Juan G. Giráldez’s practice focuses on international financing and business transactions, particularly capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border financings, and joint ventures.

Juan joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. He was resident in New York before locating to São Paulo in 2011 to open Cleary’s office in Brazil.

Notable Experience

  • Oi’s €600 Rule 144A/Reg S offering, the first ever one-day “switch” tender offer by a corporate issuer; and its R$7.7 billion (approximately US$3.4 billion) equity offering in 2014, the largest equity offering in Brazil since the $67 billion equity offering by Petrobras in 2010, which Cleary also advised on.

  • The Province of Buenos Aires in approximately $5 billion in Rule 144A/Reg S debt offerings and in its $3.1 billion restructuring.

  • The underwriters in multiple Globo Comunicação e Participações’ bond offerings, including its $325 million offering in 2015.

  • Warburg Pincus in the acquisition of Dudalina and subsequent merger between Restoque Comércio e Confecções de Roupas.

  • The Dominican Republic in its international financing transactions, including its most recent Rule 144A/Reg S $2.5 billion sovereign bond offering. This offering marked the eighth time the Dominican Republic has tapped the international debt markets during the last five years. Juan has represented the sovereign in connection with each offering. Additionally, in conjunction with the January 2015 sovereign bond offering, he advised the Dominican Republic in connection with the bilateral renegotiation and cancellation of approximately 98 percent of debt in an amount of $4.027 billion owed to PDVSA Petróleo, S.A. (PDVSA), arising from shipments of oil and derivative products sold by PDVSA within the framework of the Acuerdo para la Cooperación Energética de Petrocaribe between the Dominican Republic and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The Dominican Republic used part of the net proceeds from the sale of the bonds in connection with the cancellation of the Petrocaribe debt, and the balance will be used for general purposes of the government, including the partial financing of the 2015 budget.

  • Enfoca Inversiones in its $492 million sale of Maestro Perú to Falabella.

  • The dealer managers in a $197 million exchange offer by Usina São João, a leading sugar and ethanol producer in Brazil.

  • Credit Suisse Group AG in setting up a new Brazilian asset management company, Verde Asset Management. Verde manages several funds in Brazil and offshore with about 37 billion reais in assets under management.

  • Sura Asset Management’s $500 million senior notes offering.

  • Bancolombia’s Section 4(a)(2)/Reg S $1.3 billion preferred share offering. Bancolombia is the largest commercial bank in Colombia and one of the largest in Latin America.

  • Concessionária Rodovias do Tietê in its R$1.065 billion infrastructure debenture offering in Brazil, the first 144A offering of Brazilian infrastructure debentures, debt securities that benefit from certain tax incentives in Brazil and are issued to finance certain infrastructure projects that are considered priority by the Brazilian government.

  • Vale in the $407 million sale of its coal assets in Colombia.

  • Vale do Rio Doce in its $1.6 billion acquisition from the Rio Tinto group of companies holding interests in a potash project in Argentina and also in the Corumba iron ore mine in Brazil.

  • Pampa Energía S.A. in connection with the acquisition of various Argentine energy assets from AEI.

  • Pampa Energía in the $600 million financing of its acquisition of approximately 67 percent stake in Petrobras Argentina from Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.

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