Recent Accolades

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Firm and Practice

  • International Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year (Luberef’s $1.32 billion IPO)
    Bonds & Loans Capital Markets & ESG Finance Awards, 2024
  • Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year in Italy
    LegalCommunity Energy Awards, 2022 and 2024
  • No. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2024
  • Law Firm of the Year in Latin America (for a record 11th time)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year (Cemex’s $1 billion perpetual sustainable bond)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Corporate Liability Management of the Year (Vale’s $1.5 billion bond)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Corporate Sustainable/ESG Deal of the Year (America Movil’s inaugural $1 billion local sustainable bond)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Equity Follow-On of the Year (FEMSA’s $7.5 billion ABOs)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Financial Institution Deal of the Year (BBVA’s $1 billion Tier 2 Bond)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year (Codelco’s $2 billion bond)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Restructuring of the Year (LATAM’s $2.75 billion DIP financing)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Sovereign Bond of the Year (Chile’s $3 billion SLB/LM)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Sovereign Local Currency Deal of the Year (Dominican Republic’s $2 billion DOP bond & LM)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Sovereign Sustainable/ESG Deal of the Year (Uruguay’s inaugural $1.5 billion SLB)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Subnational Deal of the Year (Copel’s $1 billion privatization)
    LatinFinance, 2023
  • Competition Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2023
  • No. 1 International Firm in Latin America
    Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, 2013-2023
  • Top 5 Restructuring Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 100, 2023
  • Best Equity Deal (LG Chem’s $2 billion exchangeable bond offering) and Best Sustainable Finance Deal (SK Hynix’s $2.5 billion multi-tranche offering of sustainability-linked and green notes)
    FinanceAsia Deal Awards, 2023
  • Italian Litigation Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Awards, 2023
  • Best Large Cap Corporate Deal (Nethys’ sale of stake in telecom operator VOO to Orange Belgium)
    Belgium M&A Awards, 2023
  • International Counsel of the Year (Corporate Finance)
    Chambers Latin America Awards, 2023
  • Top 30 Firm
    Global Investigation Review’s GIR 30, 2023
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2023
  • M&A Deal of the Year (MBK-Unison Consortium Acquisition of Osstem Implant)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2023
  • Debt Capital Markets Legal Adviser of the Year
    Bonds & Loans Latin America & Caribbean Awards, 2023
  • Corporate Bond Deal of the Year (America Movil, MXN17 Billion Bond); Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year (FEMSA, Heineken Holding N.V.); ESG Loan Deal of the Year (Government of Barbados); Groundbreaking Deal of the Year (Oriental Republic of Uruguay, $1.5 Billion Sustainable-Linked Bond); Quasi Sovereign Bond Deal of the Year (Petrobras Global Finance B.V. $1.25 Billion Bond); Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year (Republic of Chile, $2.25 Billion & €750 Million Sustainability Linked Bonds)
    Bonds & Loans Latin America & Caribbean Awards, 2023
  • Impact Deal of the Year (Haleon’s demerger from GSK)
    International Tax Review EMEA Tax Awards, 2023
  • Mega Company Turnaround/Transaction of the Year (Garuda Indonesia)
    Turnaround Management Association, 2023
  • International Company Turnaround/Transaction of the Year (LATAM Airlines Group S.A.)
    Turnaround Management Association, 2023
  • Impact Deals of the Year (Nelo’s secured financing; Stoneway Capital’s restructuring)
    International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards, 2023
  • Finance Team of the Year
    Legal Business Awards, 2023
  • No. 15 Firm on A-List
    The American Lawyer, 2023
  • Top 15 International Law Firm
    India Business Law Journal, 2023
  • Leading International Firm for M&A (Inbound and Domestic); and Healthcare, Pharma, and Life Sciences
    China Business Law Awards, 2023
  • Competition / Antitrust Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2023
  • No. 1 Law Firm in Latin America
    Latinvex, 2017-2023
  • Italian Arbitration Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Forty Under 40 Awards, 2023
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Debt and Equity-linked Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Restructuring Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year (Republic of Uruguay sustainability-linked bond)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Equity Deal of the Year (Inter & Co. Nasdaq listing)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (LATAM Airlines Group)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2023
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (LATAM Airlines’ exit from Chapter 11)
    Latin Lawyer, 2023
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Public Companies Deal of the Year (Univision and Televisa’s $4.8 billion merger, forming the largest Spanish-language media group)
    Latin Lawyer, 2023
  • Corporate Finance: ESG Deal of the Year (Republic of Chile’s first sovereign sustainability-linked bonds)
    Latin Lawyer, 2023
  • South Korea International Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • No. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2023
  • Italian Firm of the Year for Technology, Oil & Gas Energy, and Banks
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2023
  • Behavioral Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (India/Google)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2023
  • Cross-Border Restructuring of the Year (Grupo Aeroméxico Chapter 11)
    The M&A Advisor, 2023
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas (UnitedHealth Group/Change Healthcare)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2023
  • M&A Deal of the Year - Midsize (TPG/Fractal Analytics)
    Asian Legal Business India Law Awards, 2023
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Garuda Indonesia’s $9.58 billion restructuring)
    IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards, 2023
  • M&A Deal of the Year (TPG/Tata Motors JV)
    India Business Law Journal, 2022
  • Firm of the Year (South Korea – Capital Markets)
    In-House Community Magazine, 2022
  • Asia Deal of the Year (TPG’s acquisition of iNova Pharmaceuticals)
    Private Equity International Awards, 2022
  • Sustainable Loan of the Year (Barbados’ $146.5 million blue loans)
    IFR Awards, 2022
  • Regional Awards: Structured Equity Deal of the Year (Lenovo’s $675 million seven-year convertible bond)
    IFR Asia Awards, 2022
  • Country Awards: Philippines Capital Markets Deal of the Year (The Republic of the Philippines’ $2 billion triple-tranche bond)
    IFR Asia Awards, 2022
  • Capital Markets Deals of the Year (Burning Rock Biotech’s UK direct listing)
    China Business Law Journal, 2022
  • Law Firm of the Year in Latin America (for a record tenth time)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year (América Móvil $1 Billion Travel Bond)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Corporate Issuer of the Year (América Móvil)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Corporate Liability Management of the Year (Vale $1.3 Billion Liability Management)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Corporate Local Currency Deal of the Year (Equatorial Energia’s Echoenergia Renewables Acquisition Financing)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • FI Deal of the Year (BCI Chile $500 Million Issuance)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year (CFE Inaugural $1.75 Billion Sustainable Bond)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Quasi-Sovereign Liability Management of the Year (Pemex $1 Billion Exchange & Tender Offer)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Sovereign Bond of the Year (UMS $5.8 Billion Bond + Exchange)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Sovereign ESG Deal of the Year (Republic of Chile Inaugural $2 Billion Sustainability-Linked Bond)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Sovereign Liability Management of the Year (Dominican Republic $3.564 Billion Dual Tranche Offering)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Syndicated Loan of the Year (CEMEX $3 Billion Sustainability-Linked Loan)
    LatinFinance, 2022
  • Top 30 Restructuring Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 100, 2022
  • Competition & EU Law Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Awards, 2019, 2020, and 2022
  • Top 30 Firm
    Global Investigation Review’s GIR 30, 2022
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (KEXIM’s Issuance of U.S. Bonds)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2022
  • International Matter of the Year (LATAM Airlines Group)
    American Bankruptcy Institute, 2022
  • International Counsel of the Year (Corporate Finance)
    Chambers Latin America Awards, 2022
  • Sovereign Bond Deal of the Year (Chile); Investment Grade Corporate Bond Deal of the Year (América Móvil – Sitios); Hybrid Bond Deal of the Year (CEMEX); Sovereign Liability Management Deal of the Year (Dominican Republic); Corporate Liability Management Deal of the Year (Pemex); ESG Loan Deal of the Year (CEMEX); BRL Deal of the Year (Vale)
    Bonds & Loans Latin America & Caribbean Awards, 2022
  • M&A Transaction of the Year and “Grand Prix” Winner (Veolia/Suez); Financial Transaction of the Year (OVHCloud IPO)
    Club des Trente, 2022
  • Equity Deal of the Year (Fertiglobe’s IPO)
    IFLR Middle East Awards, 2022
  • Antitrust – Public Enforcement Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Litigation Awards, 2022
  • No. 18 Firm on A-List
    The American Lawyer, 2022
  • Media & TLC Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2022
  • Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers USA Awards, 2022
  • High-Yield Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2022
  • High-Yield Deal of the Year (YPF’s $2 billion exchange offer and consent solicitation)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2022
  • Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year (Republic of Iraq’s gas growth integrated project with TotalEnergies)
    Law.com International Middle East Legal Awards, 2022
  • Italian Telecommunications Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2022
  • Deal of the Year: Banking and Finance (CEMEX’s $3.25 billion sustainability-linked loan)
    Latin Lawyer, 2022
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Euronext’s €4.4 billion acquisition of Borsa Italiana)
    IFLR Europe Awards 2022
  • Antitrust Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards, 2019, 2021, and 2022
  • Eleven “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2022
  • EU & Competition Team of the Year
    LegalCommunity Forty Under 40 Awards, 2022
  • International Counsel Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Brazil Awards, 2022
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (Veolia/Suez)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2022
  • No. 2 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2022
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (for advising China Biologic Products on its $4.76 billion take-private transaction)
    IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards, 2022
  • Americas Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021
  • Top 30 Restructuring Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 100, 2021
  • Best ESG Deal (POSCO Green Bond Issuance) and Best IPO (JD Logistics IPO)
    FinanceAsia Deal Awards, 2021
  • Best of China/Hong Kong (JD Logistics IPO); Best of the Frontier Markets (Government of Mongolia Dual-Tranche Issuance); and Best of Northeast Asia (SK Hynix Triple-Tranche Issuance)
    FinanceAsia Regional Deal Awards, 2021
  • Capital Markets Deals of the Year (China Biologic’s Nasdaq delisting; JD Health’s $3.4 billion Hong Kong IPO; JD Logistics’ $3.5 billion Hong Kong listing; Tencent’s Sogou privatized from NYSE)
    China Business Law Journal, 2021
  • Capital Markets Deal of the Year (ReNew Power’s $8 billion SPAC listing)
    India Business Law Journal, 2021
  • Consumer, Retail, Food, and Beverage Deal of the Year – Large Cap (Roark-backed Inspire Brands acquires Dunkin’ Donuts parent)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year (FEMSA’s $1.4 billion sustainability-linked bond)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year (MercadoLibre’s inaugural USD conventional and sustainable bond issuance)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Corporate Issuer of the Year (Cemex)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Corporate Liability Management of the Year (Petrobras’ liability management program)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Corporate Team of the Year in the UK (for Euronext’s acquisition of Borsa Italiana from LSE)
    Legal Business Awards, 2021
  • Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Warburg-backed Allied Universal Security acquires G4S)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Deal of the Year – Large Cap (T-Mobile and Sprint complete blockbuster merger)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Deals of the Year: Banking and Finance (LATAM Airlines’ $2.45 billion debtor-in-possession loan); ESG (Suzano’s sustainability-linked notes offering); and Restructuring (Argentina’s $65 billion foreign debt restructuring) 
    Latin Lawyer, 2021
  • Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year (Ecuador’s $17.4 billion sovereign debt restructuring); Loans Deal of the Year (LATAM Airlines’ DIP financing); and Restructuring Deal of the Year (McDermott International)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2021
  • Debt and Equity-linked Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2021
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (SK Battery America’s issuance of green notes)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2021
  • Digital Infrastructure/Telecoms Financing of the Year (Andean Telecom Partners’ bond debut)
    LatinFinance Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards, 2021
  • Domestic Deal of the Year (National Commerce Bank / Samba merger) and Equity Deal of the Year (Yalla Group’s IPO)
    IFLR Middle East Awards, 2021
  • Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year (Krafton’s global offering and listing in Korea)
    In-House Community, 2021
  • Equity Follow-On of the Year (Banco Inter’s R$5.5 billion follow-on offering)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year (JD Health’s $3.48 billion Hong Kong IPO)
    ALB Hong Kong Law Awards, 2021
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year – Midsize (Huazhu Group’s global offering and secondary listing in Hong Kong)
    ALB China Law Awards, 2021
  • Estonia Deal of the Year (Enefit Green Privatization and IPO) and Turkey Deal of the Year (Hepsiburada IPO)
    CEE Legal Matters Awards, 2021
  • High-Yield Deal of the Year (Government of Mongolia in $600 million liability management transaction)
    IFLR Asia Pacific Awards, 2021
  • Impact Deals of the Year (Advent, Cinven, and RAG’s acquisition of Thyssenkrupp’s Elevator business; Worldline’s acquisition of Ingenico)
    International Tax Review EMEA Tax Awards, 2021
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Italian Competition & Regulatory Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Awards, 2021
  • Italian Litigation Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Litigation Awards, 2021
  • Italian Insolvency & Restructuring Team of the Year
    LegalCommunity Forty Under 40 Awards, 2021
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards, 2020 and 2021
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year and Italian Restructuring Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2021
  • Leading International Firm for Capital Markets (Overseas); Healthcare, Pharma, and Life Sciences; and Technology and Telecoms
    China Business Law Journal, 2021
  • M&A Deal of the Year (International Seaways merger with Diamond S Shipping)
    Marine Money, 2021
  • M&A Deal of the Year – Premium (Facebook and Google’s acquisition of stake in Jio Platforms)
    ALB India Law Awards, 2021
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year (Google/Fitbit)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2021
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (Advent, Cinven, and RAG Stiftung/ThyssenKrupp Elevator)
    IFLR Europe Awards, 2021
  • Securities Deal of the Year: Debt (Mongolia’s $600 million sovereign bond for sustainable development)
    The Asian Lawyer, 2021
  • Sovereign Issuer of the Year (Republic of Chile)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Sovereign Liability Management of the Year (Dominican Republic inaugural DOP116.8 billion local notes offering)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Subnational Deal of the Year (Buenos Aires’ restructuring)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Sustainable Borrower of the Year (Suzano)
    LatinFinance, 2021
  • Technology, Media, and Telecom Deal of the Year – Large Cap (Salesforce.com buys messaging company Slack)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Ten “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2021
  • Top 20 Firm
    Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30, 2021
  • White-Collar Crime/Investigations Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards, 2021
  • White-Collar Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2021


Pro Bono and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Bronze DEI Leadership Seal Recipient
    The State Bar of California, 2024
  • Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2023
  • Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award
    New York City Bar Association’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, 2023
  • Marvin E. Frankel Award for Pro Bono Service
    Human Rights First, 2023
  • Best International Firm: Work-Life Balance
    Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2023
  • Diversity and Inclusion Business Council Award
    Bank of America, 2023
  • Top 15 Firm in the Diversity Scorecard
    The American Lawyer, 2023
  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award
    New York State Bar Association, 2023
  • Top 5 Firm for Female Attorneys
    Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report, 2022
  • Top 5 Firm for Diverse Attorneys
    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot, 2022
  • Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership (Afghan Pro Bono Initiative)
    LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, 2022
  • 2022 Local Impact Award
    PILnet, 2022
  • 2022 Institutional Cornerstone Award
    Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2022
  • Top 30 Pro Bono Firm
    American Lawyer National Pro Bono Rankings, 2022
  • Top 5 Firm in the Diversity Scorecard
    The American Lawyer, 2022
  • Collaboration Award
    National Literacy Trust Business Awards, 2022
  • Innovative International Firm of the Year
    Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2022
  • Seven “Women Leaders”
    IFLR1000, 2022
  • Top Firm for Diversity
    Yale Law Women’s Top Firms for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report, 2022
  • No. 3 Firm for LGBTQ+ Lawyers in the UK
    Law.com International, 2021
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    Morgan Stanley Asia Outside Counsel Diversity Awards, 2021
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    The Legal Aid Society, 2009-2019, 2021
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    LatinoJustice, 2021
  • Top 25 Firm for Associate Satisfaction, Career Opportunities, Pro Bono, and DE&I
    Chambers Associate Survey, 2021
  • Top 25 Pro Bono Firm
    American Lawyer National Pro Bono Rankings, 2021
  • Top Firm for Health and Wellness
    Yale Law Women’s Top Firms for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report, 2021

 

Legal Directory Recognitions

  • 247 practice and lawyer rankings; 55 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Global
  • 97 practice and lawyer rankings; 17 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Europe
  • 20 practice and lawyer rankings; 1 of which is top-tier
    Chambers UK
  • 128 practice and lawyer rankings; 25 of which are top-tier
    Chambers USA
  • 18 practice and lawyer rankings; 7 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Latin America
  • 18 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier 
    Chambers Asia-Pacific


Key Distinctions

  • Counsel to Over 50 Sovereigns
  • Counsel in Over 1,100 Completed M&A Transactions Worldwide Since 2012, Valued at Over $3.2 Trillion (Refinitiv)
  • Largest Ever Sovereign Debt Restructuring
  • Largest Ever Leveraged Buyout
  • Largest Ever Real Estate Transaction
  • Largest Ever Patent Portfolio Sale
  • Most Prominent Antitrust Case of the Decade
  • Represented Over 50 Financial Institutions in Financial Crisis-Related Litigation

 

Government and Agency Insight

  • Several Former Federal Prosecutors
  • 2 Former FDIC General Counsel
  • Former Deputy Director General of the European Commission DG for Competition
  • Former Chief of the DOJ’s FCPA Unit
  • Former Assistant Chief of the International Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division
  • 2 Former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division
  • 2 Former SEC General Counsel
  • Former Chief Litigation Counsel of the SEC’s Enforcement Division
  • Former Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance
  • Former Director of International Strategy for the IRS’s Large Business and International Division
  • Former Director and Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition
  • Several Former Members of the European Commission’s Legal Service