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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

White & Case LLP is active in private equity transactions in a wide range of industries, with expanding practices in New York, Chicago, Houston, and Silicon Valley. The firm combines standout representations of major clients such as Brookfield—which it advised on the $8.4bn take-private of Genesee & Wyoming—with consistent work for middle-market buyout funds. In addition to expanding its share of tech and healthcare deals, the firm also bolstered its capabilities in the SPAC space through new hires Joel RubinsteinElliot Smith, and Jonathan Rochwarger, who joined the New York office in April 2020 from Winston & Strawn LLP. Another notable move in New York was the June 2020 arrival of Germaine Gurr, formerly at Holland & Knight LLP, who specializes in mid-market deals across the US and Europe. Clients also benefit from the team’s integration into the firm’s global platform, collaborating with its European and UK offices on a range of cross-border investments on behalf of domestic and international clients. John Reiss and Oliver Brahmst lead the team from New York, maintaining activity on behalf of top clients, including Harvest Partners and Brookfield, respectively. The Chicago-based team continues to expand its reach, with Gary Silverman and Raymond Bogenrief standing out for their work on complex, often cross-border deals.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

White & Case LLP‘s longstanding commitment to Latin America has been reinforced by a series of team hires in New York and Houston in recent years. These offices now work closely with colleagues in Miami, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, to attract a significant portion of mid-market and $1bn+ Latin America deals. The Latin America team remains best known for private equity, energy (including oil and gas) and infrastructure deals.  It continued to advise on big-ticket deals for Sempra Energy, including its sale of Chile-based Chilquinta Energía to State Grid International Development. It also represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation in its $825m sale of Colombian onshore assets to The Carlyle Group. Moreover, it remains active in the private equity field, most notably advising I Squared Capital on a series of headline deals.  Rodrigo Dominguez and William Parish have brought additional Latin America weight to the Houston office, after joining the firm in 2019. New York’s global co-head of private equity Oliver Brahmst is also experienced in Latin America deals, while Sao Paulo office founder Donald Baker has built a hugely impressive Brazilian client portfolio. In the Houston office, former counsel Emilio Grandío focuses (domestic and cross-border M&A transactions with an emphasis on cross-border transactions in Latin America) was raised to the partnership  in October 2021; while associate Luisa Muskus also impresses clients. Prominent New York M&A and private equity partner Marwan Azzi has left the firm.