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Claudette Christian has been at the forefront of innovative investment and financing transactions in Latin America and Africa for decades, and her imprint is large in many milestone cross-border transactions in energy, telecommunications, aviation, and infrastructure.
Now resident in Washington, D.C., where she leads the firm's Brazil practice, Claudette is known in Latin American legal and business circles for her client focus and ability to run large and complex transactions.
Since the late 1990s, Claudette has played a key role in the development of Brazil's energy industry through her representation of Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company. Most recently, she has assisted clients in complex international finance transactions; in structuring, negotiating, and closing major transactions in the construction and financing of oil extraction, drilling, and transportation vessels; and in equity and debt investments in several industries, including offshore oil and gas production, wireless telecommunications projects, and renewable energy projects.
She is currently assisting international clients with issues related to their entry and expansion of operations in Brazil and Brazilian clients with existing or planned activities outside of Brazil. She also represents several major energy clients in connection with resolving contractual disputes, including those that have gone to international arbitration.
Claudette is active in many professional organizations and is frequently sought out as a speaker at oil and gas industry and cross-border investment events in Brazil and the United States. She has been recognized by a number of leading industry and legal publications in the United States and Brazil, including Forbes Magazine and Latin Lawyer. Notably, she has been recognized as an Acritas Star; Latin Lawyer recognized her in 2014 as International Lawyer of the Year, the first time an American was selected for this honor; Petroleum Economist named her a Top Lawyer in Brazil for oil and gas matters, and she was one of only several Americans chosen for Latin Lawyer's Women in Law. She is also the editor of the first and second editions of The Guide to Infrastructure and Energy Investment.
Claudette has been a role model, mentor, and champion for female and minority attorneys and was the firm's Chief Diversity Officer for several years and served on the boards of Women in Law Empowerment Forum and International Senior Lawyers' Project. Prior to opening the firm's Brazil offices, she served as Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' Global Board from 2010 to 2012. She also served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and co-head of the Latin America Practice Group.
Isabel Costa Carvalho understands how business and markets work, and is recognized as a leading international capital markets lawyer for the great majority of Brazilian financial institutions. Over the past 20 years, she has assisted Brazilian companies in international transactions, including listing their shares on the NYSE, guiding them in corporate governance structuring, raising capital to fund business development, or assisting on complex cross-border M&A transactions.
Isabel advises and speaks extensively on anti-bribery laws and corporate governance issues, an area in full development in Brazil. She assists clients in setting up compliance programs to fit their unique needs, industries, and risks, and guides them in solving problems when they arise, including leading investigations and dealing with relevant authorities.
Isabel began her career in London, where she spent six years with a major international firm then moved to Brazil to assist with the opening of the firm's new office. She later joined Hogan Lovells to lead its São Paulo office. Her diverse practice gives her the chance to assist clients from many industry sectors, including financial institutions, energy, infrastructure and logistics, technology, retail, and real estate. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is able to help clients of different cultures all around the world.
Isabel is regularly quoted in journals and featured at seminars concerning corporate governance, compliance, and anti-bribery laws. She's recognized as an outstanding practitioner by publications including Chambers and Best Lawyers.
Rafael Elias, formerly Head of Emerging Markets Research and Strategy for Fixed Income at Cantor Fitzgerald, returned to Exotix this year to continue his core focus on Latin America as Corporate Credit Analyst, based in New York. Elias, who last worked with Exotix in 2010, has covered Latin American companies for more than two decades in roles including emerging markets credit trading at Credit Agricole and Knight Libertas. He began his Wall Street career as a fixed-income and equities analyst focused on Latin America for Credit Suisse First Boston and has held positions at ING Barings, UBS Warburg and Deutsche Bank.
Senior partner founder of Pantalica Partners, with more than 25 years of experience in turnaround and restructuring processes, special situation transactions and investing in distressed assets (NPL’s).
Prior to founding Pantalica Partners, for over 12 years Salvatore led and consolidated the restructuring area of KPMG Brazil, working in both high profile judicial and extra judicial restructuring processes and special situation transactions, having also acted in the restructuring area at Latin America. Led several restructuring and turnaround projects in various sectors as well projects related to the sale of distressed assets.
Salvatore graduated with a degree in Banking and Finance at the University of Messina-Italy, and holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from CUOA-Vicenza (1997). He also has attended an Executive program on Leadership and Management by Fundação Dom Cabral-Brasil (2010/2011); a course in administration and control of Banks at University Bocconi Italia, and several training programs in Turnaround, Financial and Operational Restructuring and crises cash management conducted by KPMG.
Salvatore started his career at Bayerische Private Bankers (brokerage services). He then moved to Italrating SpA/Duff and Phelps Credit Rating (risk classification agency) and Banca Commerciale Italiana SpA. He held senior positions in the areas of M&A and Finance, were he gained deep experience in international transactions both in Europe and Latin America.
He is a member of TMA Brazil (Turnaround Management Association of Brazil), having chaired it from 2010 to 2012.
Mr. Burgos is a director with CarVal Investors, responsible for managing investments in Latin America in both public and private distressed and high-yield assets and structured products. Prior to joining CarVal in 2015, Mr. Burgos was with Deutsche Bank for 11 years, most recently as a director within the emerging markets structured credit trading team. Mr. Burgos received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish.
Christina Ronac is Head of Global Emerging Markets Debt Credit Research. She is responsible for making corporate credit recommendations covering and following existing corporate holdings as well as additional names within the EMD universe. She joined HSBC Global Asset Management from Marathon Asset Management where she was an emerging markets credit analyst focused on Latin American corporates. At Sandell Asset Management she focused on distressed and HY credit. Ms. Ronac is a CFA Charterholder. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Alejandro Sainz leads the Insolvency & Restructurings practice group and leads the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of Cervantes Sainz S.C. He represents and provides legal advice to national and multinational clients in a broad range of transactional matters, providing legal advice in the areas of corporate, finance and commercial law, including reorganizations, restructurings and work-outs, bankruptcy and cross-border insolvency procedures (concursos), sale & acquisition of distressed assets and securities, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, foreign investment, joint ventures, infrastructure, real estate, and telecommunications transactions.
He was selected by Latin Lawyer as one of Mexico’s top lawyers and by The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers as one of the world's pre-eminent insolvency & restructuring lawyers. Mr. Sainz was also appointed by Chambers and Partners as one of Mexico’s premier insolvency and restructuring lawyers.
Among other restructuring cases, Mr. Sainz has participated in Vitro, Satmex, Comercial Mexicana, Corporación Durango, Mexicana airline, Grupo Iusacell, Iusacell Celular, Grupo Sare, Copamex, Tower Automotive, Urbi, Geo, Homex, Cementos Chihuahua, Hipotecaria su Casita, Oro Negro, Oceanografía, Latina Offshore Holding, Cozumel Caribe, ICA and M&G Polímeros México.
Mr. Sainz is the author of multiple articles and publications in transactional, corporate and insolvency matters. Among others, he was selected by Latin Lawyer and Chambers and Partners to contribute with the chapter of “Mexico: Restructuring”.
He is member of the Mexican Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Iberoamerican Institute of Insolvency Matters.
Mr. Sainz has postgraduated studies from Universidad Panamericana, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Harvard Business School and Harvard University, and J.D. degree from Universidad Panamericana.
Pablo is Assistant Editor for Latin America. He joined Debtwire in 2014 and is responsible for the coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Before, he worked for Dow Jones Newswires as a corporate news reporter based in Madrid (Spain). For more than five years, he covered the banking, construction and real-estate industries in real time for the Spanish service, and he also contributed to the printed and online editions of The Wall Street Journal. Prior to Dow Jones, Pablo was a corporate and financial news reporter in Madrid and London.
Marty Boulanger is an assistant vice president and sovereign research analyst on the credit research team at PPM America, Inc. (PPM). He is responsible for credit coverage of, and investment recommendations for, sovereign debt with a focus on emerging markets. Prior to joining PPM in 2018, Marty was an associate portfolio manager at Russell Investments where he was responsible for portfolio construction and the development of systematic currency and interest rate strategies across global fixed income markets. He began his career in Russell’s investment consulting group. Marty earned a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in finance and econometrics from the University of Auckland.
Joel Klein is an executive vice president and head of the debt restructuring team at PPM America, Inc. (PPM). He is responsible for providing distressed asset expertise to the fixed income research team and portfolio managers. In addition, Joel has participated on and chaired committees in numerous bankruptcies and restructurings. He has also converted many defaulted private debt positions to majority ownership, structured the recapitalization of companies, replaced management, and developed and implemented workout strategies. Prior to joining PPM in 1996 (previously worked for PPM from 1991 to 1992), he served on the debt restructuring team at The Bank of New York (formerly Irving Trust Company). Joel earned a master’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in computer science, both from the University of Michigan.
Austin is an Associate Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management Corporation, a New York-based investment fund with approximately $35 billion in assets under management. He joined Elliott in 2009, focusing primarily upon public equity and credit opportunities.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Camporin began his career at JPMorgan, first as a high-yield credit analyst in the investment bank and later moving to the distressed debt proprietary trading group.
Mr. Camporin is a CFA charterholder and is also co-president and founder of the Good Shepherd of Darien Foundation. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2004, with a B.B.A. degree in Finance.
Juan Luis Rivera has 20 years of experience in investment management and research. He joined Moneda in 2006 as partner and portfolio manager launching Moneda Absolute Return. Prior to joining Moneda, Mr. Rivera was chief executive officer at Bancard, a Chilean investment company. Under his management, Bancard’s investment portfolio grew from US$250 million to US$1.3 billion. Mr. Rivera holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in business administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has served as a part time professor in Chile and board member to numerous leading companies in Latin America.
For more than 25 years, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos has advised clients on complex project financing transactions, various model infrastructure contracts, corporate finance, and debt issuances.
He has represented state-owned and foreign investors in the energy, oil and gas, and transport sectors in Latin America, as well as in the United States. He is also active in international arbitrations and has represented energy clients and a sovereign state, both commercial and investor-state.
He has served as counsel on large infrastructure projects such as the project financing and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for the Fertinitro fertilizer plant and the Metor methanol plant, the deep-water conversion project for the Puerto La Cruz refinery, the Santa Inés refinery, the Caracas Metro in Venezuela, Refinería del Pacífico, and the Coca Codo-Sinclair hydroelectric project in Ecuador.
Gonzalo graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello en Caracas, has a postgraduate degree from Université de Droit, Economie et Sciences Sociales de Paris, and a Masters in Comparative Law from New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Venezuela.
-Masters, New York University School of Law, 1990
-Diplôme Superieur de l'Université in Civil Law, Université de Droit, Economie st Sciences Sociales de Paris, 1989
-J.D., summa cum laude, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1988
Aurelio García-Miró is a Senior Managing Director leading Conway MacKenzie’s Latin American practice. He brings more than 16 years of experience in advising boards, senior management, creditors and taking board representation in operational and financial restructuring situations in Latin America, Europe and the US. Aurelio has extensive experience in executing restructuring, performance enhancement, and transformation roles across a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, TMT, real estate, automotive, and aviation.
Since January 2015, Mr. Garcia-Miro leads CM’s team advising the Government of Puerto Rico in liquidity planning and financial reporting, including assisting in the development of baseline projections for the General Fund (“GF”), the TSA and key component units of the island.
Mr. Garcia-Miro is a member of the board of directors, appointed by the convertible bond holders, of a distribution and retail group with $1.2bn in revenue operating in South America. In other past engagements. Mr. Garcia-Miro was CRO of a Mexican engineering company with c. 25% of market share of off-shore oil rigs and platform; advised the board of a hospital operator with sales of €250 million and 13 centers in working capital and cash optimization. He was also the interim head of corporate controlling with Visiocorp, an € 800 million auto-parts manufacturer based in Germany. Mr. Garcia-Miro was Board Commissioner for the bond holders of a global printing and business services group with sales of €220m, vetting the restructuring plan, monitoring progress on improved reporting, governance and restructuring implementation milestones, and designing the strategic deleveraging scenarios.
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Aurelio was Senior Managing Director and head of the Corporate Finance Practice in Spain for FTI Consulting. Before that, Aurelio was Senior Director and head of Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring practice in Spain. Before joining Alvarez & Marsal, Aurelio was a director of the McGraw-Hill Companies International Publishing Group, managing turnaround and integration projects in North America, Spain, and Portugal.
Aurelio has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.
Alejandro Arreaza is a Latin American economist at Barclays. Based in New York, Arreaza is responsible for the firm’s macroeconomic coverage of the Andean and Central American and Caribbean Economies. He joined Barclays in 2010 after working for several years in the financial markets in Venezuela. From 2004 to 2010, Arreaza was an economist at Bancaribe, the sixth largest bank in Venezuela, which is associated with Scotiabank. Prior to this, he worked in economics research for Santander Group Banco de Venezuela. Arreaza received a Master’s in Public Administration degree from Columbia University with a concentration in Economic Policy. He also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Venezuela, where he also received his B.A. in Economics.
Martin W. Schubert is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of European InterAmerican Finance Corp. (Eurinam) headquartered in Miami with offices in New York, which he founded February 1983.
Eurinam is a boutique emerging market debt trading and debt restructuring advisory firm, arranging creative financing for emerging market governments and private entities principally in Latin America.
Eurinam pioneered the secondary market in third world debt in 1983 and has been an important factor in the development of privatizations, debt equity conversions and debt buybacks in Latin America.
From 1984 to the late 1990’s, Eurinam operated in joint venture with Singer and Friedlander Limited, a UK merchant bank, concluding billions of dollars of debt swaps annually and other innovative financing.
Mr. Schubert was educated at Brooklyn College, City College of New York and New York University with B.A. and M.B.A. degrees.
Mr. Schubert authored numerous books and articles on international finance and lectured extensively on the subject of emerging market debt swaps and innovative financing methods. He has been a founding member and advisory board member of numerous Latin American related trade organizations.
Mark Walker has 40 years of experience advising more than 20 countries in Latin American, Asia, Europe and Africa as well as multilateral organizations on a broad spectrum of international financial matters.
Prior to Guggenheim, Mark was head of sovereign advisory at Millstein & Co. and Rothschild London and a Senior Advisor at Lazard Paris. Mark led the Rothschild team that advised Cyprus during its financial crisis in 2013 and co-led the Lazard team that advised Greece in 2011 and 2012 on the first sovereign debt restructuring of a Eurozone country and the largest sovereign debt restructuring ever. Mark advised the governmental authorities of Greece, Cyprus, Mexico, S. Korea and Indonesia in their negotiations with the IMF and (in the case of Greece and Cyprus), the European Commission and the European Central Bank. Mark has also worked with the IMF, the United States Treasury and other official bodies in seeking to improve the practices followed by debtors and creditors in dealing with liquidity and solvency problems member states. Mark has lived and worked in Paris, Brussels and London and has spent substantial time working in Latin American and Asia.
Mark was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP from 1975 to 2011 and the firm’s Global Managing Partner from 2005 to 2011. He led and co-founded that firm’s premier sovereign practice and developed much of the documentation that set the standard for sovereign debt restructurings during the 1980s and 1990s.
Mark received a law degree from Yale Law School and a B.A. in English literature from Stanford University.
•Advisor to the Government of Mexico, Banco de Mexico and numerous state agencies and SOEs for more than 30 years on liability management, including the negotiation and renegotiation of bilateral credit agreements with other countries, privatization of the steel, petrochemical and telecommunications sectors, bank and capital markets financings and complex international financial matters generally
•Advisor to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for more than 30 years on private investment in the E&P sector, equipment financing, bankers acceptances, infrastructure finance and other complex financings
•Developed innovative financing structures for Petronas, Pemex and the Mexican government based on anticipated but uncommitted future cash flows (more than $5 billion of new financing)
•As advisor to the European Stability Mechanism: development of a sovereign debt restructuring framework and innovative mechanisms to offer debt relief to Greece
•Advisor to S Korea and Indonesia during the Asian financial crisis with respect to the refinancing of their banking systems.
•As advisor to the Mexican Government and Pemex: negotiation of a treaty with the United States governing exploitation of transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs
•Assisted the Indonesian state-owned utility (PLN) and Pertamina: in renegotiating 26 independent power projects following the Asian financial crisis
•Advisor to the U.S. monetary authorities in respect of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and design of Federal Reserve Programs to protect systemic banks and keep markets open during the financial crisis
•Advised on the first independent power project in Mexico (Samalayuca)
•Advisor to Hungary in negotiating a Euros 10 billion financing from the Russian Federation for a nuclear power plan expansion and advice to the government and the central bank on financing the government
•Advisor to Algeria on a series of industrialization project including transfer of technology, training of workers and construction of plants for the manufacture oil field equipment, consumer electronics, agricultural equipment and other industrial goods
•Advisor to countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe on liability management, privatization and pubic finance generally
•Advisor to the bondholders of Venezuela and PDVSA
•Advisor to Slovenia regarding the assumption of a portion of the debt of former Yugoslavia and financial issues relating to its separation from Yugoslavia
Mariana Santibáñez is a reporter with Debtwire Latin America, where she is responsible for coverage of high-yield, distressed and restructuring situations in the Andean region. She has reported for LatinFinance in New York, Dow Jones Nieuswsdienst in Amsterdam, and covered US high-yield bonds at Thomson Reuters. Santibáñez holds a BA in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and studied Spanish literature at the University of Granada in Spain.