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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Winston & Strawn LLP significantly enhanced its Latin America credentials in 2017, by hiring a team of prominent Latin America specialists from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, the group being part of legacy Chadbourne & Parke’s well-reputed Latin America practice. The team is known for its Latin American corporate client base and its connections to a number of Latin America-focused private equity houses. It provides ‘an excellent service, permanent support, knowledge and command of the required topics, agility and responsiveness’. One client also highlights its ‘warmth, disposition and availability at all times’. The team advised Pampa Energía and its subsidiaries Central Térmica Loma de la Lata and Greenwind on the proposed senior corporate loan to the latter for the financing of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the El Cortí wind farm (and associated transmission facilities), located near Bahía Blanca, Argentina. It also advised Enel Chile on a $2bn dual currency term loan facility. Talbert Navia and Los Angeles partner Francisco Flores are both ‘excellent professionals, with extensive knowledge and experience in the clauses of credit agreements, with international commercial banks, development banks and multilateral banks’. Both demonstrate ‘high commitment and dedication during the negotiation process’ and ‘agility in the supply of required answers’. Claude Serfilippi and Allen Miller are also well regarded.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Winston & Strawn LLP’s growing Latin America team has a fine record in project finance, including in energy and infrastructure. The firm is ‘top of the pile’ according to one client who suggests that ‘the level of service is exemplary’ with the team ‘clearly understanding clients’ goals’ and delivering on ‘highly structured project finance’ matters. Operating at the forefront of industry trends, it advised the note purchasers in the $412m private placement by Chile’s Inversiones Latin America Power. Claude Serfilippi is ‘extremely responsive’ and ‘draws on his experience to apply concepts from various aspects of his work to create solutions’.

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