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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

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Winston & Strawn LLP bolstered its standing in Latin America with the hire of an experienced group of Latin America specialists from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in 2017. The firm has wide geographic coverage, advising on deals from Mexico to Argentina. Recent mandates include advising Mexican media company TV Azteca on its $400m senior notes offering on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and it also advised Argentina’s YPF on a series of transactions, including a $750m fixed-rate notes offering. The team provides ‘outstanding overall service’ and has ‘outstanding access to the SEC’ thanks to a ‘relationship built on trust and a long track record of reliability’, making it easier for foreign registrants to go through long and complex processes, according to clients, several of which highlight the group’s SEC-registered transactional experience. More generally, the department is ‘really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice’ and its ‘partners are completely involved and are always the main contact in all the transactions’. Allen Miller is an ‘outstanding attorney’ who ‘has an excellent sense of balance, with a broad and strategic perspective, but a mind which can also focus on details, if needed’; he is ‘very reliable, intelligent and trustworthy and has outstanding negotiation skills’. Clients also recognise his ability bridge cultural gaps thanks to his understanding of the Latin America market and the characteristics of businesses that are based there. Claude Serfilippi is ‘exceptionally diligent’, provides ‘quick response times’ and is commended for his ability to engage with local counsel to ensure that key steps are understood and executed correctly. Sey-Hyo Lee is ‘an extraordinary advisor’, ‘always understands the whole picture and never misses the important details’; ‘extremely collaborative’, he ensures that ‘everyone understands the key issues and solutions’. Talbert Navia is ‘the best’, ‘a most experienced lawyer’ and ‘a great leader of a team of lawyers’, according to one client. Clients are also impressed with associate Tae Sang Yoo, who has ‘a very promising future’ and is ‘extremely meticulous, reliable and knowledgeable about securities law and complex SEC forms’. All named individuals are New York based unless stated otherwise.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Winston & Strawn LLP established a strong Latin America M&A practice with the recruitment of an experienced team of Latin America specialists from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in 2017; the group was part of Chadbourne & Parke prior to its merger Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP earlier the same year. The new team has given the firm genuine credibility in both M&A and private equity and is praised for its ‘very high levels of service’, its ‘knowledgeable, responsive and loyal’ approach, and its ‘adeptness at working with private equity firms and their needs’. Moreover, its ‘vision for business’ and ‘broad, concrete and professional advice’, continue to impress clients who regard it, in particular, as ‘among the most prominent, well-known and involved firms with Colombian companies’. Recent work saw Latin America practice co-chair Allen Miller and fellow partner Sey-Hyo Lee continue to advise Enel Américas on its corporate reorganisation, involving $22bn of assets in Latin America. Private equity is another strength of the group, which advised Southern Cross Group on its $464m acquisition of gas station, fuel distribution and other related businesses in Chile from Petrobras. Miller’s fellow practice co-chair, Talbert Navia is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and practical’ and is noted for his private equity experience. Morton Grosz and Kevin Smith are also experienced M&A and private equity specialists.

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