São Paulo Partners and Counsel

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.

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. 
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.