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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Thomas Mellor

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Latin America Team; Finance


Thomas represents banks and other financial institutions in a variety of debt finance transactions in the United States and globally, including syndicated, club and bilateral lending transactions (investment grade and leveraged) as well as project finance and restructuring transactions. He has particular experience in cross-border financings (especially in Latin America, Europe, and Asia) as well as financings with structural or other sorts of complexity. Tom has been ranked by Latinvex as one of Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers (2014-2015).  Chambers Latin America 2017 has ranked Tom in Banking & Finance, Latin America-wide.


Bates College; The American University in Cairo, 1988–1989, Visiting Student; UCLA School of Law

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP remains best known for bilateral and syndicated loans in Brazil and continues to be a leader in bondholder debt restructurings across the region. Argentina is a growth market for a team that is also active in Central America. Moreover, the practice is increasingly active in private placements in Latin America. The firm is especially close to HSBC, which it advises on multiple transactions, and has a growing connection to the likes of ING, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America; its private placement work, in turn, is driven by a number of insurance company clients. The team continues to advise the steering committee of bondholders in the restructuring of Brazilian construction company OAS; and represented Argentina’s sovereign bondholders on their rights under equal treatment clauses and in connection with related settlement discussions. Notably, the firm’s bondholder debt restructuring expertise is increasingly sought by banks to assess creditor exposure. Timothy DeSieno has an outstanding record in bondholder debt restructurings in the region, while co-chair of the Latin America practice Thomas Mellor is known for bilateral and syndicated loans, especially in Brazil. Brazil-qualified and Houston-based Felipe Alice is known for restructurings and front-end lending; also in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez has immense experience in that jurisdiction; while Washington DC-based Ulises Pin is particularly noted for telecoms financings. Hartford partner Daniel Papermaster and Thomas O’Connor are recognised for private placements in the region. Luis Torres-Cervantes is the key name at associate level for bank lending. All named individuals are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 'takes a very commercial approach to transactions, which enables its clients to stay competitive and relevant in a very challenging market'. In particular, the group is praised for its 'deep knowledge of the law', and is especially active on the lender side, where it acts for a number of institutional clients in asset-based transactions and also advises a range of direct lenders on leveraged finance deals. In addition, the team is noted for its expertise in the film finance market, and recently advised JPMorgan Chase on a $2.1bn facility to MGM, which will be used partly to finance film and television development and production. Additionally, the team advised GSO Capital Partners as creditor on the Chapter 11 proceedings of Video Equipment Rentals, which involved a $465m pre-petition term debt and DIP financing, followed by the subsequent merger with Production Resources Group. Other key clients include Bank of America, Ares Capital, and Crystal Financial. Jonathan Bernstein leads the team out of Boston, and is backed up by a strong group including Matthew Furlong, Amy Kyle and Hartford-based Daniel Papermaster. Other key individuals include leveraged finance expert Frederick Eisenbiegler and Thomas Mellor in New York.

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