John leads the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice. He represents issuers, underwriters and other market participants in the full range of debt and equity capital markets transactions, including public offerings, 144A and Regulation S offerings, private placements and liability management deals. He also counsels foreign and domestic issuers on corporate advisory and compliance issues, including those related to SEC and US exchange regulations and disclosure matters. John is also active in structured finance and private equity transactions. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
John is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 Latin America: International Firms, Capital Markets and Chambers Latin America: Capital Markets. He is also ranked as a Foreign Expert for Latin America Capital Markets: Debt & Equity by Chambers Global. John was also named BTI M&A Client Service All-Star 2021 for M&A.
StoneCo US$1.4 billion US IPO and US$790 million follow-on offering
Representation of global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the US$1.4 billion SEC-registered initial public offering on NASDAQ by StoneCo Ltd (NYSE: STNE), a leading provider of financial technology solutions for the retail sector in Brazil, as well as the subsequent US$790 million follow-on offering.
Multiple offerings by Banorte
Representation of Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte) as issuer in connection with its offering of US$600 million 6.750% Perpetual 5-Year Callable Subordinated Non-Preferred Non-Cumulative Tier 1 Capital Notes, US$500 million 7.500% Perpetual 10-Year Callable Subordinated Non-Preferred Non-Cumulative Tier 1 Capital Notes, US$500 million 5.875% perpetual 5-year callable subordinated non-preferred non-cumulative Tier 1 capital notes, and US$550 million 6.625% perpetual 10-year callable subordinated non-preferred non-cumulative Tier 1 capital notes. John has also advised Banorte liability management transactions.
Multiple offerings by AVANGRID
Representation of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading U.S. sustainable energy company, as issuer, in connection with multiple capital markets offerings, including private placements of common stock to Iberdrola, S.A. and Qatar Investment Authority, as well as offerings of SEC-registered Green Bonds (including the "North American Green/SRI Bond Deal of the Year" according to GlobalCapital). Earlier, John advised AVANGRID in its SEC-registered IPO of common stock through the US$2.8 billion merger of UIL Holdings Corporation into Green Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AVANGRID.
Representation of Gambling.com Group Limited (NASDAQ: GAMB), an award-winning performance marketing company and leading provider of digital marketing services active exclusively in the online gambling industry, in its SEC-registered initial public offering and NASDAQ listing.
Açu Petróleo US$600 million issuance
Representation of the arrangers in connection with the issuance of US$600 million 7.500% Series 2022-1 senior secured notes due 2035 by Açu Petróleo, the owner of the largest and only privately-owned oil export terminal in Brazil.
Smart Luz and Rio Smart Lighting BRL925 million notes
Representation of the sponsors in connection with the financing by Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública SPE S.A. (Smart Luz) and Rio Smart Lighting S.à r.l. via the issuance of BRL925 million (US$165.5 million) 12.250% senior secured notes due 2032. The proceeds of the offering were used for the modernization and maintenance of Rio de Janeiro’s public lighting system, including the installation smart city technologies. This transaction was recognized as "Latin America PPP Deal of the Year" by Proximo Awards and "Latin America Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal.
Multiple offerings by Scotiabank Chile
Representation of Scotiabank Chile, one of the leading commercial banking groups in Chile, as issuer in connection with multiple offerings under the bank’s US$3.0 billion medium-term note program, including transactions denominated in JPY, AUD, CHF and USD.
LimakPort US$370 million secured notes
Representation of the initial purchasers in connection with the offering by Limak İskenderun Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. (LimakPort) of US$370 million 9.50% senior secured notes due 2036. LimakPort, which is part of the Limak Group, holds a concession from the Turkish government to operate LimakPort İskenderun, an international multi-purpose conventional and container port located on the Mediterranean Sea, which serves as one of the principal import and export gateways to the industrialized cities of central and southeastern Turkey.
CELSE gas-fired power generation project
Representation of Goldman Sachs in the US$780 million financing for the design, construction and operation of CELSE's 1,516 MW thermoelectric power plant and related liquefied natural gas receiving and gas transportation infrastructure in Brazil. The transaction was named "Best Bond," "Best Infrastructure Financing – Brazil," and "Financing Innovation of the Year" by LatinFinance, "Project Finance Deal of the Year" by IFLR Americas Awards, "Latin American Power Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal, "Americas LatAm Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International, "Latin America Project Finance Deal of the Year" by Bonds & Loans.
Caixa Econômica Federal's US$1.9 billion global offering of Petrobras shares
Representation of the global coordinators and joint bookrunners in connection with Caixa Econômica Federal's public offering of its 3.24% stake in Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, one of the world's largest integrated oil and gas companies, for approximately US$1.9 billion.
Rutas 2 and 7 Finance Limited (Paraguay)
Representation of the sponsors in the largest private investment in the history of Paraguay to date and Paraguay's first public-private partnership, Rutas 2 and 7 Finance Limited's US$458 million zero coupon bond, to finance the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 2 and 7 Road Project in Paraguay.
Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets, The Legal 500 Latin America, 2022
Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets: Global Offerings The Legal 500 US, 2022
Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets, Chambers Latin America, 2022
Foreign Expert for Latin America, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity in USA, Chambers Global 2022