Invenergy’s La Jacinta Solar project in the country’s Salto department. Other work included advising the underwriters on the $184m IPO by Brazilian financial institution Banco Inter. Chicago partner Douglas Doetsch leads the Latin America and Caribbean practice and has an excellent record in structured finance, securitisation and diversified payment rights transactions. Also Chicago-based, James Patti is another strong player in structured finance, securitisation and infrastructure bonds. David Bakst specialises in capital markets transactions by non-US issuers, including a number of Latin American businesses. Leader of the Latin America projects practice Christopher Erckert and Washington DC partner Gabriela Sakamoto are experienced names in project bonds and hybrid financings products. Latin America debt and equity capital markets specialist  George Baptista joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in mid-2018.

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Norton Rose Fulbright provides its clients ‘a truly global platform‘, from which it advises originators, issuers, rating agencies and financial institutions on a wide range of ABS transactions, often involving nascent asset classes such as certain types of consumer loans. In addition to consumer and marketplace loan securitizations, department head Patrick Dolan has experience of deals involving property tax liens, PACE bonds, and consumer and commercial solar loans. Also of note, acting in conjunction with the firm’s London office, Dolan was involved in a particularly innovative shari’ah-compliant securitization. Other contacts include Andrew Coronios and George Baptista, who joined the team in 2018 from Mayer Brown.