Linklaters’ Latin America Practice Wins Two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year Awards
Firm Takes Home Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year and Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year Awards
Linklaters is pleased to announce that the firm’s Latin America practice, alongside the London capital markets practice, was honored with two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year awards at the organization’s 2023 Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean Awards ceremony.
The Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising the Republic of Chile on the first sovereign issued sustainability-linked bond to include a gender related key performance indicator. The offering of $2.25 billion and €750 million notes is the second award-winning deal completed by Linklaters and the Republic of Chile, following the first ever sovereign sustainability-linked bond issuance. The deal team supporting this transaction included partners Conrado Tenaglia and Gabriel Grossman, associates Juan Mata, Mónica Perez-Banuet, Mario Lercari, and Matthew Russo, and summer associate Keisy Germosen.
The Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs International, and Morgan Stanley as joint bookrunners on FEMSA’s offering of €500 million senior unsecured bonds exchangeable into shares of Heineken Holding N.V, as part of FEMSA’s placement of €7 billion of equity and exchangeables for its holdings in Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. (Heineken Group). The Linklaters team supporting this transaction included partner Ben Dulieu, associates Jessica Andrew and Liam Jenkins, and Head of the Mexico Group Alberto García Linera.
The Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean Awards recognize the most innovative and groundbreaking deals throughout the year from Sovereign, Corporate, and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The awardees are selected through an exhaustive process that involves close examination of deal size, tenor, structure, and distribution, as well as analysis and background of the borrower’s accessibility to financing, with extra credit for those deals demonstrating high quality execution, accessing new pools of liquidity, innovative structuring, and opening up new markets.
Linklaters’ lawyers have practiced in Latin America for decades and Linklaters was one of the first international firms to open an office in Brazil in 1997. With a growing team of Latin America-focused lawyers across the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C., and São Paulo offices, and the recent launch of Linklaters’ Mexico Group, the firm continues to increase its presence in the region and deepen existing relationships with leading local law firms. Linklaters is highly ranked across key Latin America legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, and Latin Lawyer.