John Guzman > White & Case LLP > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

White & Case LLP
Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2.277 – 4th Floor
São Paulo – SP 01452-000

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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.