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Clifford Chance

31 WEST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131, USA
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Thais Garcia

Work +12128788497
Clifford Chance LLP

Work Department

M&A Corporate


Thais specialises in cross-border M&A, restructurings and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the Latin America and US markets.

Thais regularly represents corporates, private equity houses, pension funds, infrastructure funds and other investors in their investments in the region. Among the sectors she focuses on are energy and infrastructure, consumer goods & retail and TMT.

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Next Generation Partners

Thais Garcia - Clifford Chance

Within: Corporate and M&A

Clifford Chance remains active throughout Latin America, notably in energy and infrastructure transactions. The firm is also at the forefront of investments by international financial sponsors into Latin America and cross-border transactions from Asia into the region. Moreover, the firm frequently advises Latin America businesses on outbound transactions into other parts of the world. Clients include Actis, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), CVC Capital Partners, Mitsubishi, CITIC Agri Fund, Castlelake, KKR, The Coca Cola Company, Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) and IFM Investors. The practice advised Canadian pension fund CDPQ on a transaction in the infrastructure sector in Mexico. It also advised Actis Infrastructure Fund on its acquisition of the 110MW El Pelicano Solar Plant in Chile from SunPower Corporation. Other matters included advising Canadian pension fund CDPQ on a transaction in the infrastructure sector in Mexico. The Latin America team delivers 'the gold standard for responsiveness', is 'practical and business-oriented' and has 'strong energy sector knowledge'; staffed by 'hands-on partners' and 'very high quality and experienced professionals that have a pragmatic approach' and 'deep knowledge', this 'allows the team to perform very well in fast-paced and complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions'. 'The commitment and availability of the partners, allied with their language skills, review of documents and turn-around of drafts with quality in short periods of time is the differential' and 'the intense support and dedication of the associates enables the partners to take part in all transactions simultaneously'. Moreover, 'the firm is able to draw on its resources across jurisdictions to put together the most effective teams'. Madrid partner Javier Amantegui is noted for infrastructure transactions and private equity investments in Latin America. David Brinton heads the America's corporate/M&A practice and has an extensive record in Latin America; he 'creates very strong bonds with clients', is 'a great strategic thinker' who 'provides clear and creative solutions to complex issues', and is 'commercial and business-oriented' with 'an easy-going and approachable style'. Clients highlight his expertise in energy transactions. Sao Paulo partner Anthony Oldfield has an impressive mix of M&A and capital markets work; he is 'a very capable, engaged and experienced lawyer who identifies the critical issues and risks in order to support business decisions'. Madrid partner Samir Azzouzi is another key member of the Latin America practice, especially in private equity and energy and infrastructure transactions. Thais Garcia  has a fine reputation in financial sponsor deals; she is 'a truly dedicated partner',  has 'an excellent understanding of investment details and strong knowledge of the region', 'does a terrific job of distilling down very complex shareholder agreement issues to allow clients to make the right decisions' and is 'very engaged, super smart and always keeps the whole team moving at the pace that's needed'. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Clifford Chance has energy-sector expertise in finance, capital markets, corporate transactions and M&A, with a focus on the Latin American market. Key figures in the team include Washington DC-based Fabricio Longhin, New York-based David Brinton, who leads the Americas corporate practice and Lori Bean, who is instructed by multilateral and development finance institutions in Washington DC. Longhin and the New York-based senior associate Guido Liniado acted for various entities of the Albanesi Group, as borrowers, in the financing of the 133MW Arroyo Seco cogeneration plant and the refinancing of 170MW Timbúes cogeneration plant in Argentina, which involved the execution of a dual-tranche $395m credit agreement. Also in the New York office, Hugo Triaca joined the team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Thais Garcia was promoted to partner.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Clifford Chance continues to make progress in corporate M&A and private equity transactions. It provides 'a one-stop shop for all aspects of a transaction with global coverage', according to one client. It is 'truly at the table as a partner and takes the time to understand and explore the client's perspective and position on issues to help negotiate through those issues rather than merely present the pros and cons of what's on the table'. It advised Mondelēz International in connection with the merger of Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keurig Green Mountain; Mondelēz  held an approximately 24% stake in Keurig and now holds a stake of some 14% in Keurig Dr Pepper. This is just one of a string of headline deals in the consumer goods and retail sector, where partner Sarah Jones has such a strong standing. In another headline deal, the firm advised Evercore, as the financial adviser to the Scripps Family, in connection with the acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by Discovery Communications. Other clients include Pfizer, Hearst, S&P Global and Philip Morris International. Energy and infrastructure is another area of particular eminence, with leader of the Americas corporate practice David Brinton having an established record in this space. The Americas team is also leveraging the firm's global standing in private equity with Kevin Lehpamer leading the initiative in the US; he is 'overtly calm, well structured and covers all bases'. John Healy provides further public and cross-border M&A expertise, while Benjamin Sibbett  is an emerging talent and 'takes the time to listen to the issues of the transaction, helps explore the issues both legally and from the business perspective – given his wealth of experience in transactions – and has a special gift in explaining to the counterparty the complicated legal issues their own counsel often cannot articulate effectively'. Thais Garcia is a fundamental team member for cross-border deals involving Latin America.

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