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David L. Williams
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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David Williams, the founder and Co-Head 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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Work Highlights
  • CorpBanca in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Helm Bank S.A. and CorpBanca's subsequent merger with Banco Itaú Chile (and related combination of CorpBanca’s and Itaú Unibanco’s operations in Colombia)
  • Avianca Airlines in its merger with Central American airline Grupo Taca and its subsequent NYSE-listed IPO and strategic alliance with United Airlines
  • Celulosa Arauco y Constitution and Stora Enso Oyj in a $1.5 billion project financing for the Montes del Plata pulp project in Uruguay
  • Santo Domingo Group in connection with the $7.8 billion merger of Bavaria with SABMiller plc and SABMiller's subsequent merger with AB InBev
  • Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) in its acquisition of Nextel del Perú and its related $1 billion inaugural global offering of senior notes
  • Compañía de Petróleos de Chile (Copec) in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Organización Terpel, Colombia's largest distributor of fuel, LPG and lubricants and Copec's subsequent acquisition of ExxonMobil's downstream business in the Andean region
  • Almacenes Éxito in its $1.4 billion inaugural global offering of common shares
  • Representation of a range of creditors and debtors in prominent Latin American restructurings including for Alestra, Autopistas del Sol, Capsa, Central Térmica Guemes, Coto, Banco Hipotecario, Grupo Iusacell, Hidroeléctrica Piedra del Aguila, Loma Negra, Mastellone, OCA, Telefónica de Argentina, Transener and Transportadora de Gas del Norte
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1982 J.D.
    Law and Policy in International Business Journal, Managing Editor, 1981–1982
  • Tufts University, 1977 B.A.
Associations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Inter–American Affairs
  • American Bar Association
Clerkships
  • Hon. Roszel C. Thomsen, United States District Court, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982–1983
Admissions
  • New York 1983
Languages Spoken
  • Spanish

David Williams is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and is the founder and Co-Head of the Firm’s Latin America Practice. Fluent in Spanish, David has focused on cross-border transactions in Latin America for more than 25 years. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financings, restructurings, corporate governance and other complex corporate matters.

Recognized as the “International Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 by Latin Lawyer and described by clients and counterparts as an “extraordinary lawyer” who “truly understands the Latin American environment,” David is the only international lawyer with The Legal 500’s highest ranking of “Leading Lawyer” for Latin America in the two categories of both “Corporate and M&A” and “Banking and Finance.” He has been consistently cited as a leading lawyer in numerous 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.

In mergers and acquisitions, David’s experience includes a range of cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other business combinations including the merger of Bavaria and SABMiller, the acquisition of Terpel by Compañía de Petróleos de Chile, the merger of CorpBanca with Banco Itaú Chile and the combination of their operations in Colombia, the merger of Avianca and Taca Airlines and Avianca's subsequent strategic alliance with United Airlines, the sale of Grupo Financiero Uno to Citibank, the acquisition of BTG Pactual by UBS, the repurchase of GECC’s investment in Banco Colpatria and the subsequent sale of a majority stake in Banco Colpatria to The Bank of Nova Scotia and the sale of San Miguel Industrias PET S.A. to the Nexus Group. 

In corporate financings, he has advised issuers, underwriters, borrowers and banks in initial public offerings, investment grade and high yield debt offerings and other debt and equity financings throughout the region, including in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. He advises leading companies throughout the region and has handled a range of debt and equity financings for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Itaú, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS, among others.

In debt restructuring transactions, David has advised a range of creditors and debtors in many prominent Latin American restructurings, including for Alestra, Autopistas del Sol, Capsa, Central Térmica Guemes, Coto, Banco Hipotecario, Grupo Iusacell, Hidroeléctrica Piedra del Aguila, Loma Negra, Mastellone, OCA, Telefónica de Argentina, Transener and Transportadora de Gas del Norte.

In project financings, David has represented sponsors and lenders in a range of hydroelectric, coal-fired, gas-fired and hydroelectric generation facilities, ports, energy transmission and distribution infrastructure, desalinization facilities and other projects including the Montes del Plata industrial facility in Uruguay.

David joined Simpson Thacher in 1983 and became a Partner in 1991. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and its section of International Law and Practice.

David received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1977 and his J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law in 1982, where he was the managing editor of the Law and Policy in International Business journal. He served as law clerk to the Hon. Roszel C. Thomsen from 1982 to 1983.

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