Winston & Strawn LLP in New York and Chile’s Carey have helped Santiago-headquartered power company Enel Américas obtain a US$500 million loan from a syndicate of banks.
Here we celebrate “Leading Lights”, the law firms making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture.
As clearing house membership reaches an all-time high, the institutions across the region acting as the go-between for law firms and pro bono projects are reinventing themselves, adapting to the times to provide first-class responses to those most in need. They are plugging gaps, as well as making pro bono networks more inclusive.
Chile’s Barros & Errázuriz Abogados has helped a real estate fund of BTG Pactual Chile divest its remaining stake in local property group Vivocorp and buy two shopping centres from the same company – for which it also obtained an acquisition financing – in a deal worth US$480 million in total.
Steps towards greater institutionalisation demonstrate law firms are embedding a culture of pro bono among both their lawyers and wider communities. Firms that are serious about delivering access to justice are taking things to the next level, fostering higher levels of accountability within their internal processes to make sure they secure meaningful results. We present some of the key findings from the latest Latin Lawyer–Vance Center Pro Bono Survey.
Chilean miner Mantos Copper has hired three Simmons & Simmons offices in the UK and Baker McKenzie (Chile) to obtain an US$847 million financing – including a substantial capital injection from Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials – to expand its Mantoverde mine.
Holland & Knight LLP in New York has helped state-owned Chile Electricity raise US$489 million in Latin America’s first-ever tariff stabilisation financing, after the government established a law in late 2019 capping electricity prices after national social unrest.
Morales & Besa has helped a Chilean concessionaire issue project bonds for US$340 million to pay for debt related to the construction of a motorway.
Linklaters in New York and Morales & Besa in Santiago have helped the Republic of Chile issue US$4.25 billion worth of green and social bonds by re-opening existing debt and offering new bonds in four euro and dollar-denominated tranches.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London and New York and three Linklaters offices have helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot, respectively, in their US$38 billion global merger, which also called on several Latin American law firms.