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White & Case LLP
MIAMI, FL 33131-2352
United States
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Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets




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Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

White & Case LLP has a large and prominent Latin America team that has an especially strong record in Brazil thanks to its highly reputable Sao Paulo office. Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile are also key jurisdictions. Operating across equity and debt issuances, the capital markets team has demonstrated an adeptness at collaborating with colleagues, including those in the project finance field. Clients include Banco Mercantil del Norte, Citigroup, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Goldman Sachs, JBS, Pesquera Exalmar, Oi and Trabajos Maritimos. It advised Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), as Mexican and New York counsel, on its $862m Rule 144A/Reg S IPO and Mexican Stock Exchange listing; and also represented the underwriters and bookrunners in the $1.4bn IPO of StoneCo – the second Nasdaq IPO of a Brazilian company and the first such deal in the fintech space. The team shows ‘absolute commitment to the deal and the client‘, ‘is always available‘,  has ‘an unparalleled level of resources‘ and ‘there is always a partner that has worked on that specific transaction type‘. Moreover it is ‘capable of adapting to Latin America’s ever changing environment and proposing innovative solutions to situations as they occur‘; it is ‘technical, hands on, and always knows the main concerns and the battles worth fighting for‘. In sum, the team is ‘always very aware of the needs of the client and is concerned about knowing the client’s business in order to understand what is sought in the transaction‘, says one client.  Donald Baker founded the Sao Paulo office way back in 1997 and as a US attorney has unrivalled connections to Brazilian issuers and banks; he is ‘technically incredible‘, has ‘the best judgement‘ and ‘if he commits to something, he will keep his word‘. He is ‘extremely knowledgeable about Latin American culture, knows the market and how to deal with clients accordingly, particulatly in Brazil‘. Americas capital markets regional head John Vetterli is ‘one of the sharpest lawyers‘, ‘has the ability to connect with clients and counterparts alike, generating a positive environment in which the transaction can thrive‘ and ‘has the highest ethical standards and will never compromise the quality of his work‘. Taisa Markus is ‘a super star‘, a ‘lucky addition to the team‘ having joined from Paul Hastings LLP in 2018 and is ‘very big in Mexico‘, helping the practice to gain considerable traction there. Miami partner Mark Bagnall is closely associated with Latin America, including headline clients such as Oi. Bibiana Jaimes and Sao Paulo partner John Guzman are emerging names.

Latin America: International firms > City focus: Miami

White & Case LLP has a highly prestigious team in Miami, which forms a central component in its esteemed Latin America practice. The Miami office has an immense record in acquisition, structured and project finance, with noted projects specialist Carlos Viana leading the firm’s Latin America practice group. He and Washington DC project finance partner Victor DeSantis advised the lead banks on the $640m project financing to Techgen, for a natural gas-fired combined-cycle 900MW electric power plant in the Pesquería area of the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. Viana also led the team that advised Atlas Renewable Energy, the Latin America-focused renewable energy business, on its $114m long-term financing for two solar power projects in Uruguay. Christian Hansen is noted for aviation finance, while Jeannine Acevedo and newly-minted partner Thomas Pate divide their time between New York and Miami, focusing on power and infrastructure finance throughout Latin America. Miami capital markets partner Mark Bagnall has a number of key corporate issuer relationships in Latin America, including Brazilian clients such as Oi, which he advised on its recent $20bn debt restructuring. Miami counsel Anna Andreeva is also highly rated.