Chantal Kordula is a go-to lawyer in Latin America for complex, cross-border matters, with a focus on international M&A and financing transactions for some of the region’s largest multinationals and state-owned entities.

She regularly represents Latin American sovereigns, state-owned entities, and corporations in their mergers and acquisitions, financing and infrastructure development activity, as well as multinational businesses in their investments throughout the region.

The work Chantal advises on is often multifaceted and multidisciplinary, bridging M&A and finance to devise creative solutions to her clients’ biggest challenges. She also has substantial experience in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure.

Chantal’s work has been recognized by The American Lawyer, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 Latin America, and The Legal 500 U.S., among others, and Latinvex has included her on its list of the “Top 50 Female Lawyers.”

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

Notable Experiences

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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Selected Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees of Amherst College

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