Mr John Vetterli > White & Case LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

White & Case LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020-1095
United States
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Work Department

Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Latin America, Oil & Gas

Position

Partner

Career

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Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

John VetterliWhite & Case LLP

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.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

(Leading lawyers)

John VetterliWhite & Case LLP

White & Case LLP stands out for the diversity of its geographical coverage and it is widely recognized for its ability to secure market-leading deals throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In a high-profile example of its global standing in equity transactions, the New York-based group advised trophy client Saudi Aramco on its long-awaited $25.6bn IPO, which set a new record for the world’s largest-ever IPO. The group is also well versed in global bond deals and in another Saudi Aramco highlight, the team advised the oil giant on its its five-tranche offering of global notes, worth $12bn. Although its issuer-side work often takes center-stage, the group also frequently advises underwriters on cross-border equity and debt deals, including recent work for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. John Vetterli heads the global capital markets practice and has strong experience in Latin America-related offerings following a three-year stint in the firm’s Sao Paulo office. Gary Kashar is highly regarded for his expertise in debt transactions and recently led the work on Saudi Aramco’s $12bn bond deal — he also teamed up with equity capital markets specialist Colin Diamond to advise on Saudi Aramco’s IPO. Taisa Markus is recommended for her emphasis on cross-border offerings involving Latin America and Europe.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘knowledgeable and professional team’ at White & Case LLP is recognized for its strength global equity offerings, where it leans on its generous international network to shine in deals involving Latin America and the Middle East. In a landmark example of its global credentials, the New York-based group advised longstanding client Saudi Aramco on its $25.6bn IPO, which set a new record for the world’s largest-ever IPO. The firm acts for a sizeable share of both issuers and underwriters, while its diverse sector expertise spans energy, technology, financial services and life sciences, among other areas. Colin Diamond stands out as a leader in US and international equity deals and his recent IPO experience includes co-leading the Saudi Aramco deal alongside Gary Kashar. Global capital markets John Vetterli is another key contact and advises issuers, underwriters and other market participants on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Stuart Bressman recently joined from Proskauer Rose LLP and is noted for his experience in alternative financing techniques, including bought deals and registered direct offerings. Talented associate Taryn Zucker is also recommended.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

White & Case LLP leverages its stellar global client base to pack a punch in cross-border offerings, particularly deals involving Latin America and Middle East-based issuers. Traditionally known for its strong relationships with underwriters, the New York-based group’s issuer-side practice has dominated over the past year, with high-profile offerings for Saudi Aramco, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Avangrid, among others. John Vetterli heads the capital markets department globally and brings hands-on experience of Latin America deals following his three-year stint in the Sao Paulo office. Gary Kashar is widely acknowledged as a leading high-yield lawyer and also had a strong year on the investment grade side, which included leading on several global medium term-note programs. Additional contacts include Jonathan Michels and Andrew Weisberg.