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Carlos E. Méndez-Peñate
Carlos E. Méndez-Peñate
Partner 
Co-Chair, Latin America & the Caribbean Practice
666 Fifth Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10103
 
Tel:
212.880.3894
Fax:
212.880.8965
Cell:
917.297.5027
 
 

Carlos Méndez-Peñate focuses his practice on investing and financing assignments in Latin America, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, syndicated and secured lending, project finance, debt restructuring, and real estate acquisitions on behalf of Latin American- based financial institutions and U.S. and European entities. His clients include multinational banks, private equity firms, insurance companies, investment banks, and Latin American corporations.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd., Jamaica's leading commercial bank, in the company's Initial Public Offering of registered American Depository Receipts in the United States, to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (pending).
 
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Representation of Inversiones Productivas of Guatemala, the country's leading Coca-Cola bottler for more than 60 years, in the sale of the company's bottling business to The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia.
 
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Representation of the First Citizens Bank - Bank of Butterfield (Barbados) Ltd. in the acquisition from The Bank of N.T. Butterfield (Bermuda) of Bank of Butterfield (Barbados) Ltd., including all of Butterfield's operations in Barbados.
 
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Representation of First Citizens Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in the issuance of $175 million 4.9% Notes, due 2016.
 
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Representation of Grupo Iamsa S.A. de C.V., one of Mexico's leading air and ground transportation companies, for multiple credit facilities with multinational and Mexican banks.
 
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Representation of the Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) Ltd. in the restructuring of the construction loan facilities for the erection of the new W Hotel and Residences in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
 
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Representation of Protexa S.A. de C.V., a leading Mexican oil and gas services supplier in multiple, Senior Secured High Yield Medium Term Note offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation S (Euroclear tradable, DTC registered).
 
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Representation of Asesa, S.A. de C.V., Mexico-based aircraft services company provider in three series of Senior Secured High Yield Medium Term Note offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation S (Euroclear tradable, DTC registered).
 
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Representation of Mexican oil and gas construction services company in two series of Senior Secured High Yield Medium Term Note offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation S (Euroclear tradable, DTC registered).
 
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Representation of a leading Caribbean financial group in restructuring its debt obligations and assets.
 
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Representation of the Municipality of Quito, Ecuador and that capital city's Municipal Airport Authority for the privatization and construction of a new international airport.
 
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Representation of Fertinal, S.A. de C.V., Latin America's leading fertilizer producer and distributor, for the sale of the company.
 
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Representation of Central America's largest home improvement merchandiser in financing provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
 
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Representation of First Citizens Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in connection with the establishment of a U.S. banking presence and the joint venture with a U.S.-based private equity fund for energy investments.
 
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Representation of Vitro, S.A. de C.V., Mexico's leading glass and glass products manufacturer, publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in connection with an investment in the company by a U.S.-based private equity fund and U.S. securities issues arising from a potentially hostile take over of the company (ongoing).
 
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Representation of a Mexican multinational in the issuance of multiple tranches of secured debt in Regulation S transactions.
 
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Representation of France's leading oil and gas producer and distributor in connection with the company's investments in Bolivia.
 
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Representation of Colombia's principal manufacturer and distributor of tobacco products and its financial advisor in the sale of the company.
 
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Representation of a Miami-based U.S. private equity fund in connection with telecommunications and media investments in Latin America.
 
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Representation of Colombia's leading brewer in bids for the acquisition of brewers in Honduras and El Salvador.
 
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Representation of the winning bidder for the privatization of Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala S.A., Guatemala's national telephone company, for $700 million.
 
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Representation of a U.S. multinational for the acquisition of an industrial company in Brazil, including real property assets.
 
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Representation of a Venezuelan and offshore investors with respect to the development of a site in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina for the construction of three office towers.
 
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Representation of a leading Argentine cable television company in its initial U.S. public offering.
 
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Representation of a leading U.S. investment bank for the initial U.S. public offering of a Caribbean telephone company.
 
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Representation of a leading U.S. investment bank with respect to the establishment of its Latin American equity operations.
 
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Representation of one of the largest banks in a South American country for the offering of privately placed preferred stock.
 
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Representation of leading banks in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Venezuela with respect to the establishment of their Euro Certificate of Deposit programs.
 
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Representation of a leading South American bank for the establishment of its initial U.S. banking presence.
 
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Representation of a leading French property and casualty insurance company with respect to the acquisition of three insurance companies in Chile, including real estate portfolios; and with respect to the reorganization of its holdings in Brazil.
 
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Representation of the acquiring party in the acquisition of the largest private electric utility company in a South American nation; and for the financing of major electrical utility equipment through the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
 
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Representation of a leading U.S. multinational in connection with the acquisition of approximately $160 million of receivables from five Latin American countries.
 
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Representation of a U.S. private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of a Venezuelan industrial company.
 
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Representation of one of Mexico's largest multinationals in connection with $140 million private placement financing arranged through the International Finance Corporation.
 
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Representation of a major Venezuelan company in connection with the negotiation and establishment of a joint venture with a foreign company for the construction and operation of an industrial plant in the metals industry.
 
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Representation of a U.S. plastics manufacturer in connection with a joint venture with a Brazilian partner for the production of plastic products in Brazil.
 
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Representation of a U.S. telecommunications and construction company for the acquisition in Spain of a leading company in the same field.
 
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Representation of a South American Government in connection with the sale of an interest in a U.S. bank.
 
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Representation of a leading Brazilian asset management and investment bank with respect to its U.S. operations.
 
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Representation of a major Central American bank with respect to the sale of controlling interest to a Canadian purchaser.
 
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Representation of a Venezuelan-based investment bank with respect to numerous "private equity" transactions, including: a real estate and construction project in Argentina, industrial properties in Venezuela, a brokerage house in Peru, private placement of securities from a Peruvian issuer and the proposed acquisition of a leading Colombian bank in a privatization transaction, among others.
 
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Representation of an Argentine bank in connection with the placement of notes and Certificates of Deposit.
 
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Representation of a leading European private bank with respect to the establishment of offshore mutual funds for investment in Latin American equity and debt securities.
 
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Representation of a Brazilian integrated petroleum producer for a joint venture with a U.S. partner to acquire an interest in a U.S. facility.
 
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Representation of a major U.S. public relations firm for the acquisition of public relations firms in Argentina and Brazil.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Chambers USA 2012-2013, Ranked in New York for Latin American Investment
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2003-2015, Listed for Corporate Law, and International Trade and Finance Law
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2013, Listed in New York for International and Mergers & Acquisitions
 
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New York Magazine 2005-2012, Recognized among the "Best Lawyers" in New York
 
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The Legal 500 2011, 2014, Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: M&A National Middle Market
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Columbia Business School Alumni Association, Speaker, "Private Equity Investing in Latin America," September 2007
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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New York State Bar Association, Member
 
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Connecticut State Bar Association, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Member
 
Other Languages
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French
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Spanish
 

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J.D., Yale Law School, 1976; Yale Law Journal, Editor
B.A., Yale University, 1973; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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