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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
101 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10178-0060
United States

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Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a longstanding record in bilateral and syndicated loans in Brazil. It is also a recognised leader in bondholder debt restructurings and is a growing force in private placement-driven financings. Brazil is an especially active market for the firm, particularly in relation to bilateral and syndicated loans for the likes of HSBC. Other clients include ING, National Bank of Kuwait, Prudential, Met Life, OTPP, Bank of America and SMBC. The practice advised burgeoning client ING Capital as arranger, agent, and lender on an $80m leveraged financing for Blackstone and Riverwood’s acquisition CPS Comunicaciones, the Argentine telecoms services company. ‘The practice team is very knowledgeable, focused, experienced and has very good interpersonal skills‘, according to one client. It is also ‘very experienced and knowledgable of Brazil, which helps it to navigate between civil law and common law‘. Co-chair of the Latin America practice Thomas Mellor has a longstanding connection to HSBC, particularly in relation to bilateral and syndicated loans, refinancings and restructurings; ‘he is an expert in the field and has a lot of experience in dealing in multi-jurisdictional transactions‘, ‘knows the market and the region‘, ‘is always available and doen”t crack under pressure‘ and ‘has the mental flexibility to adapt his US common law mind to the Brazilian civil law system‘. Timothy DeSieno is a recognised leader in Latin American restructurings, including sovereign restructurings, often representing creditors including banks and bondholders. Houston partner Felipe Alice, previously practised in Brazil and is another key figure in restructurings and refinancings in the jurisdiction. Hartford partner Daniel Papermaster  is noted for private placement financings and recently advised an institutional investor group on an $800m private placement financing for the US subsidiary of Coke Mexico. New York-based associate and Mexican native Luis Torres-Cervantes is a key name at associate level.