Chantal Kordula’s practice focuses primarily on transactions in Latin America, particularly mergers and acquisitions, project and acquisition finance, and restructurings.

Chantal joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2008.

Notable Experience

M&A

  • Vitro Mexico in the $2.15 billion sale of its food and beverage glass containers business to Owens-Illinois.

  • Grupo Bimbo in its $709 million acquisition of Sara Lee Corporation’s North American Fresh Bakery; its €115 million acquisition of Sara Lee’s fresh bakery business in Spain and Portugal; its acquisition and financing of its $2.5 billion purchase of Weston Foods; and its $650 million acquisition of East Balt Bakeries.

  • Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. in its $688.5 million acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. from The Coca-Cola Company.

  • Ontex in its €400 million acquisition of Grupo Mabe.

  • The Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of TerraForm Power in the company’s $2.4 billion joint acquisition with SunEdison, its majority shareholder, of First Wind.

  • América Móvil in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Verizon Dominicana. 

  • Advent International in the acquisition of a majority stake by Advent and Essex Woodlands in Biotoscana Investments.

  • Highstar Capital in the acquisitions and related financings of POPNA and MTCH, two marine terminal operators.

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Project and Corporate Finance

  • The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation in the $1 billion (first stage) and $3 billion (second stage) secured financings to develop the new Mexico City international airport.

  • TAG Pipelines Sur, a 50:50 joint venture between Pemex and GDF Suez, in the approximately $1.2 billion financing for the construction and operation of the Ramones II Sur pipeline.

  • Gasoductos de Chihuahua in the $490 million project financing for the further development of two natural gas pipelines, a natural gas compression station, and an LPG storage and transportation system in Mexico.

  • CAP in the first and second financing of a desalination plant in Chile’s Atacama Region III.

  • Suez Energy Andino S.A. as sponsor of the $400 million project financing of a greenfield 165MW gross capacity coal-fired power plant in Chile.

  • Tenedora Nemak in the $1.145 billion refinancing of a secured syndicated loan facility.

  • The Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico in the development of legislation authorizing the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects and previously in the procurement process for the award of a $4 billion operation and management contract for the Puerto Rico water and wastewater system.

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Latin American Restructurings

  • An ad hoc committee of international bank creditors in the $3 billion debt restructuring of Controladora Comercial Mexicana (Comerci).

  • An ad hoc bondholder committee in the $420 million restructuring of Industrias Unidas’s indebtedness, which included a simultaneous Chapter 11 reorganization and an out-of-court restructuring.

  • An ad hoc bank creditors committee in the restructuring of more than $935 million of derivative debt of GRUMA.

  • A creditors committee in the $3.4 billion debt restructuring of Telecom Argentina.

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