Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers (2016): T-Z







Partner, Co-Head, Latin America Practice


Argentine native Conrado Tenaglia has 20 years of experience in cross-border corporate finance transactions in the banking and capital markets areas.

Among major recent work was advising HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch, Piece, Fenner & Smith, as joint bookrunners, on a $500 million international note offering by the City of Buenos Aires last year.

He also advised S.A.C.I. Falabella on the issue of $400 million notes due 2025, the proceeds of which were used to repay a bridge facility entered into to finance the acquisition of Peruvian retailer Maestro Peru.

Tenaglia also advised Mexico’s Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico on the $191 million acquisition from Abertis of Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias, which owns stakes in the concessionaires of the Montego Bay (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile) airports

And he advised Falabella Group on the negotiation and execution of a senior unsecured term loan credit facility to be provided by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to Sodimac Peru S.A and Axion Energy Argentina on a COFACE-backed credit facility granted by Deutsche Bank and Credit Agricole and Scotiabank on an amendment to, and additional loan under, an existing bilateral credit facility with OPP Film, a Peruvian industrial company.

Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his Latin America-wide capital markets work. Conrado Tenaglia is "professional and diligent" and "a superb lawyer," clients tells Chambers.

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Partner, Co-Leader, Latin America Initiative
Gowling WLG

France Tenaille, a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, is co-leader of the firm’s Latin America Initiative and a member of the Business Law and Energy, Infrastructure, and Mining groups.  She joined Gowling WLG in March 2015 after working as a partner at Cassels Brock for more than seven years.

Before immigrating to Canada, France practiced law for over five years at a major law firm in Caracas, Venezuela (Bentata, Hoet & Associates) after serving as legal counsel for Venezuela’s Superintendency of Banks and student-at-law at the Cisneros Group.  

Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out her work in the category of Latin America mining among leading Canadian firms. She is viewed by sources as "a prominent lawyer in the region,” chambers says.

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Winston & Strawn

Joe Tirado is a partner and the former co-chair of Winston & Strawn LLP's International Arbitration Practice, resident in the firm’s London office.

He has more than 20 years of dispute resolution experience and has handled hundreds of cases as counsel, arbitrator, mediator, and expert determiner.


Key work includes co-representing Chilean energy company Endesa Chile in a US$2

billion ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a coal-fired power

plant near Concepción, Chile.


He has also recently done several Panama-related work.


Tirado also frequently sits as an arbitrator. In one recent case, he was involved in an a high profile dispute in Bolivia involving a state entity and a foreign investor concerning

the construction of a steel plant.


Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his Latin America-wide international arbitration work. "He has a deep understanding of the international market," sources tell Chambers.


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Chairman, Latin America M&A Practice Group
Baker & McKenzie

Jaime Trujillo heads Baker & McKenzie’s Latin America M&A practice group and the firm's Corporate Group in Bogotá.


Recent work includes  advising Altra Investments on its acquisition of a controlling participation in Grupo Coremar and Brenntag on its acquisition of Surtiquímicos S.A.


Chambers Latin America 2016 give him its top score (band 1) for Colombia corporate/M&A work and also singles out his banking & finance work in Colombia as well as his Latin America-wide corporate/M&A work. "He is very experienced and has a high level of commitment to the client,"  one client tells Chambers.

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Holland & Knight


Guillermo Uribe is a partner in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office, where he practices in the International and Cross Border Transactions Group and has become one of the leading attorneys advising on Mexican real estate trusts (Fibras).


Recent work includes representing Fibra Uno (Mexico’s largest REIT) in several transactions, including the $689 million reopening and offering for bonds due in 2019 and 2025, respectively, on the Mexican Stock Exchange; the issuance of $300 million notes; a $850 million revolving credit facility from a consortium of banks including Banco Santander SA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse Group AG, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Banco Itau BBA SA, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and HSBC Holdings PLC and setting up a drop-down fund worth 6 billion pesos (US$387 million).

He also represented Fibra INN in the structuring and implementation of a debt program worth 5 billion pesos (approximately US$292 million) with a five-year term, as well as the first issuance of long-term trust bonds under this program, totaling $1.8 billion pesos (approximately US$116 million) and Fibra HD in its $1500 billion pesos (US$100 million) IPO.


Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his work on Mexican capital markets.  Peers call uribe "a pioneer in the structuring of Fibras: he was able to carve the path towards the very first of this type of transaction." 


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Co-Chair, Latin America Practice Group
Littler Mendelson

Juan Carlos Varela is Co-Chair of the Latin America Practice Group at labor specialist Littler Mendelson, the second-largest international law firm in Latin America in terms of total number of attorneys, according to a Latinvex ranking.


Recent work includes labor negotiations with a regional union in Peru and Argentina, involving 2,000 employees of a power-generating facility and complex litigation in the U.S., Venezuela and Spain related to an expatriate.


Varela is the office managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Venezuela offices in Caracas and Valencia, and he also works out of the Miami office.


Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his labor & employment work in Venezuela. “He has solid experience in collective bargaining agreements, large-scale lay-offs and general negotiations,” Chambers says.

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Partner, Brazil Office
K&L Gates

Sao Paulo-based Marc Veilleux is a partner and focuses his practice on international finance.


Recent work includes representing Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. and FCC Construcciones as sellers’ counsel in a $215 million master receivables financing facility for the Consorcio Linea Uno Metro extension project in Panama.


He also advised Odebrecht Agroindustrial S.A. under an advance payment agreement for a $200 million advance payment by Cargill, Incorporated against future deliveries of refined sugar and Odebrecht Óleo e Gás S.A. and Odebrecht Oil Services Ltd in connection with a $200 million revolving credit facility agreement with a group of banks led by HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as administrative agent.


Veilleux also represented Braskem S.A. and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a $250 million revolving credit facility agreement with a group of banks led by The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, LTD, as administrative agent.


Chambers Global 2016 singles out his Latin America-wide banking & finance work.


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J. Mathias von Bernuth focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets matters.


Prominent recent work includes advising Banco BTG Pactual S.A. (Brazil) in its $1.7 billion acquisition of BSI S.A. (Switzerland), the private banking group owned by Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Italy).


He also advised a syndicate of investment in connection with a €500 million 10-year Rule 144A/Regulation S bond issuance by Votorantim Cimentos, the cement and concrete producing unit of Votorantim Participações SA, Brazil's largest diversified industrial holding company. Votorantim Cimentos became the first Brazilian company to tap the international debt capital markets since November 2014.


Von Bernuth also advised the Carlyle Group LP in its equity investment in Rede D'Or São Luiz S.A., the largest private hospital operator in Brazil; GP Investments in connection with the investment by GTIS Partners, a global real estate investment firm, in BHG S.A. – Brazil Hospitality Group, a company controlled by GP and PAR Corretora de Seguros S.A. (Brazil), a provider of insurance brokerage services, in its $177 million initial public offering and listing on the BM&FBOVESPA, including an international Rule 144A/Regulation S secondary offering of existing shares --  the first IPO in Brazil since October 2014.


Chambers Latin America 2015 singles out his Latin America-wide and Brazil capital markets work.


“He demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter whilst being very commercially and technically savvy," one client tells Chambers.


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Gibson Dunn


F. Joseph Warin is chair of the Washington, D.C. Office's Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.


Recent work includes advising Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras (the top company on the Latinvex 500) in connection with its corruption scandal, the largest such scandal ever hitting Brazil and Latin America.


Petrobras retained Gibson Dunn in October 2014 as U.S. counsel, after allegations by a former employee of a massive kickback scheme involving dozens of company vendors and major political parties in Brazil. 


He also represented Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) in its $108 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which included its actions in Mexico.


Warin is also Gibson Dunn is representing several well-known clients, in FCPA-related matters, including DOJ and SEC-led investigations and advising on anti-corruption compliance programs. Such investigations often arise out of corporate activities in a range of jurisdictions, including Latin American countries.

Chambers Latin America singles out his work on Latin America-wide fraud and corporate investigations, ranking him in its Band 1 (top rank). "He is a very well-respected and business-savvy lawyer,” one client tells Chambers.  


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Clifford Chance

Brazil-based Christopher Willott advises sponsors, borrowers, banks and multi-lateral institutions with respect to the development, construction and financing of projects across the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on Latin America.


Recent work includes Clifford Chance has advised International Finance Corporation with respect to a US$400 million A/B/Parallel "green" loan facility extended to Itaú Unibanco. 


He also advised Banco Santander on a $300 million credit facility extended to the State of Sao Paulo to support the State Sustainable Transport Project.


Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his work in three categories:  Latin America-wide banking & finance and projects and Brazil banking & finance.


"He is very experienced, well organized, good at leading his team and very efficient," sources tell Chambers.


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Managing Partner
Richard L. Winston P.A.


Richard Winston is the Managing Partner of Richard L. Winston P.A. and is considered one of the top experts on corporate tax issues in Latin America.

Prior to his sole practice, Winston was a partner at K&L Gates and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his Latin America-wide corporate/M&A work.”Richard Winston of Richard L. Winston P.A. is widely respected for his capabilities in the tax-related aspects of international M&A transactions,” Chambers says.


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Hogan Lovells


Miguel Zaldivar is a member of the Hogan Lovells Global Board and serves as Co-Head of the firm's Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice. 

e concentrates his practice on project finance, cross-border corporate and M&A transactions in Latin America, with an emphasis on energy project development. 


Recent work inludes advising Petroecuador on its $2.5 billion, long-term crude oil supply agreement in Singapore with the trading subsidiary of PetroThailand.


He also advised Empresa Pública Cementera del Ecuador (EPCE), the national cement company of Ecuador, signed a US$230 million investment contract with Cementos Yura S.A. (part of Grupo Gloria in Peru).  


Meanwhile, he advised Ecuador’s Finance Ministry on the increase of  Credit Suisse credit from 100 million euro to 150 million euro and  a US$85.7 million export credit facility with Bank of China.


Chambers Latin America 2016 singles out his Latin America-wide projects and corporate/M&A work. Miguel Zaldivar is known among commentators to be "the key lawyer for securitization,” Chambers says.


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