Law Firm of the Year: Latin America: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Law Firm of the Year: Latin America: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


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Cleary Gottlieb continued to demonstrate its strength in 2018, representing a broad array of clients in standout transactions.

Whether it was a leading sovereign or corporate bond offering,a key M&A transaction or corporate restructuring, Cleary advised on the region’s most influential deals, including several LatinFinance Deals of the Year awards winners.

The firm advised Argentina on its $9 billion bond offering in January 2018, the country’s first new money issuance since its return to the markets in 2016.

Cleary worked on Oi’s $20 billion restructuring as international counsel to the the steering committee of a group of over 70 bondholder institutions. The transaction, which won the Restructuring of the Year award, was the largest private sector restructuring ever in Latin America. The firm also represented Suzano Papel e Celulose in its merger with Fibria Celulose.

Looking ahead, partners are gearing up for a busy 2019, particularly in Brazil and Mexico.

“The new Mexican and Brazilian governments are looking at what kind of regulatory changes they can make to stimulate certain types of investments,” says partner Nicolas Grabar.

“2018 was the year of market-driven innovation, 2019 might be the year of government driven innovation.”