Todd Crider

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Todd Crider is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he is a member of the firm’s corporate department. Mr Crider is co-head of the firm’s São Paulo office and divides his time between the firm’s New York and São Paulo offices. He advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. Mr Crider concentrates primarily on transactions in Spain and Latin America and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Mr Crider’s practice and experience reflects the evolving nature of practice in Latin America. In corporate finance, Mr Crider has led transactions in Europe and Latin America, including, advising in debt or equity offerings by issuers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, as well as Spain and Portugal. Mr. Crider has handled matters for BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS, among others. In M&A, Mr Crider’s experience includes representing KKR, Apax, Patria, Silver Lake and others in private equity matters as well as the principals in strategic transactions such as the controlling shareholders of Distribución y Servicio D&S in the sale of a controlling stake to Wal-Mart, Gas Natural in its tender offer for Endesa, Portugal Telecom in its response to an unsolicited tender offer, Vivo in its exchange offers in Brazil, Telefónica Móviles in its acquisition of Motorola’s mobile telephone companies in Mexico, and Owens-Illinois in acquisitions and joint ventures in Latin America. In project finance, Mr Crider has represented sponsors and lenders in hydro-electric projects, airport expansions, toll road projects, gas-fired generation facilities and other projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr Crider’s credit work has included representing JPMorgan Chase and Banco Inbursa.

Mr Crider has been recognised by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as a leading individual in a number of fields, including Capital Markets Latin America-wide (2009–2013), Corporate/M&A Latin America-wide (2009–2013), Banking & Finance Latin America-wide (2010–2013), Corporate: International Counsel for Brazil (2011–2013), Capital Markets: International for Brazil (2008–2013), Capital Markets: Debt and Equity – Regional Experts United States (2011), and Corporate & Finance Latin America-wide (2006–2008). In Chambers Global 2012, he is described as “a deeply admired partner who earns great respect for his expertise,” and in Chambers Latin America as, “outstanding – very knowledgeable and perfectly articulate in English, Spanish and Portuguese.” He has also been recognised by Chambers USA(2007-2010) as a leading lawyer for Latin America Investment. Mr Crider’s practice is favourably reviewed by Latin Lawyer 250, which reports “Crider’s reputation throughout the region is stellar.” Mr Crider has also been named by Latin Business Chronicle as one of its Top 50 Legal Stars and by Latinvex to its top 100 (and top 50 international) lawyers in Latin America.

Mr. Crider is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, where he was founding chair and is currently vice-chair of the Committee for the Cyrus R. Vance Center of International Justice. He is vice-chair (and past chair) of the board of the Rainforest Foundation US. He has previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and on the board of other legal services organisations in New York. He has acted as legal adviser to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the Awas Tingni case, a central precedent under international law relating to the rights of indigenous peoples. Mr Crider has also participated in the development of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, a declaration of the legal profession’s public service responsibilities signed by 500 law firms across South and North America. He has participated as an organiser and speaker at public interest conferences in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Mexico, New York, Santiago and São Paulo and elsewhere. He is a frequent speaker on private equity, capital markets and emerging markets and has co-authored several papers.

Originally from the American South, Mr Crider lived in Spain for 10 of his first 20 years. Mr Crider received his BA, magna cum laude, in 1987 from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was student body president, his Licence d’histoire in 1988 from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), where he was a Rotary scholar, and his JD in 1991 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

Mr Crider is admitted to practise law in New York and Connecticut and authorised as a foreign legal consultant by the São Paulo Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil – São Paulo).

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