Francesca L. Odell is one of the foremost capital markets lawyers for Latin American and Brazilian international issues, and her clients include many of the region’s largest companies in the oil and gas and telecommunications sectors.

Her cross-border practice focuses on capital markets, M&A, private equity, project finance, and restructuring transactions, and she is known for delivering practical, business-savvy solutions to complex and high-profile issues.

She is recognized as a Leading Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A Lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America, and Latin Lawyer 250, and as a leading lawyer for Latin American Investment by Chambers USA.

Francesca joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005.

Notable Experience

Selected Capital Markets Experience

  • Issuers and underwriters in numerous SEC-registered and unregistered debt and equity offerings by Latin American issuers, including those of Açucar Guarani, Banco Cruziero do Sul, Bancolombia, BIC Banco, Brasil Pharma, Brookfield Incorporações, Camil Alimentos, Centro de Imagem Diagnósticos – Alliar, Construtora Tenda, Copa Holdings, GP Investments, Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers, Le Lis Blanc Deux Comércio e Confecções de Roupas, Multiplus, Movida, Nexa Resources, Netshoes, Oi, PDG Realty, Redecard, Ser Educacional, Suzano Papel e Celulose, TAM Airlines, and Technos, among others.

  • Petrobras in numerous matters, including:

    • New money offerings and liability management transactions in 2018 involving approximately $23 billion of debt securities.
    • $9.75 billion in SEC-registered bond offerings in 2016.
    • A $2.5 billion SEC-registered century bond offering, the largest-ever century bond offering at the time and the first by a Brazilian issuer.
    • A $70 billion SEC-registered global equity offering, the largest-ever equity offering at the time.
    • A $11 billion SEC-registered multi-tranche notes offering, the largest-ever debt offering by an emerging markets company.
    • The fulfillment of disclosure obligations with the SEC.
    • SEC reporting, corporate governance, litigation, enforcement, and financing matters in connection with “Operation Carwash.”

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Selected M&A Experience

  • Cable Onda in the $1.46 billion sale of a controlling 80 percent stake to Millicom International Cellular.

  • TPG in its acquisition of a significant minority stake in Resultados Digitais, and together with Gávea Investimentos in their acquisition of an interest in Rumo Logística.

  • Newbridge Latin America in the $73 million sale of the Bristol Group of Argentine insurance companies.

  • Abbott Laboratories on the non-U.S. aspects of its $4.3 billion sale of its ophthalmology division to Johnson & Johnson.

  • Itaú Unibanco in its R$2.77 billion acquisition of Citigroup’s Brazilian consumer finance business.

  • General Mills in its acquisition of Yoki Alimentos and the sale of its Venezuelan business.

  • Compass Minerals in its purchase of a 35 percent interest in Produquímica Indústria e Comércio.

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Selected Project Finance Experience

  • Petrobras in connection with financings for the development of deepwater oil fields and for various FPSOs and offshore assets, among them:

    • The $1 billion multi-tranche project financing for the construction and operation of an offshore crude oil platform (FPSO) and pipelines in the Campos Basin deepwater oil field off of Brazil.
    • The financing of equipment, goods, and services to be used on Petrobras’ P-40 platform in connection with the exploitation and production of oil in the Marlim Sul deepwater oil field.

  • Ecopetrol in the greenfield financing of its participation in OCENSA.

  • PDVSA on various oil, gas, port, and other energy infrastructure projects.

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  • Board Member, Start Small Think Big
  • Board Member, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory Board Chair, Legal Outreach
  • Board Co-Chair, The Retreat