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São Paulo Partners and Counsel

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.

S. Todd Crider - Partner - Headshot
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. 
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.
Paulo Fernando de Menezes Cardoso - Counsel - Headshot
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.