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Marcello Hallake

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Energy / Mergers and Acquisitions / Projects and Infrastructure


Marcello Hallake focuses his practice on representing U.S., European, and Asian companies, financial institutions, and investment funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations, private equity, projects, infrastructure and other financing transactions in Latin America and around the globe, as well as representing Brazilian and Latin American companies in cross-border transactions. He also has extensive transactional experience in advising companies in the energy, telecommunications, media, and technology sectors.


Marcello practiced approximately 18 years in the United States prior to relocating to Jones Day’s São Paulo office in 2012.


English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.


Marcello is a member of the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations, including Brazil Foundation, CDI International, AlfaSol, and São Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound ("MIS"). He is a former chair of the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the New York City Bar Association.


Georgetown University (LL.M. 1994); Louvain University (Belgium) (M.A. in Public and International Affairs 1994; J.D. 1993); Saint-Louis University (Belgium) (B.A. 1990).

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Jones Day has committed significant resources to its Latin America practice with key team members spread across its Miami, New York, Mexico City, São Paulo, Houston and Madrid offices. The ‘outstanding’ firm provides ‘excellent service’, has ‘extensive experience in the field’ and an ‘excellent response capacity’ and is ‘always available to meet the client’s needs’. ‘Very hands on’ and ‘professional’, it is praised for its level of commitment, ‘pragmatism and extensive track record is crucial in getting deals done’. Energy, telecoms, financial services and infrastructure are amongst its primary sectors. The firm worked on some of the largest deals in Mexico and Brazil during 2017, including advising ENGIE on its proposed $8bn acquisition of Transportadora Associada de Gas (TAG) from Petrobras in Brazil (the firm has advised French multinational ENGIE on a series of transactions in Latin America as it seeks to expand its regional footprint); and the top-end Mexican tequila maker Patrón Spirits International on its sale to Barcardi. It also represented J&F Investimentos in the $4.7bn sale of its Brazilian subsidiary Eldorado Brasil Celulose to Netherlands-based Paper Excellence. São Paulo partner Marcello Hallake is recommended by clients and has led many of the firm’s headline deals in Brazil. Dividing his time between New York and São Paulo, Wade Angus is another prominent member of the practice, as are Miami partners Nicholas Rodriguez and Enrique Martin, and María Luisa Cánovas in New York. Luis Riesgo leads the Latin America practice from São Paulo and Washington DC. São Paulo-based of counsel Artur Badra is ‘a very well-rounded lawyer’, ‘extremely personable, responsive and undertakes significant work under pressure while maintaining constant good spirits’.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Jones Day’s substantial Latin America practice has developed an ever-increasing market share of projects and energy engagements throughout the region. Oil and gas, power, renewable energy and transport infrastructure all form part of a flourishing practice. It advised Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico on the Mexican law aspects of its $4bn green bond issuance, and also represented Autopistas del Sol on a Rule 144A/Reg S $300m senior notes issue (with a concurrent senior secured notes-offering to certain investors in Costa Rica) in what was one of the largest project bond issuances in Central America in recent years. Moreover, it provided US and Mexican law advice to JinkoSolar on the development and financing of three photovoltaic solar power facilities in Mexico. The team is ‘among the best’, ‘demonstrates considerable knowledge and is always responsive’, ‘covers multiple jurisdictions and has significant relevant experience’, according to clients. Miami-based head of the global projects and infrastructure practice, Richard Puttré has an outstanding record in renewable energy, infrastructure and mining projects in Mexico, Central America and other jurisdictions such as Peru and Chile. São Paulo partner Marcello Hallake has a fine record in energy transactions, while José Estandía and Alberto de la Parra are key names in Mexico City. Miami partner Fradyn Suárez is noted for Latin America project finance, including for MLAs and commercial banks. Former Houston partner Scott Schwind has joined Saudi Aramco.

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