Latin Lawyer – Deal of the Year shortlists announced for M&A and private equity

Deal of the Year shortlists announced for M&A and private equity


Latin Lawyer is delighted to announce the shortlisted transactions for the private and public M&A and private equity categories of our 14th annual Deal of the Year Awards.

For each category, three deals or cases have been selected for the shortlist and are listed below. The winners will be announced on the night of our charity awards ceremony at the Hotel Unique in São Paulo on Thursday 7 May.

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

We congratulate all the lawyers who took part in these leading deals and cases and look forward to presenting the winners with awards. The shortlists for the remaining categories will be announced over a series of upcoming briefings.


Private M&A


Engie buys TAG from Petrobras for US$8.6 billion

Counsel to Engie

Jones Day

Herbert Smith Freehills

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Counsel to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

Counsel to Petrobras

In-house counsel – Danielle Dantas, Josiane Simioni and Fernanda Valeriano

Machado Meyer Advogados


DEA acquires Mexico’s first privately owned energy company, Sierra Oil & Gas

Counsel to DEA Deutsche Erdoel

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Baker McKenzie (Mexico)

Counsel to Sierra Oil & Gas

King & Spalding LLP

Galicia Abogados


Advent buys US$724 million majority stake in Prisma

Counsel to Advent

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie (Argentina)

Counsel to Prisma Medios de Pago and Visa International, Banco Santander Rio, Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, BBVA Banco Francés, Banco Macro, Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, HSBC Bank Argentina, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Argentina), Banco Patagonia, Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe, Banco Itaú Argentina, Banco Comafi, Banco de la Nación Argentina, Banco Credicoop Coop and Sucursal de Citibank

Covington & Burling LLP

Beccar Varela

Counsel to Visa International

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Bourel & Paris-Laplace Abogados

Counsel to Banco de la Nación Argentina

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados


Public M&A


Suzano and Fibria create world pulp leader

Counsel to Suzano Papel e Celulose

In-house counsel – Pablo Gimenez Machado

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Counsel to Votorantim

In-house counsel – Tatiana Anderson, Mariane Vlach and Gilberto da Silva

White & Case LLP

TozziniFreire Advogados

Counsel to Fibria

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados


Sempra sells Peruvian business to China Yangtze for US$3.6 billion

Counsel to China Yangtze Power International

Baker McKenzie LLP

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera

Counsel to Sempra Energy

White & Case LLP

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados


Delta invests US$1.9 billion in LATAM

Counsel to Delta Airlines

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados

Demarest Advogados

Counsel to LATAM

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Claro & Cía


Private equity


Trio create first midstream player focused exclusively on Vaca Muerta

Counsel to Riverstone

In-house counsel – Rob Gray

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Counsel to Vista Oil

In-house counsel – Florencia Hardoy

Mayer Brown LLP

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Counsel to Southern Cross

In-house counsel – Dolores de Elizalde

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno


Rappi gets Latin America’s largest-ever tech financing

Counsel to Rappi

Cooley LLP

Counsel to SoftBank

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Machado Meyer Advogados

Brigard Urrutia

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

Galicia Abogados


Carlyle buys stake in Brazilian restaurant chain Madero

Counsel to Carlyle

In-house counsel – Louise Dumican

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to Madero

In-house counsel – Hianaê Schramm and Bruna Aioroldi

Machado Meyer Advogados

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