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    Americas regional coverage

    Brazil

    We have several top-tier practices and advise global clients active in the region in the following areas:

    • Corporate/M&A: focuses on strategic planning and structuring advice, public and private M&A, joint ventures, financial advisor representation, complex cross-border transactions
    • Banking & Finance: broad capabilities include project finance and bonds, corporate finance and syndicated lending – with strong experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors
    • Capital Markets: strong reputation for innovation in securitizations, structured products and derivatives – with expertise in both debt and equity offerings
    • Restructuring and Liability Management: multidisciplinary, business-minded approach with cross-border expertise in finance, commercial transactions and litigation
    • Investigations and Litigation: significant experience across Latin America in regulatory compliance and investigations as well as complex commercial litigation

    Our lawyers in São Paulo, New York, Washington, DC and across the globe work closely with local and international clients in Brazil and throughout the region. With a diversified team on the ground, we are able to react quickly to the needs of our clients and the dynamic Brazilian market.

    Having advised on a wide array of transactions over many years, our stable and committed team has developed important relationships and a thorough understanding of the Brazilian market. We are deeply familiar with the business, legal and regulatory landscape, not just in Brazil but throughout Latin America. Our close ties with top local law firms enable us to deliver one-stop service and the best of international and local standards.

    An impressive number of top rankings from elite independent sources recognize our groundbreaking work on significant transactions, commitment to innovation and longstanding engagement with the Brazilian and other regional markets. 

    A small sample of our work includes:

    • Banco Bradesco on its historic USD$5.2 billion acquisition of HSBC assets in Brazil, the largest M&A transaction in Latin America in 2015
    • US food manufacturer Kellogg on its USD$428 million acquisition of Brazilian biscuit maker Parati Group, its largest acquisition to date in Latin America
    • The USD$421 million IPO of Alupar Investimento, a Brazilian electricity transmission and generation company
    • Suzano on its issuance of USD$300 million 7.000% Senior Notes due 2047, the first 30 year bond issuance in paper and cellulose sector
    • Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Usina Santa Terezinha on the restructuring of its debt
    • Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração S.A. on financial consequences of an environmental incident suffered in late 2015 and potential restructuring of its approximately USD$4 billion in debt
    • IFC in its USD$250 million financing package for Banco Daycoval, to expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises, including women-owned businesses
    • A financial institution in Brazil in relation to investigations by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
    • Santander Brasil and Santander Spain with respect to their USD$300 million loan to the State of São Paulo to fund its road building program, which loan was guaranteed by the Brazilian Federal Government, and in an innovative structure, also the World Bank's MIGA
    • Sumitomo in connection with the financing of the BTG Pactual's USD$758 million acquisition of Globenet's undersea telecom cable system from Oi

    Our Americas team of nearly 300 lawyers in São Paulo, New York and Washington, DC – in collaboration with thousands of lawyers across the Clifford Chance global network – has established us as a go-to firm for legal work flowing into and out of Brazil.

      Americas regional coverage

      USA

      A highly rated US team backed by a large global network

      Our clients include many of the world’s leading businesses. They rely on us for superior service, market-leading expertise and commercial counsel on their most important and challenging matters. We've built our US practices to meet these demands domestically – in fact, nearly three in four US partners were recommended in 2018 by The Legal 500 United States.

      On cross-border matters, and for clients with a full range of multijurisdictional needs, our capabilities are unmatched in the US market. Our team of approximately 300 lawyers in New York and Washington, DC works closely with the Firm's network of international lawyers practicing from more than 30 offices worldwide. Uniquely, that network includes a team of US-qualified attorneys who practice on the ground in Asia, Europe and South America. In 2018, Clifford Chance received 210 Band 1 lawyer and practice area rankings from Chambers Global – more than any other US firm by a wide margin.

      Similarly, our US Tech Group – part of the Firm's 400-lawyer-strong Global Tech Group – provides a new model in blending our technology expertise to deliver advice across transactional and litigation practices that addresses both opportunity and risk. We are making technology as pervasive in our Firm as it is in the business world.

      Collaboration is a core value within our culture. It means that we work as a team to look at our clients' needs from their perspective and offer innovative solutions that are not tied to a particular office, practice area or attorney. It also means that when catastrophic events occur, such as a cyber breach, our partners can quickly mobilize a first-rate global team to work with regulators across all jurisdictions and help with the incident response.

      Read on to learn about our US practices and why our lawyers are trusted by companies around the world on a broad range of corporate and financial transactions and high-level investigations.

      Main Areas of Practice

      Banking & Finance

      Our US Banking & Finance group represents financial institutions and corporates in connection with all manner of financial products, including complex national and multinational insolvency and restructuring proceedings, acquisition finance, bank lending, asset finance, equipment leasing and debt trading. Our top-ranked Asset Finance team includes three Tier 1 partners in New York and is among the best and most active in the world in advising on large aircraft finance transactions.

      We are also a recognized leader in Project Finance, with two Tier 1 partners. Our US-based attorneys represent lenders, sponsors and developers on financings for projects in the US and across Latin America, including in the renewables, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecoms and petrochemicals sectors. In Latin America, Clifford Chance has topped the project finance league tables two of the past three years, and we were named the 2018 Project Finance Law Firm of the Year by IFLR.

      Our US Financial Services Regulatory Group comprises attorneys from transactional and litigation practices to create a single access point for advice on risks and regulatory obligations across international markets.

      Contact: Zarrar Sehgal

      Capital Markets

      Our US Capital Markets practice has an outstanding reputation for developing innovative solutions in the expanding area of specialty finance, especially in relation to permanent capital vehicles and alternative REIT structures.

      The Firm advises on the full range of capital-raising transactions in the US, representing issuers, underwriters, sponsors and selling stockholders. Our US REIT practice has been ranked Tier 1 for more than a decade and has led the way in exporting the product to Mexico, where we advised on the first FIBRA, and to Europe, where we advised on the first US REIT comprised of non-US real estate assets.

      Product coverage includes IPOs (for both US and non-US companies listing on US exchanges), secondary equity, private placements, preferred equity, equity-linked products, debt and high-yield offerings. Our team also represents numerous investment banks as underwriters of securities issued by closed-end funds and is regularly engaged in fund creation work for US registered open-end and closed-end funds and hedge funds. We are frequently instructed on cross-border capital markets matters, with a principal focus on Latin America.

      Our team has been at the forefront of developing structured products, representing clients across a broad spectrum of securitization and other structured capital markets products, and in derivative products, in the US and internationally.

      Contacts: Kathleen Werner and Jonathan Zonis

      Corporate

      We have long advised clients on high-end, business-critical mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. Our clients include public and private companies, investment banks and financial institutions, and private equity firms. Our lawyers advise on the full spectrum of M&A products and services, and we regularly handle US inbound foreign direct investments for non-US clients. In Latin America, Clifford Chance topped Bloomberg's 2017 M&A league table, advising on the most deals in the region, and is recognized as Tier 1 by Legal 500 Latin America for Corporate/M&A.

      Our US Insurance team is a leader in M&A transactions, innovative risk-transfer and capital-raising transactions, insurtech and strategic regulatory matters, and our lawyers have done pioneering work in the non-payment insurance space. We are also the market leader in forming alternative capital insurance and reinsurance companies, having advised on deals with an aggregate value of more than US$14 billion in the life insurance and P&C insurance space.

      Our Funds & Investment Management team advises on an especially broad range of mandates, with notable strength in the US real estate and asset/structured finance sectors. We have extensive experience with private equity, real estate and debt funds, as well as large limited partner investments and secondaries transactions.

      Contact: David Brinton

      Litigation & Dispute Resolution

      Our US Litigation & Dispute Resolution team represents many of the largest global financial institutions, leading companies, governments and international organizations, as well as individuals from the business community, in some of the market's largest and highest-profile US disputes.

      We help clients resolve complex disputes in a manner that reflects their global business objectives, and we are frequently called upon to conduct critical domestic and cross-border investigations. Our team defends multifaceted and high-risk securities class actions and boasts a highly regarded white collar and enforcement capability.

      Our trial expertise includes all types of civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions, as well as appellate matters before national and international courts and tribunals. In addition to helping clients through the challenges of a trial, our US litigators offer in-depth guidance regarding the development of compliance programs to assist in minimizing future risks.

      Contact: David DiBari

      Real Estate

      Our US Real Estate group focuses on the legal issues and commercial challenges involved in dealing with acquisitions and sales, preferred equity structures, joint ventures, limited partnerships, REITs and other co-investment arrangements, leasing, mortgage loans and credit facilities and mezzanine loans.

      We are also a market leader for cross-border transactions and regularly represent investors in the acquisition of trophy-type properties and large portfolios that often require complex structuring and significant tax planning.

      Contact: Ness Cohen

      Tax, Pensions & Employment

      Our Tax lawyers are often credited with devising solutions that are not only innovative, but in themselves pave the way for complex transactions to close – for example, the US$100 billion AB InBev / SABMiller merger. The group regularly advises on US and international taxation, covering corporate and commercial transactions, equity and debt offerings, real estate and private equity funds and investments, financing and securitization transactions, tax-efficient structured transactions, insurance taxation, charitable organizations and the resolution of tax disputes.

      We offer an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing US tax rules, and we combine that with easy access to the Firm's global network of tax attorneys with extensive knowledge of international tax systems and how they interlink. Our team is trusted by clients to ensure that deal structures fit with their broader business goals and risk tolerance.

      The group is ranked Band 1 in the US for Tax: Financial Products and has a particularly strong reputation for its tax work in supporting REIT and insurance structures.

      Our employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers regularly advise domestic and multinational companies on critical employment matters in the context of M&A transactions, including the treatment of equity compensation, negotiating employment agreements and pension plan terminations. We also advise on all aspects of Title I of ERISA, including fiduciary issues in connection with the investment of employee benefit plan assets as well as the fiduciary responsibility requirements that pension plan investment committees must comply with.

      Contact: Richard Catalano

        Americas regional coverage

        Latin America Group

        A highly rated US team backed by a large global network

        Our clients include many of the world’s leading businesses. They rely on us for superior service, market-leading expertise and commercial counsel on their most important and challenging matters. We've built our US practices to meet these demands domestically – in fact, nearly three in four US partners were recommended in 2018 by The Legal 500 United States.

        On cross-border matters, and for clients with a full range of multijurisdictional needs, our capabilities are unmatched in the US market. Our team of approximately 300 lawyers in New York and Washington, DC works closely with the Firm's network of international lawyers practicing from more than 30 offices worldwide. Uniquely, that network includes a team of US-qualified attorneys who practice on the ground in Asia, Europe and South America. In 2018, Clifford Chance received 210 Band 1 lawyer and practice area rankings from Chambers Global – more than any other US firm by a wide margin.

        Similarly, our US Tech Group – part of the Firm's 400-lawyer-strong Global Tech Group – provides a new model in blending our technology expertise to deliver advice across transactional and litigation practices that addresses both opportunity and risk. We are making technology as pervasive in our Firm as it is in the business world.

        Collaboration is a core value within our culture. It means that we work as a team to look at our clients' needs from their perspective and offer innovative solutions that are not tied to a particular office, practice area or attorney. It also means that when catastrophic events occur, such as a cyber breach, our partners can quickly mobilize a first-rate global team to work with regulators across all jurisdictions and help with the incident response.

        Read on to learn about our US practices and why our lawyers are trusted by companies around the world on a broad range of corporate and financial transactions and high-level investigations.

        Main Areas of Practice

        Banking & Finance

        Our US Banking & Finance group represents financial institutions and corporates in connection with all manner of financial products, including complex national and multinational insolvency and restructuring proceedings, acquisition finance, bank lending, asset finance, equipment leasing and debt trading. Our top-ranked Asset Finance team includes three Tier 1 partners in New York and is among the best and most active in the world in advising on large aircraft finance transactions.

        We are also a recognized leader in Project Finance, with two Tier 1 partners. Our US-based attorneys represent lenders, sponsors and developers on financings for projects in the US and across Latin America, including in the renewables, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecoms and petrochemicals sectors. In Latin America, Clifford Chance has topped the project finance league tables two of the past three years, and we were named the 2018 Project Finance Law Firm of the Year by IFLR.

        Our US Financial Services Regulatory Group comprises attorneys from transactional and litigation practices to create a single access point for advice on risks and regulatory obligations across international markets.

        Contact: Zarrar Sehgal

        Capital Markets

        Our US Capital Markets practice has an outstanding reputation for developing innovative solutions in the expanding area of specialty finance, especially in relation to permanent capital vehicles and alternative REIT structures.

        The Firm advises on the full range of capital-raising transactions in the US, representing issuers, underwriters, sponsors and selling stockholders. Our US REIT practice has been ranked Tier 1 for more than a decade and has led the way in exporting the product to Mexico, where we advised on the first FIBRA, and to Europe, where we advised on the first US REIT comprised of non-US real estate assets.

        Product coverage includes IPOs (for both US and non-US companies listing on US exchanges), secondary equity, private placements, preferred equity, equity-linked products, debt and high-yield offerings. Our team also represents numerous investment banks as underwriters of securities issued by closed-end funds and is regularly engaged in fund creation work for US registered open-end and closed-end funds and hedge funds. We are frequently instructed on cross-border capital markets matters, with a principal focus on Latin America.

        Our team has been at the forefront of developing structured products, representing clients across a broad spectrum of securitization and other structured capital markets products, and in derivative products, in the US and internationally.

        Contacts: Kathleen Werner and Jonathan Zonis

        Corporate

        We have long advised clients on high-end, business-critical mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. Our clients include public and private companies, investment banks and financial institutions, and private equity firms. Our lawyers advise on the full spectrum of M&A products and services, and we regularly handle US inbound foreign direct investments for non-US clients. In Latin America, Clifford Chance topped Bloomberg's 2017 M&A league table, advising on the most deals in the region, and is recognized as Tier 1 by Legal 500 Latin America for Corporate/M&A.

        Our US Insurance team is a leader in M&A transactions, innovative risk-transfer and capital-raising transactions, insurtech and strategic regulatory matters, and our lawyers have done pioneering work in the non-payment insurance space. We are also the market leader in forming alternative capital insurance and reinsurance companies, having advised on deals with an aggregate value of more than US$14 billion in the life insurance and P&C insurance space.

        Our Funds & Investment Management team advises on an especially broad range of mandates, with notable strength in the US real estate and asset/structured finance sectors. We have extensive experience with private equity, real estate and debt funds, as well as large limited partner investments and secondaries transactions.

        Contact: David Brinton

        Litigation & Dispute Resolution

        Our US Litigation & Dispute Resolution team represents many of the largest global financial institutions, leading companies, governments and international organizations, as well as individuals from the business community, in some of the market's largest and highest-profile US disputes.

        We help clients resolve complex disputes in a manner that reflects their global business objectives, and we are frequently called upon to conduct critical domestic and cross-border investigations. Our team defends multifaceted and high-risk securities class actions and boasts a highly regarded white collar and enforcement capability.

        Our trial expertise includes all types of civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions, as well as appellate matters before national and international courts and tribunals. In addition to helping clients through the challenges of a trial, our US litigators offer in-depth guidance regarding the development of compliance programs to assist in minimizing future risks.

        Contact: David DiBari

        Real Estate

        Our US Real Estate group focuses on the legal issues and commercial challenges involved in dealing with acquisitions and sales, preferred equity structures, joint ventures, limited partnerships, REITs and other co-investment arrangements, leasing, mortgage loans and credit facilities and mezzanine loans.

        We are also a market leader for cross-border transactions and regularly represent investors in the acquisition of trophy-type properties and large portfolios that often require complex structuring and significant tax planning.

        Contact: Ness Cohen

        Tax, Pensions & Employment

        Our Tax lawyers are often credited with devising solutions that are not only innovative, but in themselves pave the way for complex transactions to close – for example, the US$100 billion AB InBev / SABMiller merger. The group regularly advises on US and international taxation, covering corporate and commercial transactions, equity and debt offerings, real estate and private equity funds and investments, financing and securitization transactions, tax-efficient structured transactions, insurance taxation, charitable organizations and the resolution of tax disputes.

        We offer an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing US tax rules, and we combine that with easy access to the Firm's global network of tax attorneys with extensive knowledge of international tax systems and how they interlink. Our team is trusted by clients to ensure that deal structures fit with their broader business goals and risk tolerance.

        The group is ranked Band 1 in the US for Tax: Financial Products and has a particularly strong reputation for its tax work in supporting REIT and insurance structures.

        Our employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers regularly advise domestic and multinational companies on critical employment matters in the context of M&A transactions, including the treatment of equity compensation, negotiating employment agreements and pension plan terminations. We also advise on all aspects of Title I of ERISA, including fiduciary issues in connection with the investment of employee benefit plan assets as well as the fiduciary responsibility requirements that pension plan investment committees must comply with.

        Contact: Richard Catalano

        Americas regional coverage

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        In the Americas region, Clifford Chance is a full-service US firm advising domestic and multinational clients on US-law matters in the US, Latin America and across global markets.

        With regional offices in New York, Washington, DC and São Paulo, we offer ready access to US financial and political centers, as well as decades of experience in helping our clients achieve their business objectives while managing risk. Our team of nearly 300 lawyers works across highly regarded practices in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Tax, Pensions & Employment. We have significant sector practices in Funds & Investment Management, Insurance, Private Equity, Technology and Transportation.

        Our dedicated Latin America group is comprised of bilingual and culturally fluent lawyers who understand the region's distinct business, legal and regulatory landscapes. They advise on complex transactions that are often at the forefront in the development of new markets, assisting clients on matters involving energy and infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions, and the delivery of cutting-edge finance and capital markets structures. 

        Our Americas practices and attorneys are widely recognized in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories covering the US and Latin America.

        We also offer a broader team of US-qualified lawyers based in offices across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the UK, leveraging the Firm's preeminent network to assist clients seamlessly in cross-border matters involving US law.

        Collaboration is at the core of our culture. It means that we look at our clients' needs from their perspective and offer innovative solutions that are not tied to a particular office, practice area or attorney. It also means that when catastrophic events occur, such as a cyber breach, our partners can quickly mobilize a first-rate global team to work with regulators in the relevant jurisdictions and help with the incident response.

        Diversity & inclusion

        We deeply embrace our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We were a pioneering US law firm for the Mansfield Rule and, in 2018, were certified in Mansfield 2.0, which requires us to consider a minimum of 30 percent women, LGBT+ and minority lawyers for significant leadership roles.

        Innovation & Best Delivery

        As part of the Firm's Innovation & Best Delivery program, our Americas Hub brings together professionals with expertise in continuous improvement, technology, pricing, and project and resource management. Based in our New York office, Jeroen Plink serves as the CEO of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions, which houses the Firm's expanding range of digital products that combine our legal expertise with technology to solve complex, large-scale client challenges.

        To find out more about our work with clients in the Americas, follow the links below: