John Anderson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
John Anderson
John Anderson

John Anderson

Partner, São Paulo

T +55 11 3147 5604

T +55 11 3147 5600

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John Anderson advises clients on international finance and banking, especially in the areas of securities and cross-border project finance within Brazilian and Latin America.

Overview

John's practice focuses on a variety of cross-border financing transactions in Brazil and Latin America, including project finance, bank finance and capital markets transactions.

His track record includes representing financial institutions, borrowers and issuers in Rule 144A and Regulation S project bond offerings, the structuring and restructuring of export prepayment facilities and other financing transactions and debt restructurings, as well as equity capital markets transactions. He has advised and represented clients in deals spanning some of Brazil's most important sectors, including oil and gas, sugar & ethanol, beef and paper and pulp.

A native Portuguese speaker, John's fluency in English and Spanish has also proved essential in supporting his clients. Based in São Paulo since 2000, he has gained a deep insight into the Brazilian and wider Latin American market. He also worked for a time in the Firm's New York office, and completed a six month secondment at GE Commercial Finance Capital Solutions (Equipment Finance Division).

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLM, Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar, Columbia University School of Law
  • LLM, with distinction, University of Warwick (Warwick Law School)
  • BL, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Experience

Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Ltd.

Representation of HSBC, Banco Itaú BBA, Morgan Stanley, Banco do Brasil, BNP Paribas and Santander, as initial purchasers, and Crédit Agricole, DNB, Mitsubishi UFJ, and Natixis as co-managers in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$1.69 billion 6.75 percent senior secured notes due 2022 by Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of OOG. The issuance was awarded Latin American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2013 by Project Finance International.

Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Ltd.

Representation of Santander, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Bradesco BBI, Banco Itaú BBA and Morgan Stanley, as initial purchasers, and Crédit Agricole. and Mitsubishi UFJ, as co-managers, in the Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$580 million 6.625 percent senior secured notes due 2022 by Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of OOG. This offering was an issuance of additional new series notes under the indenture relating to the issuance of US$1.69 billion 6.75 percent senior secured notes due 2022 by Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Limited.

Odebrecht Drilling Norbe VIII/IX Ltd.

Representation of Santander, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Banco do Brasil, as initial purchasers, in the Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$1.5 billion 6.35 percent senior secured notes due 2021 by Odebrecht Drilling Norbe VIII/IX Ltd., a subsidiary of OOG. This offering was named Latin American Project Bond of the Year by International Financing Review and Project Finance, Best Project Financing: Deal of the Year by LatinFinance and recently was named Infrastructure Finance Deal of the Quarter Century by LatinFinance. White & Case was also awarded a “Stand-out” recognition for our work on this transaction by the US FT Innovative Lawyer Awards.

QGOG Atlantic/Alaskan Rigs Ltd.

Representation of Santander, HSBC and Citigroup, as initial purchasers, in the Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$700 million 5.25 percent senior secured notes due 2018 by QGOG Atlantic/Alaskan Rigs Ltd., a British Virgin Islands affiliate of QGOG.

Amaralina Star and Laguna Star

Representation of Citigroup Global Markets, ING Bank N.V. and BNP Paribas, as lead arrangers, in the approximately US$900 million financing of the Amaralina Star and Laguna Star drillships which are owned by an affiliate of Brazilian conglomerate Queiroz Galvão.

Virgolino de Oliveira Group

Representation of Virgolino de Oliveira Group, a Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer, as issuer, in its Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$135.0 million 10.875 percent senior secured notes due 2020. HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Banco Pine acted as joint bookrunners and arrangers.

Tonon Luxembourg S.A.

Representation Morgan Stanley and HSBC, as initial purchasers, in the Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale by Tonon Luxembourg S.A. of US$230 million of 10.50 percent secured notes units due 2024. Tonon is a sugar and ethanol producer with operations in the Southeast and Midwest regions of Brazil.

Porto Sudeste Project

Representation of MMX Porto Sudeste Ltda., as borrower, and MMX Mineração Metálicos S.A., as guarantor, in a US$105 million financing of the purchase of conveyor belts systems for the Porto Sudeste Project, a greenfield port project located in Brazil. This transaction was named one of the "2012 Deals of the Year" by Trade Finance.

LDC-SEV Bioenergia S.A. and Usina Continental S.A

Representation of a syndicate of banks in negotiating and documenting the US$490.2 restructuring of US dollar and real-denominated debt of LDC-SEV Bioenergia S.A. and Usina Continental S.A., leading Brazilian sugarcane producers.

Fibria Celulose S.a.

Representation of Fibria Celulose S.A., the world’s largest manufacture of pulp, in a US$1.175 billion secured export prepayment facility to its Hungarian export trading company. This transaction was named Pre-export Financing Deal of the Year by Trade Finance.