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IFLR Americas Awards shortlist 2021: shortlist revealed

IFLR is delighted to announce all the winning deals, teams, firms and individuals of the 2021 Americas awards

IFLR is delighted to announce the shortlist for the IFLR Americas Awards 2021. Below you can explore the full list of deal, team, national and international firm of the year finalists.

Winners will be announced on May 27 REGISTER

The IFLR Americas Awards 2021 celebrates the most legally innovative cross-border transactions that closed in 2020. During the research, IFLR’s editors considered multi-jurisdictional transactions structured from Canada to Chile, and everywhere in between, to spotlight work that broke new legal ground, introduced novel structures and instruments, redefined regulatory frameworks and set useful precedents for cross-border deal making.

The Awards also recognises the teams and firms behind the deals, their work and ingenuity. 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 James Wilson: james.wilson@legalmediagroup.com

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 Chris Edouard: chris.edouard@legalmediagroup.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Azul Public indexed convertible debentures
Hogan Lovells
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Shearman & Sterling

Bank of America Corporation Covid-19 social bond
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Hogan Lovells
McGuireWoods

Ecuador debt restructuring
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Hogan Lovells
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Perkins Coie
White & Case

EnfraGen
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Claro & Cia
Garrigues
Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
Hogan Lovells
Milbank
Paul Hastings
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Sigma Law Firm

Jamaica Toll Road
DunnCox
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Patterson Mair Hamilton
Paul Hastings

Republic of Argentina debt restructuring
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Royal Bank of Canada
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
McCarthy Tétrault
Sullivan & Cromwell

Suzano sustainability-linked notes and tender offer
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Linklaters
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Equity

Airbnb IPO
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Cox Energy América IPO
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Medina Cuadros y Asociados
Ritch Mueller

Natura & Co global offering and ADSs
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
White & Case

Palantir Technologies IPO
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Petrobras global equity offering
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Lefosse Advogados
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Shearman & Sterling

Rede D’Or IPO
Allen & Gledhill
Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Track & Field IPO
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

High yield

Banco Continental green bonds
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Ferrere
Milbank
Vouga Abogados

CLISA liability management
Clifford Chance
CROZ Roberts Dominguez Carassai 
Martínez de Hoz & Rueda
Proskauer Rose

Delta Air Lines senior secured notes
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dorsey & Whitney
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Milbank

Digicel exchange offers
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Kirkland & Ellis
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Encore-Cabot
Baker McKenzie
White & Case

Norwegian Cruise Line
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kirkland & Ellis

Operadora de Servicios Mega
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Mijares Angoitia Cortés & Fuentes
Paul Hastings
Ritch Mueller

Rumo green bonds
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lefosse Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
White & Case

Loans

Apollo Management - Aeroméxico DIP loan
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Sainz Abogados

Banco Nacional de Panama Covid-19 relief loans
Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Blohm Law
Clifford Chance
Emmet Marvin & Martin
Norton Rose Fulbright

BC Partners / Presidio acquisition financing
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins

IFC - Jalles Machado
Hogan Lovells
TozziniFreire Advogados

LATAM Airlines DIP financing
Alston & Bird
Brigard Urrutia
Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados
Claro & Cia
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Dechert
Demarest
DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Morales & Besa
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
White & Case

Macy ABL inventory financing
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Midwest Oilseeds Global - FS Agrisolutions Indústria de Biocombustíveis
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
TozziniFreire Advogados
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders

Rassini senior secured loan
DRB Consultores Legales
Paul Hastings
Ritch Mueller
Shearman & Sterling

M&A

Banco Bradesco / BAC Florida Bank
Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Shearman & Sterling

Bayer / AskBio
Baker MacKenzie
Ropes & Gray
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

China Yangtze Power Company / Sempra Energy
Baker McKenzie
Muñiz Olaya Meléndez Castro Ono & Herrera
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados
Sullivan & Cromwell
Tian Yuan Law Firm
White & Case

Daio Paper Corporation and Marubeni Corporation / Santher
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Gardner Denver Holdings - Ingersoll-Rand industrial segment merger
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Infineon Technologies / Cypress Semiconductor
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

UBS - Banco do Brasil merger
Lefosse Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

ZF Friedrichshafen / Wabco Holdings
Latham & Watkins
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Private equity

CVC Capital / Hermes Transportes Blindados
Hernández & Cía Abogados
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Winston & Strawn

Kingswood Capital Management / Mountain Equipment Co-op
Cassels Brock & Blackwell
Dentons
Fasken 
Norton Rose Fulbright

KKR / Coty’s Americas Professional Beauty business
Baker McKenzie
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Lefosse Advogados
Pietrantoni Mendez & Alvarez
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Trench Rossi & Watanabe

Orion Mine Finance, The Pallinghurst Group and Investissement Québec / Nemaska Lithium
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Dentons
Fasken
McCarthy Tétrault
Norton Rose Fulbright
Stikeman Elliott
Torys 

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners / Xplornet Communications
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Cairncross & Hempelmann
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Goodmans
McCarthy Tétrault
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Project finance

Acciona Linha 6
Demarest Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Caoba Inversiones
Brigard Urrutia
Mendoza Abogados
Milbank
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Capital Dynamics battery energy storage project
Amis Patel & Brewer
Lee & Ko
Norton Rose Fulbright

Jacaranda and Casablanca solar projects
Allen & Overy
Dias Carneiro Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Mayer Brown
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Tauil & Chequer Advogados
White & Case

LD Celulose
Allen & Overy
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Luma Energy - Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority transmission and distribution project
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Bennett Jones
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Covington & Burling
DLA Piper
Nixon Peabody
O’Melveny & Myers
Pietrantoni Mendez & Alvarez
Proskauer Rose

Moquegua, Tacna Solar and Panamericana Solar
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Estudio Echecopar
Garrigues
Hinckley Allen
Milbank
Miranda & Amado
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados

Red Vial 4 and Via de Evitamiento Chimbote
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Estudio Echecopar
Garrigues
Herbert Smith Freehills
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados

Restructuring

Atvos Group
E Munhoz Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Padis Mattar Advogados

Cirque du Soleil
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Fasken 
Goodmans
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Lavery de Billy
McMillan
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Stikeman Elliott
Woods

Clover Leaf Foods and Bumble Bee Foods
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Goodmans
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Hastings
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Torys
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Exide Holdings
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Lowenstein Sandler
Norton Rose Fulbright
Otterbourg
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Weil Gotshal & Manges

McDermott International
Alfaro Ferrer y Ramirez
Appleby
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Arthur Cox
Baker Botts
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Bennett Jones
Bracewell
Brown Rudnick
Carey Olsen
Clarke Gittens Farmer
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
CMS
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Cornejo Méndez González y Duarte
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Davis Polk & Wardell
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ganado Advocates
Haynes and Boone
Holland & Knight
Howley Law
Jackson Walker
Jones Day
King & Spalding
Kirkland & Ellis
König Rebholz Zechberger
Latham & Watkins
Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts
Linklaters
Locke Lord
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Mayer Brown
McInnes Cooper
NautaDutilh
Ogier
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Porter Hedges
Rapp & Krock
Walkers Group
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Wikborg Rein
Wong & Partners

Odebrecht Group
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
E Munhoz Advogados
Felsberg Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Padis Mattar Advogados
Pinheiro Neto
Thomas Bastos Waisberg Kurzwell
Veirano Advogados

Sherritt International Corporation
Bennett Jones
Fasken
Goodmans

Travelport Worldwide
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Structured finance and securitisation

Banco del Pacífico DPR programme
Emmet Marvin & Martin
Ferrere Abogados
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Walkers

Banco Nacional de Panama Covid-19 relief loans repackaging
Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Blohm Law
Clifford Chance
Emmet Marvin & Martin
Norton Rose Fulbright

Ecuador social bond repackaging
Bustamante y Bustamante
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Perkins Coie

Figure Technologies securitization
Dentons
Hunton Andrews Kurth

MercadoLibre - Mercado Pago securitization
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings
Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Sotheby’s art loans securitization
Ropes & Gray
Sidley Austin

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Milbank
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling

Equity

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

High yield

Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kirkland & Ellis
Milbank
Paul Hastings
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Loans

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling

M&A

Baker McKenzie
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell

Private equity

Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Project finance

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Mayer Brown
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Restructuring

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Goodmans
Milbank
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Structured finance and securitisation

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Dechert
Dentons
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Ropes & Gray
Sidley Austin
Weil Gotshal & Manges

CFIUS

Kirkland & Ellis
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case

Financial services regulatory

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Debevoise & Plimpton
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Americas firm of the year

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

IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

In-house debt

Bank of America
BNP Paribas
Citigroup
Credit Suisse
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
Morgan Stanley
Société Générale

In-house equity

BofA Securities
Citi
Credit Suisse
Goldman Sachs & Co
JP Morgan
Morgan Stanley
UBS

NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Argentina

Beccar Varela
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Martínez de Hoz & Rueda
Marval O’Farrell Mairal
Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen

Brazil

Banking and finance
Dias Carneiro Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Tauil & Chequer Advogados
TozziniFreire Advogados

Capital markets
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

M&A
Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Restructuring
E Munhoz Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice
Padis Mattar Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

NB: there is no shortlist for Brazil firm of the year. The winning firm will be revealed during the presentation.

Canada

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

Central America (excluding Panama)

Arias
BLP
Consortium Legal
Garcia & Bodan
Sfera

Chile

Carey
Claro & Cía
Garrigues
Morales & Besa
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Colombia

Brigard Urrutia
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
Gómez Pinzón Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz

Costa Rica

Arias
BLP
Consortium Legal
EY Law
Sfera

Dominican Republic

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez
OMG
Pellerano & Herrera
Pellerano Nadal Law & Consulting

Mexico

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Galicia Abogados
Gonzalez Calvillo
Greenberg Traurig
Mijares Angoitia Cortés & Fuentes
Nader Hayaux y Goebel
Ritch Mueller

Panama

Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee
Alfaro Ferrer y Ramirez
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Galindo Arias & Lopez
SIGMA International and Global Market Attorneys

Peru

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International
Garrigues
Hernández & Cía Abogados
Miranda & Amado
Muñiz Olaya Meléndez Castro Ono & Herrera
Payet Rey Cauvi & Pérez Abogados
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano Abogados

Uruguay

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga
Ferrere
Guyer & Regules
Olivera Abogados
Posadas Posadas & Vecino


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