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Michael Sullivan

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Michael Sullivan has represented both publicly and privately held companies in a broad range of complex transactions including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, tender offers, venture financings, joint ventures, mergers, stock purchases and asset purchases. Mr. Sullivan has also represented investment banks in public financing transactions and private equity funds in various mergers and acquisitions.

Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Latham & Watkins LLP has further cemented its standing in Mexico, where it works on many of the headline deals by Mexican issuers. The firm has impressed in deals involving special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in Mexico and is praised for its ‘timely delivery’, ‘very good overall team’ and ‘great knowledge of the finance industry in Mexico’. It is also active in high-yield debt across Latin America, including in Chile, and is working hard to build market share in Argentina. Its clients include Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Grupo Aval, IEnova, Ecopetrol, Chilquinta and BAC Credomatic Group. The team advised SPACs Vista Oil & Gas and Promecap Acquisition Company on their respective $650m IPO and $300m global IPO on Mexico’s stock exchange; and also advised long-term client Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), the largest private sector energy company in Mexico, on its debut $840m international debt offering. Chicago partner and Mexico City native Roderick Branch is ‘available 24/7’, is ‘a very good performer’, has an outstanding record in Mexico deals and is at the forefront of SPAC issuances; he frequently works alongside San Diego partner Michael Sullivan.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Next generation lawyers

Michael Sullivan - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

The ‘responsive, creative and efficient’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLPknows how to get a deal across the line’. The group routinely acts across the full life cycle of REIT matters, including initial organization, partnership roll-up transactions, corporate spin-offs, public offerings, M&A and compliance issues. The global group is co-chaired by Michael Brody, held up by some as ‘the best tax expert in this space’, Julian Kleindorfer and Ana O’Brien - they teamed up with Orange County-based counsel David Wheeler to advise Digital Realty on its $7.6bn acquisition of DuPont Fabros Technology. Brody and Kleindorfer also advised Global Logistics Properties on its $1.1bn acquisition of the US logistics portfolio of Hillwood Development Company. Lewis Kneib and San Diego-based Michael Sullivan are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles, unless otherwise stated.

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