Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year winners announced

Latin Lawyer announced the winners of its 16th annual Deal of the Year Awards at a charity dinner in São Paulo on 5 May, which was attended by over 250 guests.

The winning deals are:

M&A (public) - AT&T sells LatAm assets to Argentina's Grupo Werthein

M&A (private) - QuintoAndar buys Navent in cross-border proptech deal

Capital markets – Nubank raises US$2.6 billion in IPO

Banking & finance – Cemex gets US$3.25 billion sustainability-linked loan

Project finance: infrastructure – Lima's second metro line obtains financing

Project finance: energy and natural resources – Panamanian gas-fired power project secures finance

Corporate finance: ESG – B3 makes US$700 million sustainability-linked bond offer 

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

Disputes – Facebook wins landmark Brazilian internet privacy case 

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

Restructuring – Avianca emerges from Chapter 11 process

The proceeds from the awards will go to three local clearinghouses: Comisión Pro Bono Argentina, Centro Mexicano Pro Bono and Instituto Pro Bono in Brazil.

Latin Lawyer also presented Individual Awards to lawyers that have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the legal community in 2021. Gomez-Pinzón’s managing partner José Luis Suárez Parra was presented with the Law Firm Leader of the Year Award, while the recipient of this year’s Specialist Law Firm Leader of the Year Award was Luis Vinatea of Peru’s Vinatea & Toyama.

At the event, two Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto of Brazil’s Pinheiro Guimarães and Humberto Medrano of Peru’s Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados. Jorge Juantorena from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was the winner of this year’s International Lawyer of the Year Award.

Beccar Varela went home with this year’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award for its work helping vulnerable segments of the population gain access to free education and health assistance amid the pandemic. Aguilar Castillo Love (Costa Rica) was presented with this year’s Pro Bono Project of the Year Award for its work on the Talamanca project, which helped to integrate members of local indigenous communities into Costa Rica’s formal economy. 

Mexican firm González Calvillo, SC collected its Diversity Initiative of the Year Award for the launch of its Diversity and Inclusion Forum in 2021, under which it launched several key initiatives to boost representation and career development for women at the firm, as well as those aimed at increasing diversity within the wider legal community. 

On behalf of Latin Lawyer, we would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners for all of their hard work on the deals awarded last night.

M&A (Public)

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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M&A (Private)

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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Capital markets

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

***

Banking & finance

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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Project finance: infrastructure

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

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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Corporate finance: ESG

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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Disputes

Facebook wins landmark Brazilian internet privacy case 

Counsel to Facebook

TozziniFreire Advogados

Eduardo Antônio Lucho Ferrão Advogados Associados

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Regulatory

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

Machado Meyer Advogados

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Restructuring

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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