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Baker McKenzie

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Argentina > Banking and finance

Baker McKenzie leverages its formidable global network to shine in advising on the Argentine aspects of major cross-border transactions. The group’s broad client base includes commercial lenders, development banks and private equity funds — it also regularly acts for corporate borrowers. Gabriel Gomez Giglio chairs the Latin America finance practice and recently teamed up with Francisco Fernández Rostello and Mercedes Masjuan to advise private equity giant Advent International on the acquisition of 51% of the shares in Prisma Medios de Pago, the leading payment and credit card processor in Argentina. Other representative clients include Goldman Sachs, Global Blue and Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina.

Argentina > Corporate and M&A

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ corporate and M&A group is composed of ‘intelligent, personable and friendly lawyers’. The practice, led jointly by Gustavo Boruchowicz and ‘great team leader’ Roberto Grané, handles a comprehensive spread of matters, with private equity standing out as a notable strong suit. Among its other key attributes, the firm’s extensive global network positions it as a popular choice for cross-border transactions. In a recent example of both of the group’s sweet spots, it advised Advent International on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Prisma Medios de Pago — corporate finance partners Gabriel Gomez Giglio and Francisco Fernández Rostello teamed up with compliance specialist Vanina Caniza to lead that work. In another multi-jurisdictional highlight, Boruchowicz acted with Mercedes Masjuan to advise Spectrum Brands on the Argentine aspects of the $2bn sale of its batteries business to Energizer.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Baker McKenzie LLP ‘s ubiquity across Latin America affords it especially strong connections to regional borrowers and lenders. It has a broad product and geographic coverage, ranging from acquisition and aircraft financing to restructuring, project finance and regulatory issues. Clients include Mizuho Bank, Korea Development Bank, Central American Bank for Economic Integration, Banorte, Canadian Imperial Bank and Marriott International. The team advised the mandated lead arrangers on a $1.3bn syndicated credit facility for Petróleos del Peru (Petroperú)  relating to the Talara refinery modernisation project. It also advised a consortium of banks on a $400m unsecured syndicated senior loan to finance Peruvian consumer goods conglomerate Alicorp’s acquisitions of Bolivian companies Industrias de Aceite and ADM SAO. The team is ‘solid, capable and experienced in different transactions‘ and is commended for understanding clients’ commercial objectives and ‘style of work‘. The practice ‘knows specifically how banks work and what type of issues are important for them‘, helping clients to ‘anticipate many issues and help transactions to progress‘. It ‘has unique and multi-disciplinary expertise in international business where thorough and detailed knowledge of the regulations of different countries is needed at the same time‘ thanks to the presence of ‘experienced and business oriented professionals in many countries‘. Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja leads the Latin America finance practice having joined the New York office from Chadbourne & Parke in 2017. Rafael Berckholtz is another prominent name who splits his time between New York and Lima. Other key partners include Juan Carlos de los Heros Echecopar at Peruvian associate firm Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International in Lima and Helen Naves at Brazilian associate firm Trench Rossi Watanabe in Sao Paulo. Gabriel Gómez Giglio in Buenos Aires and Mexico City’s María Casas are ‘business oriented professionals‘ who are ‘capable of providing precise advice with short and to-the-point answers‘.