13th Annual Awards

Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year winners announced

Latin Lawyer announced the winners of its 13th annual Deal of the Year Awards at a charity dinner in São Paulo last night, in the presence of 240 leading names of the Latin American legal community.

Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year winners announced Ronaldo Veirano and Paola Lozano

The winning deals are:

M&A (Public) - Enel’s hostile takeover of Eletropaulo

M&A (Private) - Actis’ acquisition of InterGen’s Mexican portfolio

Regulatory - Votorantim Energia and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board win bid to acquire CESP

Project finance (Infrastructure) - Ecuador’s Posorja port project gets IDB and Chinese financing

Project finance (Energy) - Financing of Cerro Dominador solar project

Private equity - Private equity-backed Bioceres Argentina gets NYSE-listing

Disputes - Costa Rica defeats arbitration claim over environmental measures

Banking and finance – Bogotá’s first metro gets funding

Capital markets - PagSeguro IPO in Brazil

Restructuring - Oi completes Latin America’s largest restructuring

The proceeds from the event will go to three clearing houses from across the region: Instituto Pro Bono in Brazil, Pro Bono Chile Foundation and Venezuela's ProVene.

Individual awards were given to lawyers for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession in 2018. José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz of Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados was presented with the Law Firm Leader of the Year Award. The two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards were Ronaldo Veirano of Veirano Advogados and Fernando Aguirre of Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Paola Lozano took home the International Lawyer of the Year Award; while Adriana Barrera of Peru’s BARLAW - Barrera & Asociados won the Specialist Law Firm Leader of the Year Award.

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year for its work promoting career development for young people and women and its involvement in social and cultural integration projects. The Best Practices Guide, an initiative launched by Women in Profession Perú (WIP Perú) won the Diversity Initiative of the Year Award for providing guidelines for organisations so they can enhance female lawyers’ career development and support their role in the workplace.

Latin Lawyer congratulates all the lawyers whose hard work brought these winning deals to successful completion. Full deal teams are listed below:

M&A (Public)

Enel’s hostile takeover of Eletropaulo

Counsel to Enel

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Rosman, Penalva, Souza Leão, Franco, Vale Advogados

Yazbek Advogados

Counsel to Eletropaulo

In-house counsel - Pedro Bueno Vieira, Lina Gallo Miessi, Andrea Leandro Valenzuela and

Maria Cecilia Penteado Sandrini

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Lefosse Advogados 

Counsel to AES Brasil 

In-house counsel - Carlos Pompermaier, Rodrigo Esteves Almeida and Soila Rodrigues

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M&A (Private)

Actis’ acquisition of InterGen’s Mexican portfolio

Counsel to Actis

Milbank

Galicia Abogados

Counsel to Intergen

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC

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Regulatory

Votorantim Energia and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board win bid to acquire CESP

Counsel to Votorantim Energia and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

In-house counsel to Votorantim - Carlos Curci and Marcos Mazutti

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

Counsel to Banco Fator

Madrona Advogados

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Project finance (Infrastructure)

Ecuador’s Posorja port project gets IDB and Chinese financing

Counsel to DP World Posorja

In-house counsel to DP World - Catherine Mansfield

In-house counsel to DP World Posorja - Cristina Lazo

White & Case LLP

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Guyer & Regules

Counsel to the IDB and Chinese Fund for the Co-financing of the Americas

Clifford Chance LLP

Flor & Hurtado Abogados

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Project finance (Energy)

Financing of Cerro Dominador solar project

Counsel to EIG Global Energy

In-house counsel to Cerro Dominador Inversiones - Pablo Cavallaro and Nicole Pitronello

Milbank

Broseta

Morales & Besa

Counsel to Banco BTG Pactual and the syndicate of senior lenders

Clifford Chance LLP

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

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Private equity

Private equity-backed Bioceres Argentina gets NYSE-listing

Counsel to Bioceres Argentina

Linklaters

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Counsel to Union Acquisition Corporation

Arnold & Porter

Mitrani, Caballero & Ruiz Moreno

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Disputes

Costa Rica defeats arbitration claim over environmental measures

David Aven et al v Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. UNCT/15/3)

Counsel to claimants

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Counsel to Costa Rica

Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX)

Adriana Gonzalez, Arianna Arce, Marisol Montero and Francinie Obando in Escazú

Herbert Smith Freehills

Counsel to United States (as non-disputing party)

US Department of State

Patrick Pearsall*, Nicole Thornton and Terra Gearhart-Serna in Washington, DC

*Now with Jenner & Block

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Banking and finance

Bogotá’s first metro gets funding

Counsel to Empresa Metro de Bogotá and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Duran & Osorio - Abogados Asociados

Garrigues (Colombia)

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Capital markets

PagSeguro IPO in Brazil

Counsel to PagSeguro

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Dechert 

Counsel to Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Itaú BBA, Deutsche Bank and Bradesco BBI

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Restructuring

Oi completes Latin America’s largest restructuring

In the 7th Corporate Court of the Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Counsel to Oi

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Rosman Penalva Souza Leao Franco Avogados

Basilio Advogados

White & Case LLP

Counsel to international bondholders’ committee

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Dechert

Counsel to ad hoc group of bondholders

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Counsel to court-appointed judicial administrator

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

Counsel to bondholders Attestor Capital, Canyon Capital, Finepoint Capital, Pimco and Marble Ridge

Felsberg Advogados

Counsel to bondholder Burlington Loan Management

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

Counsel to bondholder Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to Bratel (Pharol)

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Lollato Lopes Rangel Ribeiro Advogados

Andrade Fichtner Advogados

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Counsel to Aurelius Capital Management

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Counsel to Brasil Distribution and Telefônica Brasil

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to Centerbridge Partners

Pinheiro Guimarães

Counsel to China Development Bank

Clifford Chance LLP

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Counsel to Itaú Unibanco

Lefosse Advogados

Counsel to Jasper Berkenbosch as bankruptcy trustee of Coöp

E.Munhoz Advogados

Jones Day

In the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

Counsel to Oi

White & Case LLP

Counsel to Antonio Reinaldo Rabelo Filho as foreign representative

White & Case LLP

Counsel to Bratel (Pharol)

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Counsel to Jasper Berkenbosch as bankruptcy trustee of Coöp

Jones Day

Counsel to international bondholders’ committee

Dechert

Counsel to steering committee of the ad hoc group of bondholders

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Counsel to Aurelius Capital Management

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Norton Rose Fulbright

Counsel to the Bank of New York Mellon

Norton Rose Fulbright

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

Counsel to Capricorn

Houthoff Buruma

Counsel to committee of export credit agencies, facility agents and investment banks

Milbank

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Counsel to Solus Alternative Asset Management

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Padis Advogados

Counsel to Syzygy Capital Management

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP  

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