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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Felipe Alice

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Latin American Practice; Corporate and Business Transactions

Position

Felipe Alice’s practice focuses on energy transactions and infrastructure projects relating to energy and corporate issues. Representing diverse clients, his work involves complex contracts, corporate restructurings, project finance, international data privacy issues, and real estate transactions. Additionally, Felipe is part of the cross-practice global workforce team that provides clients with integrated cross-border counseling and strategic planning on issues related to labor, employment, benefits, and immigration.

Languages

Felipe’s first language is Portuguese, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.

Education

University of Texas at Austin, LL.M. (International Law); Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Specialization in International Law; Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, LL.B.


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: 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.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is best known for its work in the energy and oil-and-gas segments. It has tight links to Latin America and has built an impressive portfolio of regional clients, including CEMEX, Grupo Prolamsa, Gaia Importação Exportação e Serviços, PetroRio, Grupo Lala and Grupo Coppel. Beyond the energy and oil-and-gas segments, the firm advised Paladin Realty Partners with an aggregate $1bn investment in real estate acquisitions and developing midrise residential and commercial buildings throughout Latin America, including in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. The 'highly experienced team' delivers a 'personalised service with a holistic approach'; it 'truly understands the business culture of the region and can easily anticipate, and work with the client on navigating hurdles that come up during  transactions'. The practice group is also praised for its 'true collaborative efforts' with local counsel in Latin American jurisdictions. Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is an emerging name with an especially fine record in Mexico where he is licensed to practice; clients 'trust him and value his judgment', and praise his ability to bring in specialist expertise from around the firm when required. Similarly Felipe Alice is admitted to practise in Brazil and is highly experienced in deals involving Latin America's largest economy. John Crespo is noted for energy-sector transactions throughout Latin America and Washington DC partner Ulises Pin is recommended for telecoms and cable deals in Mexico and beyond. Mexico upstream and midstream oil-and-gas specialist Adrian Talamantes joined Holland & Knight LLP in November 2018. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a developed oil-and-gas, LNG and power practice. Clients include PetroRio, CEMEX, Midstream Energy Partners and Statoil. Key geographic expertise includes Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The practice advised Statoil on its acquisition from YPF of a 50% participating interest in an exploration permit covering the Bajo del Toro block, a 157 KmÂČ area in Argentina's shale-gas Vaca Muerta formation. The team has 'great expertise and overall knowledge of the energy industry' and 'communication with all the team members and the support they provide when required is greatly appreciated'.  Houston's John Crespo, Humberto Padilla Gonzalez and Washington DC partner Ulises Pin are the core of an impressive and versatile Latin America team. Houston partner Felipe Alice is 'an excellent professional and person' who 'deals with complex situations in different transactions'; 'his knowledge of the industry sector is impressive', and he 'has strong skills to understand the issues and present solutions'.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

The ‘exceptional’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is particularly noted for its experience in energy project finance mandates; it is active on the sponsor side, and its lender practice has been further boosted with the recent arrival of Amy Maloney from Latham & Watkins LLP. Neeraj Arora in Los Angeles advised CrĂ©dit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as administrative agent for a syndication of lenders, on the financing of SWG Finco’s portfolio of five operating gas-fired electrical generation facilities located in California, Colorado and New Mexico. Richard Filosa, who jointly heads the team with James Tynion in New York, led advice for Ares on the development and financing of the St Joseph Energy Center Phase 2 power project. Further, Wayne Song in Los Angeles advised Coronal Energy on a $235m tax equity financing from US Bankcorp Community Development Corporation and back-leveraged term debt from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, for a combined portfolio of solar facilities on US Department of Defense property. Marc Reardon, Michael MĂŒller, Felipe Alice in Houston, who is ‘always available to address the needs of the client’, and Jonathan Morris in New York are also recommended, as is Houston-based John Crespo. Named individuals are based in Boston unless otherwise stated. Adrian Talamantes joined Holland & Knight LLP in 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is 'a one-stop-shop for a variety of energy-sector transactions'. Jointly headed by New York-based James Tynion and Boston-based Richard Filosa, the team has broad experience of a range of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas mandates, and is instructed by energy companies, traders and investors as every stage in the oil and gas chain. Also recommended is Houston-based Felipe Alice, who is 'always available to address clients' needs', and has 'a wealth of knowledge about oil and gas in Latin America'. Alice is acting for a major utility company in connection with the EPC contract for the development of a natural gas treatment, gas processing, and liquefaction facility.

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