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Latin America: International firms

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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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Winston & Strawn LLP grew the New York practice with the hires of Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s former Latin American group chairs Allen Miller - who has extensive experience in power, infrastructure and renewable energy deals - and corporate and investment funds expert Talbert Navia, as well as private equity attorney Kevin Smith and Morton Grosz, who acts for multinational corporate clients and investment funds. Other key hires included public and private company M&A specialist Thomas Hughes in Dallas from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and Jared Manes in New York from Jenner & Block LLP. The practice fields lawyers with deal expertise in highly regulated industries, such as energy and financial services, and its scope of work includes cross-border transactions, take-private transactions, carve-outs, and distressed acquisitions. In New York, Joel Rubinstein advised special purpose acquisition company CF Corporation on its announced acquisition of insurance company Fidelity & Guaranty Life. Matthew Bergmann in Chicago and Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski lead the M&A practice; Zochowski advised Weinberg Partners on the sale of Northpoint Commercial Finance. The team also includes Chicago-based former corporate practice chair Steven Gavin, whose clients include Groupon, Morningstar and Luxottica, Robert Wall, who acts for corporations, successful entrepreneurs, investment banking firms and special board committees, and James Junewicz, who divides time between Chicago and New York and is a former assistant general counsel of the SEC. Other highly rated Chicago practitioners are former M&A, securities and corporate governance practice chair Oscar David; Gregory Bynan, whose clients include Norwest Equity Partners, Guggenheim Partners and Wynnchurch Capital; Matthew Costigan, who is recommended for M&A, joint ventures and advice to private equity and venture capital funds; Bruce Toth; and Brian Schafer. Richard Wynne is a key Houston contact. Since publication, Robert Rawn has moved to Jenner & Block LLP.

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