Monday, 4 June 2018, 200 Park Avenue, New York


Latin Lawyer is pleased to announce a one day conference to be held on Monday 4 June 2018 in New York and presented in cooperation with our sister publication, Global Restructuring Review. The event will bring together top lawyers, general counsel and industry heads to debate some of the biggest topics in Latin American restructuring law.

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Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo

Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos has vast experience acquired in the largest and most complex debt restructuring cases in Brazil, having advised debtors, creditors and investors in the restructuring of debts, court-supervised as well as out-of-court reorganizations and bankruptcies.

Joy Gallup

Paul Hastings, New York

Joy Gallup is a partner in the Latin America and Corporate practices of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's New York office. She has extensive experience in complex, cross-border debt restructurings in Latin America as well as corporate finance transactions.

Michael Fitzgerald

Paul Hastings, New York

Michael Fitzgerald heads the Latin America practice group at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office.Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the first US lawyers to focus on corporate finance work in Latin America and his first-mover advantage has led to his numerous representations of a wide range of international and domestic underwriter and issuer clients in debt and equity financing transactions, merger and acquisition activities and lending transactions.

2017 Programme

9.30: Welcome coffee and registration

10.00: Chairs’ morning welcome

Joy Gallup and Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Hastings, New York
Alfonso Castro, Santamarina y Steta, Mexico City

10.10: Keynote speech

Diego Gómez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico to New York City, and former Mexico Ambassador to the UK, New York

10.40: The Trump effect and Mexico

President Donald Trump’s election has hit the value of the Mexican Peso hard. Investors must now contend with the prospect of aggressive US tax cuts, border tariffs and the possible renegotiation of NAFTA. Which sectors will be hit hardest, what can companies do to rebalance their books and what does this all mean for Mexico’s restructuring space?

Fernando Del Castillo, Santamarina y Steta, Mexico City

Alfonso López Melih, López Melih y Estrada, Mexico City
Juan Valero, Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mexico City
Pedro Velasco, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City
Robert Rauch, Senior Partner, Emerging Markets Distressed Portfolio Manager, Gramercy, Greenwich

11.40: Coffee break

12.05: Is Chapter 15 still relevant for distressed Latin American companies?

A growing number of multijurisdictional Latin American restructuring cases including dollar-denominated debt reorganisation concluded in the past few years without a Chapter 15 filing. Why is this happening more frequently and what are the pros and cons of filing Chapter 15 proceedings in the US? Is it even a relevant process for heavily indebted Latin American companies?

Thomas Heather, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Alejandro Sainz, Cervantes Sainz, Mexico City
Benjamin FinestoneQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & SullivanNew York
Fábio Rosas, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch, São Paulo
Gary Bush, Vice President, BNY Mellon, New York

12.50: Networking lunch

14.15: What would Brazil’s latest proposed bankruptcy law amendments mean for the market?

Brazil is still in recession and judicial restructuring proceedings are at record levels. However, local bankruptcy laws are notoriously complex and credit is tight. What can the Temer administration do to improve the situation and how likely is this to happen?

Timothy Graulich, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

Domingos Fernando Refinetti, Stocche Forbes, São Paulo
Nick Leone, Partner, Restructuring and Special Situations Group, PJT Partners, New York
Otávio Guazzelli, Managing Director, Co-Head, Moelis, São Paulo
Thomas Benes Felsberg, Felsberg, São Paulo

15.15: Coffee break

15.35: Restructuring alternative commodities: Lessons to be learned?

In Brazil, a glut in worldwide sugar and ethanol production has hit agribusiness. Meanwhile in Chile and Peru, the climatic effects of El Niño have depleted fishing stocks, leaving the industry in dire straits. How are cases like these best tackled and what lessons can be learned from the three countries’ different experiences?

José Jiménez, Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas, Lima

Alfonso Pérez-Bonany López, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Lima
Marcos Spieler, Managing Director, Rothschild, São Paulo
Michel Diban, Morales & Besa, Santiago 
Renato Maggio, Machado Meyer, São Paulo

16.35: Petrobras, PDVSA and Pemex: What does the future hold?

Latin America’s biggest oil companies have astronomical debt loads. Can Petrobras, PDVSA and Pemex do enough to stay afloat and what does their relative health mean for upstream providers more generally? Can big investors do anything to protect themselves in the current situation?

Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Hastings, New York

Ignacio Quesada, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal, Mexico City
Isabella de Magalhães Pinto Saval, Vice President, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, New York
Jose Gonzales, Managing Partner, GCG Advisors, New York
Juan José Delgado Alvarez, InterJuris, Caracas

17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks               

Joy Gallup and Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Hastings, New York
Alfonso Castro, Santamarina y Steta, Mexico City

17.45 onwards: Delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by InterJuris


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