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Linklaters in Latin America 

Machu Pichu

Linklaters’ experience in the Latin American market extends far beyond its office in São Paulo.

Governments, major multinationals and global financial institutions rely on Linklaters’ experience in significant corporate and finance transactions and energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects throughout the region.

Linklaters has dedicated lawyers across the firm who frequently work in countries such as Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. Leading offices in New York and Brazil also allow Linklaters to maintain an in-depth knowledge of individual markets in the region through the strength of the firm’s global resources.

Recent transactions include advising:

 
  • HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch, Piece, Fenner & Smith, as joint bookrunners, on a US$500m international note offering by the City of Buenos Aires pursuant to its US$2.9bn MTN program and to be used to repay and refinance debt
  • Falabella Group on the approx. US$492m acquisition of Maestro Perú from Peruvian private equity fund Enfoca Inversiones; on the senior unsecured term loan credit facility provided by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to finance the acquisition; and on the bond issue of US$400m 4.375% notes due 2025, the proceeds of which were used to repay the facility entered into to finance the acquisition 
  • Noble Americas Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Nobel Group, on a US$1bn term loan to Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, EP PetroEcuador, guaranteed by the Republic of Ecuador
  • Banco do Brasil on the issue through its Grand Cayman branch of US$2.5bn 9% perpetual non-cumulative junior subordinated securities
  • Glencore on the US$7bn sale of its entire interest in the Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru, to a consortium of Chinese bidders comprised of MMG, Guoxin International and CITIC. Named Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru 2014 by The American Lawyer 
  • GNL Quintero, an LNG gas terminal in Chile, on the US$1.1bn debut international bond offering, the proceeds of which to be used to repay an existing credit facility related to the construction of the terminal. This has been the third largest bond issue by a Chilean private sector issuer to date
  • Samsung and KOSPO on the competitive bidding, development, structuring, and financing of the Kelar IPP project in Chile, a 517 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant, with offtake procured by BHP Billiton affiliates. Named Latin American Power Deal of the Year 2014 by IJ Global and LatAm Power Deal of the Year 2014 by Project Finance International
  • Corporación Andina de Fomento on a US$237.5m A/B structured loan provided to Pan American Energy, Argentine branch 
  • Amil Participações and its controlling shareholders on the US$4.9bn sale of a majority stake in the largest Brazilian healthcare provider to UnitedHealthcare Group. Named Global M&A Deal of the Year, Brazil 2013 by The American Lawyer 
  • China Construction Bank on the R$1.62bn (US$716m) acquisition of a 72% stake in Banco Industrial e Comercial, the eighth largest private bank in Brazil 
  • Schahin Group on in excess of US$5bn in corporate and project-related bank and bond financings of drilling rigs and drillships under charter to Petrobras 
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on a US$1.5bn oil-backed Sinosure-covered financing to PDVSA, the national oil company in Venezuela
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on the acquisition of 80% of Standard Bank Argentina. Named Westlaw China Award M&A Deal of the Year 2012 by ALB China 
  • KEPCO, Samsung and Techint on the successful bid, development and financing for the construction of the Norte II Combined Cycle Power-Plant in Mexico. Named Latin American Power Deal of the Year 2011 by Project Finance Magazine
  • Sigma Alimentos on all aspects relating to the nearly US$1bn acquisition of Spain-based meat processor Campofrio

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Contacts

Partner, New York
(1) 212 903 9114
michael.bassett@linklaters.com

Aedamar Comiskey
Partner, London
(44 20) 7456 3438
aedamar.comiskey@linklaters.com


Alberto Luzárraga
Partner, New York, São Paulo
(1) 212 903 9026 (New York)
(55 11) 3074 9522 (São Paulo)
alberto.luzarraga@linklaters.com

 

Vijaya Palaniswamy

Partner, New York

(1) 212 903 9005

vijaya.palaniswamy@linklaters.com

 

Matthew Poulter

Partner, New York, São Paulo

(1) 212 903 9306 (New York)
(55 11) 3074 9525 (São Paulo)

matthew.poulter@linklaters.com


Conrado Tenaglia
Partner, New York
(1) 212 903 9010
conrado.tenaglia@linklaters.com

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