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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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John Vasily

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Institutions, Latin America Practice




Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a long-term association with Latin America, notably in both strategic and private equity transactions. The firm is at the forefront of deals involving complex compliance and corruption issues, and transactions involving distressed assets. Financial institutions and media and telecoms sectors are key areas for the Latin America team, which has an especially strong record in Brazil, although it has genuine Latin America-wide credibility. Clients include Amber, Brookfield Asset Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração, The Carlyle Group, Companhia SiderĂșrgica Nacional (CSN), OrganizaçÔes Globo, Prumo Logistica and Vinci Partners. the team advised Carlyle  on its strategic minority investment in Brazilian casual dining and fast-casual restaurant chain, Grupo Madero; and also advised Brookfield Business Partners on its proposed $170m acquisition of a 55% controlling stake in Brazilian fleet management company, Ouro Verde. Other matters included advising Ambev on its $926m acquisition of a 30% interest in brewerCervecerĂ­a Nacional Dominicana, and on the restructuring of its joint venture with E. LeĂłn Jimenes, one of the largest companies in the Dominican Republic. One client praises 'the quality of the team in general and the availability of senior lawyers to actively participate in all stages of the deal, which guarantees the adequate assessment of risks and negotiation opportunities throughout the process'. Native Colombian partner David Grosgold has an excellent reputation for financial institutions and insurance deals in Latin America. Head of the Latin America practice Maurizio Levi-Minzi is noted for strategic and private equity transactions across the region. Gregory Gooding and Michael Gillespie are also experienced in Latin America M&A transactions, and John Vasily is noted for insurance deals. All named individuals are based in New York. Former counsel Armando Rivera Jacobo moved to White & Case LLP in July 2019.

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Insurance: non-contentious

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John Vasily - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Within: Insurance: non-contentious

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'well known and highly thought of' for its insurance sector expertise in connection with M&A transactions, financings and capital markets matters, as well as tax and regulatory advice. Major recent highlights for the team have seen John Vasily and David Grosgold advise AXA on its $15.3bn acquisition of Bermuda-based insurer XL Group, while also acting for AIG on its $5.56bn purchase of Validus Group. Thomas Kelly led for Global Atlantic Financial Group on the reinsurance of $9bn worth of fixed annuities and reserves of Talcott Resolution, The Hartford’s run-off life and annuity businesses, following its sale to a group of investors. Nicholas Potter advised Morgan Stanley & Co on its role as financial advisor to Assurant in relation to its $2.5bn acquisition of The Warranty Group. Alexander Cochran and Marilyn Lion, who act for clients such as Wilton Re and The Carlyle Group, are up-and-coming partners in the insurance transactions space. All mentioned partners are based in New York.

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