International Corporate Lawyer Juan Trujillo Joins Arnold & Porter In New York, Expanding Latin American Practice
New York , July 23, 2007 - Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that international corporate lawyer Juan Manuel Trujillo has joined the firm as a partner in New York. Mr. Trujillo's practice focuses on corporate transactional work, including project, structured, and cross-border finance, as well as restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial arbitration, joint ventures and investment projects throughout Latin America and other emerging markets. Mr. Trujillo's arrival further deepens Arnold & Porter's historic strength in the region. He joins a recently expanded team of lawyers practicing in Latin America.
"Juan is a welcome addition to our international corporate practice, which has a thriving base in Latin America," said firm Chair Thomas Milch. "We believe his expertise will be an ideal fit in New York, a vital center for international transactions."
Mr. Trujillo served as the seller's lead counsel in the sale of the largest mining company in Bolivia and Argentina. The multi-jurisdictional transaction was listed as one of the "20 Top Deals in Latin America" by LatinFinance in 2005. He also oversaw the debt restructuring of one of the largest commercial groups in Chile and the debt restructuring and joint venture negotiation of Mexico's largest motor coach manufacturer. Mr. Trujillo advised the lenders in the acquisition financing for a controlling interest in thirteen airports located in Mexico.
He has represented clients in multiple financings of various power plants in Latin America, including the financing of a thermoelectric power plant in Brazil, selected as project finance deal of the year in 2002 by Project Finance magazine, and other project finance transactions in Mexico, Chile and Guatemala. Mr. Trujillo also advised a financial services client in connection with its $5.2 billion investment program, including credit facilities with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and multiple commercial lenders. He has represented clients in joint ventures including a U.S. asset management company in a $420 million joint-venture with Brazil's largest commercial bank and advised on another joint venture between the largest mining company in Bolivia and the Commonwealth Development Corporation in the UK.
Commenting on his arrival at Arnold & Porter, Mr. Trujillo said, "I am looking forward to joining a team that has exceptional breadth and depth of experience in Latin America, in both complex transactional matters and corporate dispute resolution."
Earlier this year, Arnold & Porter expanded its platform in transactions and international arbitration in Latin America. In March, São Paulo-based international finance lawyer Gregory Harrington joined the firm to advise clients in the areas of capital markets, sovereign debt, and project finance; he moved to the Washington, D.C. office in early July. Last month, a significant international arbitration team led by partners Paolo Di Rosa and Gaela Gehring Flores joined the firm, along with international corporate lawyer Raul Herrera, who has extensive experience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. They join an existing team of lawyers representing public and private sector clients throughout the region, including the central banks or ministries of finance of a number of Latin American countries.
Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm of approximately 600 attorneys, has offices in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, London, and Brussels. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters and regulatory issues.