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Charles Johnson

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Corporate Department.

Position

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro

Career

https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/17103

Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish.

Education

University of Bristol, LL.B., with honours, 1995; College of Law, York, L.P.C., with Distinction, 1996.


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP established itself as a major player in Latin America banking and finance, thanks to its 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke. The firm now offers strong banking and finance teams in São Paulo, Mexico City, Bogota, New York and Washington DC. Moreover, thanks to the firm’s European lender client base, the core Latin America team is experiencing an uptick in engagements from Europe and is also seeing growth in cross-border financings from China and Japan. Sources note ‘a very good level of service’, ‘quick responses’, and ‘enlightening legal support and advice’. The firm is one of few to have a substantial banking and finance group in São Paulo that has a significant presence in both the local market and across Latin America. Notably, it is especially well positioned for growth in Argentina, including in relation to the country’s PPP programme, a segment in which the team has impressed the market in other jurisdictions such as Peru. Project finance accounts for a significant portion of the overall practice, followed by general banking, acquisition finance, structured trade and commodity finance, and asset finance. In São Paulo, Alison Baxter has joined from the Rio de Janeiro office to further enhance the large team’s asset finance capabilities. Considerable project finance growth is notable for a practice that, overall, is especially active in Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, and well poised for Argentina deals. Moreover, Brazil financings have remained a core part of the practice. In general banking, the São Paulo team led by Charles Johnson, advised Vale on its $2bn syndicated revolving credit facility (one of the largest cross-border syndicated loan facilities to a Brazilian company in 2017), and in another headline deal, advised 12 lenders on a $925m debt restructuring for Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer, Group Santa Terezinha. Other clients include ING Bank, Rabobank, Banco Itaú, Deutsche Bank, Vale, Enel Brasil and Credit Suisse. Key partners include the previously mentioned Charles Johnson, who ‘has a lot of experience in financial transactions and structured loans’; and fellow São Paulo partners Silvia Fazio, Michael McCourt and project finance leader, Daniel Spencer. Elsewhere, New York’s Todd Alexander, Mexico specialist Raquel Bierzwinsky, and Washington DC partners Kenneth Hansen and Peter Fitzgerald are also key Latin America-focused project-finance specialists.

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