IFLR Americas awards 2019: winners announced

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 17 May 2019
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was named Americas firm of the year at IFLR’s 14th annual awards on May 16. The firm picked up four awards off the back of 20 shortlist appearances in what was one of the tightest award races for several years.

The ceremony, held at Essex House in New York, brought together the best legal talent from Canada to Argentina to recognise the most legally innovative transactions closed in the continent during 2018, and the teams and individuals that worked on them. 

There were impressive performances from Milbank, Davis Polk, Cleary Gottlieb and Skadden, all of which came away with several awards. Sullivan & Cromwell won M&A team of the year, while Paul Hastings picked up debt and equity-linked, Cadwalader won structured finance and securitisation, and White & Case came away with restructuring team of the year.

Machado Meyer was named Brazil’s firm of the year and took home four awards. Other notable winners included Chile’s firm of the year Carey, winner for Mexico Creel and Canadian firm of the year Osler Hoskin & Harcourt.

Sandie O’Connor, former chief regulatory officer of JP Morgan and chair of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee was presented the contribution to regulatory reform award for her work on Libor replacement SOFR [secured overnight financing rate]. Richard Truesdell Jr, of Davis Polk, received the prestigious outstanding achievement award.

The ceremony also recognised six rising stars from across the region, including Brittany Ruiz from Latham & Watkins, William Allen of Simpson Thacher, and Angela Libby of Davis Polk.

Full details on the nominated deals and teams can be found in the Book of the Night (Deals - Teams) and all the photos are here.

Individual awards

Contribution to regulatory reform

Sandie O’Connor

Outstanding achievement award

Richard Truesdell Jr, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Rising stars of the year


Brittany Ruiz – Latham & Watkins

William Allen – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Angela Libby – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Giovanna Pantaleão Del Re – Padis Advogados

Renzo Luna – Estudio Echecopar

Marcus Vinicius Pimentel da Fonseca – TozziniFreire Advogados

Deals of the year

Debt and equity-linked

MEXCAT tender offers and consent solicitations

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Hogan Lovells

Paul Hastings

Equity

Spotify Technology direct listing

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Latham & Watkins

High yield

Tervita

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Loans

Carlyle Group and GIC / AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Latham & Watkins

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Milbank

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Stikeman Elliot

M&A

Bayer / Monsanto

Arnold & Porter

Carey

Debevoise & Plimpton

Jara del Favero Abogados

L&L Partners

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Shearman & Sterling

Sullivan & Cromwell

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Wilmer Hale

Private equity

Brookfield Business Partners / Westinghouse Electric Company

Milbank

Paul Weiss

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Proskauer Rose

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Project finance

Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex

Demarest Advogados

Hinckley Allen

Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados

Mayer Brown

Milbank

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Shearman & Sterling

White & Case

Restructuring

Oi Group

Andrade Fichtner Advogados

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Basilio Advogados

CMS

Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Dechert

Dias Carneiro Advogados

E Munhoz Advogados

Felsberg & Associados

Galdino Coelho Mendes Advogados

Jones Day

Lefosse Advogados

Lollato Lopes Rangel R Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Milbank

Padis Advogados

Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Rosman Penalva Souza Leão Franco Avogados

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Wal & Associados Advogados

White & Case

Structured finance and securitisation

Marathon Asset Management CRE-CLO

Clifford Chance

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Teams of the year

Debt and equity-linked

Paul Hastings

Equity

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Financial services regulatory

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

High yield

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Loans

Milbank

M&A

Sullivan & Cromwell

Private equity

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Project finance

Milbank

Restructuring

White & Case

Structured finance and securitisation

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

National firms of the year

Argentina

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados

Canada

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Central America

Consortium Legal

Chile

Carey

Colombia

Brigard Urrutia

Costa Rica

Consortium Legal

Dominican Republic

Pellerano & Herrera

Ecuador

Ferrere

El Salvador

Consortium Legal

Guatemala

Consortium Legal

Honduras

Consortium Legal

Mexico

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez

Nicaragua

Consortium Legal

Panama

Arias Fábrega & Fábrega

Peru

Garrigues

Uruguay

Guyer & Regules

National firm category winners

National banking and finance firm of the year

Andean states: Brigard Urrutia

Brazil: Stocche Forbes Advogados

Canada: Goodmans

Central America: Consortium Legal

Mexico: Mijares Angoitia Cortés & Fuentes

Southern Cone: Barros & Errázuriz

National capital markets firm of the year

Andean states:  Garrigues

Brazil: Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados

Canada: Blake Cassels & Graydon

Central America: Aleman Cordero Galindo & Lee

Mexico: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez

Southern Cone: Carey

National corporate firm of the year

Andean States: Posse Herrera Ruiz

Brazil: Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Canada: Torys

Central America: BLP

Mexico: Galicia Abogados

Southern Cone: Carey

Bank and firm awards

In-house debt team

JP Morgan

In-house equity team

Morgan Stanley

Americas firm of the year

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett