Partner, New York
“I have 25 years’ experience advising on some of the most significant corporate finance deals in Latin America including M&A, banking and capital markets transactions. I have particular experience of assisting ‘multilatinas’ with their strategic expansion into new markets, including Spain, enabling them to overcome legal, regulatory, cultural and practical challenges to help them achieve their strategic commercial goals.”
Education and qualifications
Conrado co-heads the firm’s Latin America practice and is widely acknowledged as a leading lawyer advising on the continent’s landmark transactions.
Conrado acts for Latin American and international corporates and investment banks on all aspects of corporate finance, comprising mergers and acquisitions (including disposals of companies and assets), capital markets transactions (including advising issuers and underwriters on debt and equity securities placements in the U.S. and in the Euromarkets), and banking transactions (including bilateral, syndicated and structured banking facilities). In addition, Conrado has acted on several major debt restructurings and liability management exercises, notably in Argentina. He also has in-depth knowledge of the retail and energy sectors.
Conrado is an active participant in the firm’s Risk and Resilience Group, a global, multi-disciplinary team that delivers solutions to address commercial, regulatory and governance challenges to help you secure the long-term sustainability of your organisation.
Earlier in his career, Conrado served as in-house counsel with S.A. Genaro García, Buenos Aires, before joining Linklaters’ New York office in 1994. He co-led the firm’s Madrid office from 2007 to 2011 and the U.S. offices from 2011 to 2016.
Conrado has acted on many major Latin American-related transactions. Highlights include advising:
- on several Argentine debt issues following the resolution of that country´s sovereign holdout litigation in April 2016, including debt issues by Arcor and Banco Macro and for the underwriters on debt issues by the City of Buenos Aires, the provinces of Mendoza, Salta and Entre Rios and companies including Cablevision, Genneia, Compañía General de Combustibles and Tarjeta Naranja
- Chile's GNL Quintero on a US$1.1bn note issue
- S.A.C.I. Falabella on a US$400m note issue to finance the acquisition of Maestro in Peru
- lenders on facilities for Loma Negra, the Argentine cement company, and YPF, the Argentine energy company
- Coöperatieve Rabobank on a credit facility for Masisa, a wood products company headquartered in Chile
- Axion Energy Argentina on an A/B loan granted by the International Finance Corporation and a group of commercial lenders
- Mexico’s Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico on its acquisition from Spain’s Abertis Airports of a controlling interest in Spanish company Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias (DCA), which itself has a majority stake in MBJ Airports (“MBJA”), the operator of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Royal & Sun Alliance on the disposal of its Latin American operations
- Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on its acquisition of Standard Bank’s retail bank operations in Argentina
Conrado is a part-time Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, New York.
Education and qualifications
Conrado received a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
He speaks English, Spanish and Italian.