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Trench Rossi Watanabe
04711-904, SÃO PAULO, SP

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Brazil > Banking and finance

In a major coup, in 2019 Trench Rossi Watanabe bolstered its banking and finance practice with the hire of corporate finance partner Daniel Facó from Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados. He joins a broad group, which routinely advises local and international banks, as well as corporate borrowers and issuers, on transactional and regulatory matters — key clients include Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and BRK Ambiental. The firm had a busy year on the debt capital markets side, which included Helen Naves advising seasoned issuer Natura Cosméticos on its R$1.4bn public offering of debentures. Naves also paired up with Luís Ambrósio to advise Votorantim on its R$550m debenture offering. Other key partners include Carolina Secches and José Augusto Martins. Since publication, Naves has moved to Demarest Advogados, effective February 2020.

Brazil > Capital markets

Highly knowledgeable and dedicated’, Trench Rossi Watanabe stands out for its ‘strong senior involvement at all points of transactions’. In particular, Helen Naves is noted for her ‘professional, responsive and detail-oriented’ approach. Naves recently advised seasoned issuer Natura Cosméticos on its R$1.4bn offering of debentures to finance its acquisition of The Body Shop. In a high-profile lateral hire, the team was recently boosted by the arrival of Daniel Facó from Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados.

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‘.