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Jones Day
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

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Latin America: International firms > City focus: Miami

Jones Day is steadily building its Miami presence with much of the practice focused on Latin America. The broadly focused Miami group has impressed in various areas, including corporate and M&A, banking and finance, litigation and investigations, international arbitration, and projects and energy. The Miami office is also growing its capabilities in capital markets,  plays a key role in cross-border transactions from the US into Latin America and has seen an upsurge in private equity activity driven by Florida-based funds. It services a range of Latin American multinationals that now have their headquarters in Florida and continues to advise on intra-regional Latin American transactions that are under US or English law. Clients include international banks, multilateral agency lenders and development banks, and Spanish and Chinese developers. Through key finance partner Fradyn Suárez, the Miami office has a strong connection to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); she  recently led the team that advised Terminal Portuario Paracas, as concessionaire, and Servinoga, Pattac Empreendimentos e Participações and Tucumann Engenharia e Empreendimentos, as sponsors, on a $183m long term financing to fund the expansion of the port of Pisco in Peru. Enrique Martin is an experienced name in cross-border M&A, including transactions involving renewable energy assets, along with deals in the hotels and leisure sector and telecoms industry. Ricardo Puente is the key name on the international arbitration side, while Richard Puttré is a leader in renewable energy projects, most notably for Spanish sponsors; he led the team that advised Jinko Solar, as sponsor, and its project company, Solar Park Viborillas, on the development, construction and senior financing of Jinko’s 130MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Jalisco, Mexico.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Jones Day‘s multi-office strategy is paying considerable dividends with its market share of renewable energy projects in Mexico particularly noteworthy, along with strong levels of activity in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. The firm’s Sao Paulo office has also achieved considerable recognition for its record in energy and infrastructure M&A. The firm has a strong weighting towards project developers and sponsors, although is gaining ground with DFIs and MLAs thanks to the work of Fradyn Suárez in Miami and with commercial banks through Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno in New York. Moreover, the firm is building a strong record in representing Chinese investors, developers and lenders. Clients include ENGIE, Banco Santander, IDB, Jinko Solar, EDF, Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico, Cemex and Elecnor. Recent mandates include advising Chinese solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar, and its project company Solar Park Viborillas, on the development, construction, and senior financing of a 130MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Mexico; and Banco Santander on a bridge loan to Concesionaria Autopista Silao to finance the construction and equipment of the Silao Toll Road in Mexico. The ‘high quality‘ team provides ‘timely responses‘ and includes Miami partner Richard Puttré, who is a leader in renewable energy projects, most notably for Spanish developers; and Sao Paulo’s Marcello Hallake , who deserves recognition for energy and infrastructure M&A. In Mexico City, Alberto de la Parra has a tremendous record in infrastructure projects and financings, and has a long-term association with the development of the new Mexico City airport; in 2018 he advised Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México on its $1.6bn IPO of Fibra E Shares on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Jones Day has a significant finance practice with notably strong teams in New York, Miami and Mexico City. The firm has impressed in syndicated and bilateral loans, lending to Latin American banks and project finance. It has strong connections to commercial lenders, MLAs and DFIs, Spanish sponsors and Latin American borrowers. It has a significant focus on transportation infrastructure and renewable energy financings. It is also fast developing its experience in special situations financings. Clients include Grupo Aeropuerto de la Cuidad de Mexico, JP Morgan, Bank of America, IDB, Citibank and Abengoa. The practice advised Terminal Portuario Paracas (as concessionaire), and Servinoga Pattac Empreendimentos e Participações and Tucumann Engenharia e Empreendimentos (as sponsors), on a $183m long term financing to fund construction costs relating to the expansion of the Pisco port in Peru. It also advised IDB Invest on a $50m dual tranche loan to Banco Regional de Paraguay, which the bank will use to make agribusiness loans to small and medium sized enterprises in the region. New York partners Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno are widely recognised for their Latin America financing credentials, as is Miami’s Fradyn Suárez who has strong connections to commercial and agency lenders. Mexico City’s Alberto de la Parra is a big name in the jurisdiction, particularly in relation to infrastructure financings. Miami partner Richard Puttré is recognised for renewable energy financings.