Latin Lawyer is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s International Lawyer of the Year Award: Andrew Levine of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Brazilian education group Cogna has hired Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in São Paulo and New York and Brazil’s Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados to raise 2.55 billion reais (US$615 million) in a follow-on offering, marking the largest ever equity transaction in Brazil’s education sector.
A Chinese mining company has threatened Ecuador with a US$480 million treaty claim after its gold and silver project was hit by protests from community activists and its operations halted under a local court order.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and Washington, DC, and Chile’s Prieto have helped Swiss insurance company Chubb buy two Chilean counterparts.
Three Clifford Chance LLP offices and Brazil’s Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados have helped state-owned power company Eletrobras issue bonds worth US$1.25 billion.
Hughes & Hughes in Montevideo has helped Dutch infrastructure company DIF Capital Partners buy a wind farm in Uruguay.
Arias (Costa Rica) has hired the former co-head of Consortium Legal (Costa Rica)’s labour practice to lead its efforts in that field.
Brazil’s Grupo SBF has hired Baker McKenzie LLP in Dallas and New York and Trench Rossi Watanabe in São Paulo to buy sports retailer Nike’s Brazilian operations, in a deal worth 900 million reais (US$213 million).
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria (Peru) has helped Australia’s Orica Mining acquire industrial explosives company Exsa for US$203 million.
Paul Hastings LLP in New York and Argentina’s Martínez de Hoz & Rueda have helped state-owned YPF’s power generation division obtain a US$150 million project financing for a wind power project.