Fernando Alonso > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Offices
1111 BRICKELL AVENUE
MIAMI, FL 33131
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Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is the result of a headline merger between legacy firms Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP in April 2018. The merged firm has a major focus on Latin America with some 40 attorneys in Miami, almost all having a significant emphasis on the region. It has an especially strong standing among Latin American financial institutions, MLAs and DFIs. Energy and infrastructure finance is a particular forte of the firm, which has key finance specialists in Washington DC and Houston. Clients include Fondo de Inversión Inmobiliario Multifondos, IDB Invest, Energia del Pacifico, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica, RAM Telecommunications, Corporacion Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI) and Promerica Financial Corporation. It advised IDB Invest and IDB on a treasury loan from FDN, the proceeds intended for IDB and IDB Invest’s financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia, including its 4G road infrastructure programme, and in energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure. It also advised CIFI on a $50m long term facility for Global Quality Steel Latam,the Swiss global reinforcing steel manufacturer with subsidiaries in Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru; the financing is to support projects throughout Latin America including Lima Metro Line 2 in Peru, Siervo de la Nacion Highway, Guadalajara Metro L-3 and Toluca Railroad in Mexico, Quito Metro L-1 in Ecuador and Magdalena Highway in Colombia. Clients praise the ‘unique‘ and ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team’s ability to understand banks and their key products, along with knowledge of the region and specific markets conditions. Head of the Latin America team Fernando Alonso is extremely well-plugged into the region and is frequently engaged in financing transactions. Fernando Margarit is another experienced Latin America specialist with a tremendous record in cable and telecoms infrastructure; he is ‘always available and can resolve many issues on a simple phone call‘. Washington DC’s Vera Rechsteiner has a strong connection to IDB Invest and frequently advises the DFI on financings in Latin America. Doris Rodríguez is a Houston partner and Mexican native with a fine record in oil-and-gas financings. Uriel Mendieta is recommended for structured finance and project finance. Washington DC’s Siddharth Sethy impresses at associate level. All named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.
Latin America: International firms > City focus: Miami
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP runs a diversified Latin America practice from its Miami office and which is further enhanced by a wider team of regional specialists in Washington DC and Houston. Fernando Alonso, Fernando Margarit and Uriel Mendieta are almost entirely focused on Latin America, providing the firm with a healthy market share of banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and projects and energy deals. This core team is frequently recognised for its expertise in telecoms and cable systems infrastructure and financial institutions M&A. Recent mandates saw the team advise Promerica on its bid to acquire The Bank of Nova Scotia’s subsidiaries in El Salvador; and assist Mexco’s Grupo Rotoplas with its joint venture and sale of affiliate Molding Acquisition Corp to Tank Holding Corp. With a healthy mix of Iberian, US and multilatina clients, its close connections to the region have brought a string of intra-regional M&A engagements. In addition to the core Latin America group, the Miami office is also active in litigation and arbitration in the region, along with a steady pipeline of real estate transactions. Additionally, having advised a number of Spanish sponsors on PPP transactions over the years, it continues to make an impression in project development and project finance in Latin America; and has also worked on a series of hotel financings and is an active counsel to Latin American developers that are targeting the Florida real estate market. Counsel Juan Azel is noted for regulatory and compliance matters, anti-money laundering and internal investigations, and OFAC issues.
Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has an impressive mix of inbound, outbound and intra-regional deals, and is particularly noted for its expertise and record in financial services and telecoms transactions. The firm has a substantial office in Miami where the vast majority of attorneys have a Latin America focus. Clients include Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, CVC Brasil Operadora E Agencia de Viagens, Banco de Sabadell, Diageo, MasterCard and Promerica Financial Corporation. The team advised Promerica on its bid to acquire The Bank of Nova Scotia’s subsidiaries in El Salvador, and also advised Mexico’s Grupo Rotoplas on its joint venture and sale of affiliate Molding Acquisition Corp to Tank Holding Corporation. The team is praised for its ‘responsiveness, assertiveness and for delivering strategic value‘. It impresses through ‘creativity, passion about the subject and client’s business‘ and ‘full dedication to the matter‘; moreover, it is ‘extremely client oriented‘ and ‘takes time to understand the big picture‘. Head of the Latin America practice Fernando Alonso has an outstanding record in inbound and intra-regional deals, most notably for Spanish financial institutions; he is ‘a great business partner with his combination of deep understanding of the client’s business, creativity, involvement and dedication to the subject matter‘. Fernando Margarit operates across multiple practice areas, although he has an especially strong name in the telecoms and cable systems sectors; he is ‘an excellent and professional partner‘. Uriel Mendieta is another key member of the team, while former Atlanta partner and department member David Yates has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a diverse practice covering energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas. With its practice group spread across its Washington DC, Houston and Miami offices, the firm has been able to target multiple industries and jurisdictions. It also has a niche in telecoms and cable infrastructure, along with particular experience in PPP projects for Spanish sponsors. Clients include IDB, IFC, Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI), World Bank and Energía del Caribe. The practice advised IDB and IDB Invest on a loan from FDN to support their financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia spanning transportation (including its 4G roads programme), energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure. It also advised Energía del Caribe on the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico that will serve Guatemala. The team is ‘deeply involved in transactions‘, has ‘a practical aproach to resolving legal and commercial issues‘, and its ‘combination of knowledge, availability and negotiations skills make for a unique practice‘. In sum, it is ‘well-known, reputable and reliable‘ with ‘a group of professionals that have a wide range of skills‘. Washington DC partner Vera Rechsteiner has an outstanding record in renewable energy projects in Latin America, particularly for commercial lenders and MLAs. Houston’s Doris Rodríguez is recognised for oil-and-gas investments and projects, while Miami partner Fernando Margarit is a leader in telecoms and cable infrastructure. Miami’s Fernando Alonso and Houston partner Mark Thurber are also recommended.
United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s ‘M&A team provides excellent representation on transactions of varying sizes; it takes a practical and realistic approach and is always focused on delivering the right outcomes at the right cost for the client. The practice also has great depth, from senior partners to junior associates, and ensures that work is performed at the right level and with appropriate supervision at all times‘. The firm was created in 2018 from the merger of Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and advises clients on negotiated acquisitions, takeover defenses and contested situations, LBOs and spin-offs. Other areas of strength are holding company formations, corporate auctions, mergers-of-equals, go-private transactions and strategic acquisition and divestiture programs; and the practice has a particular focus on the consumer products, retail, defense, real estate, healthcare, energy, technology and financial services sectors. Regular clients include ExxonMobil, Smithfield Foods, Citibank International and Diageo; the practice also assisted the conflicts committee of diversified midstream company Andeavor Logistics (AL) with AL’s acquisition of Western Refining Logistics; acted for Carlisle Companies in the sale of its Carlisle FoodService Products division to funds managed by middle-market private equity firm The Jordan Company; and advised longstanding client Xenith Bankshares on its sale to Union Bankshares. Other significant highlights included the team acting for Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas, as Virginia counsel, in its $9bn acquisition of WGL Holdings, as well as its advice to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on its acquisition of LaSalle Hotel Properties. Steven Haas, who is based in both Richmond and Washington DC, and Steven Patterson in Washington DC, co-head the firm’s M&A team; Houston-based Robert Jewell has particular experience in the energy and forest products industries, master limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts, and representing special committees of boards of directors; and Fernando Alonso, who divides his time between Miami and New York, heads the Latin America team. Other key advisers include Houston’s co-corporate team head Michael O’Leary, Richmond-based Gary Thompson, who chairs the public company M&A practice, Michael McCann, Houston’s energy law specialist Ashley Burns Muehlberger and special counsel Allen Goolsby.
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