IFLR Americas awards 2020: shortlist revealed

Author: James Wilson | Published: 24 Mar 2020
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IFLR is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Americas awards. Below you can explore the full list of deal, team, national and international firm of the year finalists.

IFLR’s 2020 Americas awards showcases the most legally innovative cross-border transactions that closed in 2019. During the research, IFLR considered transactions structured in jurisdictions from Canada to Chile, and everywhere in between. The awards also celebrate the teams and firms behind the deals. IFLR’s criteria and methodology can be found here.

This shortlist is based on preliminary research. If your team advised on one of these deals but has not been listed please contact IFLR’s commercial projects editor, James Wilson: james.wilson@legalmediagroup.com

Winners will be announced on May 14.

With much regret, as a result of Covid-19, we will not be holding a physical awards ceremony this year. IFLR will announce winners online and offer a virtual awards series of programmes that will promote and profile winning deals and teams. To find out more please contact Allie Strick: alexandra.strick@euromoneyny.com


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Banco Pichincha green bond
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Ferrere
Profilegal Abogados

Blockstack Reg A+ offering
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Gol exchangeable bonds
Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Milbank
NautaDutilh Luxembourg

Morgan Stanley SOFR-linked notes

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Sidley Austin

OPAIN private placement

Brigard Urrutia
Garrigues
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings

Petrobras exchange offer
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Hogan Lovells
Shearman & Sterling

Republic of Chile sovereign green bonds
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Morales & Besa
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Shearman & Sterling

Tesla convertible notes and stock offer
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Equity

Afya IPO
Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
Maples Group
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Avantor IPO
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

BR Distribuidora privatisation
Davis Polk & Wardwel
Lefosse Advogados
Linklaters
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Cencosud Shopping IPO
Carey
García Sayán Abogados
Milbank
Morales & Besa
Shearman & Sterling

Genmab IPO
Bech-Bruun
Kromann Reumert
Latham & Watkins
Shearman & Sterling

Jumia IPO
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Hengeler Mueller
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Noerr
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Sundial Growers IPO
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Shearman & Sterling
Torys

XP Inc
Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lefosse Advogados
Maples Group
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Trindade Advogados
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

High yield

Aluar Aluminio Argentino
Alston & Bird
Bomchil
Linklaters
Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Braskem Idesa project refinancing
Milbank
Paul Hastings

Brookfield Business Partners / Johnson Controls Power Solutions Business financing
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
McCarthy Tétrault
Torys

Crédito Real bond and liability management
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jones Day

Millicom International Cellular / Telefonica Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama financing
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg

TPHL - Petrotrin refinancing
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Paul Hastings

Loans

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Bomchil
Estudio Beccar Varela
Greenberg Traurig
Hinckley Allen & Snyder
Linklaters
Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Casas Javer
Creel García-Cuellar Aiza y Enriquez
Mijares Angoitia Cortes y Fuentes
Paul Hastings
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Engie and CDPQ / TAG financing
Clifford Chance
Jones Day
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
Stikeman Elliott
Stocche Forbes Advogados
White & Case

Fibra Uno RCF
Holland & Knight
Paul Hastings

Gondi
Latham & Watkins
Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Nader Hayaux y Goebel
Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Klabin financing
Clifford Chance
Dias Carneiro Advogados
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

McDermott International rescue financing
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Baker Botts
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Bracewell
Cornejo Méndez González y Duarte
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd
Jones Walker
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
McInnes Cooper
Mourant Ozannes
Rose Law Firm
Tauil & Chequer Advogados - Mayer Brown
Walkers

Pemex refinancings
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau
Shearman & Sterling

M&A

Banco Santander / Banco Santander México
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau
Uría Menéndez Abogados

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) / Atlantic Energias Renováveis
Azevedo Sette Advogados
Clifford Chance
Eversheds Sutherland
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

CJ CheilJedang / Schwan’s Co
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Faegre Baker Daniels
Shin & Kim

Engie and Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec / Transportadora Associada de Gás
Barbosa Mussnich Aragão
Jones Day
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel
Stocche Forbes Advogados
Tauil & Chequer Advogados - Mayer Brown

Far Eastern New Century / M&G Chemicals US PET plants
Baker Botts
Duane Morris
Jones Day
Lowenstein Sandler
Milbank
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Groupe Casino / Grupo Pao de Acucar
Brigard Urrutia
Cabinet Bompoint
DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Posse Herrera Ruiz
Souza Mello e Torres
Zancan Almeida e Silva Advogados

Hasbro / Entertainment One
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Fried Frank
Mayer Brown
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Stikeman Elliott

Merck / Versum
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Private equity

Advent International Corporation / Prisma
Baker McKenzie
Bourel & Paris-Laplace Abogados
Covington & Burling
Estudio Beccar Varela
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Tanoira Cassagne Abogados

Asterion Industrial Partners / Telefónica’s data centres
Barros & Errázuriz
Carey
Clifford Chance
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez
Holland & Knight
Linklaters
Mitrani Caballero
Rebaza
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano
Uría Menéndez

Blackstone / Dream Global REIT
Arendt & Medernach
Binder Grösswang
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Hengeler Mueller
Goodmans
Greenberg Traurig
Loyens & Loeff
Ogier
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Walkers

Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC / Genesee & Wyoming
Addleshaw Goodard
Allens Clark Hill
Gilbert + Tobin
Macfarlanes
McCarthy Tétrault
Sidley Austin
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Steptoe & Johnson
Stikeman Elliott
Torys
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
White & Case

CVC Capital Partners / Cosan Lubrificantes
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Jacobs Holdings / North American Dental Group
Bar & Karrer
DLA Piper
Peter Klein
Ropes & Gray
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

SoftBank / Rappi
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Vista Oil & Gas, Riverstone and Southern Cross / Aleph
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Mayer Brown
Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno
Nicholson y Cano
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Vinson & Elkins

Project finance

AES Mex Genco-2019 refinancing
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez
Galicia Abogados
Maples Group
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings

BW Magna FSRU
Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados
Watson Farley & Williams

FRV (El Potrero)
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings

Ferrocarril Central
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Ferrere
Jiménez de Aréchaga Viana & Brause

Fruta del Norte
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Bustamente & Bustamente
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Lexim Abogados
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pérez Bustamente & Ponce
Shearman & Sterling
Stikeman Elliott

GNA - Gás Natural Açu
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Milbank
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Shearman & Sterling
Souza Mello e Torres Advogados

Itapoá Port
Allen & Overy
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Norton Rose Fulbright
Tozzini Freire Advogados

Rutas 2 and 7 toll roads
BKM Berkemeyer
Clifford Chance
Gross Brown
White & Case

Restructuring

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Holland & Knight
Kirkland & Ellis
Kobre & Kim
Loeb & Loeb
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ropes & Gray
Vedder Price
White & Case
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Constellation Oil Services
Barbosa Mussnich Aragão
Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Debevoise & Plimpton
Dechert
E Munhoz Advogados
Galdino & Coelho Advogados
Holland & Knight
Kirkland & Ellis
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Maples Group
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Pryor Cashman
RESOR
Stocche Forbes Advogados
Sullivan & Cromwell
Tapia Linares & Alfaro
Walkers
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case

Deluxe Entertainment
Chapman & Cutler
Clayton Utz
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Kirkland & Ellis
Norton Rose Fulbright
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Paul Hastings

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas
Barbosa Mussnich e Aragão
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Pinheiro Neto AdvogadosQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Thomaz Bastos Waisberg e Kurzweil Advogados

Queiroz Galvão Group
ApplebyBarbosa Mussnich Aragão
Bichara Advogados
E Munhoz Advogados
Icaza González-Ruiz & Alemán
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados
Miranda & AssociadosPadis Advogados
Pelllegrini & Cia
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Rosman Penalva Souza Leão Franco Vale Advogados
Tauil & Chequer Advogados - Mayer Brown
TWK Advogados

Syncreon Group
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Jones Day
Loyens & Loeff
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Weatherford International
A&L Goodbody
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Arthur Cox
Dillon Eustace
Eversheds Sutherland
Latham & Watkins
Matheson
Moses & Singer
Proskauer Rose
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
William Fry

Structured finance and securitisation

Banco Guayaquil securitisation
Dentons
Ferrere
Hogan Lovells
Maples Group
Mayer Brown

KKR Reign I
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Latham & Watkins
Maples Group

Mercado Libre warehouse financing
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings

OPIC - responsAbility Financial Inclusion Investments 2019 DAC
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings

Raisa Energy oil and gas wells securitisation
Kirkland & Ellis
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Republic of Argentina financing
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

PAX Gold
Sidley Austin


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Equity

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Financial services regulatory

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Covington & Burling
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell

High yield

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling

Loans

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case

M&A

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Debevoise & Plimpton
Jones Day
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Watchtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
White & Case

Private equity

Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
White & Case

Project finance

Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Restructuring

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

Structured finance and securitisation

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Americas firm of the year

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case

IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

In-house debt

Banco Santander
BNP Paribas
Citigroup
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
Morgan Stanley

In-house equity

BofA Securities
Citigroup Global Markets
Credit Suisse
Goldman Sachs & Co
JP Morgan
Morgan Stanley
XP Investimentos

NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Argentina

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Estudio Beccar Varela
Marval O’Farrell Mairal
Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno
Nicholson y Cano

Brazil

Banking and finance
Dias Carneiro Advogados
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Stocche Forbes Advogados

Capital markets
Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão
Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Corporate
Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Stocche Forbes Advogados

NB: There is no shortlist for Brazil firm of the year. The overall winner will be announced when winners are revealed

Canada

Blake Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Stikeman Elliott
Torys

Central America (excluding Panama)

Aguilar Castillo Love
Arias
BLP
Consortium Legal
Garcia & Bodan
Mayora & Mayora

Chile

Barros & Errázuriz
Carey
Claro & Cía
Morales & Besa
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Colombia

Brigard Urrutia
DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán
Gómez Pinzón Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz

Costa Rica

Arias
BLP
Consortium Legal
Dentons Muñoz

Dominican Republic

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez
OMG
Pellerano & Herrera

Mexico

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enriquez
Galicia Abogados
Holland & Knight
Mijares Angoitia Cortes y Fuentes
Nader Hayaux y Goebel
Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau

Panama

Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee
Arias Fabrega & Fabrega
Galindo Arias & Lopez
Icaza González-Ruiz & Alemán

Peru

Estudio Echecopar Baker McKenzie
Garrigues
Miranda & Amado
Payet Rey Cauvi & Pérez Abogados
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano
Rubio Leguia Normand

Uruguay

Ferrere
Guyer & Regules
Jiménez de Aréchaga Viana & Brause
Posadas Posadas y Vecino