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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 a broad range of public and private debt, equity and equity-linked 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, healthcare, real estate, entertainment, energy and transportation, as well as SPAC and de-SPAC transactions. Bill has been recognized as a leading lawyer for a number of years by Chambers USA, which describes him as “highly sought after for his expert counsel on transactions in diverse sectors, including healthcare, technology and retail.” Clients laud him as “highly technically knowledgeable” and “great to work with” and, tellingly, that “our needs are his needs” (Chambers USA). He currently serves as Head of the Firm’s Palo Alto office, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Opinion Committee, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 

Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner - Headshot
Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner

Head of the Firm’s São Paulo office, Grenfel Calheiros advises clients on M&A and capital markets transactions, with a primary focus on Latin America and especially Brazil. 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 Technology Crossover Ventures’ investment in Nubank; several investments by Softbank in Latin America; the SEC-Registered IPO of Linx’s ADS; the SEC-registered re-IPO of CPFL Energia; BRF in numerous bond offers; Netshoes’ merger with Magazine Luiza; Burger King Brazil in its IPO and equity follow-on offerings; Totvs in its equity follow-on offering; several transactions by Blackstone Real Estate Partners, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition of Alphaville; 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, GOL and Marfrig as underwriters’ counsel. Grenfel spent the first nine years of his career in Simpson Thacher’s New York office. He is fluent in Portuguese.

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S. Todd Crider - Partner 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. 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, Carlyle, Patria, Riverwood and SoftBank, as well as the principals in strategic transactions, including The Boeing Company’s $4.3 billion acquisition of Embraer. 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, hospitality, manufacturing and tech/media/telecom sectors.
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Jeffrey H. Knox - Partner Jeff Knox, Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, 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. 
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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, investigations 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 Pan American Energy, Despegar.com, YPF, Macquarie Mexico, Cultiba, Minsur, CSAV, SAAM, Sura Asset Management and Ecopetrol. 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.
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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.
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Juan M. Naveira - Partner

Juan Naveira concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring transactions primarily involving Latin America. Juan has represented leading companies across different industries as well as financial institutions and private equity firms, such as JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, HSBC, KKR, Certares Management and The Carlyle Group, among others. He regularly advises clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, high yield and investment grade debt offerings, restructurings, initial public offerings, other debt and equity financing transactions and other complex corporate matters throughout the region. Juan is a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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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 bankruptcy and reorganization matters, banking litigation, securities litigation, and transactional disputes, and has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as in arbitral proceedings. Bill is Chair of Legal Services NYC’s Board of Directors, serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the American Law Institute. He served as a Panel Chair on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department and regularly co-authors a column on the New York Court of Appeals for the New York Law Journal.
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Cheryl J. Scarboro - Partner

Cheryl Scarboro, formerly an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and 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. Cheryl is recognized as a leading individual in FCPA by Chambers USA Nationwide and Chambers Global, where sources describe her as a “calm, cool, confident counsel” with an “immense amount of credibility” and as “universally unflappable when it comes to high-stakes situations.” She was also recognized as one of 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 was recently named to Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations” 2021 and Savoy Magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” lists. Cheryl is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar and was named a National “Litigation Star” by Benchmark LitigationIn addition, she is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law.

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David L. Williams - Partner David Williams, the founder of the Firm’s Latin America Practice, has specialized in cross-border transactions throughout Latin America for more than 25 years. Fluent in Spanish, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financings, restructurings, corporate governance and other complex corporate matters, advising leading companies and financial institutions throughout the region. His experience includes transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean.

Recognized as the “International Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 by Latin Lawyer, David is the only international lawyer with The Legal 500’s highest ranking of “Leading Lawyer”  for Latin America in the categories of both “Corporate and M&A” and “Banking and Finance.” He has been consistently ranked as one of the most prominent international lawyers practicing in Latin America by many practice directories and peer reviews including The Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers GlobalLatin Lawyer’s Guide to Latin American Leading Business Law Firms, Chambers Latin America, Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers and The World’s Leading Banking Lawyers.
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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.
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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. Recently, Kirsten was selected among the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” by Latinvex for her capital markets work in the Latin American region.
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Paulo Fernando de Menezes Cardoso - Counsel

Based the Firm’s São Paulo office, Paulo Fernando de Menezes Cardoso represents corporate issuers, investment banks and private equity sponsors on domestic and international equity and debt offerings, with a primary focus in Brazil and Latin America. He regularly advises on global securities transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and investment grade and high yield bonds. Paulo also advises clients on SEC-reporting matters, merger and acquisitions, corporate governance and other complex corporate matters.

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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.