Latin America Partners and Counsel

William B. Brentani - Partner - Headshot
William B. Brentani - Partner Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Bill Brentani’s practice focuses on corporate finance and general securities and corporate matters. Bill regularly works for issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private debt and equity offerings. Bill also represents private equity sponsors in connection with acquisition financings and advises companies on corporate governance and securities law-related matters. He has worked on offerings involving issuers from a variety of industries, including technology, real estate, transportation, healthcare and entertainment. His roster of major clients has included Barclays, CBRE, ClubCorp, Hellman & Friedman, JPMorgan, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Silver Lake Partners. Clients laud him as “highly technically knowledgeable” and “great to work with” and, tellingly, that “our needs are his needs” (Chambers USA). Bill currently serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Business Development Committee. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Bill is fluent in Portuguese.
Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner - Headshot
Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner

Based in São Paulo, with a primary focus on Latin America and especially Brazil, Grenfel Calheiros advises clients on M&A and capital markets transactions. His clients have included a range of leading companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in cross-border acquisitions, securities offerings and other complex corporate matters. Recently, he has been involved in Netshoes’ US$148.5 million IPO on the NYSE; several transactions by Blackstone Real Estate Partners, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition of Alphaville; the acquisition of Brazilian company Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio by Polymer Group, a Blackstone portfolio company; the $4.8 billion acquisition of Sadia by Perdigão and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF S.A. and several bond offers by Embraer as underwriters’ counsel. Grenfel is fluent in Portuguese.

Edward J. H. Chung - Partner - Headshot
Edward J. H. Chung - Partner Edward Chung is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Department, with broad experience in various mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. In mergers and acquisitions, he has represented public and private companies in various industries, including technology, telecom, energy, transportation, financial institutions, asset management, retail, healthcare, media and information services, in domestic and cross-border transactions. He has also handled initial public offerings, high yield offerings, debt restructurings and spin-offs. Ed is active in the Firm's Private Equity Practice, where he has handled numerous transactions for The Blackstone Group and First Reserve Corporation.
S. Todd Crider - Partner - Headshot
S. Todd Crider - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Latin America Practice, Todd Crider advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. He divides his time between New York and São Paulo, Brazil, where he is Co-Head of our office. In corporate finance, Todd has led transactions in Latin America and Europe, including advising on equity and debt offerings by issuers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, as well as Spain and Portugal. He has handled matters for clients including BAML, BTG Pactual, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. In M&A, Todd has represented KKR, Apax, Patria and Silver Lake Partners in private equity matters, as well as the principals in strategic transactions. In project finance, he has represented sponsors and lenders in hydroelectric projects, airport expansions, toll-road projects and gas-fired generation facilities. A frequent speaker on capital markets, private equity and emerging markets, Todd is also a leader in pro bono activities. He is a member of governing body and executive committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of International Justice (where he was founding chair). He also serves as the Vance Center representative to the boards of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas (Red Pro Bono de las Americas) and the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights of the Americas. Todd is also the Vice-Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Rainforest Foundation US and a member of Advisory Board of Howard College of Arts & Sciences of Samford University. 
John C. Ericson - Partner - Headshot
John C. Ericson - Partner John represents underwriters and issuers in a wide variety of capital markets offerings. His extensive corporate finance experience includes high yield and investment grade debt offerings, IPOs and secondary offerings, acquisition finance and restructurings, both domestically and across borders. John’s transactional work spans several industries, including the consumer/retail, healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors.  
Robert E. Holo - Partner - Headshot
Robert E. Holo - Partner Head of Simpson Thacher’s Chambers’ “Band One” recognized Tax Department, Rob Holo is well known as a leading lawyer on federal income tax. He advises on corporate mergers and acquisitions—including tax-free reorganizations and spin-offs—as well as cross-border tax matters, joint ventures, and capital markets and financing transactions. His clients have included banks, corporations and investors on matters in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Among those clients are KKR, Carlyle, Johnson Controls, PPL, Mosaic, Barrick Gold, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Following law school, Rob clerked for the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Jeffrey H. Knox - Partner - Headshot
Jeffrey H. Knox - Partner Jeff Knox represents multinational corporations and their boards and executives in high-stakes investigations by the U.S. DOJ, SEC, and other federal and state agencies.  An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Jeff is the former Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., which has exclusive criminal enforcement jurisdiction over the FCPA and handles many of the nation's most significant securities fraud, False Claims Act, and international money laundering cases.  Jeff also previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section and widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading national security prosecutors.  Jeff is a respected voice on corporate compliance and enforcement policy, and serves on advisory boards dedicated to these issues at NYU School of Law and the American Law Institute. 
Juan F.  Méndez - Partner - Headshot
Juan F. Méndez - Partner Fluent in both English and Spanish, Juan Francisco Méndez has a thriving practice advising on transactions involving Latin America and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions across the region, including financings, restructurings, acquisitions and other complex corporate matters. His clients include global investment banks such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as leading Latin American companies such as Graña y Montero, Macquarie Mexico, Minsur, CSAV, and SAAM. Juan Francisco has significant experiences working on both U.S. and Latin American transactions and is capable of seamlessly navigating his clients through diverse cultures and business practices.
Jaime Mercado - Partner - Headshot
Jaime Mercado - Partner Jaime Mercado is a Partner in the Corporate Department who focuses on cross-border corporate finance and business transactions for both the public and private sectors in Latin America. Jaime represents public and private entities, and financial institutions on debt and equity, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment and related transactions throughout the Americas. Jaime also advises Latin American sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities on a variety of assignments, including capital raising and liability management transactions. In 2013, Jaime was recognized as a “trailblazer” by the Dominican Bar Association and as a leading investment lawyer by Chambers USA. He is a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.
Lynn K. Neuner - Partner - Headshot
Lynn K. Neuner - Partner Lynn Neuner is an experienced trial attorney who specializes in litigation involving securities, mergers, insurance coverage and false advertising disputes. She has tried high-stakes cases in federal and state court and conducted dozens of hearings before the National Advertising Division and Networks. Lynn is a past Vice President and Executive Committee Chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Yale Law School Alumni Fund. Lynn was recently named among Crain’s New York Business’s “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” The American Lawyer also named her one of the nation’s top “45 Under 45” women attorneys. She is consistently ranked as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. Lynn serves as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner and is a member of the Executive Committee.
William T. Russell, Jr. - Partner - Headshot
William T. Russell, Jr. - Partner Bill Russell represents financial institutions, private equity sponsors, corporations and other businesses in a wide variety of commercial disputes. He focuses on banking litigation, bankruptcy and reorganization matters, securities litigation, and transactional disputes, and has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as in arbitral proceedings. Bill is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as a Panel Chair on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. He regularly co-authors a column on the New York Court of Appeals for the New York Law Journal.
Cheryl J. Scarboro - Partner - Headshot
Cheryl J. Scarboro - Partner Cheryl Scarboro, formerly the first Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in SEC and other regulatory enforcement proceedings. Cheryl conducts internal investigations and counsels clients on FCPA compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance requirements. She was recognized as one the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360,  is consistently listed in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation, and was named to the “Enforcement 40” by the Securities Enforcement Forum. Cheryl is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar and was named a National “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law.
Peter Thomas - Partner - Headshot
Peter Thomas - Partner Peter Thomas, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, has extensive experience in antitrust litigation, merger enforcement, international arbitrations, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He was named in 2017 as a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer,  is consistently recognized as a “Litigation Star” both nationally and in D.C. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, and is recognized by The Legal 500 in both international arbitration and antitrust. He serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. 
David L. Williams - Partner - Headshot
David L. Williams - Partner David Williams, Co-Head of the Firm’s Latin America Practice, has handled cross-border transactions throughout Latin America for more than 25 years. He has worked on M&A, corporate and project financings, restructurings and other complex corporate matters, and he advises leading companies throughout the region. His experience includes transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. David has been consistently ranked as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Latin America by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Capital Markets LawyersLatin Lawyer’s Guide to Latin American Leading Business Law FirmsThe Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The World’s Leading Banking Lawyers.
Jonathan E. Cantor - Senior Counsel - Headshot
Jonathan E. Cantor - Senior Counsel Jonathan Cantor is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Tax Department. His area of concentration is federal income tax with a particular emphasis on capital markets transactions, including high yield and investment grade debt offerings, note programs, initial public offerings, tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. Jonathan also provides tax advice with respect to regulated investment companies and collateralized debt obligation funds.
Kirsten L. Davis - Senior Counsel - Headshot
Kirsten L. Davis - Senior Counsel Kirsten Davis is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Kirsten represents issuers and underwriters in both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients on general corporate and securities law matters.
Ismael Duran - Counsel - Headshot
Ismael Duran - Counsel Ismael Duran advises lenders, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers in connection  with syndicated leveraged finance and other commercial lending transactions, including acquisition, bridge, asset-based and other corporate financings.  Fluent in English, Spanish and French and admitted to practice in the New York and Spanish Bars, Ismael also represents financial institutions, sponsors and corporate borrowers in connection with bank financings in the Latin America region. 
Marcela Robledo - Counsel - Headshot
Marcela Robledo - Counsel Marcela Robledo focuses her practice on intellectual property transactions.  She has extensive experience in managing all intellectual property and technology aspects in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including M&A, financings, debt offerings, licensing and joint ventures.