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Cárdenas, Cassagne & Asociados

Atilio Dell'Oro Maini (admitted May 1984) is a partner at Cárdenas, Cassagne & Asociados.

He advises major banking and other financial institutions and corporations on all type of domestic and international banking transactions and related matters. He also advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance and capital markets transactions. He has assisted several consortia on corporate and regulatory matters related to the acquisition of state-owned companies during the privatization process.

Email: adom@ccas.com.ar

Cayman Islands


Maples and Calder

Born Bedford, England, 1964; admitted, 1989, England, as Solicitor; 1994, Cayman Islands, as Attorney-at-law. Education: Manchester Grammar School, St John's College, Manchester and Cambridge University, England (M.A., Cantab). Exhibitioner, Downing College, Cambridge, 1982-1985. Freshfields, London, New York and Tokyo, 1987-1994; Maples and Calder, 1994. Member: Law Society of England and Wales; Cayman Islands Law Society.

Email: henry.smith@maplesandcalder.com


Maples and Calder

Born Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, 1962; admitted, 1993, Cayman Islands, as Attorney-at-law. Education: Alpha Academy, Jamaica, Cayman Islands High School, York University, Canada (B.A., Hons) and University of Bristol, England (LL.B., Hons). Winters College Overseas Student Scholarship, 1986; Ashe Davis Liberal Award for Political Science 1988, York University. Maples and Calder, 1993. Member: Cayman Islands Law Society. Caymanian Bar Association, Secretary 1995-1998; Vice President 1998; Board of Directors, Cayman National Museum 1997.

Email: theresa.pitcairn@maplesandcalder.com



Franck, Galicia y Robles, SC

Antonio Franck C is one of the founders and the managing partner of the Mexican firm Franck, Galicia y Robles, SC Mr Franck´s practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate, banking and securities. He actively represents both foreign and Mexican banks and underwriters as well as private sector companies. Mr Franck actively participates in the structuring and negotiation of national and international financial transactions, in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and financial restructurings, strategic associations and business law in general.

Mr Franck has represented, within the international debt markets, companies such as Grupo México, Controladora Comercial Mexicana and Banco Internacional, among others. During the public entities privatization process he counseled Grupo Mexico on the successful bid to purchase the Mexicana de Cananea and also participated with Grupo InverMexico in the successful purchase of Banco Mexicano. Additionally, he has participated in the structuring and financing of electric energy projects such as Samalayuca and Mérida III. He has participated as consultant in the financial and corporate restructurings of several companies, most recently that of Synkro. Furthermore, during the Mexican Debt Restructuring (1982-1992) Mr Franck acted as Mexican counsel for Mexico's Bank Advisory Group.

Mr Franck was also managing partner of Santamarina y Steta for 8 years where he was as partner for 11 years and a member of such firm for 20 years. Mr Franck has worked closely with law firms in the principal cities of the US, Spain and other parts of the world.

Throughout his professional path, Antonio Franck C has participated as a member of the board of directors of companies such as Mexicana de Cananea, SA de CV, Sears Roebuck de México, SA de CV, Salinas y Rocha, SA de CV, Gruppo Covarra, SA de CV, InverMéxico, SA de CV, Casa de Bolsa, Banco Mexicano, SA, Jugos del Valle, SA de CV and Synkro, SA de CV, among others.

Currently he is Chairman of the Committee for Legislative Analysis of the Business Coordination Counsel (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial). Mr Franck has participated in the drafting of the Corporate Governance Code, the new Bankruptcy Law as well as amendments to corporate and financial laws.

Mr Franck has a law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, where he has also taught in Commercial Law and Legal Ethics. Mr Franck has also been a visiting professor at Escuela Libre de Derecho.


Franck, Galicia y Robles, SC

José Visoso L. is a partner of the Mexican firm of Franck, Galicia y Robles, SC where he began work in 1995 and became a partner in 1999.

Mr Visoso's practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects and project finance. Mr Visoso has actively participated in the incorporation and acquisition of financial entities in Mexico by major foreign financial institutions. He has also worked on a number of major infrastructure projects involving gas and electricity in Mexico.

Mr Visoso has also significant experience in securities offerings in capital markets representing issuers and Mexican and international underwriters in offerings in Mexico and other major markets.

Mr Visoso serves as a member of the board of directors of financial institutions as well as secretary to Mexican companies.

Mr Visoso studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, graduating in 1992, and received a Master in Laws from Georgetown University where he also participated in the business administration programme. Before joining the firm, he was a foreign associate in the New York and Washington DC offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Mr Visoso is fluent in English and proficient in German.

United States


Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

Winthrop Brown is a partner in the Firm's Washington DC office and a member of Milbank's Banking and Institutional Investment practice group. He concentrates on international banking and securities law, with particular emphasis on legal issues confronting US operations of foreign banks and their affiliates. Mr Brown has over 20 years of experience in advising leading non-US banking organizations on a wide range of matters involving the sale to US customers of financial products and services from both US and non-US locations. These include the establishment of US branches and the acquisition of US banks; the establishment of broker-dealers, including Section 20 companies; the sale into the United States from abroad of banking products, securities, commodities and financial instruments, including investment funds; qualification as a financial holding company; and the ongoing compliance of established operations with U.S. banking and securities laws and regulations.

Mr Brown frequently lectures and participates in panel discussions and seminars on these issues. He also has been active in, and served on the boards of, various local nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Before joining Milbank, Mr Brown was partner and chair of the financial institutions practice group at Shaw Pittman, resident in its Washington, DC office

Mr Brown received his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in 1974. He also received a Masters of Science degree from the London School of Economics in 1971 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1970.