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Winston & Strawn LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

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Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Winston & Strawn LLP has built an impressive mix of inbound and outbound deals through its substantial Latin America team. The group has an especially fine record in energy and infrastructure deals and is at the forefront of private equity investments and fund formation in the region; co-chair of the Latin America practice Talbert Navia previously founded two private equity funds that focused on the US and Latin America. Navia and the team have worked on a series of deals for Southern Cross Group, the Latin America private equity fund manager, along with a number of Mexican and Chilean fund managers. The firm has also impressed in deals involving complex securities issues, going-private transactions and SEC-registered exchange offers. Energy and infrastructure, oil and gas, natural resources, consumer products, technology and retail are key industry sectors for the practice. Other clients include Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, Enel Américas and Enel Chile, Sociedad Química y Minera De Chile (SQM), Pampa Energía, SCL Energía Activa, Thermion Energy, Barrick Gold and InterEnergy. In one of many headline transactions, the team advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional  (FDN) on its co-investment agreement with CDPQ to jointly invest in energy and infrastructure projects in Colombia. The team has also had a long-running role in advising Enel Chile on its complex reorganisation involving a $2.7bn dual-jurisdiction SEC-registered exchange offer and simultaneous Chilean tender offer, a SEC-registered cross-border preemptive rights offering, and a $1.1bn merger of Enel Green Power Latin América’s Chilean renewable energy business with Enel Chile. The team’s ‘level of service is outstanding‘, it ‘is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice‘; moreover, ‘the partners are completely involved and are always the main contact in all the transactions‘. Department members ‘know how to work as a team‘, ‘the focus is always on the client and they really know how to interact very well with local counsel to achieve the results sought by the client‘; indeed, ‘they are very knowledgeable about the market, the complexities of cross border transactions and are very deal oriented,‘ says one client. Co-chair of the Latin America practice Allen Miller is ‘always available‘, ‘very creative‘, ‘is the best lawyer in the US advising Latin American companies that are listed in the US‘ and ‘is the type of lawyer that any client wants to have‘. Sey-Hyo Lee and Claude Serfilippi are also key members of the team. The seasoned Morton Grosz is recommended for private equity transactions.