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White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
Miami, Florida 33131-2352
United States
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United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

White & Case LLP’s national practice has longstanding experience in aircraft financing. In New York, Michael Smith is an aircraft finance and equipment leasing expert, while Todd Wolynski‘s broad experience in asset financing transactions includes aircraft and helicopter finance. In Miami, Chris Hansen, whose clients include both airlines and financial institutions, has a robust Latin American practice.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

White & Case LLP cemented its standing in the market with a series of headline debt restructuring and liability management engagements in 2020. This included the chapter 11 cases of Avianca and LATAM in the aviation industry, while the firm was also active in sovereign and sub-sovereign debt restructurings, notably those involving the Republic of Argentina, the Republic of Ecuador and the Argentine Province of Cordoba. The firm remains at the forefront of energy, infrastructure and acquisition financings, most notably in Chile and Colombia. Its client base remains enviable with strong ties to key commercial lenders such as Deutche Bank and Scotiabank de Costa Rica, along with agency lenders and DFIs including IDB Invest. It has also demonstrated its expertise in bondholder representations in the debt restructuring and bankruptcy sphere, while maintaining a long list of corporate relationships. New York partner Sabrena Silver has become a pivotal member of the team, leading some of the group’s key bank relationships and advising on a series of major debt restructurings and new money financings. Richard Kebrdle is at the forefront of Latin America debt restructurings and liability management transactions. Chris Hansen is at the forefront of aviation finance in Latin America, while leader of the Latin America group Carlos Viana has an outstanding record in energy and infrastructure finance, acquisition finance and structured finance for both lenders and borrowers. John Anderson is one of the leading international finance lawyers in Sao Paulo.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

White & Case LLP is an absolute giant of the Miami market with deep and extensive connections to Latin America. Much of the Miami-based Latin America team’s focus is on financings, ranging from project finance through to aviation finance. Moreover, the group has an established record in Latin America restructurings, and white-collar crime and investigations. International arbitration is another area of growth for the office with Silvia Marchili splitting her time between Houston and Miami; she frequently represents claimants in investment arbitrations against Latin American states and state entities; this includes being part of the team that represented Red Eagle Mining in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia under the Canada-Colombia bilateral investment treaty. In white-collar crime and investigations, a Miami team featuring Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain have an excellent standing in FCPA violations and accounting fraud, notably in Brazil, Ecuador and Central America. In the finance segment, Carlos Viana (head of the Latin America team), Sean Goldstein, Jeannine Acevedo and Anna Andreeva comprise an outstanding team, particularly in energy and infrastructure finance, while Chris Hansen is a leader in aviation finance. Richard Kebrdle is a prominent figure in Latin America restructurings, and Fernando de la Hoz covers a range of M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions, notably in the metals and mining segment. Victor Mendoza is an experienced name in capital markets and debt financings. Former capital markets partner Mark Bagnall has retired.