Deal of the Year 2021: the full shortlist

Latin Lawyer will announce the winners of the 16th annual Deal of the Year Awards on the night of our charity awards ceremony at Hotel Unique in São Paulo on Thursday 5 May.

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

The complete shortlist for this year’s awards follows below. In each category, three deals or cases were selected.

The full list of this year’s awards – including the Individual Awards – can be found here.

Congratulations once again to all those involved in these transactions.

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Capital markets

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YPF completes US$6.2 billion exchange offer

Counsel to YPF

In-house counsel - Germán Fernández Lahore, Fernando Gómez Zanou, Francisco Gáspari, Marina Quinteiro, Paola Garbi, Valeria Moglia, Agustina del Pilar Gonzalez, Damian Teglia and Martina Muñua

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Counsel to ad hoc group of bondholders

Dechert

DLA Piper (Argentina)

Counsel to ad hoc YPF bondholder group

Clifford Chance LLP

Bomchil

Counsel to Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC Securities, Itaú BBA USA Securities and Santander Investment Securities, Banco Itaú Argentina, Itaú Valores, Banco Santander Río and HSBC Bank Argentina

In-house counsel Banco Itaú Argentina - Leonardo Andrés Micucci

In-house counsel HSBC Bank Argentina - Julieta Arribas Medrano, Martina Galarraga and Marina Belen Alvarez

In-house counsel Banco Santander Río - Eduardo Ramos and Ignacio García Deibe

Milbank

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados

Counsel to the Bank of New York Mellon

Jones Walker LLP

Counsel to TMF Trust Company

In-house counsel - Luciana Calia, Luis Gustavo Vernet and Leonardo Pirolo

Counsel to La Sucursal de Citibank

In-house counsel - Carlos Vassallo and Cecilia Diaz Llamosas

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Nubank raises US$2.6 billion in IPO

Counsel to Nubank

In-house counsel - Marco Araujo, Rafael Kato da Silva, Beatriz Outeiro and Pedro Frade

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Campbells LLP

Counsel to Nu Invest Corretora de Valores, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, HSBC, UBS and Banco Safra

White & Case LLP

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

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Chile launches first tariff stabilisation bond

Counsel to PEC Management and Chile Electricity

Holland & Knight LLP

Counsel to TMF Chile Asesorías Empresariales

In-house counsel - Edward O’Connell, Francisca Pérez, Rosario Paz Arriagada Balladares and Augusta Quiñones Fernández

Baraona Marshall & Cia

Counsel to Goldman Sachs and IDB Invest

Clifford Chance LLP

Counsel to Goldman Sachs

In-house counsel - Ariel Fox

Latham & Watkins LLP

Carey

Counsel to IDB Invest

In-house counsel - Ignacio Rodríguez-Viña

Guerrero Olivos

Counsel to AES Gener, Colbún, Enel Green Power Chile, Enel Generación Chile, Engie Energía Chile, Eólica Monte Redondo and Guacolda Energía

In-house counsel to AES Gener and Guacolda Energía - Andrea Sougarret, Jennifer Gillcrist and María Paz Cerda,

In-house counsel to Colbún - Rodrigo Pérez and Rafael Goldsack Trebilcock 

In-house counsel to Engie - Fernando Valdés, Francisca Vásquez and Felipe Artigas

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Claro & Cía

Counsel to Enel Generación Chile and Enel Green Power Chile

In-house counsel - Luis Ignacio Quiñones and Josefa Rodríguez

Morales & Besa

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Banking and finance

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Cemex gets US$3.25 billion sustainability-linked loan

Counsel to Cemex

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Counsel to Citibank

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Galicia Abogados

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Arroyo obtains financing to buy Gasmar in Chile

Counsel to Arroyo Energy Group

White & Case LLP

Garrigues (Chile)

Counsel to SMBC, BNP Paribas, MUFG Bank, Scotiabank and Scotiabank Chile

Milbank

Claro & Cía

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Peru’s Minera Antamina secures US$1 billion credit facility

Counsel to Compañía Minera Antamina

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Counsel to Scotiabank, MUFG Bank, Bank of China, BBVA, ICBC, KfW IPEX-Bank, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase & Co

Milbank

Miranda & Amado

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Project finance: infrastructure

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Rio public lighting concessionaire makes social bond offering

Counsel to Smart RJ

White & Case LLP

Demarest Advogados

Counsel to Goldman Sachs

Latham & Watkins LLP

Lefosse

Counsel to U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Clifford Chance LLP

Lefosse

Counsel to Citibank

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Paraguay's first PPP road project raises US$220 million

Counsel to Rutas del Este, Sacyr Concesiones and Ocho A

In-house counsel to Rutas del Este and Sacyr Concesiones - Sofía Suarez

In-house counsel to Ocho A - Juan Guiñazu

White & Case LLP

White & Case SC

BKM | Berkemeyer

Counsel to IDB Invest and IDB

Clifford Chance LLP

Colab

Counsel to Citibank

Dentons

Counsel to TMF Group

In-house counsel - Luis Gustavo Vernet and Felipe Couyoumdjian

Gross Brown

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Lima's second metro line obtains financing

For the US$811 million financing  

Counsel to Metro de Lima Line 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Garrigues (Peru)  

Counsel to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, KfW IPEX-Bank, Société Générale, Banco Santander and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO)

Norton Rose Fulbright

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Counsel to Citibank del Perú and Citibank

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

For the US$150 million revolving credit facility

Counsel to Metro de Lima Line 2

Garrigues (Peru)  

Counsel to BBVA, Banco de Sabadell and Banco Santander

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

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Project finance: energy and natural resources

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Mubadala subsidiary makes Brazil’s largest-ever project bond offer

Counsel to MC Brazil Downstream Trading

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to JPMorgan Chase & Co, Banco Bradesco BBI, HSBC, Société Générale, Standard Chartered, UBS and Deutsche Bank

Milbank

Machado Meyer Advogados

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Chile’s largest solar plant gets funds

Counsel to Generadora Metropolitana

In-house counsel – Eduardo Diez and Xavier Altuzarra

Latham & Watkins LLP

Larrain y Asociados

Counsel to SMBC, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, Crédit Agricole CIB, ING Capital LLC, DNB Bank, MUFG Bank, MetLife and Allianz

Milbank

Garrigues (Chile)

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Panamanian gas-fired power project secures finance

Counsel to InterEnergy and AES

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Counsel to AES and Generadora de Gatún

Morgan & Morgan

Counsel to InterEnergy

SIGMA

Counsel to the Natixis, SMBC Bank of China, ICBC, Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco de Sabadell, Scotiabank, Société Génerale, Banco Aliado, Banco Nacional, Caja de Ahorro and Mega ICBC

Paul Hastings LLP

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

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Mergers & Acquisitions: private companies

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Renova Energia sells power asset to BSB Energética and Eletroriver

Counsel to Renova Energia

Felsberg Advogados

Counsel to BSB Energética and Eletroriver

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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QuintoAndar buys Navent in cross-border proptech deal

Counsel to QuintoAndar Servicios Inmobiliarios

In-house counsel - Ana Pellegrini and Alessandra Boin

White & Case LLP

White & Case SC

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Araquereyna

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Beccar Varela

BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Bustamante Fabara

Ferrere (Uruguay)

Miranda & Amado

Campbells

Counsel to Navent Group

In-house counsel – Pilar Etcheverry Boneo

Greenberg Traurig LLP

D’Empaire

Guyer & Regules

KLA Advogados

Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar

Marval O'Farrell Mairal

Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Peru)

Spingarn 

Sucre Arias Reyes

On antitrust matters

Counsel to Navent Group

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

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Liberty acquires Telefónica's Costa Rica business

Counsel to Liberty Latin America

Baker Botts LLP

EY Law (Costa Rica)

Counsel to Telefónica

Latham & Watkins LLP

Arias (Costa Rica)

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Mergers & Acquisitions: public companies

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AT&T sells LatAm assets to Argentina's Grupo Werthein

Counsel to Grupo Werthein

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bustamante Fabara

Carey

Demarest Advogados

D’Empaire

Guyer & Regules

Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

BZSE Attorneys

Chancery Chambers

Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon

Counsel to AT&T

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Cuatrecasas

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

Bomchil

Galicia Abogados

Veirano Advogados

Counsel to DirecTV and Alpha Tel Holdings

Maples Group

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Multiple firms steer US$1.1 billion StoneCo-Linx merger

Counsel to StoneCo

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Spinelli Advogados

Levy & Salomão Advogados

Counsel to Linx

White & Case LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to Linx's independent committee and the independent members of the board of directors

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

Counsel to the fiscal committee

TozziniFreire Advogados

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Colombia's Ecopetrol buys majority stake in ISA

Counsel to Ecopetrol

Baker McKenzie (Argentina)

Baker McKenzie (Chile)

Baker McKenzie (Colombia)

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

Trench Rossi Watanabe 

Counsel to the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional and the Colombian Ministry of Finance Public Credit

Claro & Cía

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Posse Herrera Ruiz

TozziniFreire Advogados

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Corporate finance: ESG

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Grupo Bimbo gets first sustainable financing

Counsel to Grupo Bimbo

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Galicia Abogados

Counsel to BBVA México, Banco Santander, Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC México, ING Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Mizuho Bank and MUFG Bank

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Ritch Mueller y Nicolau, SC

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B3 makes US$700 million sustainability-linked bond offer 

Counsel to B3

Milbank

Pinheiro Guimarães

Counsel to Counsel to Bradesco BBI, Citigroup Global Markets, Itaú BBA, JP Morgan Securities, MUFG Securities Americas, Bank of America Securities, Banco Safra and Santander Investment Securities

Clifford Chance LLP

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to Deutsche Bank

Holland & Knight LLP

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CMI Energía makes Central America's largest green debt tap

Counsel to CMI Energía and Investment Energy Resources

In-house counsel to CMI Energía– Salomón Vaie, Rubén Contreras, María Fernanda Esquivel, Esteban de la Cruz, Javier Bauer, Karolina Barrantes and Nadia Arriaga

Clifford Chance LLP

Alta QIL+4 Abogados

Arias (Nicaragua)

BLP (Honduras)

Consortium Legal (Costa Rica)

Medina Garrigó

Counsel to WCG Energy

Graham Thompson Attorneys

Counsel to Citigroup Global Markets and JPMorgan Chase & Co

In-house counsel to Citigroup – Karin Herman Zachrisson and Katrina Youssef 

In-house counsel to JPMorgan Chase & Co – Lola Ogunmefun 

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

BLP (Costa Rica)

Consortium Legal (Guatemala)

Consortium Legal (Honduras)

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Private equity

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GIP buys largest private power generator in Mexico

Counsel to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Latham & Watkins LLP

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC

Counsel to senior management team of Saavi Energía

Linklaters

Counsel to Actis 

Milbank 

Galicia Abogados 

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KKR and Telefónica launch US$1 billion fibre optics venture in Chile

Counsel to KKR 

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

CMS Carey & Allende

Counsel to Telefónica

In-house to Telefónica Hispam - Diego Colchero

In-house counsel to Telefónica Chile - Gladys Fuentes Espinoza and Claudio Monasterio Rebolledo

Latham & Watkins LLP

Guerrero Olivos

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Brazil's IG4 Capital acquires stake in Peruvian infrastructure group Aenza

Counsel to IG4 Capital

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Miranda & Amado

Counsel to Aenza

In-house counsel – Daniel Urbina

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Hernández & Cía

Counsel to selling shareholders

Rubio Leguía Normand

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Disputes

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Facebook wins landmark Brazilian internet privacy case 

Counsel to Facebook

TozziniFreire Advogados

Eduardo Antônio Lucho Ferrão Advogados Associados

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Colombia defeats billion-dollar ICSID claim by América Móvil

Counsel to Colombia

Dechert

Counsel to América Móvil

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Aziz & Kaye

Lloreda Camacho & Co

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Aenza agrees plea deal with Peruvian authorities

Counsel to Aenza

In-house counsel - Renzo Arboccó, Daniel Urbina and Ana Ferrucci Greco

Hernández & Cía

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Regulatory

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Brazil raises US$8.5 billion in Latin America’s largest 5G auction

Counsel to TIM Brasil

Mundie e Advogados

Counsel to Claro Brasil

Maciel Rocha Advogados

Counsel to Telefónica Brasil

Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

Counsel to Algar Telecom

Demarest Advogados

Counsel to Winity Telecom

Lefosse 

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Counsel to Highline

Stocche Forbes

Counsel to Unifique Telecomunicações

Felsberg Advogados

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AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccination gains licensing agreements in Brazil

Counsel to AstraZeneca

Trench Rossi Watanabe

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IRSA gets approval for Buenos Aires urban development project

Counsel to IRSA

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados

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Restructuring

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Avianca emerges from Chapter 11 process

Counsel to Avianca

In-house counsel - Richard Galindo, Diana Rivas, Natalia Gutierrez de Larrauri, Catalina Perdomo Ortega, Juan Esteban, Pamela Rodriguez Tierradentro and Maria Marquez Montoya

Milbank

Smith, Gambrell & Russell

BLP (Costa Rica)

BLP (El Salvador)

BLP (Guatemala)

BLP (Honduras)

Gómez-Pinzón

Jones Day (Mexico)

Morgan & Morgan

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Urdaneta Vélez Pearl & Abdallah Abogados

Counsel to Glas Americas

Perkins Coie LLP

Aguilar Castillo Love (Costa Rica)

Aguilar Castillo Love (El Salvador)

Alta Melara & Asociados

Alta QIL+4 Abogados

Galicia Abogados

Guyer & Regules

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Chile)

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Peru)

Stocche Forbes 

Higgs & Johnson

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Counsel to Advent International Colombia 

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Counsel to Citibank, Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores and GE Capital Aviation Services (now AerCap)

Latham & Watkins LLP

Counsel to Grupo Aval and Banco de Bogotá

DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán

Counsel to Crédit Agricole CIB and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (New York Branch) 

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Counsel to USAVflow 

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Counsel to USAV secured lenders 

White & Case LLP

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder

Counsel to US Bank National Association 

Dorsey & Whitney

Counsel to Ad Hoc Group of 2023 Noteholders

Paul Hastings LLP 

Dechert

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Counsel to Kingsland Holdings

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Counsel to Ad hoc group of investors

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 

Counsel to JPMorgan Chase & Co

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Aguilar Castillo Love (Costa Rica)

Aguilar Castillo Love (El Salvador)

Counsel to Indenture trustee and DIP Agent

Pryor Cashman LLP

Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Avianca

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Chilean car importer completes pre-packaged Chapter 11

Counsel to Automotores Gildemeister

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos

EY Law (Costa Rica)

Hughes & Hughes

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

Veirano Advogados

Counsel to the ad hoc group of consenting noteholders

Dechert

Alta Batalla

Ferrere (Uruguay)

Hernández & Cía

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Prieto

Counsel to TMF Group

Ross PLLC

Aguilar Castillo Love (Costa Rica)

Baraona Marshall & Cia

De Bracamonte, Haaker & Castellares

Guyer & Regules

Ramos e Zuanon Advogados

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Raízen and Biosev finalise tie-up with US$1.3 billion restructuring

Counsel to Biosev, Hédera and the Louis Dreyfus Company

Norton Rose Fulbright

Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Counsel to Banco BNP Paribas, Banco Bradesco, Banco BTG Pactual, Banco do Brasil, Banco Santander, Banco Votorantim, Itaú Unibanco, ING Bank and Coöperatieve Rabobank 

White & Case LLP

Pinheiro Guimarães

Loyens & Loeff

Counsel to ABN AMRO Bank, Coöperatieve Rabobank, ING Bank, Crédit Agricole CIB, Natixis and Société Générale

Mayer Brown LLP

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

Counsel to TMF Group

Mayer Brown LLP

Pinheiro Guimarães

Loyens & Loeff

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

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