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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 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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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP expanded its team with prominent Latin American corporate specialist John Crespo and Mexico qualified Adrian Talamantes from King & Spalding LLP; Crespo is active in corporate transactions across Latin America, predominantly related to energy matters, while Talamantes is especially focused on midstream and upstream transactions in Mexico. Their arrival has strengthened the team not only in upstream and midstream oil & gas and LNG but also across other key industries such as telecoms and financial services. Mexico continues to be a strong focus for the practice; and in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is another key, corporate transactional practitioner. Beyond Mexico, the firm is active throughout Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Clients range from multi-latinas to US-based clients, private equity investors and other multinationals. The team advised Sumitomo Corporation on its takeover of banana producer Fyffes, which has extensive operations in Central and South America; and also assisted General Cable Corporation with its two-step acquisition of Colombian manufacturer of cable and wire manufacturer Procables. Other key partners include Felipe Alice, who is recognised for Brazil energy deals; and Washington DC-based partner Ulises Pin who has extensive experience in telecoms transactions, particularly in Mexico.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP experienced a changing of the guard during 2017, with former partners Brian Bradshaw and David Asmus, leaders in upstream oil and gas and LNG, joining Sidley Austin LLP. In their place, the firm recruited prominent Latin America specialist John Crespo and Mexico and Texas qualified Adrian Talamantes from King & Spalding LLP. The new senior team is even more Latin America focused, especially with the additional presence of legacy up-and-coming partners Felipe Alice and Humberto Padilla Gonzalez, who are Brazil and Mexico-qualified, respectively, and both are also admitted in New York and Texas. The team now features strongly in upstream and midstream oil and gas, LNG and power. It has a proven track record in brownfield and greenfield project development, joint ventures and M&A, particularly in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, followed by Chile, Central America and the Caribbean. Recent work includes ongoing advice to Baja California Sur Gas Transport on a major LNG project in Mexico and represented PetroRio on a series of equity investments in the US.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô 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 Cr√©dit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as administrative agent for a syndication of lenders, on the financing of SWG Finco‚Äôs 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 M√ľller, Felipe Alice¬†in Houston, who is ‚Äėalways available to address the needs of the client‚Äô, 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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