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Proskauer Rose LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States
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Latin America


Carlos E. Martinez is a partner and head of the Latin America Practice Group.

Carlos has 30 years of experience in Latin American cross-border transactions. He has participated in numerous debt and equity securities offerings by Latin American issuers, representing issuers, selling stockholders and underwriters. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Carlos has represented acquirers, investors and target companies in several cross-border transactions. He also represents creditors and borrowers in a wide range of other financial transactions, including bank lending, project finance, asset-backed financings and restructurings.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Proskauer Rose LLP is relatively unique in that it has a large team of banking and finance specialists, based in its highly respected Sao Paulo office. They are supported by a strong Latin America team in New York. The banking and finance practice is especially noted for pre-export finance, syndicated and revolving loans, project finance and acquisition finance. It has also impressed in a series of debt restructurings and refinancings. Clients include Gillinski Group, Banco Santander, Banco GNB Sudameris, Frontera Energy, Groupo Salinas, LWS Securities, TV Azteca and Banco Itau BBA. The firm continued to advise the Puerto Rico Oversight Board on the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s financial obligations; the territory owes some $73bn to multiple creditors. It also advised Banco Santander on a $1.2bn trade finance facility for Petrobras. New York-based head of the Latin America practice Carlos Martinez is hugely experienced and versatile, with a notable record in debt restructurings in the region. Head of the Sao Paulo office Antonio Piccirillo is a recognised finance specialist with particular experience in pre-export and trade finance, project finance, restructurings and securitisations. Sao Paulo’s David Fenwick is noted for structured financings, securitisation, debt restructuring, corporate loans and infrastructure finance. Fellow Sao Paulo partner Fábio Yamada is also prominent in pre-export financings, syndicated loans, debt restructuring and project finance.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Proskauer Rose LLP has a wealth of Latin America expertise based in its New York and Sao Paulo offices. Many of the team members are Latin America natives, and the group as a whole demonstrates a high level of experience and expertise in strategic M&A, private equity transactions and funds formation work. The team continues to service a number of major multinationals, big name Latin American corporates and financial institutions, and multilatinas; clients include AccorHotels, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, Graña y Montero, Ashmore and Gilinski Group. Recent mandates include advising a consortium led by BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group on its joint venture with CatchMark Timber Trust to acquire 1.1m acres of  East Texas timberlands for $1.39bn. Co-head of the Latin America practice Carlos Martinez has an extensive record in M&A, including for major Latin America businesses. Colombian born Daniel Ganitsky is a top M&A practitioner and has built up an impressive body of work in Latin America. Andrew Kleiman is another M&A specialist with notable Latin American expertise.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s highly developed Latin America practice sits primarily in its New York and Sao Paulo offices, the latter having an especially prominent name in the market for all-round financing expertise. Much of the firm’s capital markets activity centres on Brazilian issuers, including first time issuers. Beyond Brazil, it advised long-term client Frontera Energy on its $350m senior unsecured notes issuance in 2018; Frontera Energy is headquartered in Canada but most of its oil-and-gas operations are located in Colombia and Peru. New York-based head of the Latin America practice, Carlos Martinez, is an experienced and versatile practitioner who operates across the capital markets, M&A and finance spheres. In Sao Paulo, office head Antonio Piccirillo, along with Fábio Yamada and David Fenwick, provide further capital markets and finance expertise.