Cleary Gottlieb Named “Best Law Firm” in Latin America by LatinFinance; Firm also Counsel in Eight “Deals of the Year”

January 18, 2013

Cleary Gottlieb has been named “Best Law Firm” in Latin America by LatinFinance. The award, which was presented at the magazine’s annual awards dinner in New York on January 17, recognizes the firm’s broad expertise across the region and its participation in several of the most important transactions of 2012 in a range of asset classes.

In addition, Cleary Gottlieb was counsel in eight transactions noted as “Deals of the Year” by LatinFinance. The winning deals are:

Best Trade Financing:
Pemex $1.2 Billion Ex-Im Bank Guaranteed 2022 Bonds
(Cleary represented Pemex)

Best Local Currency Financing:
Pemex MXP10 Billion, 10-year GDN
(Cleary represented Pemex)

Best Corporate High-Grade Bond:
Mexichem $1.15 Billion 2022, 2042
(Cleary represented Mexichem)

Best Corporate Liability Management:
Cemex $7 Billion Debt Exchange
(Cleary represented the steering committee of Cemex’s largest bank creditors and the structuring agents on the exchange offer and consent solicitation pursuant to which the transaction was completed)

Best Quasi-Sovereign Bond:
Petrobras $7 Billion 2015, 2017, 2021, 2041
(Cleary represented Petrobras)

Best Sovereign Bond:
United Mexican States’ $2 Billion 2044
(Cleary represented United Mexican States)

Best Sovereign Liability Management:
Republic of Uruguay UYP39.8 Billion New Issue, Tender & Exchange 
(Cleary represented Republic of Uruguay)

Best Syndicated Loan:
Ternium $700 Million 5-year Loan
(Cleary represented Ternium on antitrust aspects of the merger that was connected to the loan)

Published monthly, LatinFinance has covered business, finance, cross-border investment and capital markets in Latin America for two decades. Its annual awards are the region’s most prestigious and rigorously judged awards for excellence in investment banking, capital markets issuance and legal advice.

Actively engaged in Latin America work for more than 50 years, Cleary Gottlieb’s commitment to and knowledge of the region is unparalleled. With more than 30 partners or counsel and approximately 70 associates engaged in the firm’s Latin America practice, the firm has a broader and deeper talent base in this area than any other international law firm. The practice is widely recognized for its depth and breadth of knowledge about local customs and practices and its longstanding relationships with local law firms.