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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Managing Partner: Michael W Blair
Number of partners: 138
Number of other lawyers: 520
International Offices: New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Tokyo

Firm Overview:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Clients look to it to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost-efficiently. The firm brings clear commercial judgment to every matter and draws on the strength of its culture and structure to deliver the best of the firm to every client through true collaboration. The Latin America group combines broad transactional capabilities, top-tier litigation and arbitration skills and a savvy understanding of the region. The group works with some of the most sophisticated and respected conglomerates, corporations, investors and families in Latin America, with relationships dating back as long as 50 years. The firm has a multilingual, multicultural team, with dual US - and English-law capabilities as well as civil law expertise. The group has built strong connections with top local law firms, bankers and business people over many years of working in the region and through the firm’s international associate program, which regularly brings the most promising individuals from leading regional law firms and clients to work at Debevoise on a rotating basis.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A:

■ Members are recognised globally for their transactional experience, as well as its deep regional expertise and strong local networks. Debevoise is recognised by Chambers Latin America as a leading firm in Latin America in "Corporate/M&A." With a keen focus on designing commercially savvy and creative solutions for clients, the group works with some of the most sophisticated and respected conglomerates, corporations, investors and families in Latin America. Clients count on Debevoise to handle some of the largest and most complicated transactions in the region with multilingual and multicultural teams
■ Clients include large Latin America-based conglomerates doing cross-border M&A and joint ventures, strategic investors making inbound investments, private equity firms (both Latin American and international) and family groups. The firm’s client base includes names such as: Ambev, Antofagasta, BM&FBOVESPA, Cambuhy Investimentos, Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), Organizações Globo, Mitsui, Prudential Financial, Prumo Logistica and private equity firms and investors such as Brookfield, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Capital Group, The Carlyle Group, Gávea and GP Investments

International Arbitration:
■ The group has an award-winning practice and an outstanding track record, winning some of the largest, most significant awards for its clients in the region, including representing Occidental Petroleum Company and Occidental Exploration and Production Company (‘Occidental’) in an ICSID arbitration, winning one of the largest ever BIT awards, US $1.1 billion (US $1.4 billion including interest). Global Arbitration Review (GAR) named the Occidental award ‘The Most Important Published Decision of 2012,’ and it was selected as The American Lawyer’s ‘Global Legal Awards 2013 Global Dispute of the Year, Investment Arbitration.’ Other complex and groundbreaking cases include representing a joint venture of Antofagasta Minerals and Barrick Gold as a claimant in an ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and in an ICC arbitration against the Pakistani Province of Balochistan and Perenco in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, for which the group won a groundbreaking, unanimous decision in favor of its client. It also represents Brazilian construction corporations in two ICC arbitrations arising out of high-value EPC contracts
■ In 2012, 2014 and 2015, Debevoise received the Chambers International Counsel in Latin America Award for Excellence in International Arbitration. It was also named the 2014, 2015, and 2016 ‘International Arbitration Firm of the Year’ by US Benchmark Litigation.

Compliance & Investigations:

■ Debevoise is recognised globally and regionally as a leader in corporate investigations, ranked in the top band for “Corporate Investigations – Global-wide” and “Anti-Corruption – Global-wide” (Chambers Global 2017), and “Fraud & Corporate Investigations – Latin America-wide” (Chambers Latin America 2018)
■ Across the Americas and beyond, Debevoise conducts internal investigations of potential wrongdoing, and defends companies and executives in connection with prosecutorial inquiries and enforcement actions. Some of these current engagements relate to various high-profile matters in Latin America, including Operation Lava Jato in Brazil and the FIFA corruption scandal. It also works with leading companies on assignments ranging from conducting compliance risk assessments and enhancing internal compliance programs to performing anti-corruption and antibribery due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions

Private Equity Funds:
■ The private equity funds practice is one of the largest in the world, whether measured by the number of funds, total committed capital or resources devoted to private equity fund formation
■ The practice represents the full range of private equity firms, from first-time funds to independent boutiques, institutionally sponsored private equity businesses, and to multi-strategy alternative asset firms investing in the region
■ The group has advised private equity firms and investors pursuing a variety of investment strategies, including buyout/growth capital, real estate and infrastructure, media and telecommunications, healthcare, energy and other sector funds. It recently represented, or currently represents, firms such as Brookfield, The Carlyle Group, Gávea, Vinci Partners and Tishman Speyer, among others

Infrastructure & Project Finance:
■ The group has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector in Latin America, including transactions taking the form of public-private partnerships (‘P3s’ or ‘PPPs’). The group's sectors include transportation, energy, mining and natural resources, power generation, and communication. Members regularly work very closely with the international dispute resolution group both in the negotiation of new transactions to incorporate lessons learned and in the negotiation of restructuring of transactions or settlement of disputes in energy or other infrastructure projects
■ Award winning non-P3 projects on which the firm acted include the Refinaria Henrique Lage (REVAP) project in Brazil
■ The firm has also played a leading role in the development of privatisation and P3 structures in Latin America, having been involved in most of the P3 projects in Chile and many others in Mexico and elsewhere in the region; examples include the Ruta de la Araucanía and Autopista del Maipo toll roads in Chile, each of which was awarded the ‘Transportation Deal of the Year, Latin America’ by Project Finance Magazine, and Autopista de Nuevo León in Mexico, which was awarded the ‘Infrastructure Deal of the Year in the Americas’ by Project Finance International

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