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Biography

Marcello Hallake has 25 years of experience advising multinational companies, financial institutions, and investment funds throughout Latin America and around the globe. His practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, privatisations, private equity, projects and other financing and strategic transactions. He regularly counsels clients in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, telecommunications, media, and technology sectors, including in sale auctions, distressed M&A, and anticorruption and compliance issues.

Marcello led the Jones Day team advising ENGIE in connection with its winning bid to acquire TAG from Petrobras for US$8.6 billion in a competitive auction, the largest cash acquisition and privatisation to date in Brazil. He advised Orange (France Telecom) in various M&A transactions throughout Latin America, including the sale of Telecom Argentina, the joint venture formation and subsequent sale of Intelig (Brazil), the privatisation and subsequent sale of CTE (El Salvador), and the sale of Orange Dominicana. Marcello represented Total Marketing Services in its acquisition of a 70 per cent interest in V Energy, the Dominican Republic's fuel retailer. Other clients he has recently counseled on cross-border transactions include Algar Telecom, BRF, Electricité de France (EDF), Exceda, Galp Energia, JBS, J&F Investimentos, Lagardere, Total and Vale.

Marcello is a board member of several not-for-profit, civic, and cultural organisations, including Brazil Foundation (which he co-founded), CDI International (Change through Digital Inclusion), AlfaSol (Alfabetização Solidária), São Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) (vice-chair), and Paço das Artes Organização Social de Cultura (vice-chair). He is a former chair of the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the New York City Bar Association and has spoken and written extensively on international legal matters.

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