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Deal of the Year: complete shortlist now online

Deal of the Year: complete shortlist now online

Latin Lawyer is delighted to present all the shortlisted deals and cases for all categories of our upcoming 14th annual Deal of the Year Awards.

For each category, three deals or cases have been selected for the shortlist and are listed below. The winners will be announced on the night of our charity awards ceremony at the Hotel Unique in São Paulo on Thursday 7 May.

The dinner is being held in aid of three of the region’s pro bono clearinghouses. More information and tickets are available here.

We congratulate all the lawyers who took part in these leading deals and cases and look forward to presenting the winners with awards. The shortlists for the remaining categories will be announced over a series of upcoming briefings.

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Private M&A

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Engie buys TAG from Petrobras for US$8.6 billion

Counsel to Engie

In-house counsel - Patrick Baeten, Oyhana Maurat, Tim Venables, Alan Duque, Guilherme Schmitt, Ana Mellone and Christina Aguiar

Jones Day

Herbert Smith Freehills

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Counsel to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec - CDPQ

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

Counsel to Petrobras

In-house counsel – Danielle Dantas, Josiane Simioni and Fernanda Valeriano

Machado Meyer Advogados

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DEA acquires Mexico’s first privately owned energy company, Sierra Oil & Gas

Counsel to DEA Deutsche Erdoel

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Baker McKenzie (Mexico)

Counsel to Sierra Oil & Gas

King & Spalding LLP

Galicia Abogados

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Advent buys US$724 million majority stake in Prisma

Counsel to Advent

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie (Argentina)

Counsel to Prisma Medios de Pago and Visa International, Banco Santander Rio, Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, BBVA Banco Francés, Banco Macro, Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, HSBC Bank Argentina, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Argentina), Banco Patagonia, Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe, Banco Itaú Argentina, Banco Comafi, Banco de la Nación Argentina, Banco Credicoop Coop and Sucursal de Citibank

Covington & Burling LLP

Beccar Varela

Counsel to Visa International

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Bourel & Paris-Laplace Abogados

Counsel to Banco de la Nación Argentina

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados

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Public M&A

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Suzano and Fibria create world pulp leader

Counsel to Suzano Papel e Celulose

In-house counsel - Pablo Gimenez Machado

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Counsel to Votorantim

In-house counsel - Tatiana Anderson, Mariane Vlach and Gilberto da Silva

White & Case LLP

TozziniFreire Advogados

Counsel to Fibria

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

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Sempra sells Peruvian business to China Yangtze for US$3.6 billion

Counsel to China Yangtze Power International

Baker McKenzie LLP

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera

Counsel to Sempra Energy

White & Case LLP

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

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Delta invests US$1.9 billion in LATAM

Counsel to Delta Airlines

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

Demarest Advogados

Counsel to LATAM

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Claro & Cía

On antitrust matters

Counsel to Delta Airlines and LATAM

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Private equity

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Trio create first midstream player focused exclusively on Vaca Muerta

Counsel to Riverstone

In-house counsel – Rob Gray

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Counsel to Vista Oil

In-house counsel – Florencia Hardoy

Mayer Brown LLP

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Counsel to Southern Cross

In-house counsel - Dolores de Elizalde

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno

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Rappi gets Latin America’s largest-ever tech financing

Counsel to Rappi

Cooley LLP

Counsel to SoftBank

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Machado Meyer Advogados

Brigard Urrutia

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Galicia Abogados

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Carlyle buys stake in Brazilian restaurant chain Madero

Counsel to Carlyle

In-house counsel - Louise Dumican

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to Madero

In-house counsel - Hianaê Schramm and Bruna Aioroldi

Machado Meyer Advogados

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Capital markets

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BR Distribuidora privatised after US$2.2 billion Petrobras issuance

Counsel to Petrobras and BR Distribuidora

In-house counsel - Pedro Jardim, Daniel Hora do Paço, Andrea Pozzi, Affonso Motta, Rafael Aragão, Ana Carolina Carvalho and Maria Claudia Abu Alla

Linklaters

Lefosse Advogados

Counsel to JP Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Itaú BBA and Santander

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Pinheiro Guimarães

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Chile issues Latin America’s first green sovereign bonds

Counsel to Chile

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Morales & Besa

Counsel to the underwriters

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Chile)

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Santander ups stake in Mexican subsidiary for US$1.4 billion

Counsel to Santander Spain

In-house counsel - Francisco Illescas Fernández-Bermejo and Pilar Salinas Rincón

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Uría Menéndez

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC

Counsel to Santander México

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Banking & finance

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First reserve-based lending in Brazil

Counsel to Trident Energy

Herbert Smith Freehills

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to the lenders

White & Case LLP

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

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Fibra UNO gets first Latin American sustainability-linked loan

Counsel to Fibra UNO

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight (Mexico)

Counsel to Banco Santander México, BBVA Bancomer and other lenders

Paul Hastings LLP

Jones Day (Mexico)

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Three Gorges gets US$850 million to finance hydroelectric dam purchase

Counsel to Chaglla Holdings

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera

Counsel to Odebrecht

White & Case LLP

Counsel to Bank of China, Industrial Commercial Bank of China and BBVA Banco Continental

Allen & Overy LLP

Hernández & Cía Abogados

Demarest Advogados

Counsel to the existing lenders

Clifford Chance LLP

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Counsel to The Bank of New York Mellon

Hogan Lovells LLP

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Project finance – energy

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Thermal power plant gets largest ever project financing in El Salvador

Counsel to Invenergy and Energia del Pacifico

In-house counsel to Invenergy - Will Borders and Jessica Kraig

White & Case LLP

Arias (El Salvador)

Counsel to Overseas Private Investment Company, the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank, Finnvera and KfW

Norton Rose Fulbright

Romero Pineda & Asociados

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ENGIE’s first green loan financing in Mexico

Counsel to ENGIE

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC

Counsel to Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, Natixis, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, BBVA Bancomer and PROPARCO

Allen & Overy LLP

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC

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Gás Natural Açu finances biggest gas-fired power plant in LatAm

Counsel to UTE GNA

Milbank

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Souza, Mello e Torres

Counsel to IFC and KfW IPEX

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Project finance – infrastructure

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Teck Resources gets Latin America’s largest mining project finance

Counsel to Teck

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Carey

Counsel to Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Export Development Canada, Bank of Exports and Imports of Korea, KFW IPEX-Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, ING Bank, Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Milbank

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Chile)

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Paraguay finances first ever PPP project using hybrid issuance and loan

Counsel to Sacyr, Ocho and Rutas del Este

White & Case LLP

White & Case SC

BKM | Berkemeyer

Counsel to Goldman Sachs, IDB Invest and Banco Itaú

Clifford Chance

Gross Brown

Counsel to TMF Paraguay

Vouga Abogados

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Uruguay finances its largest PPP project

Counsel to Grupo Vía Central

In-house counsel to Vía Central - Leandro Iglesias

In-house counsel to SACYR - Karina Martínez

In-house counsel to SACEEM - Federico Gianero

In-house counsel to NGE - Pierre-Antoine Rohan

In-house counsel to Berkes - Pedro Bellocq

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie (Chile)

Baker McKenzie (Mexico)

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause

Counsel to IDB Invest, CAF, CAF-AM, Sumitomo Mitsui and Intesa Sanpaolo

In-house counsel to IDB Invest - Ignacio Imas Inella

In-house counsel to CAF - Gonzalo Soriano

In-house counsel to CAF-AM - Laura Berkman

Clifford Chance LLP

Ferrere (Uruguay)

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Disputes

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Vigor vs CCPR and Lactalis in the battle for control of Itambé

Counsel to Vigor

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Counsel to Itambé Alimentos

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Counsel to Cooperativa Central dos Produtores Rurais de Minas Gerais

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Counsel to B.S.A. International

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

In the out of court settlement

Counsel to the companies

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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CMCP vs SCA in historic tissue cartel dispute

Counsel to SCA

Ugarte & Correa

Counsel to CMPC

Claro & Cía

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Hutchinson Ports vs Manta Port Authority absolves third-party non-signatories

Counsel to Hutchison entities 

White & Case LLP 

Morgan & Morgan

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Counsel to Manta’s Port Authority  

Dechert

López Villanueva & Huertematte

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Regulatory

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TechnipFMC’s first ever simultaneous resolution with the DOJ and Brazil’s CGU, MPF and AGU

Counsel to TechnipFMC

Paul Hastings LLP 

Latham & Watkins LLP 

Saud Advogados 

Sampaio Ferraz Advogados 

Soulez Larivière & Associés 

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier 

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Soriana successfully challenges divestment programme handed down by COFECE

Counsel to Soriana

Galicia Abogados

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Brazil raises US$16 billion in transfer-of-rights oil auction

Counsel to CNOOC

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

Counsel to CNDOC

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

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Restructuring

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Constellation oil group completes US$1.5 billion global restructuring

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

Serviços de Petróleo Constellation S.A., et al. Case No. 18-13952

Judge Martin Glenn

Counsel to Constellation and the foreign representative (Fund Fiduciary Partners)

White & Case LLP

Counsel to certain asset-backed loan lenders of Constellation

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Counsel to Banco Bradesco

Norton Rose Fulbright

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to the 2024 bond noteholders

Milbank

E.Munhoz Advogados 

Counsel to Wilmington Trust as indenture trustee for 9.00%/0.50% PIK Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

Pryor Cashman

Counsel to the Trustee to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as Trustee for the 6.250% Senior Notes Due 2019

Holland & Knight LLP

Counsel to Alperton Capital

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Graf & Pitkowitz

Counsel to funds managed by Pacific Investment Management Co.

Dechert

In the 1st Business Court of Rio de Janeiro

Counsel to Constellation

Galdino & Coelho Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Loyens & Loeff

Counsel to funds managed by Pacific Investment Management Co.

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

Counsel to SBM Holding and Capital International Private Equity

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Avianca reaches restructuring deal with creditors

Counsel to Avianca Holdings

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Milbank

Gómez-Pinzón

Counsel to United

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)

Counsel to Kingsland

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Brigard Urrutia

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The recapitalisation of Argentina’s TGLT

Counsel to TGLT

In-house counsel - Federico Wilensky, Luciano Alexis Loprete and Jose Maria Krasñansky Simari

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Counsel to Ad-Hoc Committee   

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM)

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Counsel to IRSA   

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados

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