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This is an excerpt from the Latin Lawyer 250, the directory of Latin America's leading law firms.

Professional Notice

Clifford Chance, the No. 1 rated law firm in the Chambers Global Top 30 for the past two consecutive years, has been present in Latin America for more than three decades. The Firm is consistently recognized as one of the region's preeminent law firms and was the first international law firm to register with the Brazilian Bar Association.

Our lawyers know Latin America very well and are deeply familiar with the region's distinct business, legal and regulatory landscapes. We have excellent and long-standing relationships in all of the different markets. Our experience and expertise cut across the full range of banking, capital markets, corporate, project finance, structured finance and litigation practices.

Our integrated Latin America practice comprises lawyers based in São Paulo, New York, Washington DC, Madrid, London and the Asia-Pacific region. Our transactional and advisory teams meet clients' legal needs with common law and civil law lawyers at all levels fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. We often work on sophisticated and complex cross-border deals for inbound and outbound investments and financings in the Americas.

Among our many historic award-winning deals throughout the region, the following select examples provide an insight into our different practice areas:

Banking: We are advising a group of Chinese lenders, Industrial Commercial Bank of China, China Development Bank, Bank of China and Export-Import Bank of China, in providing US$7 billion to a Chinese mining consortium led by MMG to fund the acquisition of Peru’s Las Bambas copper mine from Glencore.

Capital Markets: We represent both issuers and underwriters, in both debt and equity offerings. For example, we advised Credit Suisse and Citigroup, as joint bookrunners, in the issuance by the Republic of Ecuador of US$2 billion of its 7.95% Notes (this marked Ecuador's return to the market after defaulting on US$3.2 billion worth of sovereign notes in 2008). We also advised BB Seguridade on its US$5.7 billion offering – the largest IPO in the world in 2013.

Corporate/M&A: We are advising Banco Bradesco on its US$5.2 billion acquisition of HSBC’s retail, insurance, asset management, private banking and credit card businesses in Brazil, considered one of the final opportunities for a large acquisition in Brazil's highly concentrated banking sector.

Energy & Projects: We advised IDB, IFC, a syndicate of Costa Rican banks and BNP Paribas, as arranger of the "B bond", in connection with the US$1.4 billion, 305.5 MW Reventazon hydroelectric project, sponsored by ICE, the state-owned utility. The novel "B bond" approach responded to the general lack of liquidity in the commercial bank market and was the first to come to market in Latin America in many years.

Structured Finance: We advised the arranger, Deutsche Bank, the guarantee trustee, HSBC, and the note trustee, the Bank of New York Mellon on the US$200 million issue of covered bonds by Panama’s Global Bank, the first ever covered bond issuance in Latin America.
We also strive to be innovators, helping Latin America to deliver new products like Mexican Fibras, where we advised on the first – Fibra Uno.

In addition, our dispute resolution team has prepared FCPA compliance programs, including training, governance and implementation plans, as well as designed tailored enterprise-wide risk assessments for multinationals and leading enterprises throughout Latin America.

São Paulo: Anthony Oldfield, Chris Willott, Anand Saha

New York: Jon Zonis, Evan Cohen, Alex Camacho, Gianluca Bacchiocchi, David Brinton, Sarah Jones, Jay Gavigan, Charles Adams

Washington, DC: David DiBari, Fabricio Longhin, Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, Chris McIsaac, Kate McCarthy, Lori Ann Bean, David Evans

Madrid: Javier Amantegui, Jose Guardo

London: James Pay, Alex Panayides

Beijing / Shanghai: Terence Foo

Sydney / Perth: Paul Lingard

www.cliffordchance.com

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This is an excerpt from the Latin Lawyer 250, the directory of Latin America's leading law firms.

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