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Antonio Del Pino

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Mr. Del Pino is a partner of Latham & Watkins and Co-chair of the Latin America Practice. Mr. Del Pino's practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions, financings, private equity transactions and restructurings.  Mr. Del Pino has extensive experience representing clients in Latin America. He has been recognized for several years as a leading practitioner in the areas of Corporate, M&A, Banking and Projects by The Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR. He has also been recognized by Latin Business Chronicle, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latinvex as one of the top attorneys for Latin American transactions. 


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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Latham & Watkins LLP is primarily known for project finance in the energy and infrastructure spaces, although it has genuine credibility in acquisition and commodity finance; it is also experienced in hybrid financings involving capital markets components. Through its multiple offices in the US and solid presence in Houston, the firm has captured significant market share in Mexico, where it is at the forefront of energy sector reforms and associated financings. Argentina is a growth market for the practice and it also remains active in other key markets such as Chile, Colombia and Brazil. Clients include Repsol, Fermaca Global, Howard Energy Partners, First Reserve Corporation, Norddeutsche Landesbank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Andes Mining & Energy, Credit Agricole and IFM Global Infrastructure Fund. The team advised US-based investment fund ICE Canyon, as the purchaser of senior secured notes issued by Stoneway Capital, to finance the construction of four Argentine power plants with an aggregate capacity of 686MW. It also advised the client on its $475m term loan facility for the acquisition of Inversora Eléctrica de Buenos Aires and the refinancing of existing debt; the target is a provider and distributor of electric energy in Buenos Aires. Washington DC counsel Luis Torres led the team on the previously mentioned transactions. Christopher Cross is a key name in the oil and gas sector financings, most notably in Mexico; while co-chair of the Latin America practice Antonio Del Pino, Veronica Relea and Washington DC partner David Penna, are also experienced in Latin America financing transactions. All named individuals are New York based unless stated otherwise.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading lawyers

Antonio Del Pino - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Corporate and M&A

Latham & Watkins LLP reinforced its Latin America M&A credentials with the hire of Juan Picón, Ignacio Gómez-Sancha and José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos to its Madrid office from DLA Piper LLP (US). Picón, who was global co-chair at his former firm, and the other new partners, share a longstanding focus on Latin America, representing both Spanish clients with interests in the region as well as a number of multinational Latin American companies. More broadly, the firm is consistently active in Latin America M&A and private equity investments, most notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Mexico is its primary market, followed by other key jurisdictions such as Argentina, Chile and Colombia, and is client roster includes Andes Mining & Energy, Ashmore Management, Carlyle, Fermaca Global, Grupo Aval, Linzor Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital, Mexichem and Sempra Energy. The practice recently advised IFM Global Infrastructure Fund on the $935m tender offer by Magenta Infraestructura (its joint venture with OHL Concesiones), to acquire shares in Mexico-based transport-infrastructure operator OHL Mexico; and also assisted Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec with its acquisition of an 80% stake in Enel Green Power’s Mexico-based portfolio of wind and solar assets. Latin America-practice co-chair Antonio Del Pino is a top name in regional M&A, while Thomas Malone has longstanding experience in Mexico. Co-chair of the energy, oil and gas industry group Christopher Cross is also noted for Mexico energy transactions while Madrid-based Ignacio Pallarés is recommended for deals across the region. All partners are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Latham & Watkins LLP is a global leader in projects and energy, with a high number of its US-based practitioners having a strong focus on Latin America. It has an especially strong position in Mexico, followed by Chile and Colombia. The firm’s core Latin America team has leveraged its internal expertise to work on a series of matters involving the interplay between project finance, M&A and private equity. Clients include First Reserve, Fermaca Global, Norddeutsche Landesbank, Repsol, IEnova, Sempra Energy and Andes Mining & Energy. Recent mandates include advising Vista Oil & Gas on its $650m listing on the Mexican Stock Exchange; this was the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) IPO in Latin America; and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec on its acquisition of an 80% stake in Enel Green Power’s Mexico-based portfolio of wind and solar assets. Other mandates include advising US-based investment fund ICE Canyon, as a purchaser of senior secured notes issued by Stoneway Capital, to finance the construction of four power plants in Argentina. The firm provides an ‘excellent service’, ‘very strong team’, ‘very rapid response times’ and ‘practical and helpful advice’. Washington DC’s David Penna is a pivotal member of the team, leading many of the firm’s key project finance transactions in the region, including in the energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors. Co-chair of the energy, oil and gas industry group, Christopher Cross is noted for oil and gas transactions in Mexico and Latin America team co-head Antonio Del Pino is recommended for M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions involving energy assets. Veronica Relea is another prominent partner and Washington DC counsel Luis Torres has led on a series of high profile transactions, most notably in Argentina. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its ‘excellent expertise’ across sponsor and lender-side mandates; the team 'understands client objectives and risk tolerances' and is 'solutions-driven'. Jonathan Rod, who co-chairs the project development and finance practice with New York and Washington DC-based David Penna (his 'client attention is unparalleled'), led advice for Brookfield Energy Marketing on the €96.4m financing for the Cerro Dominador project, a 110MW photovoltaic plant and a solar plant located in Santiago, Chile. Rod also advised Dominion Energy and Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG on the $3bn project financing in connection with the Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland, and Antonio Del Pino and Penna advised La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and CKD Infraestructura México (CKD IM) on the $1.4bn pending acquisition of 80% of a portfolio of eight wind and solar assets owned by Enel Green Power. Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg, counsel Kelly Thomason Self and Omar Nazif in San Diego are also recommended, as are Matthew Henegar, Warren Lilien, Veronica Relea and Eli Katz. Amy Maloney joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in October 2018. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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