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

John Guzman

Partner, São Paulo

Praised by market commentators as “a very active lawyer with outstanding knowledge and communication skills.”

Chambers Latin America 2016

Overview

John is a partner in White & Case's Global Capital Markets Practice, based in São Paulo. His practice focuses primarily on representing issuers and investment banks in debt and equity offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-ons, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings and private placements. John is active advising issuers and dealer managers in liability management exercises. He also has experience representing borrowers and lenders in loan transactions.

His extensive experience also spans general securities and corporate matters, including governance and compliance matters.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BS, University of Texas at Austin

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Experience

Innovative Exchange Offer for a Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Company

John advised U.S.J. – Açúcar e Álcool S.A. in a successful exchange offer and consent solicitation of its old notes for newly issued senior secured PIK toggle notes with an extended maturity. The exchange offer was innovative in Brazil in that USJ sought solicitation of approvals from an extrajudicial restructuring plan concurrently with the exchange offer.

Equity Offering by a Brazilian Railroad-Based Logistics Operator

John advised Santander, Bradesco, HSBC, Itau BBA and Banco do Brasil in a R$2.6 billion (US$750 million) equity offering by Rumo Logística Operadora Multimodal S.A., Latin America's largest railroad-based logistics operator by total volume transported.

Inaugural Debt Offering by a Pulp Company

John advised Eldorado Intl. Finance GmbH in its inaugural Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$350 million 8.625% notes due 2021. The notes were guaranteed by Cellulose Eldorado Austria GmbH and Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A., one of the largest producers of market pulp in Brazil.

Republic of Peru Liability Management Transaction

John advised the Republic of Peru, as issuer, in a registered offering of 5.625% U.S. Dollar-Denominated Global Notes due 2050, a 144A/Regulation S offering of 6.95% Bonos Soberanos due 2031 and concurrent cash tender offer that included a preferred tender for "switches". This was one of the few "switch" tender offers executed by a sovereign in Latin America.

Registered Offering by a Brazilian Telecommunications Provider

John advised Oi S.A., one of the principal integrated telecommunications service providers in Brazil, in its US$6.2 billion SEC-registered follow-on offering of common shares, preferred shares and ADSs representing such shares.

Registered Offering by a Brazilian Manufacturer of Aircraft

John advised the underwriters in a US$1.0 billion SEC-registered debt offering by Embraer S.A., one of the leading manufacturers of commercial aircraft.

Inaugural Debt Offering by an Oil and Gas Services Company and IPO by Exploration and Production Affiliate

John represented QGOG Constellation S.A., a Queiroz Galvão Group provider of offshore oil and gas contract drilling and FPSO services in Brazil, as issuer in its inaugural Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$700 million 6.250% notes due 2019.

John also represented Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A., a Queiroz Galvão Group oil exploration and production company, as issuer in its R$1.3 billion (US$778M) initial equity offering.

Follow-On Offering by a Mexican Financial Institution

John represented Grupo Financiero Banorte S.A.B. de C.V. (GFNorte), the third largest financial services group in Mexico, in its US$2.56 billion equity follow-on offering of common shares. These were concurrently offered in Mexico through a public offering and the United States to qualified institutional buyers (as defined in Rule 144A) and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S.

Inaugural Debt Offering by a Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Company

John advised Aralco S.A. – Indústria e Comércio, a leading low-cost producer of ethanol and sugar in the State of São Paulo, as issuer in its inaugural Rule 144A and Regulation S offer and sale of US$250 million 10.125% notes due 2020.

Inaugural Debt Offering by a Mexican Petrochemicals Company

John advised Grupo IDESA, S.A. de C.V., one of the largest petrochemical groups in Mexico, as issuer in its inaugural Rule 144A and Regulstion S offer and sale of US$300 million 7.875% notes due 2020. John has also advised Grupo IDESA on a consent solicitation.

Offerings by the Votorantim Group

Over the past decade, John has advised the Votorantim Group on various debt offerings as well as liability management exercises.

Offerings by Minerva

John has advised Minerva S.A., one of the largest Brazilian exporters of beef products, in connection with various debt and equity offerings as well as liability management exercises.

Yguazu Cementos S.A. Multi-Lateral Financing

John represented Yguazu Cementos S.A. as borrower, and Loma Negra C.I.A.S.A., Concret Mix S.A. and InterCement Brasil S.A. as shareholders, in a US$101 million multi-lateral financing provided by the Inter-American Development Bank and Corporación Andina de Fomento for the construction and operation of a cement plant and related quarry in Paraguay.

Acquisition of Stake in Brazilian Education Company

John advised a sovereign wealth fund in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Abril Educação S.A., one of the largest primary and secondary education companies in Brazil.

Speaking Engagements

John spoke as part of a panel at a Euromoney Conference event focused on Brazilian Energy and Infrastructure, November 2015, São Paulo.

Awards & Recognition

Up and Coming

International Capital Markets – Brazil