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Winston & Strawn LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

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Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Winston & Strawn LLP has a core team of experienced and prominent Latin America specialists. The versatile team covers a range of banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and projects and energy business, and has excellent connections to lenders and corporate borrowers throughout the continent.  of Latin America practice co-chairs Talbert Navia and Allen Miller, along with Claude Serfilippi, have worked together for many years and lead a substantial team of Latin America-focused practitioners. Clients include Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Enel Américas, Pampa Energía, Greenwind, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Navia led the team that advised FDN along with Los Administradoras de Fondos de Pensiones Colombianas (AFPs), on their co-investment agreement with Caisse de Dépôt et Placement su Quebec (CDPQ) to jointly finance infrastructure projects in Colombia; the agreement is intended for long-term equity investments up to a total of $1bn in infrastructure projects and companies. The practice group also advised Empresas Públicas de Medellín, as borrower, on the financing of the construction of the 2,400MW Ituango Hydroelectric Project in Medellín, Colombia; and Enel Chile on its $2bn senior unsecured bridge loan facility, among other mandates.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s core Latin America team has a deep and impressive history in the region, most notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Beyond its core specialisation, the group has broad geographic and industry coverage. Extensive SEC-registration expertise ensures it is frequently engaged to advise on deals that require a combination of M&A and capital markets knowledge, and it continues to impress in both debt and equity for both private company and quasi-sovereign issuers. Clients include TV Azteca, Enel Américas, Enel Chile, Enel Generación Chile, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Pampa Energía. The team advised Enel Chile on its major reorganisation involving a $2.7bn dual-jurisdiction SEC-registered exchange offer and simultaneous Chilean tender offer, an SEC-registered cross-border preemptive rights offering and a $1.1 billion merger of Enel Green Power Latin América with Enel Chile. It also advised Enel Chile on its $1bn notes offering. ‘The level of service is outstanding‘ and ‘the team is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice‘; moreover, it is ‘very deal oriented‘, ‘the partners are completely involved and are always the main contact in all the transactions‘, and ‘it understands extremely well the Latin American market and the complexities that may arise in capital markets transactions‘. Co-head of the Latin America practice Talbert Navia is a versatile practitioner with an especially strong record in the Southern Cone region, including in Argentina. Fellow co-head of the practice Allen Miller is a seasoned Latin America capital markets specialist who is ‘an extremely capable lawyer‘, ‘really cares about his clients and gets deeply involved in every transaction‘; he ‘is thorough but very pragmatic and has a unique business understanding‘, ‘is always available and is very creative to solve problems‘ – as a result, he ‘is respected not only by his clients but also by his counterparties‘. Sey-Hyo Leeis an extraordinary advisor‘, ‘never misses the important details‘, ‘has a lot of patience and makes sure that everyone understands the issues and solutions‘; furthermore, he ‘is extremely collaborative, works very hard and succeeds in achieving the results sought by its clients‘. Claude Serfilippi is recommended for high yield bonds and project bonds.

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.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Winston & Strawn LLP ‘s core Latin America team has deep experience in the region and is noted for project finance, energy sector M&A and investments, renewables projects and capital markets-driven financings. Key markets include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Central America; and clients include Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), Enel Américas, Southern Cross Group, Sociedad Química y Minera De Chile (SQM), Pampa Energía and YPF. In recent mandates the team advised EPM, as borrower, on the financing of the construction of the 2,400MW Ituango Hydroelectric Project in Medellín, Colombia; and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) on its co-investment agreement with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to jointly finance infrastructure projects in Colombia. The team’s ‘level of service is outstanding‘ and it ‘is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice‘; ‘the partners are completely involved‘ and ‘they understand extremely well the Latin American market and the complexities that may arise in transactions‘. Talbert Navia leads the Latin America group and has a fine record in energy transactions. Co-head of the team Allen Millerreally cares about his clients and gets deeply involved in every transaction‘,  he ‘is thorough but very pragmatic and has a unique business understanding‘ – he grasps ‘local issues very well and is very creative to solve problems‘. Sey-Hyo Leeis an extraordinary adviser‘, who ‘always understands the whole picture very well and never misses the important details’; he ‘has a lot of patience and makes sure that everyone understands the issues and solutions’, ‘is extremely collaborative and succeeds in timely achieving the results sought by clients‘. Claude Serfilippiis very deal oriented, pragmatic and understands his clients needs‘.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

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Allen MillerWinston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP advises public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, investors, and emerging companies on a broad range of corporate matters, including cross-border M&A, take-private transactions, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Leveraging over 20 years’ experience in representing private equity investors, Matthew Bergmann co-chairs the M&A practice alongside Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski and Dominick DeChiara in New York. Also recommended are Allen Miller, another contact in New York for M&A, investments, joint ventures, securities law matters and corporate governance; Oscar David, who provides transactional support and strategic advice to businesses, C-suite executives and boards of directors; and Timothy Kincaid, who handles buyouts and divestitures for private equity funds and businesses. James Vallee joined in Houston from Paul Hastings LLP. Robert Wall left the firm. Named attorneys are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.