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Gabriel Silva

Partner, São Paulo, New York

“My practice focuses on cross-border corporate and finance transactions, with longstanding knowledge of deals in Brazil and throughout in Latin America.  I take a pragmatic approach to transactions and aim to deliver a deal that is legally sound and commercially solid.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Gabriel has worked at Linklaters since he was a trainee in 2007 and focuses his practice on M&A and private equity, especially in Latin America. He has extensive experience advising a global client base of leading corporations and financial sponsors on complex, cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and asset sales, private equity and joint ventures.

He also advises clients on banking and capital markets transactions, including trade finance transactions and local and international offerings of equity and debt securities, acting both for financial institutions and corporate issuers.

Work highlights

Gabriel has worked extensively in Latin America, the U.S and Europe. Highlights include advising

M&A:
  • Digital Colony Partners on multiple digital infrastructure transactions, including its establishment of Scala Data Centers, a Latin American hyperscale data center platform headquartered in Brazil through the acquisition of assets from UOL Diveo, and its acquisitions of Highline, an independent telecom infrastructure solutions provider in Brazil, and Andean Telecom Partners, an owner and operator of wireless communication infrastructure in the Andean region
  • Vantage Data Centers, supported by a consortium including Digital Colony Partners and PSP, on the establishment of its European platform and acquisitions of Etix Everywhere and Next Generation Data
  • Marfrig on the US$2.4bn sale of its U.S. and Asia chicken business Keystone to Tyson Foods and on the US$969m acquisition of a 51% interest in the U.S. beef processor National Beef
  • Petrobras on the US$562m sale of its U.S. refinery Pasadena to Chevron, on the US$1.1bn joint venture with Murphy Oil to exploit oil producing assets in the U.S., and on the US$1.53bn sale of its 50% interest in a Nigerian oil business
  • China Merchants Port on the US$925m acquisition of a 90% interest in TCP, Brazil’s second largest container terminal, and subsequent sale of a 22.5% stake in TCP to China Portugal Cooperation Development Fund and the China-LAC Cooperation Fund, as well as follow-on acquisition of an additional 10% stake in TCP from local Brazilian shareholders
Capital markets:
  • BR Distribuidora, as issuer, and Petrobras, as selling shareholder, on the R$9.6bn offering and sale by Petrobras of common shares in BR Distribuidora (the first privatization of a Brazilian state-owned company through the capital markets and the largest follow on in Brazil since 2010)
  • Marfrig on a R$3bn primary and secondary offering of common shares, as well as several offerings of senior notes totaling over US$5bn and several cash tender offer for the acquisition of outstanding notes totaling over US$2bn
  • Abengoa Yield on the US$327m registered secondary public offering of 10,580,000 ordinary shares in the United States
  • the underwriters on several offerings of senior notes by Suzano totaling approximately US$4bn
Banking:
  • the Rohatyn Group and other private equity funds on a U.S. dollar denominated senior secured term loan to the IT services provider Cimcorp for the acquisition of Resource group
  • the Bank of Nova Scotia, BNP Paribas, JPMorgan and Mizuho, as lenders, in connection with a US$300m Revolving Loan Facility and a US$200m Term Loan Facility to Raizen
  • the lenders on a US$500m export prepayment revolving credit facility and two US$750m export prepayment term loan facilities to Suzano

Professional experience

Gabriel is qualified as an attorney under New York and Brazilian laws, and was recognized as leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR and Super Lawyers.

Education and qualifications

Gabriel holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He also holds Brazilian law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and a specialization degree in Brazilian Corportate Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas de São Paulo.

Gabriel is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.