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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

White & Case LLP launched a Houston office in February 2018, bringing in a number of senior practitioners with significant Latin America experience. The new Houston partners Jay Cuclis, Steven Otillar and Christopher Richardson have a strong focus on Latin America and significant oil and gas expertise; they joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP respectively. Building on the firm’s strong profile in downstream oil and gas, the new team extends its expertise into upstream and midstream development and commercial issues. With its eminent Mexico City office, the firm is well plugged into Mexico’s hydrocarbon sector reform-related work. Beyond oil and gas, the firm continues to impress in power and renewables, including in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It has also experienced growth in PPP engagements, including in Paraguay and Argentina. Showcasing its expertise in infrastructure and project bonds, the firm advised the banks on the $2bn cross-border debt issuance by state-owned Petróleos del Perú-Petroperú; the proceeds of what was the largest-ever offering by a Peruvian issuer are intended to finance a large-scale upgrade and modernisation of the Talara Refinery. It also represented Invenergy as sponsor, and Nicefield as borrower, in the refinancing of the 70MW Campo Palomas wind farm project in Uruguay. The firm is commended for its expertise in structuring and negotiating EPC, TUA and LNG contracts related to project development activities. Clients are ‘highly satisfied’ with its ‘support in all aspects’ and highlight its ‘customer oriented’ approach with its ‘interest in understanding client needs and commitment to these during the whole process’. ‘The level of service is high’ with ‘very prepared lawyers that deliver excellent performance’. Latin America project finance head Carlos Viana is ‘always a collegial professional and easy to work with’. São Paulo-based John Anderson provides ‘deep commitment’, ‘good technical coverage’ at a ‘reasonable cost’. In Mexico City, Sean Goldstein does an ‘excellent job’, is ‘always on top of what his associates are doing, and is always available to clarify, intervene and participate in any discussion or negotiation’. He has ‘sound experience’ in project development and project finance in the energy sector. Washington DC partner Victor DeSantis is recommended for oil and gas and infrastructure project finance; he is ‘very reasonable’, ‘knows what he is talking about’, has ‘years of experience’; ‘very commercial, practical’ he ‘is not out there to win points’, and ‘has a view on getting deals done and not getting lost in the weeds’. Washington DC’s Ned Neaher is also recommended for lender-side engagements and Miami-based Jeanine Acevedo is another key name in the team. New York’s John Vetterli brings leading capital markets expertise to the firm’s project and infrastructure bonds engagements. Former Mexico City partner José Ignacio Segura Alonso has joined Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.. Named partners are based in Miami unless stated.

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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

White & Case S.C. undertakes an impressive array of banking and finance deals for a broad client-base. The team is led by Juan Antonio Martín and Vicente Corta. Martín has a strong practice in regulatory compliance in the FinTech sector, which he combines with other financing and day-to-day banking work; Corta led on a number of headline transactions, including assisting Banorte in the acquisition of Interacciones’ banking, broker-dealer, insurance and asset manager subsidiaries, through a merger valued at $1.4bn; and Bolsa Institucional de Valores (BIVA), Mexico’s second stock exchange, in obtaining an operating concession title from the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. In other work, Francisco García Naranjo acted as counsel for Principal Afore in its full ownership acquisition of MetLife Afore (in conjunction with Corta); and assisted leading Korean bank KEB Hana Bank in obtaining a licence to incorporate a subsidiary multiple banking institution in Mexico (in conjunction with Martín). In the latter case, García Naranjo and Martín were accompanied by María Teresa Fernández, who also worked on the Banorte and BIVA mandates, and who is an expert in regulatory compliance matters. Key support comes from Sean Goldstein and Manuel Groenewold. Goldstein (who is NYC qualified) covers banking and finance, project finance and equipment leasing; while Groenewold handles general banking and finance, and recently advised clients on regulatory compliance and secured loans. However, the practice group has experienced turbulence, with the early 2018 departures of José Ignacio Segura and Iker Arriola to Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., and Raúl Fernández to Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.. The practice’s clients include Altán Redes, Banco Santander (México), BBVA Bancomer, Citibank, Codere, HSBC Mexico, Proteak Uno, Credit Suisse, BlackRock, The Vanguard Group, CLS Bank, LaSalle Investment Management, Pay Pal, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Afluenta Afore Sura.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

White & Case S.C. comes highly recommended for its ‘excellent level of service’ and is considered a strong partner for hydrocarbons and renewables projects. Key figures include Vicente Corta, Sean Goldstein and Francisco de Rosenzweig, who is noted for his ‘professionalism, human quality, ability to analyse and respond accurately, and high level of commitment’. The firm has recently advised on the financing of several significant solar projects. Major clients include BlackRock Global Investors, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, and Total.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

White & Case S.C. has a particularly strong track record advising on major projects in heavily regulated industries such as energy and telecoms. It recently advised ALTÁN Redes on its implementation of an industrial partnership agreement with Axtel and Megacable for the development and operation of a nationwide 700MHz LTE wholesale shared network. The team was also involved on the transport front, acting for Operator Lines 7 and Sky Bus Reforma on the financing for new buses needed for the Mexico City Metrobus Line 7. Vicente Corta and Sean Goldstein jointly lead the team.

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